June 22 2016 11:00AM
The Vancouver Canucks season has long since passed, but the data that helps us connect the dots that drew their third-last finish are just starting to come together. I'm talking about microdata that points to the 'hows' and 'whys'. In this case, neutral zone statistics.
If you've been paying close attention, you'll have noticed that I've been providing periodic updates on how the Canucks have fared through the neutral zone this season. Specifically, how well they've performed at attacking the opposition's blue line. I collected this data by accounting for every zone entry, noting which player is responsible, how they entered the zone and how often they failed.
It's taken me quite some time, but I've finally collected that data for all 82 of the Canucks games this season -- and another 150 or so for other teams. I'll share the results and make sense of my findings, on the other side of the jump.
June 22 2016 10:01AM
After making the post-season for the first time in franchise history since the move to Manitoba, the Winnipeg Jets were unable to build upon the previous season's success and collapsed down the standings.
The Jets have a lot of interesting pieces though and could be on a steep upswing next year. Do not be surprised if the Jets find themselves back in the post season next year.
Let's look at why.
June 21 2016 10:38AM
The Chicago Blackhawks have long been Stanley Cup contenders, with last season being no exception. However, reckless management of the cap has finally caught up with the team, so much so that the team is staring at a roster more shallow than it has been in years, with little wiggle room to maneuver themselves under the cap. Such forces leave the Hawks not only in danger of losing their status as Cup contenders, but of missing the playoffs altogether.
June 21 2016 09:01AM
With the 2016 NHL draft just a few days away(!), it's time we turn our attention to one of the more cruel annual traditions of the first round and beyond: draft day slides.
We see it every year: Cam Fowler, Brandon Gormley, Emerson Etem, Hunter Shinkaruk, Travis Konecny. The list goes on.
Let's take a look at some of the top-ranked players from this year's draft, and see which ones are candidates to continue the tradition.
June 21 2016 01:35AM
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Soo.... that happened. Some of us felt that the Leafs would pick up a new goalie, others felt they would hold on, and out of nowhere, the Leafs continued their tradition of stealing any spotlight back for themselves, making the biggest trade on a more active than anticipated day, sending a 1st and a 2nd round pick to Anaheim for Frederik Andersen.
Some love the trade. Some hate it. Now, most of us have had the chance to sleep on it, or if you're a night owl like myself, barricade yourself in thought. Here are a few things worth considering before making a final judgement call.