September 13 2011 09:21AM
Earlier, I introduced on The Nations Network a new way of looking at a player's plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players.
This month, somewhat regularly, I will break down types of players and teams in an effort to localize player talents and figure out exactly what certain teams need. There's definitely more to a hockey player than simply being "good" or "bad" and by how much, so today I will profile the defensive forward.
September 12 2011 11:19PM
The debate has raged for centuries, are we products of genetics or does our environment dictate the future outcome? Pro sports has it’s own version of this argument. Is drafting more important or is development? Would Mark Messier have been a Hall of Famer had Edmonton not selected him in the 3rd round of the 1979 entry draft? Would he have become that same player in another organization? How about Ken Daneyko? What if he had been drafted by Winnipeg instead of Jim Kyte in 1982? Would he still have realized all of that potential?
September 12 2011 09:47PM
For the sake of argument, let's compare the original Winnipeg Jets who left in 1996 to our modern day 2011 Winnipeg Jets.
In 1996, the Jets had a young, up-and-coming team with the likes of Keith Tkachuk, Alexei Zhamnov, Teppo Numminen, and Nikolai Khabibulin during the beginning of their careers.
September 12 2011 04:57PM
After a summer where commercial matters like logos and sweater unveilings dominated NHL news in Winnipeg, the Jets' prospects take to the ice in Penticton this evening for their YoungStars opener in the first instance of actual hockey for the franchise. The youngsters head into this week coming off a couple of heavily attended practice sessions back here in the homeland, but tonight's tilt with the baby Sharks should be a proper chance to examine how much progress a few key players have made over the summer.
September 12 2011 10:52AM
The scene: After a hard-fought prospects game at one of the many preseason tournaments sprouting up across North America, a progressive coach brings a player into his office to discuss the fighting major the player earned the night before in the second period of a 5-1 hockey game.
"Oh, hey, it's good to see you showed up. I wanted to call you in here with regards to that fight that you had last night in our prospects game.