The 2014 Draft: Ambiguous Territory

Ryan Pike
June 03 2014 10:49AM

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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.

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News and Notes - June 2 2014

Ryan Pike
June 02 2014 11:17AM

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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?

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Journal of Hockey Analytics: Volume I Issue 4

Josh W
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!

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Weekend Open Thread: Possession Anchors and Balloons

Ryan Pike
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.

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May 30 2014 03:30PM


It's Friday and don't, for one second, pretend you're working on anything. You may as well read this Playoff Pool update to see how badly I suck and how my dreams of Internet prizery are being replaced by the stench of failure and loneliness. Somewhere out there, Chris Kelly is laughing at me. He's pointing at his screen and mocking my stupidity. Not only did I choose an injured player for my roster, I didn't take a single Canadien,NY Ranger or Chicago Blackhawk. Now, the only thing left for me to stare at the concrete as I plummet to earth and wait for impact. This is my life at the bottom, laugh if you must.

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