Why I don’t put much weight on zonestarts percentages when rating individual players

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-03

If you follow advanced stats, one thing you might be trying to get your head around is just how significant are offensive and defensive zone faceoffs when it comes to rating individual players. Just how much should zonestarts percentages impact an individual player’s points production? We can gather a few things about players from their deployment on faceoffs. For example, if a player is put on the ice for a high percentage of offensive zone faceoffs, he’s likely being putting put in that spot because his coach thinks he’s got the skills to take advantage of that situation. On the other side, if a coach deploys a player for a high number of defensive zone faceoffs at even s

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BLH Sunday Night Pint #2

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2015-08-02

We’re back for another edition of the BLH Sunday Night Pint! Coincidentally this is the anniversary of the Chris Pronger trade! So Happy Pronger Day everyone!! This week we have Zach “The Ladies Man” Laing (@loweded), Grapplin’ Jack Gruninger (@jackgruninger), and Rob “Don’t Call Me Cookie” Cooke (@cooke_rob) to tackle the hard-hitting Oilers topics of the week! We’re going to start things off with an easy question: 1.Have the Oilers Done Enough to Make the Playoffs in 2015/16? Jack – Not yet, no. They could be close, but unless some younger guys can have a surprise impact at the NHL level, the Oilers aren’t playoff bound yet. I think

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TIME HAS COME TODAY

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-02

The Edmonton Oilers chose Jujhar Khaira No. 63 overall in 2012 and he turned pro in the fall of 2014. The Oilers, as is their tradition, brought him along slowly. Edmonton’s CHL kids have been handled that way during the Oklahoma swing and the results have been poor. Did the team learn anything from the struggles of Tyler Pitlick, Curtis Hamilton and Ryan Martindale? No. BARONS CENTERS 2014-15 The Oilers have a couple of nice young centers who spent time in OKC this year. Anton Lander finally punched his NHL ticket in January and is being counted on at the NHL level in 2015-16. Bogdan Yakimov saw a spike in his TOI (these totals are via Eric Rodgers, who published them today at Tend th

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Oilers History – MacTavish Top Five Worst

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-08-02

It’s been a fun week for me going back through the years and picking out the best and worst moves by both Steve Tambellini and Craig MacTavish. Now, we finish the mini-series by looking at the top five worst moves made by the Edmonton Oilers under Craig MacTavish. As I mentioned in the best moves piece, we’re picking from a much smaller timeline, MacT only served as GM of this team for around two years. That said, we have plenty of candidates to pick from, which is too bad. The Moves: 5.) Oilers trade G Devan Dubnyk to NSH for F Matt Hendricks – I have no problem with Matt Hendricks, I like him a lot as a player. He’s a useful part of Edmonton’s bottom six gr

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Cam Talbot one of several Edmonton Oilers’ netminders with plenty to prove in 2015-16

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-02

If Edmonton Oilers are going to make a significant step forward in 2015-16, they desperately need more help from the men between the pipes. The Oilers have had plenty of defensive issues the past two seasons, finishing dead last in the NHL in goals-against both seasons. While many of those problems emanated from a weak blueline group and poor defensive play by the team as a whole, weak netminding has been a significant part of the equation. A sixpack of goaltenders struggled through the 2013-14 campaign, prompting a house-cleaning by then-GM Craig MacTavish, who traded Devan Dubnyk, Jason LaBarbera and Ilya Bryzgalov in-season. MacTavish swapped three future draft picks to bring in veteran b

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TEN YEARS AGO, ON A COLD DARK NIGHT

Source: Oilers Nation
Date: 2015-08-02

Ten years ago today, Kevin Lowe traded for Chris Pronger. It set off a 12-month run in the city we've never really recovered from, but in those early hours after the deal, Edmonton erupted with fist pumps in celebration.

