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Hartford Wolf Pack 2, Providence Bruins 1 (OT)

By Chuck Packard

Hartford, CT, October 31, 2015 – Brian Gibbons scored 21 seconds into overtime Saturday night at the XL Center, to give the Hartford Wolf Pack a 2-1 win over the Providence Bruins.

More than 45 minutes of scoreless hockey followed the teams’ trading goals in the first period, but on the first shift of overtime, Gibbons knocked the puck away from Providence’s Max Talbot and slipped it through the pads of goaltender Zane McIntyre.

The Wolf Pack also got a goal from Captain Ryan Bourque, as well as a strong night from Magnus Hellberg, who made several key saves in the second and third period.

Gibbons was happy with the quick turnaround by the Pack, after a 4-1 defeat at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the night before.

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Photo: FutureConsiderations.ca

Photo: FutureConsiderations.ca

As I have been dabbling with stats and prospects more frequently than in recent years, as well as have been getting more adept at using the program Tableau to make visuals, I began to think of more ways to bring information to the fans around the world. We all know that the Canadian Junior Hockey Leagues are a major factory when it comes to developing prospects for NHL teams. That said its hard for a lot of people to watch the games because they aren’t readily available for most fans; but people want to see how their prospects are doing. I have been developing a nice little visual that can help fans see how a prospect has been doing over the course of his career in Juniors.

In this tool their are a few charts.

  1. I plotted the players G/gm and A/Gm over the course of his career to see how that has been doing over time. On the graph you will see the players’ name, points per game and games played in the season.
  2. In the second chart it’ll still show the players name and P/gm but this will plot it against the Quality of his Teammates vs the Quality of his Competition. The better his teammates are the higher his QoT is and the better his competition is the higher is QoC is. You would like a player to continue to produce but at times if the quality of his teammates are low but we don’t have this stat available it may be alarming to see a player not score as many points. The Vice-Versa is also true so I think this is a nice little visual to just keep things in perspective.
  3. The last chart is just a good old stats chart with a players name, age, games played, goals, primary assists (A1) secondary assists (A2) and points.

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Hershey Bears 2 (SO)

Hershey, PA, October 25, 2015 – Nick Tarnasky scored twice, and the Hartford Wolf Pack recovered from surrendering a tying goal with 12.1 seconds left in regulation, in a 3-2 shootout win over the Hershey Bears Sunday at Giant Center.

That was the second of back-to-back games between the two clubs, after the Wolf Pack dropped a 3-2 overtime decision in Hershey Saturday night in the first of the pair of battles.

After Jakub Vrana tied the score for the Bears with goaltender Justin Peters on the bench for an extra attacker, Brian Gibbons and Marek Hrivik scored in the shootout, and Wolf Pack goaltender Jeff Malcolm, making his first appearance of the season, stopped two of Hershey’s three shooters.

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Quick note: No goal breakdown from last night’s game. I passed a significant work certification exam and was celebrating.

Hershey Bears 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2 (OT)

Hershey, PA, October 24, 2015 – Former Hartford Wolf Pack forward Chris Bourque’s power-play goal at 2:50 of overtime gave the Hershey Bears a 3-2 win over the Wolf Pack Saturday night at Giant Center, in the first of back-to-back games between the two teams.

The overtime loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Wolf Pack, who got goals from Jayson Megna and Shawn O’Donnell. Travis Boyd had a goal and an assist for Hershey, and defenseman Ryan Stanton also scored.

“This is a tough building to play in,” O’Donnell said, “it’s a good hockey team over there. Obviously we’d like to get the two (points), but we’ll take the one.”

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Syracuse, NY, October 23, 2015 – Adam Tambellini had the Hartford Wolf Pack’s first two-goal game of the season Friday night at the War Memorial Arena, in a 4-3 victory over the Syracuse Crunch.

Defenseman Ryan Graves added a goal and an assist, his first pro points, for the Wolf Pack, who won their fourth straight game, and Chad Nehring’s empty-net goal ended up being the game-winner.

“Those were some good plays made by a couple of guys,” Tambellini said of his two scores, “(I was) lucky to get in a good shooting spot and let it go.”

The Wolf Pack grabbed an early lead in the first period, on Graves’ first pro goal, a goal from the left point at 3:33. After a faceoff win by Travis Oleksuk, Ryan Bourque dropped the puck to Graves, and his shot went through a Tyler Brown screen and got by the catching glove of Crunch goaltender Adam Wilcox (29 saves).

