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Benning Eye for the Stats Guy: OHL Trip Wrap up

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports Jim Benning’s OHL scouting trip was rather impressive, catching 6 games in 8 days. To recap, here was his schedule:   Date Windsor Erie 07-Nov Sarnia Saginaw 08-Nov Erie Mississauga 10-Nov London Guelph 13-Nov Sudbury Mississauga 15-Nov Erie Kitchener 15-Nov Over the course of the 8 days, Benning managed…

Benning Eye for the Stats Guy: Erie vs Kitchener

View image | gettyimages.com Jim Benning happened to find himself in Ontario on a Sunday in November, so it should come as no surprise that he would want to maximize his time in hockey rinks, catching an earlier game between Sudbury and Mississauga before settling in for the evening tilt between the Erie Otters and…

Benning Eye for the Stats Guy: Sudbury vs Mississauga

View image | gettyimages.com In a recent Benning Eye for a Stats Guy post, we saw the Mississauga Steelheads fall to the Erie Otters in a game where the Steelheads top draft prospects, Alex Nylander (PCS pace 26%), Michael McLeod (PCS pace 18%), and Sean Day (11%) were pretty underwhelming. Would they redeem themselves in Benning’s second viewing…

Benning Eye for the Stats Guy: London vs Guelph

View image | gettyimages.com Say what you will about Jim Benning, but when it comes to scouting, the dude puts in work. His fourth in-person viewing on this east coast road trip (that I’m aware of) came Friday, November 13th when the London Knights faced the Guelph Storm. 

Benning Eye for the Stats Guy: Erie vs Mississauga

View image | gettyimages.com This was the second time in a week that Jim Benning had caught an Erie Otters game, this time lacing up against the Mississauga Steelheads who boast three potential first round draft prospects in Alex Nylander (PCS pace 26%), Michael McLeod (PCS pace 18%), and Sean Day (11%). The Otters, of…

Benning Eye for the Stats Guy: Sarnia vs Saginaw

View image | gettyimages.com It is said that Canucks GM Jim Benning never drafts a player he hasn’t seen in person, so when it was announced that he would be on an extended east coast scouting trip last week,  I thought it would be fun to follow along and see if we can learn a little bit…

Benning Eye for the Stats Guy: Windsor vs Erie

View image | gettyimages.com I like stats, to the point that Josh Weissbock and I developed the Prospect Cohort Success method to put a value on the potential of upcoming prospects, and to track their development over time. However, Jim Benning does not rely on stats at all. He relies on his eyes, and amazingly,…

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Canucks October Deep Dive

View image | gettyimages.com It’s been a unique October for the Vancouver Canucks. If you had told me back in August that they’d end the month with no less than four rookies in their lineup, Ryan Miller would be posting some of the best goaltending numbers in the league, and the Anaheim Ducks would be…

2016 Draft – PCS Preseason Rankings – Part 3 – Curious Case of Max Jones

View image | gettyimages.com In the first two parts of this series on 2016 draft eligible prospects, I focused on prospects whose performance as a 16-year-old was so off the charts that they did not have historical peers and players whose PCS scores were so high that they suggest a very high likelihood of future success. However,…

2016 Draft – PCS Preseason Rankings – Part 2 – PCS Juggernauts

View image | gettyimages.com In the first part of this PCS pre-season draft ranking series, I looked at players whose 16 year-old seasons were so off the charts that they did not have peers in our PCS database. Now I’ll look at some other consensus first round picks who put up monster 2014-15 seasons in the…

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2016 Draft – PCS Preseason Rankings – Part 1

View image | gettyimages.com Hockey is back, not only at the NHL level but across the globe. This means we can start getting a look at 2016 draft hopefuls. As we wrote about over at Hockey Graphs, we’ve been making some impressive progress with our PCS tool, so over the course of this multi-part series I’ll take a…

Open Letter: The Little Things

View image | gettyimages.com Dear Francesco, Congratulations on an outstanding start to the year! Our $6M goalie is playing like a $6M goalie, the Sedins continue to drink from the fountain of youth, and the young guys are playing better than any of us ever could have hoped for. Make no mistake about it, the first…