October 23 2015 10:00AM
In the first part of this PCS pre-season draft ranking series, I looked at players whose 16 year-old seasons were so off the charts that they did not have peers in our PCS database. Now I'll look at some other consensus first round picks who put up monster 2014-15 seasons in the eyes of PCS.
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October 23 2015 06:45AM
Babcock is who Leafs thought, Canucks Army picks player goal songs, what the numbers say about the Jets, Glencross retires, pondering an All-Alberta team, the brief history of Bennett and McDavid, baby vs blogger, the 2016 NHL Draft pre-season rankings and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
October 21 2015 05:27PM
The 2014-15 season brought us a handful of surprising breakouts from some unexpected candidates. The Flames appeared to accelerate all the way through their rebuild and overcame terrible underlying metrics to make it all the way to the second round of the playoffs, the Islanders finally pulled it together after years in the league’s basement, and the Predators exploded into one of the juggernauts of the Western Conference.
This season, many expected breakouts to come from the Oilers or Sabres thanks to the additions of Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel at the draft in June, but the Panthers and Coyotes have been the ones turning heads so far. Is this legitimate, or are we just looking at a couple of unsustainable, hot starts?
October 20 2015 11:53AM
I think it’s safe to say that most hockey fans are generally aware of the most obviously dynamic top line combinations out there. Whether its Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn in Dallas, or Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek in Philadelphia, The Triplets in Tampa Bay or even The Not Your Average Joes in San Jose, there are some outright dominant units out there these days. If you're cheering for the team they're going up against, you're petrified every time they hit the ice. If you're an unbiased observer, you're probably tuning in just to get a head start on that night's highlight packages.
The aforementioned guys have been established for a while now, and have rightfully so earned their place amongst the league’s elite. But they’re also not the only ones putting in work this season. Through the first few weeks of the campaign we’ve seen a handful of newly put together, highly promising lines take the league by storm. In no particular order:
October 19 2015 02:05PM
Hockey is back, not only at the NHL level but across the globe. This means we can start getting a look at 2016 draft hopefuls. As we wrote about over at Hockey Graphs, we've been making some impressive progress with our PCS tool, so over the course of this multi-part series I'll take a look at how PCS views next year's draft hopefuls based on what they did in their 16-year-old season.