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Oct
18

Hartford Wrap

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Last night, two good friends and I piled into a car for the two-hour trip to Hartford to see the Wolf Pack play the Utica Comets. The Comets are the affiliate team of the Vancouver Canucks, and made it to the Calder Cup finals last year before losing in five games to the LA Kings affiliate. The Pack were looking for their second win of the season, and found it in shutout fashion.

I will admit that I do not ever follow prospects (unlike Josh, whose knowledge amazes me), which is not something I’m proud of, but it was really enjoyable to spend an evening up close and personal with the future of the organization. Going in, I was most excited to check out Brady Skjei and, if possible, try to persuade him to come down to the Garden in time for today’s Rangers game. That being said, I’m very glad to have had some exposure to the “baby Rangers.”

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Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Providence Bruins 3 (OT)

By Chuck Packard

Hartford, CT, October 14, 2015 – Adam Tambellini’s first professional goal, a power-play tally at 2:21 of overtime, gave the Hartford Wolf Pack its first win of the season, 4-3 over the Providence Bruins, Wednesday night at the XL Center.

After the Bruins’ Austin Czarnik was called for hooking 1:09 into the extra session, Tambellini took a pass from Raphael Diaz and fired a shot from the right-wing side through a screen, and the puck squeezed through Bruin goaltender Zane McIntyre and into the net.

The Wolf Pack struck first 6:17 minutes into a choppy first period, on a goal scored by Travis Oleksuk, with the lone assist going to Tyler Brown.

A holding penalty against Chad Nehring put the Bruins on a power play with 7:30 left in the first, but the Wolf Pack was able to successfully kill the penalty. At the end of the period the Wolf Pack led 1-0, but trailed 16-9 in shots.

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Igor Shesterkin has played with for SKA's 2nd team thus far.

Igor Shesterkin has played with for SKA’s 2nd team thus far.

While the Rangers have gotten off to a fast start, several of the Rangers European based prospects have been seeing significant action at the same time. Let’s take a quick look at the kids playing in Europe.

Buchnevich playing well

While the KHL’s leading point scorers feature faces from Rangers past (Wojtek Wolski and Nigel Dawes are both in the league’s top ten and each averaging around a point per game) Rangers top forward prospect Pavel Buchnevich is off to a respectable start this season with 13 points in 18 games. Buchnevich has six goals of which three have already been game winners and five have come at even strength.  Buchnevich’s 3 game winners rank second in the league.

Buchnevich’s Severstal club are one of the league’s worst midway through October but Buchnevich leads the team in points and is third amongst forwards in ice time (17 minutes per game) so Buchnevich is getting significant opportunity to develop his game before he becomes an option for the Rangers.

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Oct
11

Wolf Pack drop season opener to St. John’s

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St. John’s IceCaps 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

By Phil Oxnard

Hartford, CT, October 10, 2015 – Jeremy Gregoire’s shorthanded goal was the game-winner, and Dustin Tokarski made 30 saves, as the St. John’s IceCaps defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack 3-1Saturday night at the XL Center, in the AHL season opener for both teams.

Chad Nehring scored the only Wolf Pack goal, and Magnus Hellberg stopped 27 shots in the Hartford net.

Both teams started aggressively in the first period with both teams taking a penalty at 4:08, Hartford’s Chris Summers and St. John’s Angelo Miceli taking two minutes for roughing and cross-checking, respectively. The Ice Caps scored on the ensuing 4-on-4 at 4:34, with Bud Holloway scoring off of the rebound of a shot by Mark Barberio.

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Oct
10

Wolf Pack announce opening night roster

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The Wolf Pack have announced their opening night roster. Their season begins tonight against the St. John’s Ice Caps:

Goal (2): Magnus Hellberg, Jeff Malcolm

Defense (8): Calle Andersson, Mat Bodie, Raphael Diaz, Ryan Graves, Tommy Hughes, Brady Skjei, Chris Summers, Petr Zamorsky

Forwards (12): Luke Adam, Ryan Bourque, Tyler Brown, Brian Gibbons, Marek Hrivik, Jayson Megna, Chris McCarthy, Chad Nehring, Richard Nejezchleb, Shawn O’Donnell, Travis Oleksuk, Adam Tambellini

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