May 14 2014 01:08PM
Yesterday, we shared our OHL Quality of Competition and Quality of Teammates estimates for the 2013-2014 season and found that it Canucks prospects tended to face above average competition for their respective teams. Today, we'll have a look at QoC and QoT estimates for the WHL. Read past the jump for those.
May 13 2014 12:19PM
According to a report coming from Mattias Ek of Expressen, the Vancouver Canucks - to go along with the Philadelphia Flyers - are one of the two teams most notably interested in undrafted free agent Dennis Rasmussen.
The player in question has a few things working for him: he's big, he's Swedish, and we're currently witnessing that combination of attributes translate quite nicely to the NHL level. But as is the case with most player comparisons, it's a rather unfair thing to put on the plate of the guy being measured up against his predecessor. Expectations can be a cruel mistress.
With that being said, we'll look into the resume of the player in question just past the jump. After all, we're currently mired in a hellish month for talking points, so any news is good news at this point.
May 13 2014 10:27AM
With the Canucks long since having been eliminated from playoff contention, it's been a bit of a spring malaise here at Canucks Army as we really haven't had much to write about (other than the occasional spat of off-ice personnel news, though I'm sure we'll have plenty of #hot #sports #takes when
Jim Benning the next GM is hired).
Regrettably, the next real thing to look forward to that involves actual hockey players is the draft which is more than a month and a half away. Fortunately, this down time gives us plenty of opportunities to break down the CHL in an effort to see just which 18-year old kid we all want to bear the burden of all of our collective hopes and dreams, and how the most recent drafted crop of Canucks prospects are doing.
As you all know, our own Josh Weissbock does tireless work tracking not only Canucks prospects through the season, but also a whole whack of other stuff for various North American hockey leagues. Among these things is Quality of Competition and Quality of Teammates, which we'll look at for all OHL players past the jump.
May 12 2014 12:26PM
Fancy. [via Reddit.com /u/remz07twos]
Every good researcher, regardless of their particular subject matter, should always be keeping up on the work that their peers are doing. Here is a weekly round-up of a number of different analytics-related pieces from around the internet.
Read them for your enjoyment, to help you think of new areas of research, to determine the value of shot quality, or just to fill up your slow Monday at work!
Plenty of noteworthy links just past the jump!
May 12 2014 09:41AM
Things that aren’t fun: the 2013-14 Vancouver Canucks season, watching the Minnesota Wild play hockey (only in the regular season, though, apparently), broccoli and canker sores.
Things that are fun: basically everything to do with the impending summer — sunshine, patios, cold beer, beaches. And all of the potentially cool things you could win if you’ve taken my advice and signed up for a ScotiaHockey NHL Debit or VISA card. It has now been over a month since I introduced Canucks Army’s newfound partnership with the fine people over at Scotiabank, so I’m just going to go ahead and assume that by now you’ve been able to get a hold of yourself, stop weeping, and put on a pair of pants for long enough to sign up for a snazzy new card.
I’m sure that seeing that Canucks logo on the front of it will bring back bad memories, and even lead to some inexplicable bouts of sobbing in the checkout line at your local grocery store. But maybe, just maybe, some of these prizes you could be in for will help make up for all of that.