December 27 2013 11:31AM
Although "new stats" are still considered the useless obsession of a small collection of dilettantes in some quarters, they are nevertheless growing in prominence and use across the game. Possession stats like corsi are the basis of this upheaval and I still get a lot of questions and requests for clarification when it comes to these sorts of metrics.
Instead of answer them individually via email I decided to put together a crash course of the most important measures. In this series, I'll discuss what the measures are, what they mean, why they are useful and how they can easily referenced.
We'll start with corsi.
December 25 2013 08:06AM
About this time last year we at the Nations were trying to figure out a way to make the seemingly endless lock-out interesting (and to keep the lights on as our advertisers fled in terror).
Flash forward 12 months and we're bigger than ever after adding Brian Sutherby, Daily Faceoff and getting JetsNation on its feet (with the help of some great new contributors). We have some big plans for the future and will likely be adding even more content, gear, features, contests and fantasy type games very soon.
Of course, none of this is possible without all of our readers. So thank you for sticking with us through the dark times and continuting to make writing and reading here interesting, challenging, fun and rewarding.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone.
December 20 2013 08:51AM
The recent struggles of Sean Monahan is a topic of interest for me, in part because it sparked a discussion about the nature of analysis, particularly regarding valuing results and processes. Let's get to the Monahan stuff first and the rest will follow. I'll talk about Mikael Backlund (yes, again) here as well.
December 17 2013 08:50AM
Since the management switch a lot of folks have been asking me what I think about Brian Burke's professed focus on size and toughness. Luckily enough I've talked about this before, so I'm going to pull a bit from the archives to discuss this issue now.
Regular readers will remember a series of theory based articles I did in the off-season of 2012 dubbed "asking the right questions". In the third article "Content Over Style", I noted how a singular focus on qualitative (ie; descriptive) facets of a players scouting report can lead to constructing subjective - rather than objective - vision of the player in question. The point being that it matters more that a player gets results rather than how he might get them.
December 05 2013 02:20PM
So about this time last December I arranged something with college hockey site BC Interruption so Flames fans could get their hands on Gaudrey Baker t-shirts. Because at the time, fourth round pick and smallest player ever chosen by the Flames organization, Johnny Gaudreau was tearing up College hockey.