Playoff Prediction Project Part 3

It’s time for the conference finals. In the East, Dwayne Roloson has been arguably the best player of this post-season, back-stopping the Lightning to a third-round battle with the Boston Bruins. Out west, it’s a championship of chokers as the much-maligned Canucks will face the San Jose Sharks.

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The Playoff Prediction Project, Round 2

    The first round of the playoffs is over, and it was a doozy. The best part is, there are three rounds to go, and the hockey isn’t likely to get any worse as time goes on. After the jump, it’s time to make Round Two predictions.

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Dion Phaneuf, Norris Finalist

      The Dion Phaneuf wearing the blue and white in Toronto is not the same Dion Phaneuf who was a finalist for the Norris Trophy in 2007-08. Believe it or not, that’s a good thing.

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Joe Colborne’s Marlies Debut

The acquisition of 2008 first round pick Joe Colborne in the Tomas Kaberle trade set hearts a-flutter throughout Leafs Nation, including the media covering the team. This was despite the fact that his debut AHL season was more than a little rocky at the time of the trade. How has Colborne fared in a Marlies’…

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The Value Of An NHL Draft Pick

    Late last month, Jason Gregor looked back at the NHL draft from 1996 to 2005, in an attempt to put a value on NHL draft picks. Gregor’s far from the first to do so; after the jump I’ll look at his work and that of others to see what we can say about the…

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Correlation, Causation, and Coaching

As 2011 approached, there wasn’t much positive to say about the Toronto Maple Leafs. A 13-19-4 record had them sitting 13th in the conference with 30 points. They were just two points up on the woeful New York Islanders, one point behind the Edmonton Oilers, and 14 points out of the playoffs. A week earlier,…

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Marvellous Joe Colborne

Hours after prospect Joe Colborne was acquired from the Boston Bruins as part of a package for defenceman Tomas Kaberle, the local media was overflowing with praise for the 6’5” centre.

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Leafs Add Voros

The Toronto Maple Leafs made another minor move on Tuesday that didn’t get much news thanks to the Kris Versteeg deal, shipping a conditional seventh round draft pick (read: basically nothing) to Anaheim in exchange for tough-guy forward and pending free agent Aaron Voros. It’s an odd trade, for a couple of reasons.

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The First Overall Pick: Avoid Nugent-Hopkins

    As it stands today, at least four players have a legitimate shot at going first overall: defenceman Adam Larsson of the Swedish Elite League, and forwards Sean Couturier, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Gabriel Landeskog. After looking through the numbers, I’m convinced that Nugent-Hopkins would be the wrong selection.

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Whatever Happened To Dion Phaneuf’s Offence?

Dion Phaneuf burst on to the NHL scene in 2005-06 as part of one of the richest rookie classes in NHL history. Thanks to the NHL lockout, there were two years’ worth of rookies entering the league, and Phaneuf was one of the gems – along with Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Henrik Lundqvist. With…

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Canada vs. Russia Postgame: Collapse

Three games were played tonight, one in each period. In the first, we saw the Canadian team we had seen throughout the tournament: a powerhouse, offensively capable and much too busy threatening to allow opportunities against. In the second we saw relatively boring hockey, punctuated by the occasional flurry. Finally, in the third period, we…