May 02 2013 07:04PM
Every week or so, I have a few thoughts. This week I congratulate myself for not throwing things during Cheveldayoff's press conference, toss out a bit of extra data from the on-going Marcel Comeau evaluation, and muse on what the roster could look like next year. A smattering of my synaptic output below.
May 01 2013 04:01PM
This year, the Nations Network is handing out some virtual hardware to end the season. Slip into your favourite yelling pants, put on a cloak of incredulity, and check out our nominees below. Vote for your favourite, our writers will do the same, and we'll unveil the winners and our personal picks in the days to come.
April 26 2013 03:34PM
Marcel Comeau has been the Head Scout of the Atlanta Thrashers and now Winnipeg Jets since 2003. This season will mark his 11th draft with the organization, and as Cheveldayoff continues to preach patience and hope, we will have a look at the man in charge of delivering a hockey team from a list of teenagers.
Part 1 of our evaluation looked at where Comeau and the scouting team draw talent from, finding a pattern of selecting players from outside the top development programs of the world. Further, Comeau has a known preference for players with grit and notably desires player character. He was quoted as saying his preference is for players "you'd like to share a foxhole with at some point in time."
In Part 2, we'll begin our evaluation in earnest. Knowing how he sees the game a little better, what is Comeau's record of success at drafting? There are many ways to measure this, but Part 2 will focus on what was delivered against what can be reasonably expected by round. We'll use drafts years 2003 to 2010 (8 drafts in total) to ask the following - given the average rate of finding NHL players in a given round, has Marcel Comeau graduated enough quality players to indicate success?
April 22 2013 02:00PM
Buffalo Sabers (19-20-6) At
Your Winnipeg Jets (23-19-3)
Last Meeting: April 9th, Jets 4 – Sabres 1
Broadcast: TSN Jets
Puck Drop: 6:00 (CT)
Buffalo was eliminated from playoff contention by the Rangers on Friday - which puts the over-under for mentions of "playing for pride" at 6.5. After a miserable and confusing season that has seen the longest tenured coach in the league fired and three members of their opening night roster traded, this Sabres team is likely playing out the string because they're contractually obligated and not for much else. This is the third meeting of the teams, the Jets collecting two wins in their previous matchups. This one comes with the Jets just three points back of three different teams - Rangers, Senators, and the division leading Capitals. It's also the third last game of the Jets season and the team finds themselves back on the road after a 6-game home stand that saw them go 5-0-1 and score three or more goals in every game.
April 18 2013 05:12PM
Every week or so, I have a few thoughts. This week I look at the the opportunity cost of not using Montoya, flash a table on how good Burmistrov is, and consider how good the Jets *really* are over their losing and winning streaks. A smattering of my synaptic output below.