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After letting the game 7 loss sink in, its time for playoff grades. I’ll be going through each player on the Leafs and grading their performance based solely on their playoff performance and giving a little explanation for why they deserve the grade. If you disagree with a grade, please feel free to give your own grade and justify why you think it is true. FORWARDS Zach Hyman: A I thought Hyman was one of the most impactful players in the whole series. Physically, he was winning board...
Fast forward 5 years. The Leafs have since removed all remnants of that 2013 team – players and management. Only 5 players remain from that team – Kadri, JvR, Bozak, Komarov, and Gardiner.
On January 19th 2017, Red Fisher passed away. Red spent his storied career covering hockey in Montreal from 1955 to 2012. He was admitted into the Order of Canada on December 29th 2017, one of Canada's highest national civilian honors. Here are some of the remembrances by HF members to commemorate his life and career. Something truly worth posting about.. Hats off to you Red! You were a sports writing legend who covered the mighty Habs in their legendary years. "Show me the players"...
I know, he hasn't retired yet and he hasn't won a Cup, but he's still pretty much unanimous as a future HHOF member, regardless, on this forum. I think he's worthy of discussion today, since the quality of many threads aren't that high. This thread will be of better quality than most. Above average. So, he was drafted in the 7th round and was supposed to be the backup of Kevin Weekes in 05/06. Weekes was injured in November and Lundqvist was now the Rangers #1 goalie - and #1 player for...
Exactly as it says on the tin. Lot of deserving candidates so far. Hard to pick in several positions. My Hart voting for example would for sure be in a different order (I would vote Tavares higher for Hart than Stamkos+McDavid... but I think Stamkos has objectively been more 'outstanding' as an individual.) Here are mine: AS-1: Giroux - Stamkos - Kucherov Hedman - Doughty Vasilevskiy AS-2: Ovechkin - MacKinnon - Kane Pietrangelo - Klingberg Crawford AS-3: Gaudreau - McDavid -...
First of all this is my personally opinion on how to get the game even more intersting and fascinating for fans all over the world. This proposal are going to get teams involved for more than just the regular season and will generate the sense of rivalries all over the league. Bring in another final expansion team and cement the number of teams playing in the league at the number of 32. From there on, if a city wants to host an NHL team they should come up with a better project and claim a...
LAST TIME OUTSIDE Sidenote, crazy how different our roster is 3 years later.
I would like to share with you team rankings based on the ELO rating system. This is purely mathematical based on wins and losses. Each team has a score. That score increases or decreases based on wins and losses. The amount of change is based on the score of the opponent.
HERE WE GO AGAIN FOR 2019/20 These team rankings are based on the ELO rating system. This is purely mathematical based on wins and losses. Each team has a score. That score increases or decreases based on wins and losses. The amount of change is based on the score of the opponent. Eg. If a strong team beats a weak team then they don't gain a lot of points because it is expected. If a weak team beats a strong team then they gain a lot of points and the strong team loses a bunch. It balances...
Charting how each team's draft picks performed over the last 10 years.
List is made up on a combination of tangible stats (goals, assists, etc.) as well as underlying metrics (CF%, rel CF%, xGF%, etc.)
Zadorov is a guy who isn't going to get talked about a lot since he is never going to be an offensive dynamo, but he has been stringing together a very solid season. He had a tough October, showed up to training camp late after rehabbing from a pretty tough injury that cut his 16/17 season short. But since a series of scratches he has appeared to take his game to a new level. Here's a look at his last 23 games (since being inserted back into the lineup) 54.15CF% (Avs as a team are 50.38% in...
I thought with the CHL season starting, and with NHL camps starting to make cuts, it would be interesting to see what notable prospects have been sent back to the CHL, Europe or AHL camp. I got this idea after checking out the Soo vs Saginaw tonight to notice that Morgan Frost was already back (a bit of a surprise, I thought he'd last a bit longer in camp), while Saginaw is without Bode Wilde. Try not to clog this thread up with marginal guys. Lets try to keep it to 1st rounders of the last...
Due to the nature and speed in which the NHL is evolving this contract is about a lot more than just William Nylander and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The last several years the league has seen an incredible influx of young talent that have proven to be impact players much sooner than previous decades. This season might see more players in the first 5 years of their pro career in the top 60 of scoring than ever before. Traditionally players coming off an ELC are usually signed to reasonable mid...
