Robin Brownlee
December 01 2011 12:46AM

In a storied history that's included five Stanley Cup celebrations and a parade of greats to the HHOF, the Edmonton Oilers have never had a player win the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie. Will Ryan Nugent-Hopkins be the first?

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NHLNumbers Podcast Episode 3

NHLnumbers Podcast
November 30 2011 04:03PM


In the third installment of the NHLNumbers podcast, the regular cast including myself, JW and Justin Azevedo is joined by Robert Vollman, Flamesnation contributor and Hockey Prospectus author and one of the senior figures in quantitative hockey analysis. This episode features discussions of the psychological biases and habits that make objective analysis in hockey paradoxically counter-inuitive to the way we see and think about the game.

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Jason Gregor
November 30 2011 11:31AM


I googled "Minnesota Wild+Exciting" and very few exciting photos came up. There was one of Dany Heatley in a media scrum, which I can honestly say is never exciting, one of Cal Clutterbuck scoring, but very few action shots. Even though Mike Yeo got defensive last week when Rob T from the Sun said Wild hockey is bad for the game, the fact is no one gets excited when the Wild come to town, unless they are a family member or friend of a Wild player.

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Robin Brownlee
November 29 2011 09:37PM

I didn't expect anybody with the Edmonton Oilers to be at or near a point-a-game pace past the quarter-pole of this season, but if I'd been asked to make a short-list of three candidates to be close, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Smyth would not have been on it.

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Tom Gilbert, No. 1 Defenseman

Jonathan Willis
November 29 2011 08:31PM

More than one Oilers player has opened eyes with what he's done on the ice this season. From rookies to veterans, the club is bursting at the seams with pleasant surprises – whether it’s Nikolai Khabibulin’s bounce-back season, Ryan Smyth’s unexpectedly superb play, or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins walking on to the team as an 18-year old and scoring at a point-per-game pace.

One of those pleasant surprises has been the play of Tom Gilbert. A polarizing figure among Oilers fans, Gilbert is a rarity: a competent, perpetually healthy NHL-calibre defenseman on a blue line that’s been handed over to the young, the unknown, the barely capable and the injury-prone far too often over the last few years. Over the first quarter of this season, he’s hit new highs in terms of performance.

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