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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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The Hockey Graphs Podcast - Episode 2

That's Offside!
January 21 2015 10:00AM

Hockey Graphs Podcast

Garret and Rhys are back talking hockey this week, taking a look at NHL Central Scouting's midterm prospect rankings, why goons are valuable, why the Leafs should trade Phil Kessel, and how to revitalize the All-Star game, all while Rhys writes love letters to Mark Fistric. Click past the jump to listen!

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Canucks Army Prospect Report – January 21th, 2015

Josh W
January 21 2015 09:00AM

Welcome back to another edition of our weekly Canucks Army Prospect Report.  Most prospects are in action with a few players sitting on the side due to injuries.  We have all the latest news and stats for our prospects so without wasting any more time, continue past the jump to get all the details!

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