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

2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: Conference Finals

The Dallas Stars and the Tampa Bay Lightning will face off for the Stanley after respectively sending the Vegas Golden Knights and New York Islanders home from the Edmonton bubble. By visualising scoring tendencies by game state (5v5, 4v5, 5v4, etc.), we can analyse where a team's scoring came from. While previous posts in the … Continue reading 2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: Conference Finals

2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: Second Round

Continuing with the goals by game state and scorer series, we not look at the teams that were eliminated in the second round. Now as the goal totals are higher for the teams involved, we get to see different glimpses into each teams' scoring styles. In the second round, three series went to Game Seven, … Continue reading 2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: Second Round

2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: First Round

Following up on the goals by game state and scorer data visualisations for teams eliminated in the qualifying round, we now look at the eight teams who had their vie for the Stanley Cup end after the first round. The first round saw some surprise early exits, include the last two Cup champions in the … Continue reading 2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: First Round

2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: Qualifying Round

The 2020 NHL Playoffs have narrowed down to the final four, and though it's only been a month and a bit since they started, the Qualifying Round is now certifiably in the distant past. However, that doesn't stop us from looking back to what once was a chaotic time in the NHL bubbles filled with … Continue reading 2020 NHL Playoffs goals by game state and scorer: Qualifying Round