The overrated value of a faceoff

  Every so often, an analyst will talk about how a certain player deserved a “three star” nominee because he won two or three big faceoffs. Even more so often a coach will send out two centremen in a high-leverage situation to win a key, late draw. The question is whether this tactic has a…


Nik Zherdev – The case for the Czar of Relative Corsi

    In light of Russian hockey journalist Dmitry Chesnokov tweeting that “[Nikolay] Zherdev’s Russian agent says the player is considering only NHL offers at this point,” you have to think that either a) the player is mulling a series of offers or b) no team has put forth a serious offer to the player.


Anatomy of an undervalued hockey player

    Niclas Bergfors. Tyler Kennedy. Torrey Mitchell. Scott Gomez. Martin Hanzal. Scottie Upshall. Nikolay Zherdev. Peter Regin. Michael Frolik. What do all nine of these players have in common?


Looking ahead: The key players of the Winnipeg Jets

    Kevin Cheveldayoff has remained pretty quiet in the offseason. Other than re-signing a few players (including prospective captain Andrew Ladd) and wading into the shallowest of unrestricted free agent depths, the Jets are taking their time in building this roster inherited from Atlanta.