April 11 2015 05:30PM
Hey, you! Yes, you! Are you excited for playoff hockey? Do you like winning sweet prizes? Are you not only morally superior to those heathen Flames, Jets, Canucks and Oilers fans, but intellectually superior too? Well, it's time to step up and prove it - the NationDrafts charity playoff hockey pool is here!
Join us after the jump for details on how to enter, support a good cause, and win some great prizes!
April 11 2015 04:41PM
Though he lost the starting job to Ondrej Pavelec in recent weeks, Winnipeg Jets rookie netminder Michael Hutchinson has put together a strong rookie season. In fact it was a record setting rookie season.
Hutchinson finished the year with a 21-10-5 record, which was good enough to set a new record for rookie goaltenders in the history of the Jets version 2.0/Atlanta Thrashers franchise.
Let's break it down after the jump.
April 11 2015 03:55PM
The game may not have meaning for standings or playoff positioning, but not one Jet who was dressed would say the game was meaningless.
The Jets came out with a rocky start, with the Michael Ferlund scoring his NHL debut goal on the very first shot of the game. Only 15 seconds later, Drew Stafford tied up the game.
Not much occurred thereafter, other than some very open play as expected with both teams dressing the B-Squad.
Michael Frolik scored early in the third for his 19th of the season, which opened up the flood gates. The Jets scored an additional three goals from Lee Stempniak, Adam Lowry, and Matt Halischuk.
Let's break it down.
April 11 2015 11:46AM
The playoffs became a reality for the Winnipeg Jets after the team clinched its first post-season berth since relocating from Atlanta three years ago.
Today, the Jets will look to fly into the playoffs on a high note.
The Jets (42-26-13), who hold the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, will host the playoff-bound Calgary Flames at the MTS Centre in their regular-season finale.
They still don't know who their first-round opponent will be, but the Jets will face either the Anaheim Ducks or St. Louis Blues in the opening series.
April 11 2015 10:00AM
Later today, the Washington D.C. Hockey Analytics Conference will take place, as a handful of online analytics personalities will gather at Georgetown University to present a variety of studies and findings in the field of hockey analytics. Our own MoneyPuck will be in attendance to present the following study on simulating former entry drafts based on his height and scoring cohort success percentage model, so let's wish him the best of luck!
One of the passions that most of us at Canucks Army share is the desire to improve how teams draft players. This should come as no surprise, given that most of us are long suffering Canucks fans that have had to live with having one of the league's worst draft records.
Much ink has been spilled in the analytics community on the importance of scoring at the junior level as an indicator of future success, with many analysts lamenting the perceived bias teams have in selecting size over skill. Josh Weissbock and myself addressed this in our work on predicting the future NHL success of both forwards and defensemen. We found small players had a lower likelihood of making it in the NHL than their taller peers who produced at the same rate offensively. Smaller players that did make it were generally prolific scorers at the junior level. Far from a validation of drafting size over skill, the implications of the study were rather intuitive and predictable: draft the higher scorer, and if scoring is equal, pick the bigger player.
So given this information, can we out-draft an NHL team? Find out after the jump.