Picking Team Canada Based on Numbers Alone

Source: Copper N Blue
Date: 2016-05-29

I built a model to make the Team Canada picks for the World Cup of hockey. Spoiler alert: Taylor Hall makes the cut. The Biggest story in professional hockey this week was the unveiling of the rosters for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. As Oilers fans are well aware, Taylor Hall did not make the cut for Team Canada. Balderdash! Poppycock! Horse Hockey! These were all words that I would use to describe that decision. As Oilers fans (or at least most of us) are well-aware, Taylor Hall has an offensive skill set which allows him to take over a game, even when playing against the best competition the league has to offer. Furthermore, Hall's defensive game has evolved by leaps and bounds in r

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THE RANK OUTSIDER

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-05-29

I published my most recent draft list for 2016’s draft on Saturday morning, getting all kinds of new reactions—or old reactions, from new people. It occurs to me that someone reading my list for the first time, without context, might think the list is designed to troll them. So, explanations are in order, and will be part of the introduction of these lists through draft weekend. THE LIST My list list rewards offense heavily, and the most gifted offensive players will be at the top. I use NHLE as a guideline to even things out, Christian Roatis has my current conversation calculator here. Players with a range of skills usually do well, but there is a fine line between a two-way playe

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Oilers Would Be Wise to Hold on to Benoit Pouliot

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-05-29

In the minds of many a hockey expert, the Edmonton Oilers took a pretty big risk in signing Benoit Pouliot to a five-year/$20 million deal in the summer of 2014. After playing for five different teams over a five-year stretch, it took many by surprise that an organization would be willing to cough up that sort of dough and term for a guy who had never quite lived up to the expectations that came with being the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. With that said, it is awfully difficult to not be tempted by the total package the 29-year old brings to the table. STORY: LW Benoit #Pouliot signs 5-year deal with #Oilers, who also sign ex-Devils D-man Mark #Fayne http://t.co/rBabtKd

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Hockey People Who Know

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-29

Embed from Getty Images The case for analytics in hockey started on websites not unlike this one. It was (largely) fan driven, layman driven, but it was done publicly and every idea proposed was scrutinized. I think part of the hubris of the analytics community comes from the fact that many of their basic principles have been tested over and over. There’s a confidence that comes from testing concepts and having them cut the mustard. Surely there’s also a confidence that comes from spending your entire life in the highest levels of hockey (amateur and professional). That’s why it’s always entertaining when the worlds of analytics and traditional hockey collide.

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GRAND MARINO

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2016-05-29

John Marino and his Tri-City Storm won the Clark Cup this spring, capping off a strong season for the Edmonton Oilers draft pick. The USHL is a quality league, getting better each season and delivering excellent prospects to NCAA leagues, the minors and eventually the NHL. We don't get a lot of information on these players, so what kind of season did John Marino have in 2015-16?

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Can the Oilers Draft a Right-handed Solution on D?

Source: The Hockey Writers
Date: 2016-05-29

The Edmonton Oilers have a major problem on defence and will be looking to address their deficiencies in the offseason this summer. It’s going to cost major assets – anything from Jordan Eberle to the 4th overall pick to even Taylor Hall. Toronto, Wpg, CBJ very unlikely to consider trading their top 3 draft picks. Edmonton's pick, 4th overall is definitely in play. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) May 1, 2016 The main goal is to find somebody who shoots right – a task that sounds much more difficult than you’d imagine. There is only one unrestricted free agent D-man who also shoots right scored more than 30 points (pro-rated to 82 games). That player is Jason Deme

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DAYS OF FUTURE PASSED

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2016-05-29

The past informs the future. Peter Chiarelli doesn’t tell the truth and the whole truth, but he does pass along clues. Two examples from one year ago: ON FREE AGENCY Chiraelli: “You have to be prepared to overspend a little bit, and over-term, so to speak, these guys if you’re going into free agency. You have to plan out a little bit more. It’s a market that we’ll look at. It’s a pool of players and we want to improve our team… There may be players on teams who need to get rid of that will be available because of cap constraints. So we’ll look at that market. There will be players to look at and distressed trades and normal trades and the free agency market, so we’ll l

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Brandon Davidson – Long Time Running

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2016-05-29

This article is part of a series on tracking Zone Transitions (Zone Exits and Zone Entries Against) for Oilers defencemen. The last post is here. For those unfamiliar with Zone Exits, please see my first article. Briefly, Controlled Zone Exits refer to carrying or passing it out of the defensive zone (as compared to dumping it out or missing the exit pass). Controlled Zone Exits are far more likely to result in an attack into the offensive zone than Uncontrolled Zone Exits. Zone Entries Against are elaborated on here. Teams that allow more Controlled Zone Entries (the other team passes or carries the puck in) tend to give up more shots than teams that force the opposition to dump it in. I t

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NHL Draft Combine 2016: Dates, Schedule, Format and Top Prospects

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2016-05-29

As the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins prepare to battle for the Stanley Cup in the league's showcase event, the best young players are getting ready for the 2016 NHL draft. In order to help the 30 NHL teams get a better handle on the top prospects' talents, abilities, mental makeup, health and potential for the future, they will get poked, prodded and tested at the NHL combine. That event will take place at First Niagara Center and the HarborCenter in Buffalo, New York, from Monday through Saturday. Where: First Niagara Center and HarborCenter in Buffalo, New York When: May 30-June 4   NHL Combine Schedule and Format   Top Prospects to Watch While

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Cult of Hockey: Late-blooming Brandon Davidson produced Oilers' feel-good story of the year

Source: Edmonton Journal
Date: 2016-05-29

2015-16 Edmonton Oilers in review: Brandon Davidson The Edmonton Oilers have taken a lot of (largely deserved) criticism over recent years for their chronic inability to draft and develop functional players beyond the first round. Some of the failure has been on the drafting/player acquisition side of the equation, but all too often a tired old formula has been followed — player shows early promise, player gets tossed into the deep end of the pool, player struggles, player gets traded. In recent years a similar formula has been followed with the likes of Jeff Petry, Martin Marincin, and Justin Schultz, all of whom now ply their trade elsewhere in the National Hockey League while return

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