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Over the course of the last few months I have been attempting to develop a tool that would add another layer in a person’s ability to analyze a player. Today I am proud to launch the Player Salary Analysis Module, or PSAM for short, which compares production to salary for all NHL players. The tool is available on the menu above. Forwards can be viewed here. Defensemen can be viewed here.

We as hockey fans know of the different methods we use to evalute players. We have the traditional goals/assists/points in conjunction with scouting the player. We also have the new visuals that have been getting developed by members of the analytics community that help us as fans see how a player’s underlying stats classify his role or usefulness to a team, such as the famous HERO Charts.

There has been one thing that I feel hasn’t really been touched upon though. Along with the hard stats that we as hockey fans know and the underlying stats that have been developed, there is one more thing that helps us articulate the overall value of a player. Ever since the lockout of the 2004-2005 season, it may be one of the more important aspects of a player: His salary.

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Nov
19

New features: OHL and WHL career trends

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Last week, Josh added a new feature to the blog called QMJHL career trends. Using that feature, you could select a prospect in the QMJHL and see how he has improved throughout his career in the league. Today, Josh has added the same feature for the WHL and OHL.

The Rangers have four prospects in the WHL: Keegan Iverson, Ryan Gropp, Brad Morrison, and Sergey Zborovskiy. They also have two in the OHL: Ryan Mantha and Brandon Halverson. They have none in the QMJHL.

Be sure to check them out. They are solid tools to see how a prospect has been playing throughout his career before he winds up with the Rangers organization.

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Nov
10

New feature: QMJHL Prospect Career Trend

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Last week, I introduced a tool that was able to track how prospects in the WHL were doing. Today I would officially like to show the QMJHL version of the tool and allow people to use it. The visual is attached below. This feature is available in the main menus at the top, under Prospect Career Trends. The direct link to the QMJHL tool is here.

To use this, go to the drop down menu and choose any QMJHL player . You will automatically be able to see the trend of the prospect along his QMJHL Career. If you are interested you may use the “Seasons” slider to look at how the player has done over time season by season.

The first graph shows Assists/Game and Goals/Game. Under the circle we have player name, points/game and games played. The second Graph graphs the QoC (Quality of Competition) and QoT (Quality of teammates). The higher the QoT,the better the teammates, and the higher the QoC the tougher the competition. Hope this will be useful for people and I will be updating stats around every week and a half.

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Oct
15

BSB Fanduel for 10/15

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I created a private league on Fanduel for those that wanted to test their fantasy skills against their fellow BSBers. Kevin and I participate regularly as well. It was a lot of fun, so it makes sense to continue the daily contests this year. Seems like 7 people is the ideal league size, as that fills up consistently. I made it for 8 today to see how it goes.

If you haven’t signed up for Fanduel before, you can use this link to sign up (full disclosure: It’s one of those support the blog links. If you’re going to sign up, it would be really appreciated if you could use that link.). For those that have signed up and want to play, the league link is here.

Rotowire has a lineup optimizer, as does DangleFactory. They are good resources if this intrigues you, or you’re new to daily fantasy sports

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Oct
14

BSB Fanduel for 10/14

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I created a private league on Fanduel for those that wanted to test their fantasy skills against their fellow BSBers. Kevin and I participate regularly as well. It was a lot of fun, so it makes sense to continue the daily contests this year. Seems like 7 people is the ideal league size, as that fills up consistently.

If you haven’t signed up for Fanduel before, you can use this link to sign up (full disclosure: It’s one of those support the blog links. If you’re going to sign up, it would be really appreciated if you could use that link.). For those that have signed up and want to play, the league link is here.

Rotowire has a lineup optimizer, as does DangleFactory. They are good resources if this intrigues you, or you’re new to daily fantasy sports

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Oct
09

BSB Fanduel for 10/9

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I created a private league on Fanduel for those that wanted to test their fantasy skills against their fellow BSBers. Kevin and I participate regularly as well. It was a lot of fun, so it makes sense to continue the daily contests this year.Yesterday’s league of 10 filled up around 5pm, so I’m going to leave it at 10 people today. If the league fills up, let me know in the comments, and I’ll increase the size tomorrow.

If you haven’t signed up for Fanduel before, you can use this link to sign up (full disclosure: It’s one of those support the blog links. If you’re going to sign up, it would be really appreciated if you could use that link). For those that have signed up and want to play, the league link is here.

