Was Gretzky good, average or bad at drafting?

Jason Gregor
August 05 2016 08:43AM


What should we consider a success when looking at a five-year span of NHL drafts? If a team lands one superstar and a few solid players is that good? Do you need to have one solid player from each year? I think we will all have different views of success, and after a conversation on twitter with Jonathan Willis I wanted to look at all 30 teams draft success between 2007-2011.

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McDavid to become youngest Captain in NHL history?

Jason Gregor
July 28 2016 02:10PM


Yesterday, Todd McLellan confirmed the Oilers will indeed have a captain for the upcoming season and Connor McDavid seems like the obvious choice.  McDavid turned 19 years young on January 13th. He will be 19 years and 273 days old when the season begins on October 12th. If he is captain on opening night he'll surpass Gabriel Landeskog as the youngest captain in NHL history.

Landeskog was 19 years and 286 days when he was named captain in Colorado. Sidney Crosby was 19 years and 297 days with Pittsburgh and Vinny Lecavalier was 19 years and 315 days when Tampa Bay handed him the captaincy.

Handing the captaincy to a teenager has had mixed results.

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Skills coaches the new wave in NHL

Jason Gregor
July 21 2016 01:45PM


We have watched the goalie position evolve substantially in the past two decades. The change from stand up to butterfly has made them better, but much of their improvement comes from having a goalie coach. Every NHL team has one, many have two, and the goalies are privy to a lot of one-on-one coaching. It has helped goalies immensely, yet NHL teams haven't put the same resources into skill coaches for skaters.

Every team has a skills coach, but the one-on-one teaching is a fraction of what the goalies receive, and I believe the disparity in coaching, combined with the focus on systems over skill, is why the NHL isn't as exciting as it used to be.

The good news, however, is we are finally starting to see more of a focus on skill coaches for skaters.

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NHL and Analytics: Not as clear cut as we think

Jason Gregor
July 19 2016 12:44PM


Is the NHL opposed to analytics?

Not at all, but teams will not quantify their value equally all the time, just like pro and amateur scouts grade out players differently when they watch them.

The simple truth is analytics in hockey are not as clear cut as some want to believe.

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Monday Musings: Chiarelli overhauling Oilers

Jason Gregor
July 18 2016 02:33PM


Peter Chiarelli was named General Manager and President of Hockey Operations on April 24th, 2015. In just under 15 months on the job he has made significant changes to the roster and coaching staff. He hired Todd McLellan and an entire new staff, and he hasn't been afraid to make trades.

Whether you agree or disagree with the moves he's made, he has been true to his word about how he would re-shape the roster.

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