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Deep Dive: The Canucks Pre-Season

Photo Credit: Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports The 2015 offseason was challenging for the Canucks front office. Gone were faces of the franchise like Kevin Bieksa and Eddie Lack, and a host of complimentary players that helped the Canucks return to the postseason (Brad Richardson, Shawn Matthias, Zack Kassian, and Nick Bonino). You can debate at length whether or not…

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CanucksArmy Prospect Profile 2015: #4 Brock Boeser

There were a number of off the board selections in the first round, of the 2015 draft, but Brock Boeser at 23 wasn’t one of them.  Rhys did a nice overview on Boeser following the selection, and as we can see in the scouting profiles, he’s a dynamic offensive threat with high-end scoring potential that needs to…

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CanucksArmy Prospect Profile 2015: #7 Cole Cassels

Perhaps no Vancouver Canucks prospect has seen their stock increase as quickly and substantially as Oshawa Generals centreman Cole Cassels has this year. When Vancouver selected Cole Cassels with the 85th overall pick in the 2013 draft, the hope was undoubtedly that he would develop the way he has over the past two seasons. 

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Building A Contender – Part 5 – Conclusion

Kevin Hoffman/USA TODAY Sports Canucks fans have spent a considerable amount of time over the past couple months debating the recent moves made by management. The individual complaints are fairly wide reaching, but a lot of our concern comes down to a high degree of skepticism around management’s plan of rebuilding on the fly. Read on for the conclusion…

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How to Build a Contender – Part 4: The Difficulty of Acquiring Elite Talent

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports In the opening instalments of this series objectively looking at how teams can best build a contending team, we introduced the concept of Goals Above Replacement (GAR) before moving on to explore the impact of aging on player performance, and what sort of salary cap structure is maintained by successful teams.  What we’ve found should come as no surprise. …

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How to Build a Contender – Part 3: Cap Management

Photo Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports In the first post of this latest ‘How to build a contender’ series, we provided an intro to War-on-ice’s new Goals Above Replacement (GAR) statistic, and in Part 2, we looked at the impact of player aging on player and team performance over time What we found in Part 1 was that GAR correlates very…

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How to build a contender – Part 2: the Impact of Aging

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports Some of the most important work in the field of hockey analytics has focused on how player performance changes over time.   In a salary capped league teams need to pay attention to, and understand how, the aging process impacts future performance, since these factors can and should influence contract decisions. A bad bet on a…

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How to build a contender – Part 1: WAR, what is it good for?

Photo Credit: Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports A couple weeks ago I took a look at a new metric, Goals Above Replacement (GAR), developed by the team at WarOnIce.com. The concept is a simple one: we can measure the contribution of each player quantitatively by comparing them to a replacement level player, which is a player who is…

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CanucksArmy prospect profile 2015: #16 Guillaume Brisebois

With the 66th overall pick in the 2015 draft, the Canucks selected Guilllaume Brisebois, a 6’2 defender from Acadie Bathurst Titan of the QMJHL.  The Canucks tried desperately to get a 2nd round pick at the 2015 draft as part of the Eddie Lack or Kevin Bieksa trades, but were ultimately unsuccessful. The silver lining was that, according…

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What does WAR suggest about the 2015-16 Canucks?

Photo Credit: Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports Since the dawn of hockey analytics, there has been a goal of summarizing the total value of an individual player’s contribution into a single number. The team at war-on-ice.com has made significant advancements in this area over the past year, culminating in the introduction of their Goals Against Replacement, or GAR, metric.  GAR incorporates most of the…

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Canucks Deep Dive: 2015 Entry Draft

View image | gettyimages.com It’s been an interesting few weeks for Canucks fans, with the trades, contract extensions, and head office moves seeming to grab headlines and overshadow what was a pretty solid draft for the Canucks.  I’ll break down the Canucks 2015 draft class in more depth after the jump. 

Laurence Gilman, Hockey Innovation, and the Future of the Canucks Front Office

View image | gettyimages.com I’ve spent a lot of my time trying to dig through the Benning administration’s first year at the helm of the Canucks, trying to find a sign of underlying genius, or at the very least a semblance of a realistic strategy the Canucks fan base can feel comfortable and confident believing in and getting behind. …