Rotowire has a lineup optimizer, as does DangleFactory. They are good resources if this intrigues you, or you’re new to daily fantasy sports.

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Oct
08

BSB Fanduel for 10/8

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I created a private league on Fanduel for those that wanted to test their fantasy skills against their fellow BSBers. Kevin and I participate regularly as well. It was a lot of fun, so it makes sense to continue the daily contests this year.Yesterday’s league of 7 filled up pretty quickly, so I’m setting today’s league to 10. If the league fills up, let me know in the comments, and I’ll increase the size tomorrow.

If you haven’t signed up for Fanduel before, you can use this link to sign up (full disclosure: It’s one of those support the blog links. If you’re going to sign up, it would be really appreciated if you could use that link). For those that have signed up and want to play, the league link is here.

Rotowire has a lineup optimizer, as does DangleFactory. They are good resources if this intrigues you, or you’re new to daily fantasy sports.

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Oct
07

2015-2016 BSB Fanduel kickoff

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Last year we started something pretty neat here. Every day during the season (when possible), I created a private league on Fanduel for those that wanted to test their fantasy skills against their fellow BSBers. Kevin and I participate regularly as well. It was a lot of fun, so it makes sense to continue the daily contests this year.

If you haven’t signed up for Fanduel before, you can use this link to sign up (full disclosure: It’s one of those support the blog links. If you’re going to sign up, it would be really appreciated if you could use that link). For those that have signed up and want to play, the league link is here.

The league limit is set to 7 right now, since that was about the number of people we had joining last year. Legally Fanduel has to set aside prize money immediately, so the league size can’t be adjusted to account for more people. If the league fills up, let me know in the comments, and I’ll increase the size tomorrow.

Rotowire has a lineup optimizer, as does DangleFactory. They are good resources if this intrigues you, or you’re new to daily fantasy sports.

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It’s been three long months, but hockey season is almost upon us. In just two weeks, New York Rangers hockey will return. Since it is September, and Labor Day is essentially the last day of summer, it’s time that we ramp things up for the season.

We’ve been taking the summer pretty lightly, posting once per day with the occasional weekend post. That will change to two posts per day during the week and once per day on the weekends when the season starts. There’s no exact date yet, but figure it will be around the end of September/early October.

We have Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts of all of the writers. The links are in the sidebar. Make sure you’re connected to us throughout the season. There is also a section in the sidebar called Mailbag, and you should use that to send me any questions you have. We will get to questions once per week, most likely on Saturdays.

New for this season will be our partnership with Sporting News to deliver exclusive video content. We are very excited to have this partnership, as it will help us deliver better and unique content throughout the season. I will also be continuing with www.nyrgifs.com, providing GIFs of goals, defensive plays, saves, hits, and anything else that gets requested. Be sure to make requests during games to me on Twitter (@blueseatblogs), and I will do my best to honor all requests.

I know you don’t have to use our BSB Tickets link to buy tickets. But if you’re going to a third party for tickets, it would be greatly appreciated if you could support the blog as well. Not saying to go and spend your life savings on tickets, just saying that if you happen to be going to a third party for tickets, why not ours? Plus if you want a promo code, shoot me a mention on Twitter, and I’ll reach out to TiqIQ to get you one.

Kevin and I experimented with BSB FanDuel leagues last year, and they were a pretty decent success. We are –more specifically, I am. I haven’t spoken to Kevin yet, but I’m sure he will play too– continuing this again this year. Daily fantasy hockey is tough, but it’s fun. You can sign up here (Full disclosure: that’s another “support the blog” links.). Kevin usually wins, which bothers me to no end.

One final thing: I’m sure you all do this already, since they are another fantastic Rangers blog, but you should also be reading Blueshirt Banter on a regular basis. They are good friends….except for Joe, because @#$% Joe….and they are all great writers as well. If it hasn’t been covered here at BSB (which is rare), it will be covered there.

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A week ago, I alluded to new features that would be coming to the blog soon. Today, we are happy to announce that we have partnered with The Sporting News to bring video content here to BSB. There is a new page in the menu called ‘Videos’ which will take you to the video page, where you can select your videos. Over the next few days, Sporting News will have preview videos coming for all teams around the league. When the season starts, they will be bringing us highlights that will surely enhance our goal breakdowns.

Hope you all enjoy the new feature.

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