THE PACIFIC WAR ROOM

Nation World HQ
January 24 2015 07:29AM

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As you know, our friends at The Royal Half have created a weekly segment known as the Pacific War Room… It's a wrap-up of the past week in the Pacific from some of the best and brightest bloggers who cover the Pacific Division teams. Well, the writers have spent another week smashing their faces on their keyboards in the hopes that something would come out, and here we are.  Ladies and gentlemen, we present the Pacific War Room.

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Comets Militia: Down on the Farm – January 23rd, 2015

Josh W
January 23 2015 09:30AM

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Courtesy: UticaComets.com

Welcome back to the weekly Utica Comets report, where we cover all of the latest activities of the Vancouver Canucks farm team the Utica Comets.  The Comets have had a lighter week with only two games on the schedule, and were only able to return to the Aud with a total of 1 of 4 points.  With both the NHL All-Star break and the AHL All-Star break soon beginning, the Comets look to have a short rest while Jacob Markstrom, Cal O'Reilly and Bobby Sanguinetti are in the AHL All-Star starting line up.

Read past the jump for all of your Utica Comets stats and information.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
January 23 2015 07:30AM

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The loser point, Leafs piling up losses, David Clarkson, Flames buying or selling, Jeff Petry, an Oilers cartoon, skill players fighting and more in this week's Roundup.

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11 Reasons Why Your Favourite Team Should Draft Lawson Crouse

Josh W
January 22 2015 04:00PM

We know that most NHL teams aren't going to have a chance to win the Stanley Cup this year; 22 will either be eliminated in the first round, or not make the playoffs at all.  This means that your favourite hockey team is most likely going to have a 1st round draft pick in the top-20 picks.  

With that being said, unlike both MoneyPuck and Rhys on this blog, I do not have a negative view of life and I have identified the perfect pick for not only the Canucks, but for any other of your favourite teams: Lawson Crouse.  Crouse is the ideal meat and potatoes type of player than every NHL team desperately needs for the future success of their franchise and with a little luck and those statsmilts getting their way, he could slip far enough in the draft for your favourite team to grab him!

Here are 11 reasons why your favourite hockey team should draft Lawson Crouse over any other of those short, soft Euros and French Canadians available. Read past the jump!

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The NHL Draft: Maybe Size Does Matter

money puck
January 22 2015 11:30AM

Based on his 6'3 frame and elite scoring rate, Dylan Strome is a virtual lock to be a future NHLer.

Frequent readers of CanucksArmy will know that one of the shared passions that authors on our site have is trying to find a way to improve the Canucks drafting, which has historically been abysmal

Much of the discussion from the fancy stats crowd when it comes to draft evaluation has centered around picking the player with higher point totals in junior, as we have found there to be a strong correlation between a prospect’s draft-year points-per-game, and NHL games player (pearson’s r =.41 indicating strong positive relationship), which tends to be a moderately better indicator of future NHL success than NHL's Central Scouting final rankings.

Other than the statistical argument, the holistic argument for this is compelling: in order for a prospect to succeed at the NHL level they should not just be good junior players, they should dominate at the junior level.

Critics of this school of thought have always had one major concern: scoring against kids in junior doesn't mean it will translate to scoring against men in the NHL. You need to be bigger, faster, and stronger to make it in the big league. This is why many, including scouts, tend to gravitate towards bigger players, whose stats may not sparkle as much as their smaller peers.

This sentiment has been scoffed at by the analytics types (myself included) who tend to rally around the prospects with the gaudy numbers, over the big “meat and potatoes” types. But is there something to this school of thought that bigger is better?

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