The notion that every Toronto-born kid in the National Hockey League dreams of one day putting on the blue-and-white is a tired concept. That sentiment hit a whole other level of lunacy when people started theorizing that superstars Steven Stamkos and P.K. Subban were really planning to join the Toronto Maple Leafs by 2016. It’s a fun thing to think about, but the chances of it happening are probably less than zero. That didn’t stop Dom Luszczyszyn of The LeafsNation from creating a Leafs team comprised of only Good Toronto Boys in the NHL 13 video game. The results were humorous.
Cam Charron of The LeafsNation wrote a slightly more serious post about Jake Gardiner and whether or not we should put much stock into his relatively low Quality of Competition numbers. Cam’s sentiment, which is shared by many others in the hockey analytics community, is that the QoC of individual players doesn’t vary much over a full season of games, so it shouldn’t explain away large differences in Corsi percentage.
The next big step for hockey analytics is when the NHL eventually implements player-tracking technology in all 30 arenas, maybe as soon as 2015-16. The system has already found a home in the NBA, as it was implemented in every arena at the beginning of last season. Sean Gentille of the Sporting News explores that topic.
The NHL was hit by another lawsuit, this time by a team of lawyers representing former players Dan Fritsche and Chris Ferraro. The accusers are saying the NHL didn’t do enough to teach players of the health risks of concussions and profited from the game’s violence. Rick Westhead of TSN has the details.