The Minnesota Wild need more from their defensive depth

Pat Keogh
August 07 2016 02:14PM

The Minnesota Wild had an uneven 2015-16 season. Starting things off by going 20-10-6 before New Year's Day, they eventually faltered and wound up firing their head coach Mike Yeo over Valentine’s Day weekend. They fared poorly from the new year on, putting up a dismal record of 3-12-4 until Yeo’s departure, but began to settle things down a bit under interim head coach John Torchetti, who saw the team go 15-11-1 during his time, although it is worth noting that the team lost its last five games right before the start of the playoffs.

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THE TRUTH AT 20

Lowetide
August 06 2016 12:11PM

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For AHL forwards, rookie numbers at age 20 give us some idea about offensive ability—and how far their careers may go. Kyle Platzer didn't get a lot of playing time this season, but estimated time on ice gives us a chance to compare him against other 20-year olds on a more level playing field. Let's have a look.

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Objectively projecting Darnell Nurse

Jonathan Willis
August 05 2016 07:15PM

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Darnell Nurse is a fascinating player, and his long-term career arc is of extreme importance to the Edmonton Oilers.

The most common method of projecting that sort of career arc is the old-fashioned one: Assessing the player’s physical skills and then imagining what he’ll look like in his prime. The one we’re going to use today is a newer method, which involves looking at what happened to players with comparable underlying statistics.

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Mega-deals: The 14 largest trades in Flames history

Ryan Pike
August 05 2016 11:00AM

At our core, we're all fans of the great sport of ice hockey. And our love of ice hockey almost unconditionally applies to a few things related to the game: sweet dekes, awesome end-to-end action, and big trades. While the advent of the salary cap has really hindered general managers' ability to make big deals, they are still possible. In theory, at least.

Here, in the dog days of summer, we salute the 14 mega-deals – trades involving six pieces or more – in the history of the Flames franchise. As you will see, the majority at them came at critical times and had some big impacts on the direction of the franchise.

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Was Gretzky good, average or bad at drafting?

Jason Gregor
August 05 2016 08:43AM

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What should we consider a success when looking at a five-year span of NHL drafts? If a team lands one superstar and a few solid players is that good? Do you need to have one solid player from each year? I think we will all have different views of success, and after a conversation on twitter with Jonathan Willis I wanted to look at all 30 teams draft success between 2007-2011.

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