An Improvement in Competition Metrics: The Sedins Play The Tough Minutes

Thomas Drance
August 19 2012 01:49PM


Hey lookie here, it's a Sedin facing the opposition's top defenseman. Quel surprise!

The application of advanced analytics to hockey has allowed us to better contextualize offensive production. Generally speaking however, I think our understanding and ability to "rate" offensive play lags behind our ability to evaluate defensive play (for now). 

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NHL 2013 Canucks Ratings: What's Tanev Rated?!

Thomas Drance
August 17 2012 11:53AM

 

EA Sports Canada is based in Burnaby, and is responsible for the development of the company's popular "NHL series" of sports video games. For the newest, lockout edition of the game, they've thoroughly overhauled the player rating system, though I'm sure it still needlessly includes ratings for "poise" to my perpetual chagrin.

Thanks to Puck Daddy's Sean Leahy, over the past couple of days we've received our first look at the way the new "player rating system" evaluates players in the game. In the image above you can see how Canucks skaters fare by the new rating system. 73 for Chris Tanev!!? Outrageous.

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Prospect Profile: #12 Anton Rodin

Thomas Drance
August 16 2012 11:06AM

 

Selected by the Canucks in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft, before the team became obsessed with drafting, and acquiring size, Anton Rodin is one of the most skilled Canucks prospects in the pipeline.

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Rypien's Memory Continues to Resonate With, and Inspire Hockey Fans

Thomas Drance
August 15 2012 01:06PM


Image courtesy vancitybuzz.com.

A year ago today, former pint-sized Canucks enforcer Rick Rypien, who had spent much of his adult life battling mental illness, was found dead in his Alberta home. While he wasn't an offensive star by any means, Rypien was the best pound-for-pound fighter I've ever seen in the NHL, and he wasn't a one-dimensional thug either, he could legitimately play. His skill set and on-ice personality endeared him to Canucks fans, who have felt his loss deeply over the past twelve months.

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Sedins likely to sit year out in the event of a lockout

Thomas Drance
August 14 2012 10:40AM

To the disappointment of Örnsköldsvik hockey fans and presumably Modo General Manager and former Canucks captain Markus Naslund, the Sedin twins have decided that they probably won't play in the SEL next season in the event of a lockout.

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