Sunday, March 1, 2015

WHL Lines - Mar. 2


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Mar. 1)  *3















Forwards















#18 Klimchuk (95) #23 McGauley (95) #15 Quenneville (94) *5




#13 Bukarts (95) #17 Quenneville (96) #8 Hawryluk (96) *5




#28 Lisoway (95) #25 Campbell (96) #21 Coulter (96) *4




#29 Matsuba (97) #16 Kaspick (98) #22 Shmyr (97) *3












Other F: 
#19 Patrick (98) #27 Duke (96)















Defence
















#9 Provorov (97) #6 Pilon (96) *3





#5 Waltz (95) #7 Roy (94) *8





#12 Gow (94) #20 Erkamps (95) *3












Other D:
#10 Clague (98) #3 Taraschuk (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#35 Moodie (95)














Notes:  Have used the same lineup in three straight games.





17-27-15 have been together for 11 of the past 32 games.





18=19-15 have been together for 10 of the past 17 games.





5-7 have been together for 41 of the past 43 games.





9-6 have been together for 31 of the past 37 games.





12-20 have been together for 16 of the past 22 games.





12-3 have been together for 4 of the past 9 games.















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon







Avalanche Could Do More To Fix Dreadful Powerplay

Patrick Roy has said it himself; the lack of success on the powerplay has been one of the storylines in a failed season for the Avalanche.

Last night is a perfect example. Arguably the biggest game of the year, the team competes hard, battles toe to toe with the Wild, but lay an egg with the man-advantage (0 for 7, to be exact) and fall 3-1.

It’s a theme that has been all too common this year with Colorado sitting 29th in the NHL on the powerplay at a meagre 13.1%. Only Buffalo is worse, a team who is basically last at everything in the league and pretty much intentionally tanking for Connor McDavid.

Yes, I know that the overall success of a good powerplay and penalty kill isn’t as important as some people might lead you to believe. But it can at least help mask some other deficiencies. A few years back the Vancouver Canucks rode “lucky” special teams to some pretty spectacular results, as many stats gurus will quickly point out, before falling short of winning the Stanley Cup.

That doesn’t mean special teams are an area of the game which lacks importance. Roy clearly believes it’s an important thing, too, based on some recent comments.

But, how important can he really think they are when he makes such bizarre personnel choices?

Saturday, February 28, 2015

WHL Lines - Mar. 1


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Mar. 1)  *3















Forwards















#18 Klimchuk (95) #23 McGauley (95) #15 Quenneville (94) *5




#13 Bukarts (95) #17 Quenneville (96) #8 Hawryluk (96) *5




#28 Lisoway (95) #25 Campbell (96) #21 Coulter (96) *4




#29 Matsuba (97) #16 Kaspick (98) #22 Shmyr (97) *3












Other F: 
#19 Patrick (98) #27 Duke (96)















Defence
















#9 Provorov (97) #6 Pilon (96) *3





#5 Waltz (95) #7 Roy (94) *8





#12 Gow (94) #20 Erkamps (95) *3












Other D:
#10 Clague (98) #3 Taraschuk (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#35 Moodie (95)














Notes:  Have used the same lineup in three straight games.





17-27-15 have been together for 11 of the past 32 games.





18=19-15 have been together for 10 of the past 17 games.





5-7 have been together for 41 of the past 43 games.





9-6 have been together for 31 of the past 37 games.





12-20 have been together for 16 of the past 22 games.





12-3 have been together for 4 of the past 9 games.















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon







WHL Lines - Feb. 28


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Feb. 28)  *2















Forwards















#18 Klimchuk (95) #23 McGauley (95) #15 Quenneville (94) *4




#13 Bukarts (95) #17 Quenneville (96) #8 Hawryluk (96) *4




#28 Lisoway (95) #25 Campbell (96) #21 Coulter (96) *3




#29 Matsuba (97) #16 Kaspick (98) #22 Shmyr (97) *2












Other F: 
#19 Patrick (98) #27 Duke (96)















Defence
















#9 Provorov (97) #6 Pilon (96) *2





#5 Waltz (95) #7 Roy (94) *7





#12 Gow (94) #20 Erkamps (95) *2












Other D:
#10 Clague (98) #3 Taraschuk (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#35 Moodie (95)














Notes:  Have used the same lineup in back to back games.





17-27-15 have been together for 11 of the past 31 games.





18=19-15 have been together for 10 of the past 16 games.





5-7 have been together for 40 of the past 42 games.





9-6 have been together for 30 of the past 36 games.





12-20 have been together for 15 of the past 21 games.





12-3 have been together for 4 of the past 8 games.















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon







Friday, February 27, 2015

Portland A WHL Leader At The NHL Draft

In working on an upcoming piece regarding some Swift Current Broncos draft-eligibles, I was digging through each WHL team’s pick totals from the last five NHL drafts.