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Prospect Profile: Class of 2015

Source: Beer League Heroes
Date: 2015-08-02

Part 3 of my summer feature, Prospect Profile, focuses on the Oilers draft class of 2015. Or rather, the players drafted in 2015 not named Connor McDavid. The significant aspect of the 2015 draft is that it was the last draft that Stu MacGregor and his staff had any input on. With so many middling prospects taken in the previous years, this was welcome news for many Oilers fans, as it signified true change continuing to happen throughout the organization. While McDavid may be the only guaranteed slam dunk of a pick, the Oilers selected some very interesting players this past June   Caleb Jones If the name sounds familiar, that’s because it is. The younger brother of Nashville star

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SACRE BLEU

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-02

Peter Chiarelli added three defensemen into the Oilers mix during one week in June and sent away another. The top end received a badly needed (and quality) addition, while the depth pairing received a ruffian (Gryba) over a young coverage player with a massive wingspan (Marincin). Chiarelli also added Griffin Reinhart, who will look to become one of three (Nurse, Klefbom, Reinhart) cornerstone blue liners for the next decade. SEKERA’S LA VOLLMAN Peter Chiarelli on Andrej Sekera: “He’s a real versatile D. Very strong. He could play in our top pair if need be. You’d like to spread it out so he could be a lynchpin in the second pair. Plays both sides. Played most of the year o

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Changing of Guard

Source: The Oilers Rig
Date: 2015-08-01

The Oilers summer of change may not be quite over yet. They have been on the trade market and have had their fair share of activity with contract, yet they still may have to make some more internal moves. The team has had a revelation in the past few months, one that may suggest that its time for the Oilers to start a whole new era of Edmonton hockey. With that mindset, we may very well see a changing of the guard in the form of handing over the captaincy to someone other than, current captain, Andrew Ference. Ference, as we all know by now, was a product of the MacT/Eakins era and was named captain before playing a game in the orange and blue. The change would make a lot of sense if you ta

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TRAINING CAMP HOPEFULS NO. 7: BRANDON DAVIDSON

Source: Lowetide
Date: 2015-08-01

Brandon Davidson has overcome a lot in his young life, so if you’re betting against him prepare for a thinner wallet. That said, the Edmonton Oilers depth chart on blue has a tremendous amount of competition:   D Andrej Sekera (Oilers needed him badly, he’s an outstanding addition) D Mark Fayne (Should flourish under McLellan, take on bigger role on team) D Oscar Klefbom (Talented blue, range of skills, McLellan has a real talent here) D Justin Schultz (Training, working hard, McLellan could do wonders for him) D Nikita Nikitin (Pressure will be on, hopefully he’s healthy, back stands up all year) D Eric Gryba (Tough, defense-first addition. Oilers clearly felt a need) D Andr

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The Top 10 moments for 2014-15

Source: The Hockey News
Date: 2015-08-01

1. Hawks win the Stanley Cup – June 15, 2015 Thanks to the (literally) tireless efforts of Conn Smythe winner Duncan Keith, the Chicago Blackhawks claimed their third Stanley Cup in six seasons, dusting off the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games. Keith, who played an otherworldly average of 31 minutes per game in the post-season, scored the game-winning goal by following up his own rebound on Bolts goalie Ben Bishop. Patrick Kane, who always seems to come through in big contests, added the dagger on a beauty feed from Brad Richards. In terms of sentiment, it was hard to beat captain Jonathan Toews passing the Cup off to Kimmo Timonen, whose career and life almost ended in the summer due

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Edmonton Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens wasn’t quite so bad as he looked and certainly not as his woeful save percentage suggests

Source: Edmonton Journal - Cult of Hockey
Date: 2015-08-01

Not all shots are created equally in the NHL, and that has a major impact on the save percentages of goalies. Some teams will have a higher percentage of high quality scoring chances, such as the 1980s Edmonton Oilers. Some teams give up a higher percentage of high quality scoring chances, such as the 2010s Edmonton Oilers.  Goalies who face those high quality attacking teams and are also playing behind a low quality defending team have a special challenge, which brings me to Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth who suffered this fate on the Oilers in 2014-15. Many fans are harsh in regards to Scrivens and go so far as to blame the failings of former Oilers coach Dallas Eakins on his weak play. Of

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