May 05 2016 08:00AM
Garret Hohl kicked off this year's Prospect Profile series, highlighting the 60th to 57th ranked prospects, which sets the stage perfectly for today's list, which include the 56th, 55th, 54th, 53rd and 52nd ranked prospects. There's a lot to like in this lot, from fallen former first rounders to late risers and everything in between.
Catch up on the other side of the jump, as we delve into their junior careers and what they might be able to offer at the professional level.
May 04 2016 05:31PM
Welcome to this week's version of What Would You Do Wednesday where you are asked a question and debate among yourselves what the answer is. Unfortunately, the only prize you will receive will be the most Twitter mentions.
The Jets have one a draft lottery position. Would would have thought? As a result, this week's WWYDW asks what to do with the Jets' most obvious draft choice.
May 04 2016 04:02PM
Hello everyone and welcome to annual prospect countdown for the upcoming 2016 NHL Entry Draft. We combined the rankings of multiple authors between Canucks Army and Jets Nation to create our very own consensus list.
Included with our profiles is the new statistical modelling system, the Player Graduation Probabilities System (pGPS), which helps one see how often statistically similar players graduate into the NHL. Outside of pGPS' creators, the voters in these rankings had no prior knowledge of each prospects pGPS.
Without further distraction, we start our ranking by profiling our consensus 60th, 49th, 58th, and 57th ranked prospects for this season.
May 04 2016 02:55PM
The ability to predict the success of hockey prospects at young ages has long been a goal in the business of hockey. Now more than ever, the success of young players is directly related to the success of an NHL team. For the most part, rosters are built through the draft, rather than trades and free agency. Knowing who will is likely to be successful and who is likely to fail can be the difference between winning and losing in the future - and that can subsequently be the difference between employment and unemployment for the person who is choosing the players.
It wasn't that long ago (although it seems like ages) that Canucks Army had access to such a tool. PCS, the Prospect Cohort Success project developed by Money Puck and Josh Weissbock, used historical data to project players in the here and now. Unfortunately, we lost access to the system when those two were hired by the Florida Panthers.
As you may have noticed, we've been using comparable percentages to assess prospects again over the past couple of months, beginning with this article here. It's been a bit of a mystery until now, but it's time to pull back the curtain. Draft and prospect analytics are returning to Canucks Army and the Nation Network. This is not a rebirth of PCS, but instead an alternative, using similar underlying principles.
This is pGPS: the prospect Graduation Probabilities System.
May 03 2016 08:00AM
Tomorrow we kick off our draft coverage with in depth profiles of the top 60 ranked players from the 2016 NHL draft class, but before we get that started, I figured it would be a worthwhile venture to look back at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft one year later.
The Hockey News did a similar thing last week, but it was still based on a subjective polling of scouts looking at the players. This is to say that there's likely a few players slotted way above their appropriate mark. We need a more objective measure to really drive the conversation, and I hope to provide just that with a series of stature and statistics based players with which to compare the next wave against.