Leafs extend affiliation with Orlando Solar Bears through 16/17

Jeff Veillette
May 05 2016 02:44PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs will continue to have the best team brand in hockey under their watchful eye, as the organization announced an extension of their affiliation with the Orlando Solar Bears this afternoon.

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MFR - Round 2, Game 1 - Human - Alb 2, Tor 1

Steve Dangle
May 05 2016 01:52PM

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The Marlies lost, which I didn't think was possible. I don't like it.

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The Quick Blue Fox Jumps Over The Lazy Dog

Jeff Veillette
May 05 2016 10:20AM

The greatest story ever told, they've been calling it. On Monday afternoon, Leicester City Football Club won the English Premier League title despite being on the verge of relegation last season, no top-flight championships in their 132-year history, and 5000-1 odds at the bookkeepers tables. But they took the lead from Day 1 and, despite everybody saying somebody would catch up to them eventually, they cleared the table with two games to space.

Worst to first in 13 months, with expectations pointed to the former. Insane, and it made me think about the Leafs just a little bit.

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Marlies show signs of mortality, drop Game 1 to ALbany

Jeff Veillette
May 04 2016 08:14PM

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The kids against the vets who have been gradually replaced by kids. Goliath versus a slightly smaller goliath. Lou Lamoriello's present farm club against his last one. Two teams with a pretty even regular season series but no real bad blood. The narratives in this series feel close to significant, but not quite, but the significance is in the talent; the Toronto Marlies and Albany Devils are poised to give hockey fans what might be the best series of these Calder Cup Playoffs. The two sides kicked things off tonight at Ricoh Coliseum, and the Toronto Marlies came out of the evening down 1-0 in the series thanks to a 2-1 loss.

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The Return of Draft Analytics: The Prospect Graduation Probabilities System (pGPS)

Jeremy Davis
May 04 2016 02:55PM

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The ability to predict the success of hockey prospects at young ages has long been a goal in the business of hockey. Now more than ever, the success of young players is directly related to the success of an NHL team. For the most part, rosters are built through the draft, rather than trades and free agency. Knowing who will is likely to be successful and who is likely to fail can be the difference between winning and losing in the future - and that can subsequently be the difference between employment and unemployment for the person who is choosing the players.

It wasn't that long ago (although it seems like ages) that Canucks Army had access to such a tool. PCS, the Prospect Cohort Success project developed by Money Puck and Josh Weissbock, used historical data to project players in the here and now. Unfortunately, we lost access to the system when those two were hired by the Florida Panthers.

As you may have noticed, we've been using comparable percentages to assess prospects again over the past couple of months, beginning with this article here. It's been a bit of a mystery until now, but it's time to pull back the curtain. Draft and prospect analytics are returning to Canucks Army and the Nation Network. This is not a rebirth of PCS, but instead an alternative, using similar underlying principles.

This is pGPS: the prospect Graduation Probabilities System.

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