The Puck Stops Here Rebuttal

It seems The Puck Stops Here and I are having a bit of a disagreement about the importance of drafting well in building a cup contending team. The most recent round was The Puck Stop’s Here argument against my claim that the draft isn’t the only way to build a top level team. First off I think a significant difference in our opinions can be linked to how much credit we should give a team for drafting star players in the late rounds. The truth is Detroit hasn’t drafted very well at all in the first few rounds but have

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NHLPA making a stand

I have said all along that I believe that the next CBA negotiation will be about the players wanting more say in how the league is run so long as their salaries are tied to league revenues. The NHLPA leadership was still in limbo so there was no offiicial response but when the Nashville Predators sale to Jim Balsillie was a go and then a no go there were rumblings of player dissatisfaction at the possible Gary Bettman interference in the sale. The players would have liked the Predators to be moved to Hamilton, as Balsillie would have done, because

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What have you done for me lately…

I think the first month or so of this season was one of the stranger starts to the season we have seen in recent years. Chicago and Columbus surprised everyone with great starts. Ottawa put up an unbelievable start. Pascal Leclaire had 5 shutouts in his first 10 or so games. Anaheim and LA started the season in London, England and Anaheim struggled early. New Jersey started the season with 9 straight road games and only won 2 of them. Sidney Crosby got off to a slow start (for him) as did the Penguins. Atlanta and Washington changed their coaches

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Draft Picks on Current Rosters

I am a believer that most people over-rate the draft as a tool to building a successful team. This is not to say that I don’t think it is an important tool, but rather that it isn’t the only tool and probably not the most important tool. Successful teams, even in the post-lockout NHL, can and have been built significantly through trades and free agent signings. I looked at every teams current rosters and added up how many players on the roster was drafted by that team. For forwards and defensemen the player must have played 20 games this year

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NHL Power Rankings – Jan. 22, 2008

It is almost unbelievable how the west dominates the top of this list. With Ottawa losing some key games there are no eastern conference teams in the top 10. Some of you may decide that this makes these rankings bogus because of the ‘how can that be’ argument but my rankings aren’t the only rankings that show this. The Massey Rankings only have Ottawa in the top 10 and the Sagarin rankings only have Ottawa and Philadelphia in the top 10. In both of those rankings as well as mine the bottom 10 teams are dominated by the eastern conference.

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Myth Busting: Must you draft well to win?

The Puck Stops Here recently had a story regarding the Leafs woes and pointed the finger at their drafting record. Putting aside the ridiculous situation in management of the Toronto Maple Leafs, there is a simple hockey-related reason the team is doing poorly. That reason is the draft. Toronto has not drafted well. Now, I am not writing this article to defend the Leafs drafting record but rather to bust the myth that you have to keep your top picks and you have to draft well to be successful. Take a look at this list of players: Anders Eriksson Jon

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NHL Power Rankings – Jan. 15, 2008

Wow, look at where all the teams from the southeast division sit – #25, 26, 27, 28 and 30. Is the division really that bad? They may very well be and sadly one of those teams may get the 3rd seed and not even be among the top 8 in points. Won’t that make the NHL look goofy. Not one of those teams has an above .500 record outside of their division (Carolina is the best at 13-13-3) and as a group that are 54-70-14 against teams outside their division. Rank 7 DaysAgo Team AdjWinP SchedStr PowerRank 1 1 Detroit

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Blackhawks and Panthers blog

I just wanted to make a short post to introduce Frank who will be contributing to the Florida Panthers and Chicago Blackhawks blogs here at hockeyanalysis.com. Frank is a long time Blackhawks fan who has moved to Florida and is now a Florida fan as well. I look forward to Frank’s comments on these two teams he is passionate about.

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Power Rankings – Jan. 9, 2008

I have been away for most of the past 3 weeks so my posts here have been pretty sparse to non-existant. But I am back now so hopefully things will get back to normal. Anyway, here are this weeks Power Rankings which are dominated by the western conference teams. What do you guys think? Is the western conference really that much better than the east? The western conference dominated inter-conference play last year and seems to be doing so again this year and the Ducks fairly easily beat the Senators in the cup finals last year. Rank 7 DaysAgo Team

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NHL Power Rankings – Jan 2, 2008

I hope you all had a great holiday season. I didn’t get around to posting last weeks power rankings but here are this weeks. Rank 7 DaysAgo Team AdjWinP SchedStr PowerRank 1 1 Detroit 0.712 0.517 0.703 2 7 San Jose 0.603 0.517 0.614 3 6 Vancouver 0.603 0.512 0.604 4 3 Minnesota 0.590 0.523 0.603 5 4 St. Louis 0.527 0.545 0.601 6 2 Ottawa 0.667 0.458 0.594 7 8 Columbus 0.513 0.542 0.566 8 5 Chicago 0.500 0.540 0.548 9 9 Colorado 0.526 0.529 0.546 10 15 Dallas 0.538 0.510 0.535 11 10 Nashville 0.474 0.542 0.532 12

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