Tortorella on analytics 'I want to learn more about it'

Thomas Drance
August 21 2013 09:20PM


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New Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella is on his way to Vancouver, slowly winding his way across the continent in a converted van with his wife and four dogs. But he took a break from his remote Wisconsin getaway to chat with Vancouver media on Wednesday evening, and wouldn't you know it, he said something indirectly referring to analytics that caught our eye. Per shooting percentage enthusiast Jason Botchford:

(Tortorella's) open to a more scientific, analytical approach to managing his team, something Canucks GM Mike Gillis presented to him early in their courtship.

“I think I’m going to learn from him because he’s into the science of the game and that’s something where I’m a bit of a Neanderthal,” Tortorella said. “I want to learn more about it.

“People should know, (Gillis) is leaving no stone unturned trying to find an edge.”

Let's unpack this comment after the jump.

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On a Tough, Poorly Timed Exchange Between the Canucks and Whitecaps FC

Thomas Drance
August 21 2013 07:47PM

I have some thoughts on this uneven spot of Vancouver professional sports franchise #shapheat, and the awful timing of the exchange from a Canucks perspective. I'll share them with you after the jump. 

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Jordan Schroeder's waiver situation complicates Canucks forward picture

Cam Charron
August 21 2013 12:13PM

As Allan Tung notes over at Fansided's The Canuck Way, Jordan Schroeder is eligible for waivers this upcoming season. Last year Schroeder was up and down between Vancouver and Chicago, but it's unlikely there will be any flights to Utica in his future—and not just because there are no flights from Vancouver to Utica offered by any airline.

This throws a small wrench into the situation of what to do about the Canucks' 13th forward. Schroeder borders on being a "ANHL" player, equivalent to baseball's AAAA, a player deemed to be a star in the minors but not quite there at the top level. Since he'll be just 23 at the start of the season, it's unlikely that the Canucks will leave him open to the waiver wire.

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Prospect Profile: #8 Joseph LaBate

Dimitri Filipovic
August 21 2013 10:46AM


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Regular readers of this site are already quite familiar with the prospect we're profiling today, as he has been written about in-depth on numerous occasions. When Jeff Angus agreed to be a writer on this platform, he had a clause put into his contract that stipulated that there would need to be in excess of 3.5 LaBate-centric posts a year. Let's just say that thus far he has delivered, and then some.

LaBate, the big centre set to enter his Junior season at Wisconsin, came in at number 8 on this list last year. While conventional wisdom would indicate that he took somewhat of a lateral step this past season - since he hasn't technically moved up or down our rankings - I'd say that his 2012-13 campaign helped reassert the idea that his future is a positive one.

Read on past the jump for more on the former 4th round pick.

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Prospect Profile: #9 Henrik Tommernes

Jeff Angus
August 20 2013 09:57AM


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Henrik Tommernes isn’t your typical prospect. For one, he turned 23 this past summer, making him significantly older than most players on this list. And for two, he has five years of experience playing in a professional hockey league.

Tommernes didn’t crack our top 20 last year (in what could be seen as a slight oversight), but he places in the top 10 this year for a few reasons.

Read on to find out what they are.

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