The Man, The Myth, The Spinorama

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Linus Omark. 1 year, 2-way deal worth $600,000 up top and $100,000 on the farm. Is this a “sign and trade” or an honest to goodness second chance? Either way, it’s exciting.

 

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The Entry Draft: Is the First Half Skill and the Second Half Luck?

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While looking at entry draft data, I stumbled upon something quite peculiar. In my series on acquiring first-pairing defencemen, I noticed that the trends that top defencemen were found in the draft were completely different from the first half to second half. I decided to follow this up in more detail and what I found lead me to ask the question in the title of this post.

Roulette

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Where do Top-Pairing Defencemen Come From? Pt.3b: More Trading

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In the final installment of this series, I’ll take a look at the remaining 9 trades that landed teams some of the best defencemen in the game today and how this affects the copper and blue.

Francois Beauchemin
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Where do Top-Pairing Defencemen Come From? Pt.3a: Trading

Apologies for the inactivity lately, but blogging and vacationing on the Shuswaps don’t really mix too well. Here though, I’ll explore the possibility of trading for a top-pairing defenceman by looking at last year’s crop of blueliners.

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Where do Top-Pairing Defencemen Come From? Pt.2: Drafting

Last day we started to look at how the top defencemen in the league (as determined by their TOI/GP) were acquired by their respective teams. Today, we’ll look at where in the draft teams can find these skaters.

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Where do Top-Pairing Defencemen Come From? Pt.1

In my eyes, the biggest hole on this Oilers squad is the lack of a true #1 defencemen that can play against the opponent’s big guns and still have success. Craig MacTavish has done a fine job of acquiring depth on the blue line, but until the Oil can ice a legitimate top defensive pairing, I can’t see this team being a serious contender. That’s why I decided to ask the age-old question, “where do [top-pairing defencemen] come from?”

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