Mikhail Sergachev is off to a great start in 2017/18

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Montreal Canadiens completed a blockbuster trade this off-season. In exchange for their now #1 C Jonathan Drouin, the habs dealt prized defense prospect Mikhail Sergachev (picks were also exchanged in the deal). As a result, this trade will inevitably be scrutinized all year long. So we start today. Sergachev has … More Mikhail Sergachev is off to a great start in 2017/18

In-Season update: 5 Intriguing d-men we had our eyes on

Our primary focus this summer was on puck-moving defensemen – and for good reason. Puck movement in today’s game is paramount and defensemen are often tasked with “launching” the play from their own end. They are the catalyst for puck movement and, for teams who struggle at it, the bottleneck. Our puck movement algorithm for … More In-Season update: 5 Intriguing d-men we had our eyes on

Dissecting draft pick value: using our model to assess pick value and analyze draft day trades

Draft and develop is often a term you hear next to <insert successful team here>’s success. Drafting well is paramount in the salary cap era and the reason for that is simple. Getting strong production at ‘entry level salary’ is excellent value and gives you the luxury of allocating the excess money to other areas. … More Dissecting draft pick value: using our model to assess pick value and analyze draft day trades

Using Micro Data to identify offensive defensemen

In part 1 of our segment, we reviewed the clear correlation between controlled zone entries and 5v5 primary points production. You can read that in detail here. (Note: It’s again worth noting that micro data is not readily available. Corey Sznajder (@ShutdownLine) graciously made some of his raw output available – which we used here … More Using Micro Data to identify offensive defensemen

Using micro data to understand the correlation between production and zone entries

The amounts of data that are readily available in hockey pale in comparison to some of the other sports. A primary reason for that is the continuous nature of hockey. It’s non-stop. Baseball, by comparison, is “one play at a time” (e.g., the game ‘stops’ between each pitch). Corey Sznajder (@ShutdownLine), who manually compiles micro … More Using micro data to understand the correlation between production and zone entries

Overview of some the top value 3rd pairing defensemen

We analyzed some of the best value top pairing defensemen (link here) and 2nd pairing defensemen (link here). While getting top production at strong market value is paramount, finding good value throughout the lineup is also important. Today we take a quick look at some of the better value contracts of 3rd pairing defensemen. A couple things … More Overview of some the top value 3rd pairing defensemen

Ryan Johansen: Predators wise to lock up RJ long-term

The Predators recently signed C Ryan Johansen to an 8-year $64M contract (cap hit of $8M per season). Today we break down RJ across our 3 criteria for evaluating centers and analyze his relative market value: Possession driving ability (i.e., be a strong possession player and elevate your teammates) Offensive ability (i.e., scoring chance generation) … More Ryan Johansen: Predators wise to lock up RJ long-term