June 26 2015 12:46PM
Draft day is here, and our Prospect Profiles series has now run its course. If you missed any of the players we covered or are just looking for information on a particular player, our entire top-45 countdown with links to each individual profile is after the jump
June 26 2015 11:00AM
We're getting down to the nitty gritty here at the Nation Network draft profiles. In fact, we're down the No. 2 guy on everyone's draft board, and our very last profile. Yup it's Buffalo-bound Jack Eichel, who is largely considered the second- or third-best prospect to come along in the last several years (behind you-know-who this year, and Nathan MacKinnon two years back).
A lot has been said about Eichel by this point, but here's a run-down.
June 26 2015 10:42AM
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The Winnipeg Jets have engaged team captain Andrew Ladd in contract extension talks, according to a report from Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.
Though the negotiations are preliminary in nature, it makes a good deal of sense that Winnipeg would want to keep the 29-year-old power forward in the fold. In addition to his snarly physical game and solid two-way abilities, Ladd is a bona fide top-line winger who has contributed at least 50 points in every season since joining the franchise back in 2010-11.
June 26 2015 10:24AM
PCS is still in its infancy. You could think of it as being in its "alpha-testing" stage. There are some issues and also some quantitative factors that could be (and eventually will be) added into the model.
Still PCS offers some interesting insight on how players who are of similar age, height, and scoring in the same league did in making the NHL.
With the draft nearing we thought we'd break down Kevin Cheveldayoff and the Winnipeg Jets previous draft selections and how they did relative to what was immediately available.
We continue our series with the my personal favourite Winnipeg Jets draft, the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
June 26 2015 10:00AM
"Goalies are Voodoo."
This is a mantra repeated at one point or another by nearly anyone within the hockey analytics community. While a definite stretch of the truth, there’s some truth to it since goalies are extremely hard to predict. They are subject to small sample sizes including a full season of play, and nearly every goalie has their own unique development path.
Because of the difficulty in predicting goalies from such a young age it is oft-suggested to not use your draft picks on a goalie. You can often select a cheap, average goalie from free agency, European leagues or the NCAA. Because of the difficulty and the better options elsewhere I am oft in this camp.
The downside of not drafting a goaltender is that you are not likely to find an elite goaltender such as the Roberto Luongos, Carey Prices, or Henrik Lundqivst's of the world. Should your team try and draft a goalie, despite the area being harder to predict, there are still some analytical rules you should follow.
Let's take a look at a few of 2015's most interesting goalie prospects after the jump.