As we head into the All-Star break, one of the closest and most interesting races in hockey is the battle for the Central Division crown between the Chicago Blackhawks and Dallas Stars. The Blackhawks sputtered out of the gate, but...
Matthew Coller and Shane O’Donnell profess their love for the Aleksander Barkov contract, plus they discuss whether the three teams they picked as serious Cup contenders in each conference would still be their picks. LISTEN HERE
When Auston Matthews signed a contract with the Swiss top team ZSC Lions ahead of his draft eligible year, he definitely broke new ground. Because of Swiss laws, he was only eligible to play once turning 18-years-old. He did not Continue reading Prospectus Prospecting – Schellenberg on Auston Matthews and Pius Suter
Scouting Report – Jakob Chychrun Bio Team: Sarnia Sting Position: D Shoots: Left Height/Weight:6.02 / 214 Draft Status: 2016 Eligible Stats to Date GAMES PLAYED GOALS ASSISTS POINTS PIMS 39 7 20 27 22 Characteristics Skating (Speed/edges/technique/etc.) Continue reading Prospectus Prospecting – Craig Smith reports on Chychrun and Falkovsky
Matthew Coller and prospect guru Ryan Wagman get together to analyze the projected top five for the 2016 draft. What’s Auston Matthews doing in the Swiss league? Could the two Finnish players give him a run for the No. 1 Continue reading HP Radio: Wagman talks potential 2016 top picks
Scouting Report – Nick Ritchie Bio Team: San Diego Gulls Draft Status: 10th overall, 2014 (Anaheim) Position: LW To Date Stats: 25GP, 14G, 9A, 23pts, 51 PIMs Shoots: L Height/Weight: 6’2” 232lbs Characteristics Skating (Speed/edges/technique/etc) Skating is perhaps one of the Continue reading Prospectus Prospecting the AHL Pacific Division – Nick Ritchie plus five
Jason Lewis writes about the Pacific Division for Hockey Prospectus and writes about the Kings for Hockey Buzz It seems simple in hockey. Get to the “High scoring areas” and shoot. Your chances are much higher of scoring when you Continue reading Shot Quality versus Quantity AKA Dustin Brown versus Alex Tanguay
Matthew Coller and Adam Gretz of CBS’s Eye on Hockey chat about the resurgence of the Pittsburgh Penguins under Mike Sullivan, whether Crosby is a “coach killer” and about the parody in the NHL this year. Is tanking over with? Continue reading HP Radio: The new Penguins and long live tanking
The last month across the Metropolitan Division has confounded some expectations. Outside of the Capitals’ continued dominance and the Blue Jackets’ lost season, the teams near the top have been mediocre at best and the teams at the bottom have Continue reading Nelson: Around the Metro: Rising Canes and the Sullivan era
Matthew Coller chats with Matt Kory, who wrote the Hockey Prospectus Annual book’s chapter on the Washington Capitals. The two break down how the Caps have become the best team in the NHL and who could derail their magical season. Continue reading HP Radio: Nobody’s beatin’ the Capitals
As we did last year, the Hockey Prospectus prospect team again took the World Junior Championship tournament as an opportunity to see 2016 NHL draft eligible talent compete against one another. While each of us has the leagues that we Continue reading Ranking Draft Eligibles from the WJC
Matthew Coller and Shane O’Donnell ask: How are the Leafs doing? Should we talk about their season as a success? Are they better than we expected? Worse? What do they look like several years from now and some deep thinking Continue reading HP Radio: Random Leaf musings
Alexander Kadeikin – scouting report Bio: Team: SKA St. Petersburg Draft status: 201st overall, 2014 (Detroit) Position: C To date stats: 35 GP, 3 G, 4 A, 7 Pts, 6 PIMs Shoots: L Height/Weight: 6’5”, 223 lbs. Characteristics: Skating: Kadeikin Continue reading Scouting the KHL (Buchnevich, Dergachyov, Kadeikin +2)
The halfway mark is here, or at least it is for most teams (Catch up San Jose!). By this point we have a pretty good idea about who teams are and what we can expect. Except for the Pacific Division, Continue reading Lewis: Around the Pacific – Ducks’ goalies, a trade and Taylor Hall
Shot attempt metrics have become widely accepted around the blogosphere because of the reliability and predictive power they carry. Sample size for shot attempts grows much faster than sample size for goals, and as a result, metrics such as Corsi Continue reading O’Donnell: What’s up with Corsi this season?
The 2016 World Juniors ended in Helsinki, Finland in the best possible way from the host nation’s point of view. Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Kasperi Kapanen clinched the championships for Suomi with a wrap-around goal in overtime of the gold Continue reading WJC Recap
A trade went down so Matthew Coller and Shane O’Donnell got together to analyze the deal between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Nashville Predators. Shane is stunned the Predators would trade Seth Jones. Matthew also rants about Shea Weber’s Corsi Continue reading HP Radio: You traded Seth Jones?
What’s the deal with the Dallas Stars? And by that I mean nothing negative, but rather where was this last season? Given that their roster has stayed relatively similar (with the addition of just Patrick Sharp), many would have expected Continue reading Dallas Seeing Incremental Improvement As They Leap To The Top
On New Year’s Day, Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid returned to practice for the first time since suffering a collarbone injury in early November. Before his unfortunate fall into the boards against the Philadelphia Flyers, the No. 1 overall pick...
Matthew Coller and Shane O’Donnell explore the possibilities of the Tampa Bay Lightning trading former No. 3 overall pick Jonathan Drouin. What is going on between coach and GM and their players in Tampa? Will this blow over or will Continue reading HP Radio: Trading Drouin to everyone