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Establishing AHL Baselines for Prospect Success

View image | gettyimages.com Nearly every hockey fan has the basic understanding that the NHL is the best hockey league in the world and that to become an regular player in the league you need to be the best of the best. Combining this with the piling of recent evidence suggesting that the peak age of players is around the mid-20s, it…

Talent Left on the 2015 Draft Floor

View image | gettyimages.com Every year at the NHL Entry Draft a number of teams make really smart decisions on their picks (Islanders, Jets) while other teams seem to fall on their face (Bruins).  At the end of the 210 picks, inevitably there are players every year who are not chosen despite showing potential to…

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: A Statistical Look at Draft Eligible Goalies

View image | gettyimages.com “Goalies are Voodoo.”  This is a mantra repeated at one point or another by nearly anyone within the hockey analytics community.  While a definite stretch of the truth, there’s some truth to it since goalies are extremely hard to predict. They are subject to small sample sizes including a full season of play, and…

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #10 Mikko Rantanen

View image | gettyimages.com As we head into our top-10 prospects in this profile series we are moving back to Finland to take a look at Mikko Rantanen – possibly the number 1 player to be drafted out of Europe this season. It’s no surprise that Rantanen is very highly spoken of, it’s more a…

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #26 Joel Eriksson Ek

Photo Courtesy: @Sarah_Hobday Back again on the other side of Atlantic, we are taking a look at the young centre Joel Eriksson Ek who has played a large amount of times in leagues senior to his age and has succeeded.  He appears he will likely be selected in the late first round, with potential to…

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #31 Sebastian Aho

View image | gettyimages.com I wouldn’t blame you if you went looking for Sebastian Aho highlights on Youtube and got really confused. The top result over there appears to show a short Swedish d-man, and, well, it’s not a mistake. Sebastian Aho is a diminutive Swedish blueliner that’s eligible for his second entry draft this season….

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #35 Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson

View image | gettyimages.com Continuing with our Prospect Profiles, today we turn to number 35 on the list, the Swedish import into the USHL and currently scheduled to attend Boston College: Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson (aka JFK). This young centre has potential to become an impact player for your team if you’re willing to take the risk. …

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #37 Thomas Chabot

View image | gettyimages.com Today we turn our heads back to the QMJHL, where we look at the first of two high-scoring defenders from the Saint John Sea Dogs, Thomas Chabot.  It might be a bit of a surprise to see Chabot fall to the second round in our rankings, given that he has been cited as a mid-20s pick by…

Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #43 Yakov Trenin

View image | gettyimages.com Yakov Trenin was a player I’ve noticed early on this season as he was a big Russian kid playing for my local Gatineau Olympiques.  He’s had an excellent season emerging as one of the best players on one of the better possession teams in the league.  Despite the love that he has…

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Draft Analytics: Unveiling the Prospect Cohort Success Model

View image | gettyimages.com Prospects and amateur scouting are a new frontier within hockey analytics. Numbers can highlight some large market inefficiencies exploitable by teams if and when they start to advance their knowledge in this niche.  The numbers on prospects, especially when combined with knowledge of scouts, can tell you a lot more than the some of the largest mainstream scouting outlets. In Money Puck’s recent series of…

Future NHEHLERS – April 23rd, 2015

View image | gettyimages.com Welcome back to another installment 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…

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IceCaps Recap – April 23rd, 2015

Courtesy: StJohnsIceCaps.com Welcome to the latest instalment of the IceCaps Recap where we review all the weekly activities of the St. John’s Ice Caps, the AHL affiliation of the Winnipeg Jets. Similar to the Future NHEhlers weekly article, we review all the stats and news we can find for your IceCaps. Continue past the jump to read what went down.