August 07 2016 07:00PM
The KHL has never been known for being kind to younger players. Even the really highly skilled kids generally have to earn their ice-time the hard way. For that reason it can be really hard to tell how these kids are coming along in their development just by looking at the numbers. As frustrating as this can be from the perspective of a North American fan trying to gauge how a European prospect is doing overseas, it can also lead to happy surprises.
August 07 2016 04:52PM
Milan Lucic is an excellent NHL player in the here-and-now. I’d be very surprised if he isn’t a big help to the Edmonton Oilers next season, and given how he plays the game I’d be flat-out shocked if Oilers fans don’t embrace him.
I was curious though as to how players who scored the way he has the last three season have tended to age. Lucic’s new deal is seven years long, and it would be good to have an idea as to how that kind of commitment typically turns out.
August 07 2016 09:47AM
I am a big believer in two things when it comes to prospect evaluation: Waiting five years (unless we are discussing Connor McDavid) to make the final call on a player as a prospect, and counting arrows—good and bad—during those five years. A little over one year since his draft day, Caleb Jones is gathering good arrows by the bushel.
August 06 2016 12:11PM
For AHL forwards, rookie numbers at age 20 give us some idea about offensive ability—and how far their careers may go. Kyle Platzer didn't get a lot of playing time this season, but estimated time on ice gives us a chance to compare him against other 20-year olds on a more level playing field. Let's have a look.
August 05 2016 07:15PM
Darnell Nurse is a fascinating player, and his long-term career arc is of extreme importance to the Edmonton Oilers.
The most common method of projecting that sort of career arc is the old-fashioned one: Assessing the player’s physical skills and then imagining what he’ll look like in his prime. The one we’re going to use today is a newer method, which involves looking at what happened to players with comparable underlying statistics.