February 16 2017 07:00AM
This is a four-part series analyzing where each NHL teams stands heading into the trade deadline based on the context of each division, and the short- and long-term implications of buying or selling with the expansion draft around the corner.
The decline of both the St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars coupled with the Chicago Blackhawks likely being trigger shy due to multiple years of buying at the deadline has given the Minnesota Wild a perfect opportunity to thrust themselves to the top of the Central Division standings. Their biggest competition has been the underachieving Nashville Predators, who are one piece away from being a legitimate contender. And that piece could be held by the worst team in the division, the Colorado Avalanche.
February 15 2017 01:27PM
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There are just 4 games left before the Winnipeg Jets have a bye week. Do players really need this extra time off during the season?
February 15 2017 12:30PM
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The Jets are in a lot of trouble. People are already looking forward to next season and it isn’t even the trade deadline, yet. What had a potential to be a promising season for the Jets, now is turning into another tire fire.
In fact, there is a lot of work that needs to be done going into the 2017-18 season and even before the upcoming off season. There’s the expansion draft and the 2017 entry draft coming in June. You can even lump the trade deadline into this category.
The Jets have many needs up and down the organization. The question is what is the most pressing need?
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February 15 2017 10:08AM
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Every team in the NHL is constantly striving to find market inefficiencies to capitalize on towards the goal of creating value and ultimately winning games. Whether done by finding undervalued assets or developing a set of sustained competitive advantages – every team should always have these concepts in mind.
The analytics community has widely acknowledged we are not as good at evaluating defensemen as we are at evaluating forwards - in part due to having fewer effective metrics available. As a result, a number of people have spent time trying to expand our knowledge in this area - as any new development would be sure to present a strong market opportunity to capitalize on.
February 15 2017 08:00AM
A strong showing from Erik Foley and Jansen Harkins highlights this week's prospect update. Let's take a look at what went on in the prospect world last week!