Kasperi Kapanen is ripping apart the AHL, so keep him there

Jeff Veillette
December 05 2016 03:12PM

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When we did our prospect rankings in August, I was significantly less bearish about Kasperi Kapanen than the rest of the staff. More specifically, I had him in my Top Five when I made my first draft of the team, sat down, realized that the draft was largely intuition, and started looking at every prospect's career trajectory.

It clicked to me at that point that as much as I loved watching Kapanen fly down the ice, and as much as I had heard the world be spoken of him before he came to the Leafs... he hadn't done a heck of a bunch.

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Watch The Game Episode 16: The Burgeoning Blue Jackets with Alison Lukan

Watch The Game Podcast
December 05 2016 03:11PM

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Sam welcomed Alison Lukan of Buckeye State Hockey to the show to talk about the Columbus Blue Jackets, everyone's favorite surprise this season. After that, Cam and Sam discussed how boring (but effective!) the Minnesota Wild are, how Las Vegas can navigate through the upcoming expansion draft, and whether or not analytics takes the fun out of watching hockey. 

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NHLN Power Rankings: Dec. 5, 2016

Scott Maxwell
December 05 2016 02:11PM

It's time for your weekly dose of the NHL Numbers power rankings, a weekly look on the previous week in the NHL. I'll look at the five best and worst NHL teams thus far in the season, as well as the three best and worst players in the last week.

Note: All use of Corsi For and Expected Goals For are Score and Venue Adjusted, and at even strength. All stats come from Corsica Hockey, and NHL.com (don't worry, it's only the standings).

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The season so far in seven-game segments

Ryan Pike
December 05 2016 02:00PM

Seemingly eons ago, Bob Hartley gained a lot of praise from fans and onlookers for his method of chopping the 82-game National Hockey League season into digestible seven-game chunks. The justification was that it approximated playoff series length, and if a team wins enough seven-game segments they'd be very likely to make the playoffs.

In the interest of taking a different look at the Flames' struggles thus far, we've done the same thing to this season. Hartley may be gone, but his legacy lives on. (But only in this one, specific way. Okay, this and the stretch pass...)

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NHLN Notebook: The Surprising Blue Jackets, Slow Starters, and KHL Free Agents

Christian Pagnani
December 05 2016 01:24PM

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The Blue Jackets might actually be good, because woah, that Zach Werenski guy, while Patrice Bergeron, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Andrew Ladd are off to horrible starts, and the Oilers might have found a good right-handed defenseman (that didn't cost them Taylor Hall). 

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