July 22 2016 09:00AM
The obvious answer is "not well enough," but the reality is a little more complicated.
When we look only at how Edmonton Oilers defencemen performed against top opponents in 2015-16, we see some patterns, and a wide array of on-ice results. The Oilers' best defenceman against top lines actually finished in the positives, but by shot and goal totals, despite playing in Edmonton. The worst saw his team surrender 20 shots more per hour than it attempted.
July 22 2016 07:00AM
Despite playing close to 300 NHL games in his career, one of the newest Oilers is still a bit of an unknown to most Edmonton fans. Today we're going to take a look at some facts that you probably didn't know about Adam Larsson.
Nation World HQ
July 22 2016 05:00AM
Leafs stop making Matthews wait, Toronto offer could have given Stamkos highest cap hit, Canucks reportedly have interest in Evander Kane, can ice time make the Brouwer contract worth it, all Chiarelli and Puljujarvi in Edmonton, analytics not as clear cut as people may think, the best and worst NHL jerseys, Tyson Barrie watch, Brad Richards retires and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
Chris the Intern
July 21 2016 03:30PM
Confirmed: #Oilers part ways with analytics man Tyler Dellow. Contract not renewed for 2016-17 season.— Mark Spector (@SportsnetSpec) July 21, 2016
Mark Spector was the first to break the news this morning that the Oilers have not renewed the contract of their stats man, Tyler Dellow. If you count me retweeting his tweet, I was the second to break the news.
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.