May 28 2015 12:41PM
The Canucks' blueline is a serious area of concern, but with next to no cap space left, how can Jim Benning achieve his goal of adding more NHL-calibre bodies while making it more competitive?
May 28 2015 10:03AM
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Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller was left in the net for all five goals.
As the club coughed up an early three-goal lead in an elimination game, it was apparent that Miller wasn't able to make lateral movements with his usual speed and effectiveness. Credit the Calgary Flames, who pulled Jonas Hiller aggressively in that crucial Game 6, because they attacked Miller backdoor repeatedly and with great success.
After returning right before the postseason from a significant knee injury sustained in late-February, Miller was consistent in his conversations with reporters. He reiterated time and time again that he wasn't all that close to a fully recovery.
On Thursday we found out that he actually won't be back to 100 percent until July, his agent Mike Liut told News 1130 Sports on Thursday.
May 27 2015 01:00PM
There's no time like the NHL playoffs to help you realize just how prevalent the reliance on narratives really is.
Unlike the regular season, when what passes for analysis can quickly be forgotten by the time the next opponent rolls into town, in the playoffs, those lazy narratives are put to the test the very next game. And when put under the spotlight like that, they usually fail miserably.
Luckily for everyone involved, narratives are like buses. There'll be another one along any minute.
May 27 2015 11:00AM
Welcome to the final installment of my Rebuilding on the Fly series, where I've examined how the Vancouver Canucks could balance their short-term goals of being a successful team in the near future with their long-term ones of acquiring enough talent to compete for a Stanley Cup some time down the road.
I've argued that the Canucks need to be aggressive and proactive to be successful in their plan. They need to move veteran players immediately while they still have value and receive draft picks in return. They need to fill in vacant roster spaces with shrewd free agent signings. And finally, they need to identify talented young prospects that can form the core of a contending team in the future.
For some parting thoughts on this plan heading in to the most critical month of the offseason, join me after the jump.
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.