Analytics Week in Review

Josh W
May 12 2014 12:26PM


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Every good researcher, regardless of their particular subject matter, should always be keeping up on the work that their peers are doing. Here is a weekly round-up of a number of different analytics-related pieces from around the internet. 

Read them for your enjoyment, to help you think of new areas of research, to determine the value of shot quality, or just to fill up your slow Monday at work!

Plenty of noteworthy links just past the jump!

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What's Your Hockey Adventure of a Lifetime?

Dimitri Filipovic
May 12 2014 09:41AM


Things that aren’t fun: the 2013-14 Vancouver Canucks season, watching the Minnesota Wild play hockey (only in the regular season, though, apparently), broccoli and canker sores.

Things that are fun: basically everything to do with the impending summer — sunshine, patios, cold beer, beaches. And all of the potentially cool things you could win if you’ve taken my advice and signed up for a ScotiaHockey NHL Debit or VISA card. It has now been over a month since I introduced Canucks Army’s newfound partnership with the fine people over at Scotiabank, so I’m just going to go ahead and assume that by now you’ve been able to get a hold of yourself, stop weeping, and put on a pair of pants for long enough to sign up for a snazzy new card.

I’m sure that seeing that Canucks logo on the front of it will bring back bad memories, and even lead to some inexplicable bouts of sobbing in the checkout line at your local grocery store. But maybe, just maybe, some of these prizes you could be in for will help make up for all of that.

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May 09 2014 03:40PM


The playoffs are well under way as is the Nation Drafts playoffs pool, and it seems as though there are new names on the leaderboard every week.  Either that's a sign that we're all geniuses or that the players we've chosen are choking at all world levels.  You'd have to think, at this point, anyone that picked Rick Nash is about ready to punch him in the mouth, right? In the very least, Nash has more opportunity to score than my champion pick Chris Kelly! Although, Rick Nash only has 4 assists which is not too far off from Chris Kelly's broken leg production. LONG LIVE CHRIS KELLY!

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Your Guide to the 2014 IIHF World Championships

Dimitri Filipovic
May 08 2014 06:32PM

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Would we rather be spending the next two weeks watching, writing about, and discussing the NHL playoffs with the Vancouver Canucks competing in them? Absolutely, there's no question about it. But with the team long since having been ruled out of contention, we'll have to make do with the IIHF World Championships, which have expertly assumed the role of being the ultimate consolation prize for both players and fans alike over the years. 

With this being a year that coincided with the Winter Olympics, the list of prominent players participating in the tournament is even more diluted than it already is in others. But who can argue with real, live hockey to pass the time. 

There are still a medley of different things to look forward to, and we'll go through it all just past the jump with a guide for what to watch for from a Canucks perspective.

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Is a Jim Benning Hiring a Formality at this point?

Dimitri Filipovic
May 08 2014 01:56PM

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Exactly a week ago today, still relatively newly minted President of Hockey Ops Trevor Linden held a press conference to announce the firing of John Tortorella (and Mike Sullivan), and field questions about the direction of the team and the plan for the summer. 

Muddled somewhere in the middle of it all, was a question from a reporter specifically about the team's reported interest in bringing Boston Bruins Assistant GM Jim Benning to right the ship. In the sort of politically correct form that we've come to expect from Linden, he quickly brushed the question off, referring back to the nondescript "narrowed down and focused list" of candidates he had compiled. What it was, was a pretty thinly veiled confirmation without actually technically confirming what we've all been suspecting for some time now, ever since the firing of the position's predecessor. 

Now there's a report coming from Darren Dreger that it's just really a matter of time before the two sides can formally go out in public arm-in-arm, putting their mutual affection for each other on display for the hockey world to see. 

Read on for more.

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