Get Ready for a Whole New Level of Advanced Stats

Chris the Intern
August 18 2016 03:30PM

Gary Bettman and the NHL held a press conference early Wednesday morning to discuss the World Cup Of Hockey. In this press conference they talked about ads on jerseys, digitally enhanced dasher boards for more ads (and more money), and other miscellaneous hockey talk. Most importantly, Bettman announced that puck and player tracking will be tested during the World Cup of Hockey tournament. 

The NHL tried this experiment once before during the 2015-16 All-Star Game, however, it sounds like they've made some adjustments and are taking another swing at it. Sportvision, the same company that does play tracking for the NFL, MLB, Olympics, etc are currently leading the charge. If this new technology can be perfected, it will be a huge step forward for hockey analytics.

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Ben Scrivens Stirs the Pot?

baggedmilk
August 18 2016 01:18PM

Over at the Journal, Cult of Hockey blog master general David Staples posted the transcript from an interview that Ben Scrivens did with a Russian website called Sport-Express. During the interview, Scrivens was asked about the Oilers and his answers are blowing up Twitter again. Should we make a big deal out it? Should we torch our Scrivens jerseys in a bonfire the likes of which has never been seen? Probably not. 

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Missed Opportunity

Jonathan Willis
August 18 2016 07:00AM

On Tuesday, veteran right wing Radim Vrbata officially signed with the Arizona Coyotes, returning to his long-time team. Given the terms of the deal, this should certainly be regarded as good news for the Coyotes, a team which had an obvious need at right wing and may have adequately filled it on the cheap.

It should also be regarded as bad news for the Edmonton Oilers, who not only saw a division rival get stronger but also missed a chance to add a player who could have done much to shore up their own weak starboard side.

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OIL KINGS IN EDMONTON

Lowetide
August 17 2016 06:41PM

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With the news today (via Bob Stauffer) that the Edmonton Oilers will invite Aaron Irving to training camp, the number of former Oil Kings to be under the NHL team's umbrella is now nine. Here they are.

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WWYDW: On the Bubble

baggedmilk
August 17 2016 03:27PM

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As we get closer to training camp I started thinking about how the Oilers will fill out the bottom portions of the roster. Is every spot in the bottom six already locked up? If not, how many jobs are available? What about on D? I need you guys to break things down for me. 

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