Monday, September 1, 2014

Some signings and the advanced stats debate . . .








D Shawn Belle (Regina, Tri-City, 2000-07) has been released by Medveščak Zagreb (Croatia, KHL) by mutual agreement. Last season, with Färjestad Karlstad (Sweden, SHL), he had three goals and three assists in 39 games. . . .
F Jonathan Parker (Seattle, Prince Albert, 2008-11) has been released by Malmö (Sweden, Allsvenskan) after unsuccessful tryout. Last season, with the Rochester Americans (AHL), he had one assist in 11 games. He also had 24 points, including 11 goals, with the Colorado Eagles (ECHL), and six points, two of them goals, in seven games with the Ontario Reign (ECHL).
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The Portland Winterhawks have signed F Jack Flaman and F Evan Weinger. . . . Flaman, 17, is a list player from Vibank, Sask., who played last season for the midget AAA Notre Dame Hounds in Wilcox, Sask. He had 33 points, including 16 goals, in 43 games. . . . Weinger, 17, was a 13th-round pick in the 2012 bantam draft. A native of Los Angeles, he played last season for the L.A. Jr. Kings of the Tier 1 Elite League, putting up 26 points, 12 of the goals, in 35 games.
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The Prince George Cougars have signed D Kobe Eagletail, a Calgaryian who will turn 17 on Sept. 10. . . . Eagletail had 15 points, four of them goals, with the Banff Bears of the Heritage Junior Hockey League last season, after playing in the Calgary Bisons minor hockey organization. . . . At the time of his signing, he was one of 13 defencemen on the Cougars’ roster.
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In the hockey world, there are times when the scrap between the mainstream media and the advanced stats folks has been a truly uncivil war. When and how did it start? When and how will it end? Matt Larkin of The Hockey News takes an interesting look at it all right here.
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If you are new to the world of hockey analytics, aka advanced stats, there is a great primer right here, where all the terminology is explained.
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