The best player no one talks about

Robert Cleave
January 12 2012 12:51PM

               

As someone that's worked the mathier side of hockey analysis for a few years, I've become inured to seeing players with shiny boxcar numbers get lauded while players labouring under difficult circumstances get ignored. It's the way things have always worked in the hockey media, and despite the occasional mention of underlying numbers from guys like Elliotte Friedman, the use of advanced stats still is out there on the fringes.

With that in mind, this morning's column from Gary Lawless mentioning, amongst other things, that Jonathan Toews was his pick from the Selke was pretty much exactly what I expected. I realize that the Selke has evolved into an award given to really good offensive players that can find their own end without the aid of a GPS, so the fact that players in the recent past like Frans Nielsen have received the bum's rush is unfortunate, but unsurprising.

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Sedins, Edler and Hodgson To Represent the Canucks at All-Star Weekend.

Thomas Drance
January 12 2012 12:26PM


The Sedins are going back to the All-Star Game. Matthew Barnaby? Not so much.

The NHL's All-Stars were announced today, and to the surprise of absolutely no one, the Sedins will appear in the game at Scotiabank Place on January 29th. It will be Henrik's third trip to the NHL's sponsorship showcase, and Daniel's second. Cody Hodgson will also represent the Canucks at all-star weekend as a member of the "All-Star Rookies" team. The biggest surprise inclusion was Alex Edler, who will make his first career All-Star appearance in Ottawa.

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Game #45 Preview - St. Louis Cruisin'

Cam Davie
January 12 2012 12:17PM


Alex Edler, playing last year in St. Louis against the Blues, was selected today to play in
this year's All-Star game in Ottawa. Congrats, Alex!
(Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Imagess)

Game Day Recon: Game #45 - Canucks @ Blues

The top two teams in the Western Conference face off tonight in St. Louis, as the Blues and Canucks play for first place in the West.

And the Blues go for their third straight win against the Canucks this season, and a win in the season series. Not too bad for a team that was struggling early but used a coaching change to quickly and swiftly right the ship.

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An Investment Worth the Price

Jeff Angus
January 12 2012 08:25AM


Jeremy Price (right) battles for the puck in an ECAC Conference game against Union College.

Over the last few months, I have been profiling some lesser known Canuck prospects, like Frankie Corrando, Sebastian Erixon, Joseph LaBate, and Patrick McNally. I’ll continue with that theme today, as I want to bring some attention to defensive standout Jeremy Price. Price, like McNally, is a skilled defenseman playing in the NCAA’s ECAC Conference (McNally for Harvard, and Price for the Colgate Raiders). Price was picked in the fourth round (113th overall) by the Canucks back in 2009, and since then has progressed into one of the better defensemen in college hockey. We don’t hear a lot about him, but as we have seen with Kevin Bieksa, unknown college defenseman can have a big impact at the NHL level (like Price and McNally, Bieksa was on no one’s radar in Vancouver while he played in the NCAA).

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Somehow, Schneider

Cam Charron
January 11 2012 12:54PM

I was going to write a pretty long post today about Cory Schneider's regression to the mean. I think he's been pretty lax on a couple of straight starts and hasn't looked like he's been pulling his weight as much as he did during that stretch at the end of November and his numbers are finally returning to his career average.

So I looked into it, under the assumption that Schneider hadn't put up a quality start in three starts. For those who are unawares still, a quality start is a Hockey Prospectus statistic that counts whether or not a goaltender played well enough to allow his team to win: to earn a quality start, a goalie must stop 91.3% of shots in a single game, or stop 88.5% of shots while allowing two or fewer.

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