June 04 2014 08:15AM
Many years ago, Tim Erixon decided he didn't want to play for the Calgary Flames. Jay Feaster, in a bind, turned to Glen Sather for help. Rather than hope Erixon fell to them when he re-entered the draft, the Rangers sent two second round picks and prospect Roman Horak to Calgary instead for Erixon's rights - the Flames would've gotten only a second rounder if Erixon went back into the draft.
It stands as perhaps Feaster's best move as a GM, and that's completely ignoring that the two players they got with the draft picks - Markus Granlund and Tyler Wotherspoon - are seemingly close to being NHL-ready contributors.
Originally chosen 57th overall in the 2011 Draft (Granlund was picked 12 spots earlier), Tyler Wotherspoon is #11 in this year's Flames Fifteen.
June 03 2014 10:49AM
As the run-up to the 2014 NHL Draft begins in earnest, everyone and their dog does a mock draft. Heck, probably two or three of 'em.
It makes sense. Mocks give an idea of the actual players a team might get, rather than in the abstract, which makes them easier to discuss. But ignoring the obvious "you're trying to predict the behaviour of 30 groups" problem, from a Flames standpoint we had another issue.
This is the first draft for Brad Treliving and Brian Burke in Calgary, and nobody knows what their preferences are or how hands-on either of them will be.
June 02 2014 11:17AM
It was a quiet weekend for the Calgary Flames but a fairly busy one in the hockey world, as we now know that the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers will face-off in the 73rd best-of-seven Cup Finals.
By wonderful coincidence, the Flames won the season series against both the Kings and Rangers. That and a toonie gets you a cup of coffee nowadays.
Let's catch up on a few things, shall we?
June 02 2014 10:46AM
Courtesy of Reddit's /u/Kebbs
Welcome back to this week's Journal of Hockey Analytics. For your giant repository of link dumps of all hockey analytics works I could find. Whether to help you get through a boring Monday or to help you advance your shot quality project. Take a look and maybe your ideas will be inspired.
For systems analysis, more "Sham Sharron" scouting tips, and new data for your own projects, see all the links past the jump!
May 31 2014 08:30AM
As we all revel in the awesomeness that is the Chicago/LA series (and last night's game in particular), why not finish off the last of my brief possession look-backs?
Who makes their teammates consistently, considerably better at driving the play? Conversely, who was an absolute drain on the life-force of the team's offensive drives? That's what I tried to dig into here.
My approach was rather simple: anybody who played 100 even-strength minutes together was compared. Players that increased (or decreased) another's Corsi by 10% or more (compared to that player apart from them) were noted and listed here, listed from biggest to smallest differences made. Your mileage may vary.