UFA Options: Anaheim Ducks

UFA Options is a continuing series that gives a brief run-down of the unrestricted free agent market this summer, team-by-team. It starts with a look at the Anaheim Ducks. The Anaheim Ducks have five unrestricted free agents of note (this of course assumes that former NHL journeymen Josh Green and Eric Boguniecki are no longer…


Thoughts on Game 1

I’ve never especially liked Steve Bernier.  He’s got a lot of talents that I’d normally associate with a hockey player; good size and grit, enough offense, not a terrible defensive game.  I have just never seen him as having a terribly high ceiling as a player.  Tonight, though, he was everything that was right about the…


PGDB #1: The Sweet/Bitter Taste of Optimism/Pessimism

There was a draft lottery last night. Fans of the fourteen teams who missed the playoffs keyed in, hoping that their team could move up a few slots in the order, hoping to secure a better prospect that would eventually help to turn the franchise around. As someone who has been following the Oilers all…


First Line Forwards

There are thirty teams in the NHL. Each team has one first line, with three forwards on it; ergo there have been ninety first-line players since the lockout. Defining a first-line player is difficult, but the most obvious requirement is offense. With that in mind, I went and researched the top ninety players by points…


GDB #82: For The Division

With one game remaining in the regular season, a playoff spot locked up, and the Vancouver Canucks opponent being the lowly Colorado Avalanche, you could be forgiven for assuming that this is a meaningless game tonight. Far from it.


GDB #81: A Difference In Motivation

In tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Kings, the Vancouver Canucks shouldn’t have any difficulty finding motivation. After a less than brilliant 4-1 win over the Calgary Flames, they have a shot at the Northwest Division title – if they win out and the Flames lose one of their final two games, the Canucks will…


Perpetually Underrated

Gabriel Desjardin’s website, Behind the Net, is probably the most interesting site out there for people who like to see beyond the traditional measurements of player ability. One of the things he does is split powerplay production from even-strength production, and adjust it for ice-time.