Draft Analytics: Unveiling the Prospect Cohort Success Model

Josh W
May 26 2015 11:00AM

Prospects and amateur scouting are a new frontier within hockey analytics. Numbers can highlight some large market inefficiencies exploitable by teams if and when they start to advance their knowledge in this niche.  The numbers on prospects, especially when combined with knowledge of scouts, can tell you a lot more than the some of the largest mainstream scouting outlets.

In Money Puck's recent series of posts, he has touched on a proposed "re-tooling on the fly" method to help the Canucks sell off veterans for picks, pick up free agents to replace them, and then use those picks on prospects who could in turn help the Canucks in the future.  

You might have noticed him talking about PCS, or "Prospect Cohort Success." In this post, we will look more into what this technique is for analyzing prospects.

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Utica Comets vs. Grand Rapids Griffins – AHL Playoff Series Preview

Josh W
May 23 2015 02:46PM


Courtesy: GriffinsHockey.com

After another series going the distance, the Comets managed a game-7 win to advance to the third round of the Calder Cup playoffs.  The Comets first ever game-7 saw Jacob Markstrom out-duel the Oklahoma City Barons goaltender Richard Bachman, while Alexandre Grenier, the Canucks next power-forward, emerged from the game a hero. 

Moving on to the Calder Cup Conference final, Utica's opponents are only looking to become tougher and tougher.  In this round, the Comets will be facing the Grand Rapids Griffins (affiliates of the Detroit Red Wings).  To see how the two teams stack up, continue past the jump.

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Utica Comets Advance to Western Conference Final

Josh W
May 21 2015 09:00AM


Courtesy: @UticaComets

The Utica Comets wrapped up their second round series, after 8 and a bit games, in the Calder Cup playoffs against the Oklahoma City Barons (Edmonton's AHL team).  It was a very exciting match up as the lead was traded back and forth and both goaltenders stood on their head.  The Comets managed to emerge victors by a single goal thanks to Alexandre Grenier!

Read past the jump to find out what went down.

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Canucks Army Prospect Report - May 19th, 2015

Josh W
May 19 2015 10:00AM

We are back with another edition of the Canucks Weekly Prospect Report, where I dig into all the latest stats, rumours, gossip, news, achievements, and even made up stories from around the different junior hockey leagues. It's been nearly a month since the last report, as seasons have been winding down not too many players are active.  This week, we look into the play of all (non-AHL) Canucks prospects from the CHL and ECHL who have played in the last month.

Without further ado, continue past the jump to see what went down!

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Does Miles Liberati Deserve an ELC?

Josh W
May 16 2015 02:45PM

The Vancouer Canucks currently have 4 defencemen in their prospect system who have yet to be signed.  Those four skaters are Nikita Tryamkin, Patrick McNally, Mike Williamson, and Miles Liberati. 

Tryamkin will like be signed next summer as he cannot be signed to an NHL contract while he is signed to a KHL contract.  Patrick McNally is rumoured to be attending Harvard for a fifth year, and is applying to the NCAA for another year of eligibility on the basis that he sat out a full year.  Mike Williamson was drafted as part of the 2013 Draft Class, as he is an NCAA player having just completed his sophmore years, the Canucks still have 2 more years to sign him.

The last remaining player is Miles Liberati.  As a Canadian Hockey League player like Jordan Subban, the Canucks have to make a decision to sign him to an Entry-Level Contract (ELC) by June 1st, this year, or else he is returned to the draft.  Is Liberati worth signing?  Let’s take a look at him.

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