And by official, I mean mine, of course. So after all the fighting on the other threads, i tried to crank out a stats-based Center ranking, but nothing too fancy. At the same time it's both complicated and simple. NOTE: IF YOU HATE STATS JUST SKIP TO THE BOTTOM FOR THE FINAL RANKINGS Here's how I approached it. I looked at the last 2 seasons. This imo is the best combo of "recent" and "good sample size" to judge a player's current value. But it's not perfect, of course, especially when it...
I read a recent thread about how scoring was up the highest it has been since 2005-06. Thought it would be interesting to take a look at how many players in each season hit 1.00 PPG or higher, becuase it seemed like a lot were on pace this year. Below shows the average goals per game scored for each season and how many players finished with 1.00 PPG or above in those years. 2012-13 was higher than normal likely due to players being able to maintain a higher pace through a shortened season....
Shortly after Thanksgiving of last year, the Florida Panthers relieved head coach Gerard Gallant, and their then, highly unqualified general manager, Tom Rowe, stepped in as interim head coach. Fast forward to today, where Gallant has taken an expansion team and as of today, is coaching the best team in the Western Conference, with the second best overall record in the NHL. Meanwhile, the Panthers are among the worst teams in the league and will be looking at a lottery selection as they...
It's hard to believe that in the early 1970s, over 95% of NHL players were Canadian in origin. This figure has been on the decline for the past 40+ years, and by 2015-16, the majority of NHL players were not of Canadian origin. It seemed to begin to change when the WHA Winnipeg Jets imported several Scandinavians to their roster for the 1974-75 season. Once the Jets became the top team for the remainder of the WHA, it paved the way for Swedes and Finns to cross the Atlantic, and make a...
Here's where I think we lost this season, kind of in order: -Scheduling. Too many B2B games, with 2nd game in different city than the 1st game, and 2nd game coming against non-B2B teams who were rested. After playing almost 3 seasons worth of hockey in 2 years, I have no idea why the NHL decided to saddle us with the categorically-worst schedule. I think it really hampered our ability to maintain championship level of play. -We screwed up by making chemistry-altering moves at the trade...
So with the Stanley Cup Finals starting on Monday, I figured it would be a lot of fun to look at perspectives of the Knights before October 1st and how the masses (Including most of us) have been wrong about this team. Below are some of the links to articles and HF threads to show how much different things were 11 months ago today. We all know how this team beat everyone's expectations and no one predicted this team would be any good, but let's see exactly what people said about GMGM's...
Alright everybody I wanna hear about how your players have been doing this season. Grade them/rank them/describe them; I don't care how you do it. For :flames: Johnny Gaudreau - A- he's been pretty standard, creating plays all the time. Sean Monahan - A- same as Gaudreau really, just finishing rather than creating. He looks stronger on the puck than before. Elias Lindholm - A better than I could have hoped for and much more skilled than I expected. He's the defensive conscience of the...
We are at the quarter mark of the season and it seems like the highest scoring season in a long time. We have 50 players producing at PPG pace or better! So let's take a look at the top 20 scorers (since I didn't feel like doing the top 50) and compare their up-to-date production against their career production and see which players are likely going to sustain their pace, improve it or see it degrade over the course of the season. I have used ioSH% (on-ice shooting percentage) as the...
After watching the Rangers face the Islanders at the Garden, once again coming out flat, and giving up routine Grade A chances, I wanted to do a little more digging into how poor this team is. 46.46 CF% (30th in NHL) 46.92 FF% (28th in NHL) 47.25 SF% (29th in NHL) 422 High Danger Chances Allowed (4th in NHL) It's clear that the team struggled in October, December and now January. They're currently in a wild card spot mostly because of the efforts of Lundqvist/Pavelec. Pavelec, to his...
March is very soon upon us, and us armchair-GMs have now done our jobs: stressing over the moves the GMs of all our favourite teams have or have not made, causing us endless pain and terrifying the living daylights out of us. ‘Are we going to pay for the privilege of seeing Cody Ceci wear our crest?!’ is an example of a dreadful thought one could have had in the past few weeks. Previously, I’ve written about how expensive rentals rarely turn out to be worth the assets given up for them, and...
Since the league expanded from just 6 teams, which teams have been the most successful? IMO, the top 10 would be: 1. Montreal Canadiens: 10 cups; 11 finals - 82 total team/individual awards won Cup winning years (1968, 1969, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1993) 2. Pittsburgh Penguins: 5 cups; 6 finals - 76 total team/individual awards won Cup winning years (1991, 1992, 2009, 2016, 2017) 3. Edmonton Oilers: 5 cups; 7 finals - 59 total team/individual awards won Cup winning years...
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