Matthew Tkachuk has stuck: What does it mean?

Ryan Pike
November 04 2016 10:00AM

With Calgary Flames 2016 first round pick Matthew Tkachuk playing in his 10th National Hockey League contest of the season last night in San Jose, the first year of his entry level contract has began to run. Aside from cementing his spot on the Flames roster – for now, at least – it's not immediately obvious what other implications his sticking with the club has.

After some digging into old our friend, the CBA, and poking around, here are a few things to keep in mind regarding what Tkachuk staying on with the Flames means in the larger sense.

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When we debate over the Leafs' top rookie, everyone wins

Ryan Fancey
November 04 2016 09:28AM

This season is only 11 games old, but it seems that with each 2-3 game chunk of this schedule, we've had a different "Whoa, [insert rookie name]" storyline to gravitate towards. If this is what life as a Leafs supporter is going to be like, establishing favourites among this trio of Matthews, Nylander, and Marner, is bound to happen. But that's part of the fun of being a fan of a non-garbage team. This is all new.

With Marner's light-up of the Sabres last night, he's the trending topic currently. Before that it was Nylander who went on his powerplay rampage. And of course, to kick things off, Matthews left a crater where the Canadian Tire Centre once stood. 

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Sedins at the Forefront of an Inept Canucks Offence, and Hardly to Blame

J.D. Burke
November 04 2016 09:00AM

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The Canucks haven't just come back down to Earth. Losers of seven straight, they've crashed right through to the very core and everyone's feeling the heat.

Neither management nor coaching has been immune. To the surprise of many, neither have the team's best players. In what's become an annual ritual, the Sedins have come under scrutiny for the club's inability to generate offence.

The thing to remember, though, is that we're talking about players entering their late-thirties. They've a role to play in this club's malaise. Nothing that we couldn't have - or rather, shouldn't have - seen coming though.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
November 04 2016 05:00AM

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 This week, we take a look at Mike Babcock's coaching tactics, Bo Horvat's progress, what's wrong with the Oilers' power play, and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen

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Beware of What Zone Starts are Telling You, Part I: Coaches' Deployment

Jeremy Davis
November 03 2016 03:02PM

It’s early in the 2016-17 NHL season, but it’s never too early for Canucks fans to start complaining about player deployment! This season has already seen its fair share of head scratching decisions when it comes to who plays when (and with who), and it’s not going to get any easier on Willie Desjardins and his crew if the team keeps on losing.

NHL coaches can’t slip much past the general public these days, what with the ease of access to massive amounts of data, and deployment is no different. One of the most commonly cited events are zone starts, purported to be both an indication of how coaches deploy players and context to explain high or low shot differentials. As it turns out, both of these connections may be greatly exaggerated, meaning these numbers might not be telling you what you think they are.

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