With it being the slow news days of the summer with virtually no professional sports occurring last night in North America (aside from the MLB ASG), I thought I’d run off some links delving into deep statistical analysis of many NHL players:
What numbers should we expect from Schultz?
With all the hype coming from the former Wisconsin Badger, CoppernBlue takes a look into some comparables to Justin Schultz. Players with similar college numbers were Matt Carle, Brendan Smith, Jordan Leopold, Jamie Mcbain, Paul Martin and Alex Goligoski. Not too shabby of a list.
Should we outcast Tim Connolly?
Tim Connolly was once a shifty slick-handed injury-prone centerman which mesmerized both defenders and the crowd alike. But now, Leafs fans feel as though they got the short end of the stick when signing the former Sabre for two years at $4.75 AAV. Was Connolly the answer for the Phil Kessel? – Evidently no, but he could still serve as a quality third liner. Leafs Nation chimes in.
The Russian Enigma - Alex Semin
Why does Alexander Semin receive the criticisms of the masses despite still putting up quality season after quality season on the goal chart? It’s likely due to his lazy penalties, playoff disappearing act, among other things. Jeff Angus of Anguscertified takes a DEEP look into each and every criticism of the Russian enigma’s game.
Breaking down a Stanley Cup Champion - Drew Doughty
One of the key cogs to the Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup championship of the past season, defender Drew Doughty receives a breakdown of his play all over the ice. The most surprising and disappointing result for fantasy owners – his powerplay numbers. “Among the top NHL defensemen in power play time, Doughty finished in middle of the road in terms of shots being directed at the net and near the bottom in goal production. This trend even continued into the playoffs. Not the type of performance you'd like to see on the power play from a $7m/per year defenseman and an area Doughty will need to improve on going forward.” ‘Jewels From the Crown’ deserves credit for this in-depth analysis.
Purcell signs a three-year extension
Two days ago, Teddy Purcell signed a three-year extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning while still being under contract this upcoming season. It’s worth noting that the former Manchester Monarch accumulated the same amount of points on the powerplay but increased his even-strength production by fourteen points. Also worth noting and should be remembered on draft day of each respective pool is that Purcell was over point-per-game following the All-Star break with 38 points in 34 games.
How Important is the Neutral Zone?
Eric T from NHL Numbers looks at the importance of neutral zone presence from analysis of the Philadelphia Flyers. A very interesting read that discovers shot totals are gained and lost mainly at center ice.
When will these teams hit the withdrawal button?
One must believe that the Predators, Blues, Hurricanes, Red Wings, Capitals, Rangers, Leafs and Pens are all but done on free agency and in trading. All teams willing to spend big bucks this offseason sit miles away from the cap ceiling.
Rick Nash's potential dream linemates
Rick Nash’s approval list looks to be Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit and San Jose. If each team were to stack a line with Rick Nash on them, here is what they would look like: Lucic-Seguin-Nash; Nash-Richards-Gaborik; Hartnell-Giroux-Nash; Nash-Malkin-Neal; Nash-Datsyuk-Franzen; Couture-Thornton-Nash. What excites you the most as a Nash owner?
The rest of the free agency crop
With Hagman off to Europe, the free agency looks pretty ugly after Alexander Semin and Shane Doan. Players with the highest fantasy value after those two are Peter Mueller, Wojtek Wolski, Kristian Huselius, Andrei Kostitsyn, Scott Parse, Andrew Brunette and Mike Knuble. It’s funny how nice that list would have looked four or five years ago.
Looking for work in the NHL
A goaltender that could have some fantasy value is the three-time twenty-game-winner, Cristobal Huet. From St-Martin-d’Heres France, Huet hopes to get another shot at the NHL level. Unfortunately for him, goaltender musical chairs is over and he has nowhere left to sit.
CHL Goalie of the Year finds a home
Undrafted goaltender Michael Houser has found a place to sit after attending Panthers development camp and being offered up a contract from Dale Tallon. The London Knights keeper won 46 games in 62 starts and held a modest .925 save percentage while obtaining numerous accolades from his past year.
Fantasy Hockey Coach Dynasty Keeper League
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FHC Prospects Guide
Our Prospects Guide examines the top prospects in the NHL. What you can expect in the Prospects Guide is player profile, projection, potential upside, current player comparison and estimated time of arrival in the NHL. In order to qualify as a prospect for our guide the player must be under the age of 22 and have played less then 20 NHL regular season games. The guide will be roughly 100+ pages and give readers insight into each NHL team's prospect with a fantasy twist. A look at the top 20 prospects for the next four NHL Entry Drafts. FREE PREVIEW HERE and ORDER TODAY!
By Brandon Landry
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