Nation World HQ
September 01 2014 12:00PM
This guide is an overview for the media and newcomers to the NHL's advanced (or "fancy") stats. It includes definitions of the key advanced stats concepts, plus an FAQ to clarify some of the typical inquiries about these measures. It is not to meant to be completely comprehensive; only a useful introduction to possession-based analysis.
September 01 2014 07:54AM
Now that Gunnarsson is gone it’s time to make way for the next Leafs Swedish defenseman. While that’s more likely to be Granberg in the short term, and Loov could be the better long term option, there’s some really interesting middle ground with Tom Nilsson. Nilsson ranked 16th in our voting last year , and has now skyrocketed up to 13th based largely on one writer's belief that he might be the second best defensive prospect to make a significant impact (Hint: I’m that jackass).
August 31 2014 09:38AM
Tony Cameranesi made one of the largest jumps up the table, moving up five spots from 19th in our midterm rankings. Unfortunately, it’s not a matter of a breakout sophomore campaign with the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. Cameranesi’s rise has more to do with Morgan Rielly’s and Peter Holland’s graduation from prospect status, Jerry D’Amigo’s trade to Columbus, and Tyler Biggs' dramatic slide.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
August 30 2014 11:05AM
In a world where we're beginning to value moving up drastically more than we do shutting down, the stock of defensive defencemen on the whole is beginning to drop. But that's not in the eyes of everybody. Even if it was, you'd have to concede this to be, in the most extreme scenario, a transitionary phase in hockey strategy. As such, teams will actively be looking for players of the shutdown mold.
As far as the Leafs organization goes, Andrew MacWilliam is perhaps the best personification of that type of player, which brings him to the 15 spot on our Top 20.
August 29 2014 08:07AM
TheLeafsNation.com's Next TLN Blogger contest finally has its Final Five!
The response really was overwhelming. We received almost 100 applications to become the newest contributor for this site. Narrowing everything down to just five people was extremely hard. Justin Fisher and I burned the midnight oil earlier this week and we finally have our five. Here they are in their own words...