August 26 2013 06:06PM
You might have noticed that I went on vacation if you’ve stopped by the site recently. I’m in Italy at the moment with some family, wrapping up a summer in Europe by making sure I have the requisite fat stores to make it through the winter. No need to extend your consolations and support – the hardship of constant gelato will only make me stronger in the end.
This edition of The Extra Attacker is a little bit tongue-in-cheek, and is intended more for entertainment than journalism.
August 12 2013 06:02AM
Photo brilliance by thereturn at HF Boards
One of the challenges with measuring process-based metrics like corsi - a measure of possession and territory that correlates well with scoring chances - is that we have stats at the team level and at the individual level. It's a moving target to try to put these two levels of data into the context of a 5 on 5 game when individuals switch every 40-50 seconds at the desire of a person we don't measure. We've made huge strides - and the WOWY (With or Without You) data over at Hockey Analytics is part of that.
Another part of that was offered by Travis Yost at NHL Numbers the other week - team by team corsi according to forward tiers (Eastern Conf / Western Conf). Grouping forwards into lines by EV time on ice, Travis gives us a sense of how teams are built and shows very strong evidence that to win, teams need depth.
His methodology is sound in general - using even strength time on ice to sort out the 'tiers' of forwards - but hides an important reality about how the Jets were coached. Below we'll look at his chart for the Jets and compare it to a purposeful grouping of the forwards into approximate lines.
August 09 2013 06:36AM
Photo by clydeorama
We bloggers can be a serious people. But it’s August. We’re all sitting in hammocks with a cold beer reading Vollman’s new Hockey Abstract on our tablets to avoid equally Screen Deprivation Anxiety and the chance of the sun reaching our pale, pale skin. It’s a time we can relax and stand to laugh at ourselves just a little.
Which is great because let’s face it, honoured readers, we bloggers sometimes pick odd players to love based on process related metrics. Just look at this great one by me on Eric Tangradi. I thought that guy might work out and felt genuine excitement about it. What a dummy.
But we’re not alone! Our professional partners in print and those of the Sound-Making Media have some hilarious ideas about how hockey works and who is good at it. Where bloggers use incredulity, the mainsteam media is using hype. And we’re all ridiculous!
I think readers can agree there’s no better way to see our foibles than holding an All-Star game. That’s right, The Kyle Wellwood’s Career Memorial All-Stars face off against The Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hawks!
So relax and have a laugh at yourself. And others. (If you have a horse in this race, it’s okay to laugh just a little harder at the others to keep the self-doubt at bay.)
August 08 2013 02:10PM
Now Jets Defensive Coach Charlie Huddy. Photo by FanofPucks
Ah the glory days of summer when depression about one's hockey club is pure and untainted by Seasonal Affective Disorder.
On Monday we looked at the forward depth chart for the Jets, and today we address the defence. If the season started today, who would the Jets ice? We'll look at some context and possible training camp scenarios before we end with a group hug and a link to a support network.
August 06 2013 06:09AM
Photo by clydeorama.
The reasons for Alex Burmistrov's depature to the KHL seemed self-evident, even the morning of July 8th. A four-game benching, limited minutes on a struggling team, and poor linemates were the gifts from a coach to a player having a successful personal season at a young age. It seemed like a form of gaslighting from afar - telling Burmistrov to be better and earn his minutes while at once he couldn't possibly have been better given this circumstances and others on the roster were getting ice time by virtue of some other, non-merit-based criteria. The rumours began in May and his agent confirmed that Burmistrov had little interest in playing for Noel again before the ink was dry with Ak Bars Kazan.
In Ken Wiebe's article linked above, we were left with one unresolved puzzle piece.
"In previous conversations, Burmistrov had been adamant that his primary focus was on playing in the NHL, so what changed?
'It is better to forward this question to Alex,' said Nikolaev [Burmistrov's Agent].
Burmistrov, 21, could not be reached for comment."
Yesterday (yesterday? Time zones hurt my brain), Sport-Express.ru published an interview with Alex Burmistrov that resolved this question in a playa-hatin' quote TMZ would relish.