Tyler Dellow makes an important distinction about Corsi percentage (Pucks Directed For / (Pucks Directed For + Pucks Directed Against)) worthy of top billing in today's links. Dellow notes, using Ben Eager as a test case, that Corsi% measures what a player's team did when he was on the ice rather than his individual possession ability. In other words, you can't automatically ascribe possession skills to a player based on his Corsi numbers. As a person that finds statistical hockey analysis fascinating, but has trouble applying data for himself, I found Dellow's point pretty illuminating. Check out the full article for musings on the appropriate application of Corsi%.
Once you're done there, I have a whole crop of links for your eyeballs to embrace. Enjoy!
Montreal Canadiens News and Analysis
- Some interesting stuff has surfaced following the conclusion of rookie camp and announcement of Montreal's main camp roster. Current Windsor Spitfire and former 2012 fourth-round pick Brady Vail is the only drafted player from Montreal's rookie camp that did not receive an invite to main camp. The Top 25 Under 25 Crew ranked Vail 27th overall, ahead of main camp invitees Erik Nystrom (34) and Connor Crisp (38).
- Christopher Boucher graphs the number of successful events per minute of each Canadiens player for the 2013 season. According to Boucher's research, Subban produced the most successful plays in each zone amongst defensemen, while Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty were the strongest offensive performers of the forward group. By this measure, Rene Bourque performed poorly, ranking last among wingers in defensive success and next-to-last in offensive success.
General News and Analysis
- Czech national team head coach Alois Hadamczik has released a list of 67 players that he will consider for Sochi 2014. Petr Nedved, Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias, David Krejci, and Montreal's own Tomas Plekanec head a list that includes 38 NHLers, 23 KHLers, 5 Czech Extraliga players, and 1 Finnish league player.
- Montreal's sweetheart Laura Saba, who writes for a blog "run by a stupid idiot", did a podcast with Cornelius Hardenbergh and Sarah Connors of Stanley Cup of Chowder. It's a great listen if low attendance in Southern NHL arenas irks you.
- The most recent article from Lighthouse Hockey's PGI has been tagged with the following topics: "Seriously don't do these things" and "Cheap shots at DiPietro". Do I need to convince you further?
- Megalodon curates another edition of the funniest hockey tweets of the week. Unintentional humor is featured prominently in this post.
- In light of deputy commissionerBill Daly indicating The NHL is "at least a season away" from human growth hormone testing, Raw Charge's Patti McDonald looks at the issues surrounding full drug testing in the NHL.
- Rocket Richard and Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin was tailgating with fans of Washington's football team prior to the squad's Monday Night Football match against the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Bobby Ryan talks Bobby Ryan with Bobby Ryan fans in Ottawa.
- Kent Wilson takes an in-depth look at Brian Burke's history as an NHL GM and what it could mean for the Calgary Flames. Still unknown at this point is what authority Burke will have as President of Hockey Operations and whether this means Burke is the heir apparent to Jay Feaster.
EOTP News and Archive Material
- Here are highlights and the full shootout from Montreal's March 27th come-from-behind victory over the Boston Bruins. No commentary is necessary, just bask in the beauty of Bruin sadness.
- EOTP Radio returns tonight with a new show featuring Mike Obrand and Andrew Berkshire at 7:00PM EST. Be sure to tune in here.