2014 Playoffs: First Impressions

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-20

So now that the first round of the NHL playoffs is up and running, it's far for me to offer my analysis of what we've see so far. 1. Patrick Roy - I thought the Wild were a playoff dark horse, because of their brand of dull, motionless, offensive-killing play. Nope. The Avs, who don't even have Matt Duchene in the line-up, are dismantling the Wild's defensive system almost effortlessly. If two games is enough of a sample, I'm going to say the Avs have moved way up my list as a team that has a legitimate cup chance. Patrick Roy has made all the difference for this team. Well, Roy, and the best player to come out of the first overall draft pick position since Sidney Crosby, Nathan MacKinnon.

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SCORCHED EARTH

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-20

I believe this sentiment drives much of the discontent in Oilers Nation these days. Why can't we have nice things? Colorado sucked for LESS time and are in the playoffs looking like the Oilers team we were promised!!!! What the hell? Where are the answers? After the break.

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A look back at the 2010 draft

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-20

With the Coyotes missing the playoffs, I'll be exploring some other interesting topics to fill the gap between now and next season. The first thing that I want to take a look at is the 2010 NHL entry draft, which crossed my mind thanks to a fantastic regular season from Tyler Seguin. For those of you who don't know, Seguin was the second overall pick in 2010. The initial order of the top 15 players selected went like this... 1. Taylor Hall, Edmonton 2. Tyler Seguin, Boston 3. Erik Gudbranson, Florida 4. Ryan Johansen, Columbus 5. Nino Niederreiter, NYI 6. Brett Connolly, Tampa Bay 7. Jeff Skinner, Carolina 8. Alexander Burmistrov, Atlanta 9. Mikael Granlund, Minnesota 10.

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Goodbye Gudbranson

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-20

Erik Gudbranson was drafted 3rd overall in 2010 and was touted as being a 2-way defender. Now, a lot of the Florida faithful have pegged him to be next in line for team captaincy after Jovanoski. He seems to have a lot of leadership qualities and a good community presence. I haven't completely soured on him yet, but...  Let's face it. Gudbranson is probably not going to be a 2-way defender. He will hit everything in sight, fight for his teammates and can shut down the play decent enough, but his decision making skills with the puck aren't always the best. My roommate made a comparison to me the other night that left a bad taste in my mouth. He compared Gudbranson to Luke Schenn. Good

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A Quick Look at Leafs/Ducks OZ Faceoff Losses

Source: Mc79hockey
Date: 2014-04-19

If you read this blog with any regularity, you know that I’ve recently been puzzling over why Bruce Boudreau’s teams are so good after they lose offensive zone faceoffs. The NHL average Corsi% in those situations is about 54%; Boudreau’s teams routinely post numbers in the mid to high 60s. My suspicion is that this [...]

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VOLLMAN’S NHLE

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-19

The Leon Draisaitl v. Sam Bennett debate is reaching a fever pitch, so I thought it might be a good idea to run NHL equivalencies. This is early—I’m about two months ahead of normal here—but it couldn’t hurt to run the numbers and see what we can find. For our purposes today, I’m going to use Rob Vollman’s equivalencies. They’re pretty much the same, but are more recent vintage and may well give us insight into the debate. 2014 DRAFT ELIGIBILES USING VOLLMAN NHL EQUIVALENCIES (per 82gp) Sam Bennett (OHL) 16-23-39 Robby Fabri (OHL) 19-18-37 Sam Reinhart (WHL) 13-24-37 Nikolaj Ehlers (QMJHL) 17-18-35 Michael Dal Colle (OHL) 14-21-35 Leon Draisaitl (WHL) 13-22

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Mitch Moroz, Proving Naysayers Wrong

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2014-04-19

The year Mitch Moroz was drafted, it was due to his physical play. Nothing more and nothing less. He had shown flashes of skill, but was more known as a “Kicking Ass and Taking Names” type of player. All I heard was how it was a waste of a pick. How he would have been available later in the draft. It was overcompensation to try and get bigger in the bottom six. The kid is proving people wrong. I’ve had the pleasure of watching Moroz a few times and know it’s not just a lucky season either. He is turning into a prototypical Power Forward. something this organization sorely needs. He brings size, some skill, a hard shot, a never quit attitude and not a single ounce of &

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Taylor Hall has his best year, but not his luckiest year, on the Edmonton Oilers power play

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-19

Taylor Hall chipped in on scoring chances at a career-high rate in 2013-14 The Edmonton Oilers power play has been the subject of some ridicule, mainly because it dropped from being the NHL’s third-ranked power play under Ralph Krueger in 2012-13 to the 27th ranked power play under Dallas Eakins in 2013-14. I’m still digging into exactly how much worse the Oilers power play was this year — and whether or not it was more lucky under Krueger and unlucky under Eakins than anything else — but it’ s already clear that a number of top Oilers attackers, including Taylor Hall, had much less luck converting on their power play scoring chances this year than they did las

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Dillon Simpson reportedly negotiating with Edmonton Oilers. What kind of a player is he?

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2014-04-19

The Edmonton Oilers’ weaknesses on defence are well-known. One area where the organization is not weak, however, is in blueline prospects. The system is chock-a-block with them, and may be set to formally add another. In 2011, Stu MacGregor and crew placed a heavy emphasis on the blue, drafting Oscar Klefbom in the first round, David Musil in the second, Dillon Simpson in the fourth, and Martin Gernat in the fifth. All have been tracking reasonably well to this point, with Klefbom, Musil and Gernat all making their North American professional debuts in Oklahoma City this season. Simpson, meanwhile, has been quietly progressing at the University of North Dakota, a program he joined at 1

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RE 13-14 NAIL YAKUPOV: DOMINO

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2014-04-19

Nail Yakupov spent one entire season wandering in the wilderness.  Theories rain from every available source on what went wrong, and it took some time to figure it out. The answer: Inside. NAIL YAKUPOV 12-13 5×5 points per 60: 2.20 (3rd among regular forwards) 5×4 points per 60: 4.20 (5th among regular forwards) Qual Comp: 7th toughest among regular forwards (second-third line opp) Qual Team: 7th best teammates among regular forwards Corsi Rel: -5.1(11th best among regular forwards, -15.22 CorsiON) Zone Start: 51.1% (6th easiest among regular forwards) Zone Finish: 51.0% (6th best among regular forwards) Shots on goal/percentage: 81/20.99% (1st among F’s>70 shots)

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What Kind of Player Will Nail Yakupov Become?

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2014-04-19

Few questions matter more to the current edition of the Edmonton Oilers than the one regarding Nail Yakupov’s future. Coming off a terrible year, is he a draft bust in the making or is he a player with extraordinary potential who just had things go sideways? What does history suggest?

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Colorado: Throw Corsi out the window

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-19

If you're a hockey enthusiast that's joined us in the 21st century, it's likely you've heard the word "Corsi" before. Perhaps you've also heard of "Fenwick". Both are a unit of measure of puck possession utilized and analyzed by the advanced stats crowd, which is quickly gaining traction in a number of hockey venues. Maybe you're into PDO. More on that in a second. I'm not going to sit here and bore you to death giving you a crash course on a subject that I admittedly am far from holding expertise on, so instead, I'll point you to a fabulous and hilariously witty advanced stats tutorial that was written for Grantland by Sean McIndoe. Read it? Got it? Good. Onward... Since the beginning o

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