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Defense is more than just the level of skill in the guys playing. It is a system. Then I started thinking about other teams that have good defense but don't see the results.
I would like to share with you team rankings based on the ELO rating system. This is purely mathematical based on wins and losses. Each team has a score. That score increases or decreases based on wins and losses. The amount of change is based on the score of the opponent.
Each year I keep a list of each team's offseason (since the trade deadline) acquisitions and subtractions. I've tried to summarize them here, as some people might find it useful or interesting. The formatting kind of sucks right now, and hopefully I'll figure out a new way to present it that will be easy to set up. Legend Free Agency Trade Draft Waivers Buyout/Termination/Retired Unsigned Draft Pick Non-Qualified RFA ANA - Reto Berra (G) - Kevin Bieksa (D) - Jared Boll (F) - J.T....
Jim Nill and the Dallas Stars need a banner year this upcoming season. Benn and Seguin’s primes will only last for so long, and the Stars need more success (namely, playoff success) before their elite talent runs out. A team that’s often been surprisingly difficult to garner expectations for, Dallas has a rather bizarre history since Jim Nill took over the team. Two playoff appearances, including one as the top seed in the Western Conference, have given this team a taste of success. But...
There's been a lot of talk this offseason about tax. Certain teams have an unfair advantage due to having lower taxes than other who have high taxes. Tampa Bay tends to be the main team people are complaining about, although others like Dallas, Nashville get lumped in as well. So I wanted to really explore this idea. Do teams with low tax rates have more success? And do teams with high tax rates have less? The hypothesis people seem to be making is that teams with low tax have an unfair...
Well, it's that time of year again! Time to start measuring up a wholly inconsequential and non-predictive stat! Who will be this year's Preseason Champion!? Team GP SSG W L OT Pts Pt% OTW OTL SOW SOL GF GA +/- ANA603306 0.500 00001923-4 ARI724219 0.643 010024213 BOS8451212 0.750 022024213 BUF703406 0.429 00002024-4 CGY10543311 0.550 020138380 CAR6050111 0.917 1100281315 CHI602404 0.333 00001921-2 COL603306 0.500 10001726-9 CBJ803506 0.375 00002132-11 DAL704219 0.643 010025214 DET8071014...
I thought with the CHL season starting, and with NHL camps starting to make cuts, it would be interesting to see what notable prospects have been sent back to the CHL, Europe or AHL camp. I got this idea after checking out the Soo vs Saginaw tonight to notice that Morgan Frost was already back (a bit of a surprise, I thought he'd last a bit longer in camp), while Saginaw is without Bode Wilde. Try not to clog this thread up with marginal guys. Lets try to keep it to 1st rounders of the last...
I mentioned this the day of the trade, but with the Karlsson transaction having included Chris Tierney and Rudolfs Balcers ( :cry: ), the trade extended the life of a chain of deals that can be traced unbroken back all the way to the 1993 draft and the Sharks' first round pick that year. So in honor of that, I have spent the last few days creating what might be my magnum opus: a complete visual reference to the greatest trade tree in Sharks history and possibly one of the greatest in NHL...
Well we put it to the poll open to all members and here are the results. Thanks to everyone participating again this year and we will see how wrong we are again next spring :laugh: Biggest risers from our rankings last year are Las Vegas, Winnipeg, Boston, Colorado, LA and Philly. The biggest droppers are Edmonton, Ottawa, NYR, Chicago, Montreal and Anahiem. Follow this link to see links to individual polls:...
Late round as in 3rd round and onwards. For me Detroit 1990 - ) Vyacheslav Kozlov (3rd round), Stewart Malgunas ( 4th Round), Jason York (7th round) 1991 -) Chris Osgood (3rd round), Mike Knuble (4th round) 1992 -) Dan Mcgillis (10th round) 1993 -) John Jakopin (4th round), Norm Maracle ( 5th round) 1994 -) Tomas Holmstrom ( 10th round ) 1995 - 1996 - 1997 -) n/a 1998 -) Pavel Datsyuk (6th round) 1999 -) Henrik Zetterberg ( 7th Round ) 2000-2001 -) None 2002 -) Valterri Filppula (3rd...
It's hard to believe that in the early 1970s, over 95% of NHL players were Canadian in origin. This figure has been on the decline for the past 40+ years, and by 2015-16, the majority of NHL players were not of Canadian origin. It seemed to begin to change when the WHA Winnipeg Jets imported several Scandinavians to their roster for the 1974-75 season. Once the Jets became the top team for the remainder of the WHA, it paved the way for Swedes and Finns to cross the Atlantic, and make a...
And by official, I mean mine, of course. So after all the fighting on the other threads, i tried to crank out a stats-based Center ranking, but nothing too fancy. At the same time it's both complicated and simple. NOTE: IF YOU HATE STATS JUST SKIP TO THE BOTTOM FOR THE FINAL RANKINGS Here's how I approached it. I looked at the last 2 seasons. This imo is the best combo of "recent" and "good sample size" to judge a player's current value. But it's not perfect, of course, especially when it...
