May 29 2014 09:30AM
The NHL's version of speed dating is going on this week. For players, it's their first real glimpse of what the next level will entail. It’s exciting and also a little scary at the same time.
May 26 2014 01:05PM
Courtesy of @GoalieWays
Welcome back to this weeks Journal of Hockey Analytics to help with all your boring Mondays at work, and all your future hockey analytics research. In this week we look at how simple drafting rules can beat scouts, reviewing some raw season long zone entry data and even some junior level analytics to analyze Griffin Reinhart.
For all your links, continue past the jump!
May 25 2014 01:44PM
I've been working on this NHL draft selection database on and off over the past year. I've simply referred to it as a 'Draftbook'. It took a while to build it, clean it up, and then decide what to do with it... but now that it's 'finished' I've decided to simply post it online for everyone to download and use.
So what is it? Well, it's a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet of every player that has been drafted into the NHL since 1963. Data fields include draft position, player names, player positions, teams, height, weight, amateur teams and amateur leagues.
May 23 2014 02:48PM
It's Friday again and I know how much you guys look forward to the weekly Nation Drafts update! As expected, I have absolutely nothing happening in my pool since the only player I have left is Drew Doughty. It's a sad state of affairs. I can't even blame Chris Kelly anymore since the Bruins are out. The only thing that would make me happy is if one of you had Dan Carcillo on your roster since he, quite possibly, got the dumbest 10 game suspension in the history of ice. Elbowing a linesman for reasons unknown? Genius!
May 23 2014 08:32AM
In our last two AHL Calder Cup Possession Analysis we have looked at the first two rounds of the playoffs and tried to make a prediction on who is likely to win. A constant theme that has appeared, which is common knowledge amongst the hockey analytics people - in the playoffs your possession doesn't matter and your PDO is made up! Being "lucky" is what you need in these short samples.
For Conference Finals analysis, move on past the jump!