While the Broncos have been quite successful over the last five years – having 9 players selected by NHL teams – they are only slightly ahead of the middle of the pack when everything is tallied up.

So which teams have been the most successful? The answer isn’t all that surprising. It’s the Portland Winterhawks. And not by a small margin, either.


 - Portland has had an average of over 4.5 players drafted by NHL teams when looking back over the past five seasons. That’s a full player and a half more than the next closest team, the Edmonton Oil Kings.

- Portland has had the most players drafted among WHL teams in 4 of the past 5 single seasons, including a whopping 8 players selected in 2010 (only one other team had as many as 4 in 2010). No other team has had more than five in any given year over the past half-decade. What they’ve done has really been remarkable.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

WHL Lines - Feb. 27


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Feb. 26)  















Forwards















#18 Klimchuk (95) #23 McGauley (95) #15 Quenneville (94) *3




#13 Bukarts (95) #17 Quenneville (96) #8 Hawryluk (96) *3




#28 Lisoway (95) #25 Campbell (96) #21 Coulter (96) *2




#29 Matsuba (97) #16 Kaspick (98) #22 Shmyr (97)













Other F: 
#19 Patrick (98) #27 Duke (96)















Defence
















#9 Provorov (97) #6 Pilon (96)






#5 Waltz (95) #7 Roy (94) *6





#12 Gow (94) #20 Erkamps (95)













Other D:
#10 Clague (98) #3 Taraschuk (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#35 Moodie (95)














Notes:  9 returned to the lineup. 29 came in.






17-27-15 have been together for 11 of the past 30 games.





18=19-15 have been together for 10 of the past 15 games.





5-7 have been together for 39 of the past 41 games.





9-6 have been together for 29 of the past 35 games.





12-20 have been together for 14 of the past 20 games.





12-3 have been together for 4 of the past 7 games.















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon







Wednesday, February 25, 2015

WHL Lines - Feb. 26


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Feb. 26)  















Forwards















#18 Klimchuk (95) #23 McGauley (95) #15 Quenneville (94) *3




#13 Bukarts (95) #17 Quenneville (96) #8 Hawryluk (96) *3




#28 Lisoway (95) #25 Campbell (96) #21 Coulter (96) *2




#29 Matsuba (97) #16 Kaspick (98) #22 Shmyr (97)













Other F: 
#19 Patrick (98) #27 Duke (96)















Defence
















#9 Provorov (97) #6 Pilon (96)






#5 Waltz (95) #7 Roy (94) *6





#12 Gow (94) #20 Erkamps (95)













Other D:
#10 Clague (98) #3 Taraschuk (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#35 Moodie (95)














Notes:  9 returned to the lineup. 29 came in.






17-27-15 have been together for 11 of the past 30 games.





18=19-15 have been together for 10 of the past 15 games.





5-7 have been together for 39 of the past 41 games.





9-6 have been together for 29 of the past 35 games.





12-20 have been together for 14 of the past 20 games.





12-3 have been together for 4 of the past 7 games.















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon







Tuesday, February 24, 2015

WHL Lines - Feb. 25


These lines provide an outline of each team’s depth chart through player usage.  




They are not projections. They are based on the actual lines used in the team’s last game played.  










Note that the * signifies a repeated trend. If the star is located at the top of a team’s header it signifies

an identical lineup has been used for at least two games in a row. A star beside a specific line


or defensive pairing means the group has been together for at least two consecutive games, with the

number beside the star saying exactly how many games it’s been.




“Others” are players who were not in the lineup last game due to being injured, scratched or recently traded.
Questions and comments are greatly appreciated. Reach me at cnickolet@gmail.com.























BRANDON (Last updated Feb. 22)  















Forwards















#18 Klimchuk (95) #23 McGauley (95) #15 Quenneville (94) *2




#13 Bukarts (95) #17 Quenneville (96) #8 Hawryluk (96) *2




#28 Lisoway (95) #25 Campbell (96) #21 Coulter (96)





#16 Kaspick (98)















Other F:  #22 Shmyr (97) #19 Patrick (98) #27 Duke (96)















Defence
















#5 Waltz (95) #7 Roy (94) *5





#6 Pilon (96) #20 Erkamps (95) *6





#29 Matsuba (97) #12 Gow (94) *2












Other D: #3 Taraschuk (97) #10 Clague (98) #9 Provorov (97)















Goalies
















#33 Papirny (96)







#35 Moodie (95)














Notes:  22 was a late scratch with an illness. Played with only 16 skaters.





17-27-15 have been together for 11 of the past 29.





18=19-15 have been together for 10 of the past 14 games.





5-7 have been together for 38 of the past 40 games.





9-6 have been together for 28 of the past 34 games.





12-20 have been together for 13 of the past 19 games.





12-3 have been together for 4 of the past 6 games.















HC: Kelly McCrimmon







GM: Kelly McCrimmon