European draft prospects in the WJC

By Leslie Treff. There have been many World Junior Championship preview articles written over the last week, most of which have focused on coverage of the players within the North American teams. There has been some coverage of the Europeans, but not much as it relates to how their play in Malmo, Sweden will affect their chances with NHL teams. Continue reading European draft prospects in the WJC

Who is the best goalie in the KHL?

By Rob Vollman. We saw Sergei Bobrovsky post a .932 in the KHL during last year’s lockout, then come to the NHL and win the Vezina with that same save percentage. We also saw Semyon Varlamov post a .946 before his solid .923 so far this season. On the other hand, we have seen Karri Ramo consistently top .925 in the KHL, but record just .907 as an NHL goaltender in Calgary this year. Which leads us to ask: who are their real star KHL goalies? Continue reading Who is the best goalie in the KHL?

Take five: Lundqvist, Steen, Isles, Habs, and more

By Rob Vollman. Lundqvist, Steen, the Isles, and the Habs are all among the topics for a new feature where five topical questions are posed to the analytic minds of the Hockey Prospectus crew. This week’s panel includes Timo Seppa, Tom Awad, Corey Pronman, John Fischer, Leslie Treff, and Rob Vollman. Continue reading Take five: Lundqvist, Steen, Isles, Habs, and more

Best free agent signings by cap efficiency charts

By Rob Vollman. One third of the way into the 2013-14 season, which players have been the best free agent signings? Ageless veteran Jaromir Jagr is doing it again, Valtteri Filppula has been the lone star among the high risk deals, Vancouver is one of the teams to find great value in the bargain bin, and Dustin Penner has perhaps been the greatest coup of all. Continue reading Best free agent signings by cap efficiency charts