June 26 2015 10:00AM
"Goalies are Voodoo."
This is a mantra repeated at one point or another by nearly anyone within the hockey analytics community. While a definite stretch of the truth, there’s some truth to it since goalies are extremely hard to predict. They are subject to small sample sizes including a full season of play, and nearly every goalie has their own unique development path.
Because of the difficulty in predicting goalies from such a young age it is oft-suggested to not use your draft picks on a goalie. You can often select a cheap, average goalie from free agency, European leagues or the NCAA. Because of the difficulty and the better options elsewhere I am oft in this camp.
The downside of not drafting a goaltender is that you are not likely to find an elite goaltender such as the Roberto Luongos, Carey Prices, or Henrik Lundqivst's of the world. Should your team try and draft a goalie, despite the area being harder to predict, there are still some analytical rules you should follow.
Let's take a look at a few of 2015's most interesting goalie prospects after the jump.
June 26 2015 09:30AM
Garret and Rhys return this week to break down the 2015 entry draft by profiling a whole ton of draft eligible player, and look at where they may have gone wrong in their personal draft rankings.
Join us after the jump (or on iTunes!) for a detailed look at 2015's top prospects.
June 26 2015 08:46AM
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Even though his relationship with his hometown has been rocky since he hoisted the Stanley Cup on Vancouver ice wearing Boston Bruins laundry, Vancouver Giants great Milan Lucic in a Vancouver Canucks uniform has been a cherished pipe dream of many hockey fans in the lower mainland since, oh, about 2007.
Could this long-held fantasy be realized this weekend? Probably not, but it would seem to be as close to a realistic possibility as its ever been. Maybe Buccigross knew.
June 26 2015 07:30AM
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The Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks appear to be getting close to a trade that would send veteran defender Kevin Bieksa to Northern California.
Bieksa has agreed to waive his no-trade clause, according to a report from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, which would indicate that these trade talks have matured significantly in the 12 hours since the Sharks' interest was first reported.
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June 26 2015 06:00AM
New salary cap and it's effect on teams, Mark Giordano's asking price, a fight between two first overall picks, Bieksa, Lucic, Bozak, McDavid and all the draft and trade news you can handle in this week's Roundup.