Talent Left on the 2015 Draft Floor

Josh W
July 14 2015 02:02PM

Every year at the NHL Entry Draft a number of teams make really smart decisions on their picks (Islanders, Jets) while other teams seem to fall on their face (Bruins).  At the end of the 210 picks, inevitably there are players every year who are not chosen despite showing potential to be better than average picks.  This makes these players currently Unrestricted Free Agents and available to be signed to contracts by teams who feels they have potential.  

Looking back at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, MoneyPuck used PCS to look back at those players who had a high chance of success at the NHL level.  (Un)surprisingly many were invited to teams camps and many went on to become important players on their teams, invited to World Juniors, and some were even signed to NHL teams.

With a current baseline of 8% of forwards and 5.6% of defencemen drafted move on to become NHL regulars, we can use PCS to look back at the 2015 draft and see players who should be invited to camps and are good bets to spend an ELC on.

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Canucks Year in Review: Yannick Weber

J.D. Burke
July 14 2015 12:07PM

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Photo Credit: Joe Camporeale/USA TODAY Sports

The hockey season may be over and done with, but the wound that is this last season as a Vancouver Canucks fan is still relatively fresh. There's plenty of meat left on these bones and with the draft and the opening of free agency now in the rear view mirror, it's time we got cookin'. 

The process starts with a series of player-by-player reviews for the season that was. Today's will be centered on the first half of the Canucks-Swiss equation, Yannick Weber. Otherwise known as, the consolation Weber.

Let's break it all down on the other side of the jump.

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What does WAR suggest about the 2015-16 Canucks?

money puck
July 14 2015 09:03AM

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Photo Credit: Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports

Since the dawn of hockey analytics, there has been a goal of summarizing the total value of an individual player's contribution into a single number. The team at war-on-ice.com has made significant advancements in this area over the past year, culminating in the introduction of their Goals Against Replacement, or GAR, metric. 

GAR incorporates most of the key quantitative metrics we know to be of value including, faceoffs, penalties drawn/taken, and various shot metrics in different game states in order to calculate how many goals a player's efforts would contribute to a team versus a replacement level player. You can read more about the background of this stat in their blog here

The team at War On Ice was nice enough to let me play around with the data, in the context of what we can expect from the 2015-16 Canucks. Let's get into that after the jump.

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Canucks Year in Review: Jannik Hansen

J.D. Burke
July 12 2015 01:41PM

The hockey season may be over and done with, but the wound that is this last season as a Vancouver Canucks fan is still relatively fresh. There's plenty of meat left on these bones and with the draft and the opening of free agency now in the rear view mirror, it's time we got cookin'. 

The process starts with a series of player-by-player reviews for the season that was. Today's will be centered on the one they call Sir Jannik Dransen Hansen.

Let's break it all down on the other side of the jump.

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Alex Grenier Re-Signs & Other Prospect Tidbits

Josh W
July 11 2015 10:00AM

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Image Courtesy: UticaComets.com

A number of recent minor moves have been made on the prospect side of the Canucks franchise. While nothing major has happened it is worth noting these transactions as the Utica Comets prepare for their next season.  The biggest news of the day was the re-signing of Alexandre Grenier, one of the most improved players down in Utica, who looks like he might make the Vancouver Canucks this upcoming season.

Continue past the jump to learn some of smaller moves that have occurred.

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