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Fun with numbers: Couturier, Read, and Coburn are good; Streit and Schenn…perhaps not

I think one of the most important things to consider when evaluating a player, which also happens to be why I like advanced statistics so much, is understanding the context around a player’s role. It’s not enough to just watch the games and then look at the box score to see a player’s point totals and plus/minus (yuck) and draw a conclusion. In recent years I think a lot of fans have at least started to look at time-on-ice and special teams time to give some semblance of context. I think advanced stats help take that a step further. With …

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Mid-season grade on Holmgren’s 2013-2014 offseason moves

Back on July 5, the first day of free agency, I wrote an article praising Paul Holmgren for his offseason acquisitions. A couple of months later, the Flyers signed Matt Read to an extension, which I felt desired even further praise. Now that we are 38 games into an 82 game season, I wanted to take a look back at each of this past offseason’s moves and see how they have fared until this point. 1) Mark Streit – 4 years $5.25 million cap hit The Flyers traded for the rights of the impending unrestricted free agent and signed him to …

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2014 Draft Eligibles: Kootenay’s Sam Reinhart continues the family tradition

Sam Reinhart has been one of the more recognizable names in the WHL for quite a while now. The former 15th overall pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft has been a force since joining the Kootenay Ice full time as a 16-year old in the 2011-12 season. Currently, Reinhart is projected to be the number one overall pick in June’s draft in Philadelphia, but he’s also expected to play a prominent role for Team Canada starting today as the 2014 World Juniors get underway in Malmo, Sweden. If you’re just a casual hockey fan, you may not know that …

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Blocked shots, hits, and fourth liners: Part 2

Two weeks ago I took a look at blocked shots and hits as it may relate to team success. Fans, media, and broadcasters alike frequently cite either statistic as an indication of a player performing well. I wanted to see if those statistics, at the team level, had any correlation with team success. The short answer is that I saw no obvious correlation. This week I wanted to take the topic a bit further and see how teams employ their fourth lines. Blocked shots and hits are statistics many people would typically want to see out of their fourth liners, …

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2014 Draft Eligibles: Kingston’s Roland McKeown will be highly sought after come June

ISS Hockey released its top 30 draft prospect rankings for the month of December earlier this week and to no surprise Kootenay Ice forward Sam Reinhart remains the No.1 prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft. However, there is a player sitting at the No.11 position who I’ve had my eye on for quite some time now. His name is Roland McKeown and he plays defense for the Kingston Frontenacs. McKeown should be on every NHL team’s must-get list come June. The 6’1, 195 pound defender is blessed with exceptional skating skills that includes top end acceleration and speed. I would classify …