The 10 Worst Shootout Options In The NHL

Last night, watching the negative reaction to Tom Renney’s selection of Shawn Horcoff for shootout duty, I was struck by how poorly a player’s shootout ability is reflected in his overall offensive totals (Horcoff has, when used, been one of the league’s best shootout options). So I decided to look at who the worst shootout…


Fantasy Hockey Bargains

The launch of a new hockey season also means the launch of a new fantasy hockey season. For those who like something a little more interactive than hockey pools, Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey is a popular and ever-growing option. While most teams have already made tweaks, some will still be looking for a little help on…


Hockey Prospectus 11/12: The New Normal

                   (link to buy) Amazon Link (Full disclosure: A few weeks ago, Timo Seppa asked me if I was interested in reviewing the latest iteration of Hockey Prospectus’ annual for the Nations’ audience. I accepted a free PDF copy of the book for review purposes, with no…


More On PK Specialists

When I last wrote about this issue, fellow LeafsNation contributor The ’67 Sound rightly pointed to two issues in the study: 1) Sample size is something of a problem, and 2) Corsi numbers would probably be more accurate, as the stat represents an increase in sample size in and of itself, since it’s counting shots…


Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting

I guess we should have known, when Ron Wilson and Paul MacLean respectively dressed Colton Orr and Zenon Konopka Saturday night, that there would be some fireworks and tension between the Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators. And while there are still a lot of members of the hockey community who appreciate a good scrap—CBC’s…



    It was quite a first week in the NHL. Winnipeg welcomed back the Jets and gave Gary Bettman a standing ovation, an agent went ballistic over a two-game suspension, Sidney Crosby didn’t play, Jaromir Jagr returned, the Sabres, Leafs, Capitals, Flyers, Red Wings, Predators, Sharks and Oilers were undefeated, Don Cherry looked foolish,…


Straight Talk From Joffrey Lupul

  It is a rare thing, but every so often an NHL player will move beyond banalities and say something interesting. Usually it is not a particularly good thing for the player involved. I think Joffrey Lupul’s comments to Mike Brophy on line-mate Phil Kessel qualify on both counts.


Sondre Olden Interview

From time to time this year, the staff at Future Considerations, will be providing updates on Leafs prospects via their network of writers. First up, Brian Huddle with an update on Sondre Olden of the Erie Otters. The road to the NHL can take many different paths. Sondre Olden believes his road needs to go through…


Leafs vs. Sens Shift by Shift

                                        Oh baby what a game. Last night’s tilt was an emotional roller coaster. I told JP that I thought the Leafs would jump out to a big lead and then let their foot off the…


Hot Phil, Cold Third

In the second period of the game, with the Leafs leading 4-0, it seemed fitting to begin writing this game recap with a reminder of the brutal turn for the worse that the Leafs’ last season took, right after they jumped out to a 4-0-0-0 start. "Let’s not let anyone get ahead of themselves", I…



  The 2011-12 NHL season is officially underway and there is a whole bunch of good this week on NationRadio to celebrate. Former Oiler Sean Brown chats with Lowetide as does Timo Seppa – Managing Editor of Hockey Prospectus, Thomas Drance from CanucksArmy, Oil Kings play by play man Corey Graham and finally Matt Bugg…


Leafs-Senators Preview: Battle of Ontario Round One

Luke Schenn usually saves his best for the Senators Once upon a time, the Ottawa Senators were a regular season powerhouse. The rivalry with Toronto was, post-lockout, christened "The Rape and Pillage of Lower Ontario" by Chris Selley of the National Post because of how brutally the newcomers to the NHL would pummel the Heroes….