I decided to create 2 polls - the first asks which 10 teams have the brightest future? This doesn't mean "who will improve the most", but rather "who will be cup contenders, who will rack up the most points, who will always be near the top". The second poll is the opposite, and asks "who will rack up the least points, be near the bottom, will not contend" over that 5 year span. Brightest [URL]https://hfboards.mandatory.com/threads/top-10-teams-with-the-brightest-future-2018.2523729/[/URL] Darkest...
I found this stat to be cool. If your team wins the Stanley cup; you have a 66 % chance of them winning it again within 7 years. Pittsburgh, Chicago, LA have all repeated this decade. Detroit, NJ, Colorado have all recently repeated. After the NHL expanded in 1967 the Islanders, Oilers, Flyers, Bruins have also repeated while teams like NJ, Detroit, Pittsburgh and Montreal have all had multiple teams win within 7 years. I did not include Washington because they have not had an opportunity...
Obviously every system isn't perfect, but I like a system that encourages trading. Here are a few thoughts/ideas, some less novel and likely recycled. 1. Trading salary. There's arguments against this, but teams can already retain cap hit if trading a player, so how about the team retains the player and trades the salary/cap hit. It's essentially trading money. Teams can eat some salary, without actually needing to take the player and gain some assets along the way. 2. Deadline rentals....
So with the Stanley Cup Finals starting on Monday, I figured it would be a lot of fun to look at perspectives of the Knights before October 1st and how the masses (Including most of us) have been wrong about this team. Below are some of the links to articles and HF threads to show how much different things were 11 months ago today. We all know how this team beat everyone's expectations and no one predicted this team would be any good, but let's see exactly what people said about GMGM's...
Okay, flame away, or maybe even agree. Why does a red-blooded Canadian guy like me get tired of playoff beards now? Here is why. EVERYONE has them. It started with the Islanders and correct me if I am wrong but Butch Goring, among others, is often credited for starting this process of not shaving until he was bounced out. Even in the 1990s there were players that did it, but not everyone did it and it was still sort of a bit of a novelty. Look at the Red Wings even, Fedorov didn't do it,...
Here's where I think we lost this season, kind of in order: -Scheduling. Too many B2B games, with 2nd game in different city than the 1st game, and 2nd game coming against non-B2B teams who were rested. After playing almost 3 seasons worth of hockey in 2 years, I have no idea why the NHL decided to saddle us with the categorically-worst schedule. I think it really hampered our ability to maintain championship level of play. -We screwed up by making chemistry-altering moves at the trade...
September 20. 1990 was when hockey was born in Tampa Bay and I was there. ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A crowd of 25,581, more than 4,500 above the National Hockey League single-game record, turned out Wednesday night to see the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Kings, 5-3, in an exhibition game at the Suncoast Dome. Phil and Tony Esposito called in favors to promote that game and found 3 media backers to help promote the game - Nanci Donnellan from WFNS, Tedd Webb from WFLA Radio and Chris Thomas...
My clear headed assessment of Gardiner’s future or lack thereof with the Maple Leafs.
The Cinderella story and historic run continues for the Golden Knights. In their first ever playoff series the Golden Knights shut down the Los Angeles Kings in a four game sweep. Though Vegas dictated much of the pace of that series, it was far closer than most people seem to realize.
After letting the game 7 loss sink in, its time for playoff grades. I’ll be going through each player on the Leafs and grading their performance based solely on their playoff performance and giving a little explanation for why they deserve the grade. If you disagree with a grade, please feel free to give your own grade and justify why you think it is true. FORWARDS Zach Hyman: A I thought Hyman was one of the most impactful players in the whole series. Physically, he was winning board...
Fans of every team whine about calls and non calls. Some cite “bias” or that the league favours Canadian, American, big market, or small market teams. All of that is nonsense. The universal truth about NHL officiating is that they don’t call everything. You can’t call everything. There would be 60 minutes of constant 3 on 3 and the box would be full. They are also human and miss things slow mo replay catches. A penalty in the 1st is usually not a penalty in OT. It is just is....
There have been SO many legitimately dirty, suspendable, intent to injure plays in these playoffs that have been completely ignored by the league. It's absolutely hilarious that one of the only plays to actually receive a suspension was Doughty's hit, which, dirty or not, was...
:wally: When I was a teenager growing up in Boston the Bruins were the laughing stock of the NHL as they failed to make the playoffs from the 1959-60 season thru 1966-67. Toronto at the same time was a dynasty, and I can remember listening to games on the radio with my Dad from CBL 740 Toronto. The highlight of that era came when the Bruins beat the Leafs 11-0 at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1964, The Bruins have not lost a playoff series to Toronto since 1959 but that is partly due to the Leafs...
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