March 04 2015 08:16PM
In the fall, I asked an NHL scout about the CHL's western league and was informed it was a 'down year' and there might not be a Top 10 overall selection in the WHL. Six months later? Ivan Provorov has changed the landscape.
March 04 2015 01:02PM
The Jets enter today's game *still* holding onto the first Wild Card spot in the west with a 32-20-12 record. This is good enough for fourth in the Central Division and fifth in the Western Conference. They host the Ottawa Senators. The Senators currently hold a 27-23-11 record and are 11th in the Eastern Conference.
Jets won their last game decisively against the Kings and are 6-2-2 in their last ten. The Senators meanwhile have only lost one game in regulation in their last 10, with a 7-1-2 record.
Playoff Push Update:
March 04 2015 08:58AM
You are not a coach, scout, or general manager. Watch the game.
The numbers are imperfect and do not cover all aspects of the game. Statistics are not everything. The game isn't played on the spreadsheet. Statistics only tell you what happened. Do you think you are smarter then the coach, general manager, or scouts?
Why does the coach choose player A over player B? Why is player utilization often not evidence driven? Why are players with better results sometimes not used more than some players with worse? Why does hockey management tend to gravitate towards certain type of players?
Why does this conflict exist between the eye-test and statistics?
Let's take a look.
March 03 2015 11:17AM
Welcome back to another edition of Future NHEhlers, where we review all the latest in news and play for the Winnipeg Jets (non-AHL) prospects. We dig into all the game reports from the CHL, NCAA, and Europe to let you know how all of your future favourites are progressing.
Without further ado, let's move to the numbers!
March 03 2015 07:00AM
Recently we discussed one area where Jim Slater is a bit overrated, face offs. It is not Slater's fault, but the impact of a face off win is not that large.
There is one area though that Slater may potentially provide value and that is on the penalty kill.
Let's take a look.