Integrating Analytics into Hockey

Source: The Super Fan
Date: 2016-07-24

A couple thoughts on analytics, and how best to integrate it into hockey operations. With the Oilers cutting ties with analytics consultant Tyler Dellow, the club has an opportunity to re-set its current approach to analytics going forward. Now it was my hope that Tyler’s role would’ve expanded from a consultant position, perhaps into a director type, who would then lead a group of analysts to delve into various topics. It was my hope that the Oilers would’ve applied a more complete analytics strategy that could support and influence all aspects of hockey operations including on-ice tactics, player personnel decisions, drafting and salary cap matters. And let’s not kid ourselve

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MATTHEW CAIRNS

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-07-23

In the middle of the third round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft—with most of the top end CHL kids already chosen—Edmonton looked to the OJHL for defender Matthew Cairns. One month later, there are still questions about this player, and what he brings. Let's have a look.

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NHL Twitter Mailbag: Which Team Is Winning the Offseason?

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-07-23

We're getting close to August, which has become about the only month on the calendar when nothing hockey-related happens. July doesn't have a lot either, but there is free agency, arbitration and usually a few trades happen. August is the month when it's pretty much impossible to get any hockey person on the phone. Everybody is on vacation and doesn't want to be bothered. But until then, we can still talk some hockey here. There continue to be signings here, minor trades there. There are always barstool debates to be had too, so with that said, here is another NHL Twitter Mailbag. I take questions right off my Twitter feed and paste them in here. Let's get started.        

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THE WHEEL PLAY

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-07-23

One of the players Edmonton chose at the 2016 draft (Markus Niemelainen) is turning into a fascinating study for this blog. Not long after the draft, I mentioned an interesting and curious comparison to first-round selection Logan Stanley: Logan Stanley: 6.07, 220. 64gp, 5-12-17 107pims Markus Niemelainen: 6.05, 189. 65gp, 1-26-27 28pims Logan Stanley: Even-strength primary points per game: .094 Markus Niemelainen: Even-strength primary points per game: .108 Logan Stanley: Estimated even-strength points per 60: 0.655 Markus Niemelainen: Estimated even-strength points per 60: 1.133 Source SCOUTING REPORTS Steve Kournianos, The Draft Analyst: We see the reasons behind the hype — a 6’6 

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Kris Versteeg expected to sign in Bern, further reducing the UFA winger pool

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-07-23

Kris Versteeg is a 30-year-old right shooting winger with two Stanley Cup rings who might have been a useful bargain signing for several NHL teams. It appears that won’t happen, as he’s expected to sign in Switzerland this weekend.

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Cult of Hockey: Oilers' depth chart at centre is short on experience but long on promise

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-07-23

One area of the Edmonton Oilers’ depth chart that Peter Chiarelli has left untouched to this point of the summer is the centre ice position. He inherited the Connor McDavid lottery win last spring, then signed Mark Letestu as a free agent on Canada Day 2015. Since then, no trades and no additional free agent signings. Besides the hyper-obvious selection of McDavid at the 2015 draft, just one of the Oilers’ 14 selections — 2016 sixth-rounder Aapeli Rasanen — has been listed as a pivot, as compared to two goalies, three wingers, and a staggering eight defencemen. At this moment in time the Oilers line up five deep at centre with players who spent the 2015-16 season in E

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Brophy: Thoughts and observations as the off-season winds on

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-07-23

Some hockey thoughts from a scribe who wonders what the heck happened to the off-season: MATTHEWS’ CONTRACT: I was like many others who wondered what the heck the Toronto Maple Leafs were doing by dragging out No. 1 draft pick Auston Matthews’ contract negotiations. Toronto GM Lou Lamoriello is notorious for being tight-fisted with bonus money and there was fear he was trying to withhold such money from Matthews. Turns out those fears were unfounded. Matthews got every penny that was coming his way and the Maple Leafs got their first legitimate No. 1 centre since Mats Sundin left town. In typical Lamoriello fashion, the Maple Leafs boss shrugged his shoulders and said, “What wa

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Rumor Roundup: Trading Yakupov won’t be easy for Oilers

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2016-07-23

Throughout last season, Edmonton Oilers right wing Nail Yakupov was frequently mentioned as a potential trade candidate. Entering this off-season, speculation persisted the 2012 first-overall draft pick would be dealt at some point. Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli was certainly busy in recent weeks, shipping left wing Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils for defenseman Adam Larsson and inking free-agent winger Milan Lucic. As speculation persists over other possible moves by Chiarelli, forwards Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are mentioned as possible trade chips. Yakupov, however, scarcely received mention until earlier this week. On Tuesday, Sun-Sentinel.com’s Harvey Fialkov took to

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Oilers Most Likely to Not Be Oilers By…

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2016-07-23

Part I – Training Camp With inspiration from the Beer League Hero himself, we’ve decided to come up with a recurring series here at BLH, a series that analyzes who we should prepare to say goodbye to at certain key points in the season and offseason. Look forward in the coming months for updates near the end of the 2016 calendar year, before the trade deadline, before the 2017 expansion draft, and before the 2017 entry draft. My insidious plan to secure my writing gig at BLH for at least a year is slowly falling into place. For this installment, we’ll look at the block of time between now and the start of training camp in September. I’m going to focus (unfortunately) on

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FAMOUS ROOKIES OF BAKERSFIELD

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-07-23

Ideally, the rookie crop of prospects who are sent to the AHL each fall will produce actual NHL players every year. Does Edmonton have that kind of system? Yes and no. Here is a quick look at the Oilers AHL-to-NHL conversion of OKC/Bakersfield rookies. BARONS 10-11 ROOKIES C Teemu Hartikainen 66GP, 17-25-42 F Milan Kytnar 78GP, 13-16-29 D Jeff Petry 41GP, 7-17-24 L Phil Cornet 60GP, 7-16-23 C Mark Arcobello 26GP, 11-11-22 C Chris VandeVelde 67GP, 12-4-16 D Colten Teubert 20GP, 2-5-7 Todd Nelson’s first rookie crew did pretty damn well if you ask me—all of them played in the NHL. Jeff Petry (365 NHL games) is a bona fide NHL defenseman, Chris VandeVelde (197), Mark Arcobello (139), Teem

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