September 30 2013 08:53AM
Cover of the .pdf version
The 2013-2014 Hockey Prospectus Annual is a book much different in style and content than the 2013 Hockey Abstract written by Robert Vollman. The Abstract was Vollman's general look at where statistical hockey analysis is in the year 2013, while Prospectus focuses on teams and players, and less on theory.
The writing is primarily done by Vollman, but there are many familiar names that pop up if you read often about hockey metrics online, such as Adam Gretz, Ryan Wagman and Corey Sznajder. With Vollman writing up many of the essays introducing teams and players, it's no surprise that the tome is heavily stocked with player usage and performance charts.
September 30 2013 12:08AM
The Winnipeg Jets preseason is finally over.
After back-to-back losses to the defending Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins, the Jets finished their third preseason in Manitoba with a 1-4-3 (Wins-Losses-Overtime/Shootout losses) record– last in the new Central Division. This isn't exactly what one would expect from a team looking to make that final push into the postseason for the first time in six years, but the operative word–preseason– says there's little reason to start panicking.
September 29 2013 02:58PM
The Jets put two players on waivers today - 23 year old Patrice Cormier and the recently signed Adam Pardy. With a final cut to go, the options for the team have narrowed to the three remaining non-waiver eligible skaters - Trouba, Scheifele, and Redmond. Reactions and thoughts below.
September 28 2013 04:45AM
Photo by clydeorama
Final Roster Cut-Down is Monday, with final waiver submissions due by noon eastern on Sunday. With the Jets' final loss of the pre-season in the books, we have a weekend of speculation ahead of us.
After sending down Edward Pasquale on Wednesday, the Jets have 26 remaining in camp - 15 forwards, 9 defencemen, and 2 netminders. While we could wait and see whom the Jets choose, I think it's a little more fun to stick our necks out and make some predictions.
September 28 2013 03:49AM
Cam Charron wrote a very thoughtful article yesterday about the role the shrinking cap played in giving RFAs with arbitration rights more leverage than usual this past off-season. He talks about how Nonis did well with Franson and Kadri (who could not / did not file for arbitration), while doing poorly in a relative sense with Bernier, Fraser, and Gunnarsson. Had those players been awarded inflated 1-year deals, Charron reasons, the team cap structure would have been even worse off, and Nonis knew that.
It made me reflect on the situation between the Jets and the Arbitration 5 this off-season. Were Cheveldayoff's hands tied by a coming cap crunch? Was he doing his GM'ly duties on a level this blogger failed to even comprehend? But also - what are Cheveldayoff's patterns, and what can we learn from them?
In fairness to Cam - his thoughtful article was also an exercise in self-reflection toward understanding our own limitations as analysts and writers. I won't do that part of his article justice in the words to follow.