What Does Benoit Pouliot Bring to the Table?

After selecting him with the 4th overall pick from the 2005 draft class, Benoit Pouliot didn’t develop the way Minnesota would have preferred. Now he’ll be playing for his fifth team in five years. Is there cause for excitement after signing this mysterious drifter who seemingly walked out of the fog? I’d say so.

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Not pictured: fog.

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Will the Oilers be Better with Purcell Over Gagner?

Now that the dust has settled and a few teary eyes have been dried, I wanted to take a sober look at the Gagner for Purcell swap. It might be easier said than done, talking about the (former) longest serving Oiler, but here it goes.

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Measuring Teams’ Draft Success Using Analytics Pt. 2

Let’s keep this gravy train going, shall we? Only this time, let’s break the draft up by player position.

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Measuring Teams’ Draft Success Using Analytics

I had started a project last year where I attempted to analyze and rate various facets of different NHL management groups. And it goes without saying that running the draft is one of, if not the most, important aspects of any general manager’s job. So, naturally, I wanted a method to effectively measure just how well (or poor) these teams were doing at building through the draft. It will also come as no surprise that I took an analytics-focused approach to
doing this.

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MacTavish Finishes(?) His Goaltending Overhaul

Because you can never see enough goaltenders in one season, MacTavish once again shook up the goaltending landscape in Edmonton today. Viktor Fasth is in, Bryzgalov is out.

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Breaking Down the Dubnyk and Scrivens Move

Before the season began, MacTavish mentioned how he was an impatient individual. That impatience reared it’s head Wednesday as the Oilers GM once again shook up Edmonton’s goaltending landscape with a 2-trade deal. Let’s break it all down, shall we?

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