Early Stanley Cup favourites based on divisional realignment proposals

It's common knowledge that the NHL has full intention of bringing on the 2020-21 season. Navigating the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic for professional sports that include team-to-team contact and multi-city travel makes for a complex task. A part of the planning includes the idea of separating Canadian teams into an all-Canadian division and splitting … Continue reading Early Stanley Cup favourites based on divisional realignment proposals

Visualising the luckiest and unluckiest Calgary Flames using expected goals. Plotting the differentials of goals scored to expected goals (G - xG) as a way to quantify "luck". Data taken at all situations and includes every player in the past five seasons. Chart by @mrbilltran of thewincolumn.ca. Data from NaturalStatTrick.com

Visualising the luckiest Calgary Flames in the past five seasons using expected goals

The Calgary Flames have seen plenty of ups and downs in the past five years, both on and off the ice. In terms of their on-ice product, they've had one of their best franchise performances in 2018-19, just one season removed from missing the playoffs. This past season, they might have tended closer to what … Continue reading Visualising the luckiest Calgary Flames in the past five seasons using expected goals

Visualising Doug Wilson's San Jose Sharks draft picks (2003-2019 NHL Drafts) Tracking the progression of the 120 players drafted by the Sharks during Wilson's tenure as general manager. A data visualisation is shown as a modified alluvial diagram to track player progression.

Visualising the development of San Jose Sharks draft picks made by Doug Wilson

The San Jose Sharks have one of the NHL's longest tenured general managers in Doug Wilson (only the Nashville Predators and David Poile have had a longer such executive relationship). Since being named the Sharks' GM in 2003, Wilson has seen the team win a Presidents' Trophy in 2008-09, make the Stanley Cup Finals in … Continue reading Visualising the development of San Jose Sharks draft picks made by Doug Wilson

Visualising the development of Detroit Red Wings draft picks made by Ken Holland since 2008

The Detroit Red Wings have now had two NHL Entry Drafts led by Steve Yzerman and the Yzerplan. Just two years removed from the end of the Ken Holland era, the makeup of the Red Wings still very much have Holland's influence all over the team, and we can look back into his recent draft … Continue reading Visualising the development of Detroit Red Wings draft picks made by Ken Holland since 2008

Visualising the development of Edmonton Oilers draft picks made by Peter Chiarelli

The Edmonton Oilers are now two drafts removed from Peter Chiarelli's influence. As the last two NHL entry drafts have had current general manager Ken Holland at the Oilers' helm, his fingerprints are starting to show in the Oilers' prospects system. Still, Chiarelli's impact on the Oilers will still be felt for years to come. … Continue reading Visualising the development of Edmonton Oilers draft picks made by Peter Chiarelli

Visualising the development of Vancouver Canucks draft picks made by Jim Benning

The 2020 NHL Draft saw the Vancouver Canucks add five prospects to their system, selecting a player each from the third round through to the seventh. After this draft, Jim Benning's tenure as general manager has brought in 48 draft picks since his arrival in 2014. Of the 43 draft picks made in prior years, … Continue reading Visualising the development of Vancouver Canucks draft picks made by Jim Benning

2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: Stanley Cup Final

The Tampa Bay Lightning have won the 2020 Stanley Cup. The NHL was completely successful in its Return to Play plan, and managed to see a unique postseason played through in its entirety in just two bubbles. While the end of September most years marks a time where everyone awaits the start of the regular … Continue reading 2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: Stanley Cup Final

Visualising the development of Calgary Flames draft picks made by Brad Treliving

The 2020 NHL Draft marks Brad Treliving's seventh draft as the general manager of the Calgary Flames. Over the six previous drafts, the Flames have made a total of 35 picks. Each prospect that came through the Calgary pipeline went through their own journey into professional hockey. Some were successful and made it to the … Continue reading Visualising the development of Calgary Flames draft picks made by Brad Treliving

Visualising the PHWA voting for the 2020 NHL Awards

The seasons are changing. Summer is officially over and the crisp fall weather bestows upon us. The NHL continues its postseason with the Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning battling for the Stanley Cup. But perhaps a more important season, as Moira Schitt would tell you herself, is Awards season. https://media.giphy.com/media/U86wP6tZnQ6B8x32SV/giphy.gif The Emmys, the 2020 … Continue reading Visualising the PHWA voting for the 2020 NHL Awards

Matinee Miseries: Revisiting the early start woes for the Calgary Flames

The Calgary Flames had an infamous reputation surrounding them in the 2019-20 season: They did not show up for games until it was too late. A team consistently plagued by giving up the first goal and playing while trailing, the Flames made it far too easy for their opponents to open up with a lead. … Continue reading Matinee Miseries: Revisiting the early start woes for the Calgary Flames