Cheers and Jeers - Oct. 17, 2014

Thomas Drance
October 17 2014 03:06PM

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It's Friday, the Canucks haven't played in forever, and now it's time for: "Cheers and Jeers!"

This regular feature was originally started by Canucks Army forefather Cam Davie during the 2011-12 hockey season. Now that I'm the old hand at this here Canucks hockey blog (that happened... quickly), I figure it's my turn to carry on tradition.

This week, on the other side of the jump, I give a high-five to Willie Desjardins and Bo Horvat and wag my finger at Milan Lucic and beat up the dead horse that is the Canucks' recent draft record...

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Comets Militia: Down on the Farm - October 17th, 2014

Josh W
October 17 2014 09:30AM

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This past weekend, the American Hockey League finally started up its regular season with the Utica Comets playing their first two games. It’s looking to be a very exciting team this year with plenty of firepower, some good defence and two solid goaltenders in net.  The depth is looking so good that the Comets had to send a few popular Canucks prospects down to the ECHL to give them more playing time.

With that being said, read past the jump to see how this week has gone for the Comets.

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THE ROUNDUP

Nation World HQ
October 17 2014 08:00AM



Jonas Hiller seeing beach balls, the Oilers aren't very good at hockey, the Leafs could use Eric Staal, the impact of defense on goaltender stats, loving the game again and more in this weeks Roundup.

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Trade Targets for Defensive Depth

J.D. Burke
October 16 2014 05:00PM

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Should the Canucks bring B.C. native and VANCOUVER GIANTS LEGEND Cody Franson home?

If there is anything we can glean from these first two games, it's that the Vancouver Canucks are short on defensive depth. As much as the change around town is relished and providing solid early returns, this is an area of concern all the same.

This franchise could sit on its heels and watch the wheels spin without so much as batting an eye, but they've every intention of making the playoffs this season and standing pat would bode poorly for their chances. Injuries are a nasty occurrence, and they've always a knack for striking Canucks defencemen at the worst of moments. 

Before you know it one injury to the blue line has turned to three and having a good sixth or seventh defenceman won't be enough. Yann Sauve should never enter an NHL arena as anything more than a fan, let alone the three games he did last season as a Canuck.

Lets look at one of the Canucks biggest issues with their roster and what they can do about fixing it.

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Adjusted Save Percentage: Measuring the Impact Defense has on Goaltending Statistics

money puck
October 16 2014 01:30PM

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One of the reasons we love sports as much as we do is because of the great debates it can spawn. I came across a classic hockey debate the other day in relation to Ryan Miller. “Of course Miller didn’t post elite numbers last year. He played for Buffalo!”   

As I was thinking about this, it struck me that while we have made huge strides in advanced statistics overall, we haven’t made much progress in terms of quantifying the impact of defense and separating that contribution to statistics for the goalie themselves. We can tell the percentage of shots a goalie save (SV%), but we have little to no insight into the difficulty level of the shots themselves.  

From a quantitative standpoint, we understand the game better now than ever before. We understand shot attempt differential, which we know we can be used to approximate possession. We call this corsi, and we understand this to be a key component of overall team success. We can also begin to isolate the impact a player has on their team’s shot attempt differential, which is a solid representation of strong two way play.

However, there is one factor that detractors of advanced stats have always struggled with. Detractors have long protested that not all shots have an equal chance of going in, and they’re right. Is it possible to adjust save-percentage to reflect easier or more difficult workload? Find out after the jump. 

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