June 08 2012 04:05PM
The Good and the Bad of this past week.
It's Friday. So we close out the "Week That Was" with our latest volume of... "Cheers and Jeers!"
This week, I keep it close to home with some cheers and jeers to my boys from Maple Ridge and CanucksArmy.
June 08 2012 03:18PM
Thom Drance and I at Canucks Army, along with many other hockey analysts, like to use numbers like "Corsi" and "Fenwick", which measure on-ice player shot differentials throughout the season. But critics of simple shot indicators like to say that these numbers don't matter because they don't take into account the quality of a shot.
So Thom and I seeked to reconcile this by sitting in front of the TV and watching every minute of every game, sober even, and recording every single quality shot. A web application helps us find out who was on the ice for every single scoring chance.
We're given a sheet at the end of every game, we post it here, and then we count them up. In the absence of much else better to do today, I figure we'd share our data with the world.
June 08 2012 02:46PM
Jordan Schroeder took a proverbial big step forward this season, but is he ready?
(Photo: Chris Jerina/AHL in Photos)
Clearing the decks: it's been a busy month for me and I've perhaps neglected my CA duties a bit. Over the next week or so, I'm going to be review the Wolves' minor league season. As we transition into next season, let's ask the question; who should we be watching next year and what obstacles might they face?
The agreement with the Wolves was, for the most part well received in Chicago. The Wolves were said to be pleased with way the Canucks management were involved in the development of their prospects. On the other hand, one has to wonder how pleased the Canucks might have been with the Wolves' proclivity to sign AHL veterans. It will be interesting to see what veterans are brought back next season; in the past, the Canucks have always worked hard to make their AHL team competitive, but with several young scoring prospects coming through, how much time can be afforded for the older, more skilled players?
Let's start our review with a look at the forward prospects who spent time with the Wolves this season:
June 07 2012 11:33AM
So just over a year ago, Cam Charron was happily writing about hockey and other stuff on his personal blog. Then we came along with a modest proposal and an even more modest bribe and asked him if we wanted to contribute to our happy little network. Since then, he's done work for Canucks Army, NHLNumbers, The Vancouver Province and Backhand Shelf.
June 06 2012 01:20PM
Alain Vigneault is far from perfect. He has angered past (Cody Hodgson) and present (Ryan Kesler) Canucks with his comments on injuries and injury recovery. He incorrectly assumed Daniel Sedin’s concussion was minor (let’s remove ‘minor concussions’ from our vocabulary while we’re at it), failing to plan for a postseason without Daniel.
His biggest mistake may have been keeping Roberto Luongo in goal too long in any of the three games in Boston last June, but game three especially.
Vigneault is an innovator, and has been a successful regular season coach with the Canucks, winning five division titles in his six seasons, including two Presidents’ Trophies as the league’s best team.
His postseason record isn’t as stellar – in 11 playoff rounds behind the Vancouver bench, Vigneault holds a 6-5 record. Thomas Drance took this to task back in April, breaking down Vigneault’s postseason coaching history in Vancouver.
The players, for the most part, like playing for him. Vigneault demands effort and consistency, but he allows the players the luxury of running the dressing room, something many other coaches around the league do not. He plays favorites, just like every coach in the history of every sport. However, he doesn’t award ice time based on a player’s pedigree, contract status, or favorite colour. He rewards performance.
After the Canucks were bounced in the first round by the Los Angeles Kings a few months ago, members of the local media (without naming names) clamored for a coaching change. Many in the fan base got behind the movement.
Why, exactly, would people want the Canucks to fire the most successful coach in the history of the franchise? Let’s use some well-known cognitive biases to explain.