April 10 2013 03:21PM
Found this image over at Michael Langlois' Vintage Leafs Memories
Since the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs played a hockey game against the New York Rangers (pictured above), the Rangers have not altered their roster one bit. Since Glen Sather took over, I think that is a notable rarity. Sather with the Rangers has had a lot of money and a lot of leeway and a pressuring owner who wants to sign superstars so there's a lot of roster turnover year-to-year.
Or perhaps not. I haven't checked the data but it seems that way. It seems that whenever there's a big name player on the market, the Rangers are in the mix. It also seems that the best players on the Rangers tend not to be the ones picked up after years of success in smaller markets.
April 10 2013 01:10PM
Last night I wrote about some of the things we do at the NHL Network, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Glad to see!
As promised, I’m going to write about how we make highlight packs for hockey games. We’re going to look at two games from Monday night, specifically the Rangers-Leafs game, and the Flames-Avalanche game.
April 10 2013 12:21PM
Here's a thing I keep hearing from Leafs fans:
"Phil Kessel needs to go to the net."
"Phil Kessel will have more success if he goes to the net."
"Goals are scored from the front of the net, Phil Kessel can't keep relying on his shot."
This is a theme that's constantly plugged by guys like Doug MacLean and Nick Kypreos on intermission panels. I tend to listen to them while I'm off during intermissions compiling the notes I took during the period. I only listen sort of off-hand but do realize where people generate these theories about player success.
I only have one question to direct to the people who think Kessel needs to go to the net: Who will get Phil Kessel the puck?
April 09 2013 09:11PM
Howdy hockey people.
A while back, I wrote about how I make hockey highlight packs for Hockey Night in Canada, specifically for the web (cbcsports.ca). The feedback was largely positive, so I want to write about it again.
On top on CBC, I’ve also recently taken a freelance position at the NHL Network. While there are a lot of similarities between the two jobs, there are some key differences, too.
If you’re interested in how hockey highlights get done, here’s how we do it.
Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
April 09 2013 02:05PM
Unable to sleep last night, I did what any other odd person does to wind down - I broke down hockey statistics to borderline pointless levels. Last night, my victims were the Leafs centres.
Now, I’m not going to bore a lot of you with Advanced Statistics. While they’re very good at showing things that can’t been seen at face value, plenty are still unfamiliar with them, and at the same time, I don’t consider myself to be completely knowledgeable on the subject. So what I prefer to do for arguments like this, is stretch the more basic stats to see what players production paces are.