Top to Bottom — Trade Deadline Edition: Pacific Division

Embed from Getty Images This is a four-part series analyzing where each NHL teams stands heading into the trade deadline based on the context of each division, and the short- and long-term implications of buying or selling with the expansion draft around the corner.  The Pacific Division is completely wide open. Though San Jose appears to…

Oilers recall Iiro Pakarinen (still on IR), return Anton Lander to AHL

Embed from Getty Images The Edmonton Oilers have sent Anton Lander back to the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL. The corresponding transaction was recalling Iiro Pakarinen from the AHL, but Pakarinen remains on the Injured Reserve, meaning the Oilers are currently one body below the 23-man NHL roster limit.  The #Oilers have recalled Iiro Pakarinen…

Oilers recall Oesterle and Lander from AHL

Embed from Getty Images Just a couple days from coming out of their NHL mandated one-week break, the Oilers have recalled Anton Lander and Jordan Oesterle from the AHL Condors. Both Oesterle and Lander were sent down after Sunday’s win against the Canadiens in order to get some game action in the AHL over the…

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Future Free Agents: Karl Alzner

Embed from Getty Images Future Free Agents is a semi-regular feature on NHLNumbers profiling players from 2017’s potential free agency class.  With Brent Burns signed in San Jose, the 2017 unrestricted free agent defenceman market gets very thin very fast. You have Kevin Shattenkirk as your clear cut top option, especially for those teams who need…

Future (Restricted) Free Agents: Leon Draisaitl

Embed from Getty Images With a three-point performance last night in Philadelphia, Leon Draisaitl upped his season total to 25 points, good for 15th in the league and second in the Pacific Division behind only teammate Connor McDavid.  This is an excellent sign for the Oilers, obviously, because Draisaitl is producing like the player the organization…

Future Free Agents: Kevin Shattenkirk

Embed from Getty Images Future Free Agents is a semi-regular feature on NHLNumbers profiling players from 2017’s potential free agency class.  Since Brent Burns inked a wooly mammoth of a contract extension with the San Jose Sharks a couple of weeks ago, the spotlight shifts to Kevin Shattenkirk.  The St. Louis Blues’ right-handed, puck-moving defenceman is…

Top to Bottom: The Overachievers and Underachievers After One Month

Embed from Getty Images It’s more of a ‘Bottom to Top’ but ‘Top to Bottom’ sounds better. This is a monthly feature where I’ll do a dive into each team’s underlying numbers to see if they match up with where they currently sit in the standings.  It’s been one month. At this point, we can, in most…

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Breaking Down Summer 2016: Metropolitan Division

Embed from Getty Images This article is part of a four-part series that lists all of the transactions made by each NHL team and discusses what each team’s offseason means in the context of their division. Information and data was taken from: NHL Numbers, Hockey Reference, General Fanager, Hockey Analysis, Corsica, TSN, and Rotowire. Also,…