May 29 2012 09:59AM
Nothing good ever happens to Kessel when sitting in a folding chair.
Today is the annual NHL Draft Combine, a day in which draft eligibile players bench press, standing high jump, and pedal hooked up to giant tubes. Ostensibly it gives scouts and GMs an opportunity to evaluate each player's physical fitness. But it also gives them a chance to evaluate more intangible things like their "drive", "compete level", and "character". While there is definitely something to be learned from the event, I'd caution against taking too much out of what happens here. With the benefit of hindsight we can see that the Combine is not the most accurate prediction of future success.
May 28 2012 08:57PM
It's not as though I was a reluctant convert to advanced statistics.
Heck, I've tried to come up with one or two of my own.
But I can't help but notice how antithetical advanced statistics are to traditional hockey player ideologies.
When thinking about hockey, I actually completely separate the logic I use to analyze the game from that which would govern my actions on the ice or as a part of a team. Perhaps it's unusual - even simplistic - to perceive things as such a neat-and-tidy binary, but I can't see any way of synthesizing these two paradigms. There is no String Theory solution to reconcile all this.
May 28 2012 11:55AM
Just over a week ago we announced a contest to design a new NHLNumbers logo. And aside from those designers who castigated us for soliciting spec work or something, the response was fairly positive. We received a number of excellent entries which we have been poring over with serious minds and profound thoughts.
It's too difficult a decision for us, I think, so we'd like reader impressions as well. We'll forgo the easily skew-able web poll in favor of yays or nays in the comments. Share your thoughts and we'll pick the winner from the finalists by the end of the day.
Thanks again to to everyone who participated.
First up we have what was obviously the strongest submission -
Luckily it was from Nations Network owner Wanye Gretz who was therefore ineligible to enter. Nevertheless, he clearly set a pretty high bar.
Following in no particular order are the true potentials:
May 28 2012 09:35AM
Talking to Justin Schultz: Tha'ts a Tamperin'
According to some speculation from reporter Michael Russo the Anaheim Ducks are preparing to file tampering charges with the leauge once Justin Schultz signs elsewhere on July 1st, 2012. While he didn't name names, this story on the Wisconsin SBN site shows that he believes that Shultz will sign with the Leafs. Ipso Facto, the Ducks will be filing tampering charges with the Leafs. All of this brings up a few questions. (Please note that absolutley none of this begs any questions, you're using it wrong. Stop.)
Leafs Nation Podcast
May 27 2012 04:18PM
Sometimes, life happens. Both Danny Gray and I have been too busy to record podcasts for the last month or so, but we're back on track, and finally have these things being posed to iTunes.
Follow me over the jump for today's topics and audio.