Cerebral Puck

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All analyses, reports, and opinions are my own
All raw data from stats.hockeyanalysis.com and naturalstattrick.com


Latest posts from our puck moving defensemen series:

Winnipeg Jets: Will durability issues plague their blue line in 2017/18?

Ottawa Senators: Erik Karlsson – a generational defenseman

Dallas Stars: Klingberg, Lindell, and Johns lead a young and improving blue line

Edmonton Oilers: With Sekera injured, who is primed to make the jump in 2017/18?

San Jose Sharks: Can Vlasic regain his form as a puck mover in 2017/18?

Los Angeles Kings: Will the Kings come to regret not protecting Brayden McNabb?

Anaheim Ducks: Do the Ducks have the best young defensive group in the league?

Nashville Predators: Which of the big 4 d-men had an off year in 2016/17?

New York Rangers: What does the addition of Shattenkirk mean for 2017/18?

Pittsburgh Penguins: Who stepped up in Letang’s absence?

Calgary Flames: Dougie Hamilton is the new sheriff in town

New Jersey Devils: Damon Severson is an emerging young star

Minnesota Wild: The big 3. Who joins Suter and Spurgeon in elite territory?

Boston Bruins: Who is ready to step in as Chara steps out?

Toronto Maple Leafs: Who was the Leafs’ go-to guy in 2016/17?

Montreal Canadiens: Where does newly acquired Schlemko fit in?


Latest posts from Center Breakdown Series:

Montreal Canadiens: Danault was great in 2016/17 – but can he take the next step?

Toronto Maple Leafs: Kadri’s dominance gives Leafs a luxury few teams can afford

Florida Panthers: Barkov-Trocheck give the Panthers one of the league’s top 1-2 punches


Value Assessment Series:

Puck movement defensemen part 1 – Top Pairing 

Puck movement defensemen part 2 – 2nd Pairing

Puck movement defensemen part 3 – 3rd pairing


Player deep dives:

Ryan Johansen: Why the Preds were wise to lock him up long-term

PK Subban: Is he an elite puck moving defenseman?

Zdeno Chara: What does his decline mean for the Bruins?

Karl Alzner: Are Caps smart to move on?

Jeff Petry: What did Bergevin see in 2014/15 when he acquired him?

Free Agent Overview: 6 intriguing defensemen who may be available

Keith Yandle: Looking at the trade that brought him from Arizona to New York

Kris Letang and Victor Hedman: Using our puck movement metric to identify breakout candidates

Duchene/Galchenyuk: Examining the complete center

Andrei Markov: Assessing his market value

Anton Stralman and Dan Hamhuis: Using our puck movement metric to navigate free agency

Bergeron, Kesler, Kadri, and J. Staal: Looking at 4 strong defensive centers

Severson, Jo. Benn, Ekholm, and 4 other great value 2nd pairing d-men


Micro Data:

Using Micro Data: How carry-in % correlates with 5v5 production (Forwards)

Using Micro Data (part 2): Linking 5v5 production to controlled zone entries (Defensemen)


Methodology overview:

Improving Corsi: Our approach to puck movement measurement

Revisiting QoC: How our refined metric creates more accurate player context

Understanding defensive ability: Our approach to measuring scoring chance suppression

Introducing our power play metric: Our approach to measuring PP dominance

Shifting to centers: How QoC will now take a 2-lens approach

Using QoC to create defensemen ‘tiers’ that enable more accurate evaluation

Using QoC adjusted puck movement to assess the value of defensive contracts

Using Micro Data: How carry-in % correlates strongly with 5v5 production

Assessing draft pick value: Why teams might be better suited to trade down


Player Rankings:

Power Play Ability – defensemen


2017/18 in-season updates

Examining the Sami Vatanen trade: What does SV bring to the Devils?

Toronto Maple Leafs: Morgan Rielly having a career year offensively

Boston Bruins: Charlie McAvoy is off to a great start

Player deep-dive: M. Sergachev’s hot start is hard to ignore

How has Karl Alzner performed with the Habs? 5 intriguing names entering 2017/18.