Hockey People Who Know

Matt Henderson
May 29 2016 12:37PM

The case for analytics in hockey started on websites not unlike this one. It was largely fan/layman driven, but it was done publicly and every idea proposed was scrutinized. I think part of the hubris of the analytics community comes from the fact that many of their basic principles have been tested over and over. There’s a confidence that comes from testing concepts and having them cut the mustard. Surely there’s also a confidence that comes from spending your entire life in the highest levels of hockey (amateur and professional). That’s why it’s always entertaining when the worlds of analytics and traditional hockey collide.

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May 29 2016 11:54AM

John Marino and his Tri-City Storm won the Clark Cup this spring, capping off a strong season for the Edmonton Oilers draft pick. The USHL is a quality league, getting better each season and delivering excellent prospects to NCAA leagues, the minors and eventually the NHL. We don't get a lot of information on these players, so what kind of season did John Marino have in 2015-16?

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May 28 2016 10:36AM

Early this month, the Edmonton Oilers made a substantial addition to their prospect list by signing Drake Cagguila. Or at least that is what I choose to believe. The cynical observer might argue that Peter Chiarelli hired another youngster to insert directly onto the NHL roster. Which one is it?

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Nation Network Prospect Profiles: #34 Adam Mascherin

J.D. Burke
May 28 2016 08:34AM

Were Adam Mascherin two inches taller, it's entirely possible we're introducing him as the 24th overall prospect in our profile series. Height genuinely does matter though so he's not. Mascherin enters the conversation as the 34th ranked prospect in our countdown.

Mascherin, a versatile forward for the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL, can play both forward and wing -- though he was used primarily as a winger, alongside premier centre and former second-round draft pick, Jeremy Bracco. That top line was dominant for the Rangers in the regular season and found a second gear in the first round of the OHL playoffs against the Windsor Spitfires.

The Rangers enjoyed a breakout offensive performance from Mascherin as the second-year junior posted north of a point-per-game performance, notching 81 points in 65 games -- 12 points in 9 playoff games, too. Most impressive is that Mascherin built these totals with a heavy percentage of primary points; Mascherin's 64 primary points are third in the OHL among draft eligible players and account for 79% of his total production.

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We're Talkin' Baseball

May 27 2016 12:30PM

My friends and fellow citizens, I am here today to tell you about a fresh new partnership that we just hashed out between OilersNation and the Edmonton Prospects. So before you leave a comment about how this is a hockey website just know that I won't care. This article is not talking about hockey - today we're talkin' baseball.

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