Introducing TWC’s Player Offensive Evaluation Tool 2.0

Evaluating pure NHL hockey talent comes in many forms and is a forever evolving field of work for teams and analysts alike. Here at TWC, we've worked on making a model for comparing the 5v5 offensive contributions of all NHL players. Introduction Heading into the new season, the TWC Player Offensive Evaluation Tool (POET) got … Continue reading Introducing TWC’s Player Offensive Evaluation Tool 2.0

NHL Fantasy: Three forwards to buy low in fantasy after week one

Now that we are coming to the end of the extended Week One in fantasy hockey, early returns on draft picks are either looking great or a little worrying. Every year there are a few players who have high expectations coming into the season that fall flat in fantasy despite the hype. This year is … Continue reading NHL Fantasy: Three forwards to buy low in fantasy after week one

Derek Ryan of the Calgary Flames. Image Credit: The Canadian Press / Jeff McInstosh

Building the best NHL team with all the players waived on Monday

Monday, January 11, 2021. A day the NHL won't soon forget. If waivers moved water, then yesterday was a tsunami. Over a hundred players were waived as NHL teams sought to put in their final 23-man rosters to begin the 2020-21 campaign. To see this many players on the waiver wire is completely unheard of. … Continue reading Building the best NHL team with all the players waived on Monday

How likely is it for players at the World Juniors to make the NHL?

We are at about the midway point of the group stage of the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championships, with every team having played at least two of their group stage matches. At this point, some major storylines are emerging around players on each team, with certain players standing out positively, others seeming less good than … Continue reading How likely is it for players at the World Juniors to make the NHL?

Everything you need to know about the changes for the 2021 NHL season

With the flurry of news coming out about the details of the coming NHL season, its been hard to keep track of some of the finer points. Aside from the exciting prospect of a chaos-filled all-Canadian division, there will be a lot of other changes. Here is a quick breakdown of the changes for next … Continue reading Everything you need to know about the changes for the 2021 NHL season

Zach Werenski defends John Tavares in the NHL return to play

Using expected goals to identify five players to avoid in fantasy this year

Continued news of the NHL season potentially starting in January brings with it the fantasy hockey season as well. With training camps expected to open after Christmas, fantasy drafts and preparations will be fast approaching. This brings the annual tradition of scouring through rankings and lists to find the best sleepers to gain an advantage … Continue reading Using expected goals to identify five players to avoid in fantasy this year

Gary Bettman and Donald Fehr speak ahead of the World Cup of Hockey 2016

Understanding escrow in the NHL CBA and its impact on the 2020-21 season

One of the most hot topic issues in NHL's collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations for years has been escrow. Most recently, escrow has been a significant discussion point in shaping how the next NHL season will look, and how player salaries would be handled in the COVID world. It's a very important topic, and escrow … Continue reading Understanding escrow in the NHL CBA and its impact on the 2020-21 season

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 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

A comprehensive guide to all the major hockey leagues outside North America

The NHL is the best professional hockey league in the world. However, every single NHL player has spent time in other leagues on their road to the NHL, and even after their NHL careers are over. The list of leagues, including minor and professional, is a long one. We compiled information on all the important … Continue reading A comprehensive guide to all the major hockey leagues outside North America