October 17 2012 07:35AM
Zac Rinaldo has been saying for years that if he ever got a chance to play on a top line, people would be surprised to see that he has more skill than they think. The lockout is going to give him that chance; he has been put on the Phantoms' top line with Sean Couturier and Brayden Schenn, two premium prospects.
This left me wondering: what should we expect of him? How many points would he have to put up to back up a claim that he has legitimate offensive talent that has previously gone untapped?
Gabe Desjardins put together some excellent conversion factors and concluded that AHL points are a little more than twice as easy to come by -- you can multiply a player's AHL points per game by 0.45 to estimate roughly what he would have in the NHL.
But that's in a normal AHL, and if there's a protracted lockout this year, that would undoubtedly elevate the quality of play and make points harder to come by. So I got curious what we should expect for a translation factor this year.
October 16 2012 02:29PM
Which NHL markets benefit, attendance-wise, from the lockout of 2004-05?
First team that comes to mind is Pittsburgh. There was more hype surrounding that team than any. They got Sidney Crosby, who was going to play with Mario Lemieux, a drastic turnaround from the bankrupt team that was entertaining relocation possibilities from before the lockout.
It's obvious, in looking at NHL attendance data between 2001-2008 that the league as a whole did much, much better overall thanks to the lockout. I have to wonder if fans would be able to stomach a second season, however, the work stoppage did save a few markets.
October 16 2012 11:21AM
According to multiple reports, the NHL has made a new offer to the players’ association during their meeting today. One portion the proposal is the offer of a 50/50 split of hockey-related revenue with the players.
October 16 2012 07:59AM
Photo: Beanhugger/Wikimedia/CC BY 3.0
Over the few days I've been talking about individual point percentage (i.e. the number of times an individual player gets either a goal or an assist compared to the number of total goals-for scored while he's on the ice) during five on five play. Of course, there are also a significant number of goals scored on the power play, and so today I'll be looking at the individual point percentages for forwards at five-on-four.
October 15 2012 03:51PM
Photo by Bri Weldon, via Wikimedia Commons
Lockout talk dominates every level of the hockey world, so we're doing our best to avoid it at all costs. My focus this week is on the NHL draft, specifically the last 10 years. I'll poke and prod the data in search of interesting conclusions and trends. After the break, I'll lay out the raw data.