A month or two ago, both DTM About Heart and MannyElk, two exceptionally talented hockey analytic experts, released their Wins Above Replacement (WAR) data. The two analysts calculate their statistic differently, but both use smart formulas that make a lot of sense, and show relatively similar results. For this post, we'll be using MannyElk's data, … Continue reading Stop Complaining About WAR
Training camp kicked off yesterday, and Oilers players and staff met with the media today. The biggest thing that came out of day 2 of training camp was the comment made by Todd McLellan, stating that the team is looking to increase Ryan Stome's shot totals. McLellan was comparing Strome to Jordan Eberle, the … Continue reading Oilers hope that increasing Strome’s shot totals will lead to a rise in production
Quick post on some unexpected players that could go straight to the NHL.
Every year, certain players are taken later in the NHL draft than they deserve to. Sometimes it's because teams drafting earlier decide to fill team needs instead of taking the best player available, and sometimes a player just falls. Here are some of those players from this year's draft: Ryan Poehling Poehling is a skilled … Continue reading Three 2017 1st rounders that deserved to go higher
The Edmonton Oilers recently announced the signing of Leon Draisaitl to an 8 year contract paying him $8.5 million a year. Draisaitl put up 77 points last year, 29 goals and 48 points, establishing himself as an elite NHL player at just 21 years old. Leon had great numbers last year, but some of his … Continue reading Overpaying Draisaitl
According to reports, the Oilers are preparing to "sell low" on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins." The centre carries a $6M cap hit, which the Oilers cannot afford to keep, making a trade almost guaranteed. It's looking like the Oilers are going to make an Eberle type trade, moving RNH for a cheaper, lower quality player. While the … Continue reading Selling low on RNH is a bad idea, what the Oilers should do instead
There have been recent reports that contract talks between RFA David Pastrnak and the Boston Bruins are not going well, and the Bruins are exploring trading the sniper. https://twitter.com/brianlawton9/status/897182106966773760 However, Bruins GM Don Sweeney quickly shot down the rumours, ending the Twitter speculation. Pastrnak, who was drafted 25th overall in 2014, scored 34 goals this … Continue reading Pastrnak Rumours