All posts by Bob Spencer

What’s up with Marco Scandella?

I am finally getting around to doing some analysis on one of the Wild players that I’ve liked for a while, but who is struggling this year–Marco Scandella. He’s just 27 years old, despite playing in his seventh NHL season…so we pretty much know what to expect from him, but they also say defensemen take a little longer to develop, so perhaps he could still show us something new. He’s got a booming slap shot, but is not known much as a goal scorer–he had a fantastic 14-15 season where he contributed 11 goals, but with a career line of (26+60=86; 0.24 pts/gm), we can expect that the offensive side of his game has developed about as much as it’s going to. Scandella still seems like a solid two-way defender who can contribute in all three zones, and could be a fine second- or third-pair defenseman. I’m going to highlight Scandella’s individual stats over his career today, and then look at some pairing stats and WOWY information later in the week. Let’s get down to it! Continue reading What’s up with Marco Scandella?

Martin Hanzal: Price is what you pay, Value is what you get

“Price is what you pay, value is what you get.” –Warren Buffet

Last night, news broke that the Minnesota Wild had traded for Martin Hanzal from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for a boat load of draft picks. The full trade is as follows:

ARI sends Martin Hanzal, Ryan White, and a 2017 fourth-round pick. MIN sends Grayson Downing, a 2017 first-round pick, 2018 second-round pick, and a conditional 2019 fourth-round pick, which if my research is correct, could become a second-round pick if the Wild win two playoff series this year, or could disappear if Hanzal plays <50% of playoff games (so think of it as injury insurance.) Continue reading Martin Hanzal: Price is what you pay, Value is what you get

HTH pod ep 57 – Both guys, five minutes each for FIGHTING!!

Bob and Dan run down the hockey birthdays, then discuss Marco Scandella’s difficulties this year and spend way too much time comparing craft beer and hard cider. When the guys find their way out of the beer/cider tangent, they talk about their personalities and how that leads Bob to stick with analytics. This leads to a discussion of game score, and Bob’s recent post on hat trick game score leaders. Finally, they give a shout out to NHL ref Wes McCauley and his dramatic calls.

Granlund’s Hat Trick among the best performances this year

I am way late to the party on this one, but I’ve been working on an analysis of Granlund’s hat trick last week and I got buried with job interviews and meetings, and never finished the post. So, I wanted to make sure I put something out there to share what I worked on. We have been looking more and more at game score this year, and have been posting them after games on our blog. I have explained why I like the stat previously, but I think it’s important to continue the discussion of what the stat can do for us and look at it in new ways. Continue reading Granlund’s Hat Trick among the best performances this year

HTH pod ep 55 – Jared Spurgen watch this here boy, watch this here

Bob and Dan talk about the NHL’s “Hockey is for Everyone” initiative, and why they are a little bit conflicted about whether it’s a real step toward inclusivity or just a PR campaign. Then, they discuss the firing of Ken Hitchcock and promotion of Mike Yeo, plus the call-up of Alex Tuch, Charlie Coyle’s struggles, Jason Zucker’s trash talk, and Mikael Granlund’s not wanting to talk about being moved from center to wing.