Jacob Markstrom: The Odd Goalie Out

Josh W
July 11 2014 10:19AM

At the start of the offseason I think I was one of the few supporters of the notion of heading into the upcoming 2014-15 season of play with the combination of Eddie Lack and Jacob Markstrom manning the crease. What is there not to like? In them you have two young goaltenders, both with good track records of success in the AHL, that would cost pennies and allow the team to deal with bigger issues (like icing a true second line).

But alas, hockey management typically is much more risk-averse than us armchair general managers and Vancouver management did not feel secure with this combination, clearly. While I understand their line of thinking that doesn't mean that I agree with it. I don’t want to spend much time on the Miller acquisition because that has already been dealt with ad nauseam on this platform; rather, I want to take a deeper look at the younger of the two goaltenders, Jacob Markstrom, as we start looking ahead towards next season.

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Journal of Hockey Analytics: Volume I Issue 7

Josh W
June 23 2014 12:36PM

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Credit to Reddit's /r/hockey

With hockey being officially over and the World Cup in full effect it seems there has been much less interest this week in hockey analytics research. The past 7 days have many provided us with fewer articles than we've had in the past, but there's still some interesting little nuggets to pass along.

Read on past the jump for a look at the most worthwhile things I could scrounge up, you fellow nerds. If you'd like to make sure that something you've either written or stumbled upon gets included in future editions, feel free to send them my way.

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Journal of Hockey Analytics: Volume I Issue 6

Josh W
June 16 2014 01:58PM

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The Rangers deploying advanced systems tactics

Welcome to this week's version of the Journal of Hockey Analytics. The final game of hockey for the 2013-14 season has been played, which means that all of your favourite bloggers and writers will now be turning their attention towards the future; the draft, free agency, and trades.

So for your slow Monday at work, continue past the jump for analysis of draft picks, and lots of cool little nuggets regarding neutral zone data and luck!

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Journal of Hockey Analytics: Volume I Issue 5

Josh W
June 09 2014 10:48AM

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Welcome to this week's Journal of Hockey Analytics. I have payed attention to the links flying across the Twittersphere all week to bring you the latest and greatest (and maybe some terrible links, don't hold me accountable!) in the field of hockey analytics research. Hopefully this will either help with your next project, or just act as a resource for killing another slow day at work.

For analysis on why Jonathan Quick hasn't been very good, Stanley Cup Final goodies, some more analysis on why people should stop overrating Quick, and more -- continue past the jump.

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Canucks Army Weekly Prospect Reportlet - June 5th, 2014

Josh W
June 05 2014 10:40AM


Welcome to this week's version of the Comets Militia Weekly Prospect Report(let). With little happening in terms of pro talent at the moment, this moment in time can be considered the calm before the storm on the prospect front. 

There are plenty of rumours swirling around with regards to who the Canucks are interested with that ever-so-important 6th overall selection they currently hold, and we're only 3 weeks away from finally seeing it all play out before our very eyes.

I've scourging around the internet and Twitter to bring you the latest information, which we'll get into just past the jump. Read on for more about the latest in Canucks prospect rumours, news, gossip, and some things I've flat out made up to help pass the time.  

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