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August 19 2016 05:00AM
Leafs shouldn't be tanking, the Canucks climb back up the standings, Red Wings re-live jail, comparing Gaudreau to the NHL's best, Oilers building on inheritance, a KHL player goes crazy, NCAA free agent frenzy, no goalie equipment changes, new advanced stats and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
Chris the Intern
August 18 2016 03:30PM
Gary Bettman and the NHL held a press conference early Wednesday morning to discuss the World Cup Of Hockey. In this press conference they talked about ads on jerseys, digitally enhanced dasher boards for more ads (and more money), and other miscellaneous hockey talk. Most importantly, Bettman announced that puck and player tracking will be tested during the World Cup of Hockey tournament.
The NHL tried this experiment once before during the 2015-16 All-Star Game, however, it sounds like they've made some adjustments and are taking another swing at it. Sportvision, the same company that does play tracking for the NFL, MLB, Olympics, etc are currently leading the charge. If this new technology can be perfected, it will be a huge step forward for hockey analytics.
August 18 2016 12:00PM
When Johnny Gaudreau burst onto the scene in the 2014-15 season, it was a pretty exciting time. Here was a kid, previously considered too small to play in the NHL, defying expectations by taking the lead in rookie scoring and ending up a Calder finalist. How was he going to live up to that?
Well, by being nearly a point-per-game player in his second season and finishing top 10 in league scoring.
And that was just his second year.
So as we wait for Gaudreau's next contract, let's take this moment to compare him to the other top 10 scorers from the 2015-16 season.
August 18 2016 10:38AM
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August is always the roughest month for hockey content. There is always extremely little going on and even the tiniest bit of news throws the hockey world into a frenzy. August is the opposite of Everything Is Happening.
With that being said, I’ve always been fond of August because it marks the beginning of fantasy hockey season. Some of the big fantasy hockey guides go on sale around this time and reading them has always been something I look forward to every summer.
Mostly it’s “hmmm, that’s a lot of points for _________ (insert random overhyped player here)” or “I can’t believe they think _________ (insert second overhyped player here) is going to score more points than _________ (insert underrated player who I consider my son here).” But still I do genuinely enjoy the content and perspective towards what certain players will likely do next season.
With this being a Leafs blog, I figured we should take a look at what’s being projected of the Leafs going into next season. I’ve built my own projection model based on a player’s last three seasons that we’ll use alongside the three fantasy guides I’ve bought – The Hockey News, Dobber, and The Sports Forecaster – in order to get an average projection for each player going into 2016-17.
August 18 2016 08:05AM
It's mid August and the Winnipeg Jets have a lone RFA that remains unsigned. Kevin Cheveldayoff and co have a big decision to make in regards to what they will do with Jacob Trouba. Will they retain the restricted free agent, or send him off to a club that can satisfy his contract requests?
It's been reported that the Jets are apart in negotiations on term, dollar and in usage and the role Trouba will be in. The last thing the Jets would want is for this to drag in to September and not have this settled before training camp.
What is Trouba worth?