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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...
Opening 2019-2020 NHL rosters by Original Drafting/Signing team Comparison Team/number of players on opening rosters/(Goalers+dmen+forwards)/2018-19 goals & points Ana 29 (2+13+14) 200/608 Arz 19 (0+7+12) 184/561 Bos 27 (2+7+18) 349/942 Buf 27 (2+11+14) 212/586 Cal 22 (3+8+11) 239/618 Car 21 (0+7+14) 228/613 Chi 33 (3+10+20) 342/976 Col 15 (1+6+8) 231/639 Clb 29 (2+13+14) 261/628 Dal 28 (2+9+17) 201/579 Det 24 (2+5+17) 255/627 Edm 25 (1+11+13) 242/671 Fla 23 (2+7+14) 240/642 LAK 35...
Doing it again! We all know it means very little, but yet we all want to know... Who will be this year's Preseason Champion!?
Quite a crazy draft with the original scouts getting the top 5-10 way off. Draisatl jumps into the top spot but Boston cleans up with Pasternak jumping into 2nd place from mid 20s and two other draftees jump into the 1st round. Larkin jumps into the top 5.
Results of the top 31 defenseman poll.
This article provides some analysis of the results from the recent HF Top Player polls series.
The top 31 wingers in the NHL as voted on by members of HFBoards.
Ranking the top 31 centers in the NHL.
I have been thinking about writing this post for over a month now. I've noticed on different areas of this website, John has been disrespected or generally underrated or underappreciated. What I've read: John got overpaid John never reached his potential John wasn't a great #1 pick John's career has been a letdown Now just so we're clear, I am not interested in discussing how he left our team...as most Islander fans would agree, we're dissapointed. There's no way around that, even if he...
The top 20 goaltenders in the NHL as voted on by members of HFBoards.
Just like many of you, by this time in the middle of the summer I start itching for anything hockey. I was bored and had some spare time so I decided to put together my list of the top 100 forwards in the league. My Criteria: This list is based on the top 100 forwards at this very moment. It has nothing to do with potential and nothing to do with contracts, it is simply based on who I believe are the best forwards in the NHL at the moment, entering the 2019/2020 season. While the 2018/2019...
As of this season, Alexander Ovechkin must score 237 goals in order to better The Great One's all time goalscoring record. In this thread I do some back of the envelope calculations to estimate with what probability that will happen, and plot the results. Key assumptions: I assume that he will play 5 more seasons. One could of course assume more or fewer. There are two main sources of uncertainty with this calculation: how many games will he play, and at what rate will he score. In each...
After creating a trade thread for Jonas Brodin I came across some Minnesota fans who explained to me the direction Minnesota’s GM Fenton is likely headed and it had me wondering: Shouldn’t Minnesota be going into a full rebuild? Well lets take a closer look: Their top three point producers last year are 34 years old in Parise Staal and Suter (since they traded Granlund). Obviously I think Dumba could have contested if he stayed healthy. Then Koivu whos 35 was their sixth highest producer....
I know the series is over. I know we won, and the next series is coming up tonight, and this is mostly irrelevant now. But *something* happened on this play and it's been bugging me not understanding exactly what it was. Dougie Hamilton has his weaknesses, but he's not a quitter. And Rod Brind'Amour wouldn't accept what has been portrayed as happening on this play. Something about this was not ringing true for me. So I tried to put myself in Dougie's position and go through the video...
Motivation: As a Red Wings fan, I've experienced the entitlement of a team capable of staying competitive for over a decade, followed by the unfamiliar frustration of a team that's not used to being bad. My fanbase is split between those [rightfully] wanting to win games because of pro sports' competitive spirit and pride, and those [rightfully] wanting to tank for the chance at a better future. Notice I called both sides right: I don't blame the fans for their divide, but the system creates...
I previously ranked the top 10 players in the NHL at the midway mark of the season in an article here: Top 10 players at each position at the mid-way mark Now given that game 82 was played last night and the playoffs are still a few days away, it looks like the perfect time to re-rank all the players based on this season's body of work. So it is the top 10 centres, wingers defencemen and goalies with 4 honourable mentions (and no more) NOTE: this is going by their "listed positions" on...
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.
By request, cross-posting this to FBOH from a main board thread Hurricanes attendance trend in a series of images: This is of course a global view, which shows the overall "bottom out and rebound" trend that goes along with having not played a playoff game since 2009. But the real action is here, in per-game attendance: Just a bunch of squiggly lines, but I wanted to be sure we could see the raw data. Note that the red line is this season, and the blues go from dark to light as you go...
As I promised in the RFA/prospect write-up, UFA players from the KHL are also getting a write-up from me, so here it is. Although I must say that with UFAs it is much harder to make predictions, as it's almost impossible to guess the final destination, so a lot of stuff written here is just my personal view on things, take it with a good grain of salt. Let's start with some simple number: 12 UFA players moved from the KHL to the NHL in the last off-season. Some are doing fine, some have...
Currently, there are only 10 active players who have ever scored 100 points in a season: -Joe Thornton -Sidney Crosby -Alex Ovechkin -Evgeni Malkin -Connor McDavid -Patrick Kane -Nikita Kucherov -Claude Giroux -Nicklas Backstrom -Eric Staal However, with the increased scoring this year, there are several players currently on pace to score 100 for the first time: -Johnny Gaudreau (age 25) -Leon Draisaitl (23) -Nathan MacKinnon (23) -Mikko Rantanen (22) -Blake Wheeler (32) And a few others...
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...
When seeing the hurricane speed with which the Lightning seems to be crashing into the playoffs, I wondered which team was the quickest to clinch the playoffs in the history of the NHL. Well, since 1942. I asked the question on Twitter, but there was no definite answer. If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad must go to the mountain, said Francis Bacon, and I obliged Here are the results: The earliest clinch of the playoffs belongs to the 1978/79 New York Islanders, 25...
Some of you may remember my 2017-18 WAR leaders thread last fall. I have been tinkering with the formula and values all season. One of the major differences is the incorporation of XG. Pretty happy with the formula for forwards now. Plugged the stats from this season in ( all data via Corsica) and these are the results. Keep in mind these are wins over an AVERAGE forward.... I haven't factored in replacement level yet. I added in the players points at time of data retrieval and the...
Just got curious and did a quick spreadsheet over coffee. It doesn't make a ton of difference overall, but when it does make a difference I think I like it. Like Chicago and Colorado, for example. And I like the fact that there's a little more separation between teams, but maybe that goes against the parity that the league wants.
The TDL is approaching, and all the trade discussion seems to revolve around mortgaging a team's future for rentals. Myself, I don't agree one bit with this approach; it is evident that buying at TDL is a prime example of the practice of buying high, and often times you won't get much bang for your buck. Below is a list of all the 'expensive' trade deadline rentals from 2015 to this date (this cutoff is based on my own knowledge of these trades; I don't want to review deals which I don't...
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