With the draft, the beginning of free agency and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s prospect development camp, we’ve had our hands full providing coverage elsewhere but thought the tail end of this brief hiatus was a good chance–before resuming our focus here and publishing a few pieces we’ve got cooking–to introduce a new feature, the “End-to-End Rush”, that will run weekly here: a weekly run-down of good reads from the fairly widespread, though still growing, hockey analytics community.
Whatever your level of exposure to the “fancy stats” movement, we hope this series will help enrich not only our readers’ understanding of the game but also their awareness of the ongoing shift in collective perceptions regarding professional hockey.
And now, without further ado, here’s our first capsule of recent hockey geekery:
- Clare Austin explores the notion that the play of the winner of the Art Ross Trophy for this past season might be dropping off — Raw Charge
- Dirk Hoag puts the current state of hockey analytics in context for supporters and detractors alike — On the Forecheck
- Prior to the draft, Greg Wyshinski used an interview by longtime New Jersey Devils scout David Conte to ponder the divide still separating the scouting and analytics communities — Puck Daddy
- For those who wondered why Steve Yzerman didn’t show more interest in UFA defensemen like Andrew Ference, Tyler Dellow takes a look at the Edmonton Oilers signing Ference to a 4-year deal, with a look at how handedness affects defense pairings — MC79Hockey
- While on the topic of Ference, Derek Zona provides a “WOWY” (with-or-without-you) analysis of Ference with Zdeno Chara to see if Ference benefitted from his linemates — Copper & Blue
- Especially relevant during free agency, Cam Charron uses the Bolland acquisition and Grabovski buyout to caution against bailing on players after a sudden decline in production — The Leafs Nation
- Eric Tulsky discusses how even strength production declines before power play production — Broad Street Hockey
- A couple of in-depth looks at 2013 draft picks using analytics: Justin Azevedo looks at Sean Monahan [Flames Nation] and Scott Reynolds investigates Oilers’ pick Marc-Olivier Roy [Copper & Blue]