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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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Nov
08

AHL Recap: Wolf Pack shutout for third straight game

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Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1, Hartford Wolf Pack 0

Bridgeport, CT, November 8, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack were shut out for a third straight time, a first in franchise history, Sunday at Webster Bank Arena, losing 1-0 to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The Wolf Pack outshot the Sound Tigers 30-18, but could not solve Bridgeport goaltender Christopher Gibson. Jesse Graham’s late-second period goal was the only scoring. Magnus Hellberg made 17 stops in the Wolf Pack net.

The loss came on the heels of a 4-0 Wolf Pack home-ice setback vs. the Albany Devils Saturday night and a 5-0 home loss to the Toronto Marlies Wednesday.

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Nov
08

AHL Recap: Wolf Pack shut out at home

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Albany Devils 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 0

By Chuck Packard

Hartford, CT, November 7, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack suffered their second consecutive home shutout loss Saturday night at the XL Center, falling 4-0 to the Albany Devils.

Former Wolf Pack Yann Danis blanked his old team, making 24 saves, and Blake Coleman and Corey Tropp had a goal and an assist each for the Devils. The Wolf Pack were coming off of a 5-0 home loss to Toronto Wednesday.

Magnus Hellberg started in net and took the loss, allowing three goals on 13 shots. Jeff Malcolm stopped 12 of the 13 shots he faced in relief.

The Wolf Pack started the game with an early power play, with Joseph Blandisi called for hooking at 1:48. The Devils were able to turn it around, however, and score a shorthanded goal just 2:53 into the game. The goal was scored by Mike Sislo on a 2-on-1 with Blake Pietila.

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Toronto Marlies 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 0

By Phil Oxnard

Hartford, CT, November 4, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack drew a crowd of 5,976 to their annual “Sonar’s Edu-Skate” school-day game Wednesday at the XL Center, but the Toronto Marlies spoiled the day with a 5-0 defeat of the Wolf Pack.

Marlies goaltender Garret Sparks dominated the net, saving all 30 shots against him, and former Yale Eli, and Milford, CT native, Mark Arcobello had a goal and an assist for Toronto.

Wolf Pack captain Ryan Bourque said, “Every team goes through this, so we’re just gonna come to work tomorrow and try to get better.”

The Wolf Pack defense started out strong, not allowing any shots in the first five minutes. Toronto had an opportunity on a power play at 4:23 when Hartford’s Tanner Glass was penalized for boarding, but Hartford’s defense stayed strong.

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Nov
02

Rangers assign Mackenzie Skapski to ECHL

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The Rangers have assigned goalie Mackenzie Skapski to the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Skapski has not seen any action thus far due to injury. With Magnus Hellberg playing well in Hartford, Skapski needs playing time to rehab his injury, and the ECHL is the only logical choice at the moment.

My guess is that Skapski will be back in the AHL relatively soon.

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Nov
02

Zamorsky, Andersson score as Wolf Pack drop second in a row

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Rochester Americans 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

By Phil Oxnard

Hartford, CT, November 1, 2015 – Defensemen Petr Zamorsky and Calle Andersson both scored their first North American pro goals for the Hartford Wolf Pack Sunday at the XL Center, but Cal O’Reilly had a goal and an assist for the Rochester Americans, and former Wolf Pack Bobby Sanguinetti’s second-period goal was the game-winner, in a 3-2 Rochester victory.

Jeff Malcolm made only his second appearance of the season in goal for the Wolf Pack and made 22 saves. Nathan Lieuwen was the winner in the Amerk goal, also with 22 stops.

Despite the loss, Malcolm expressed his excitement about getting to work with his team, “Our younger group is great,” the former Yale Eli said. “They work hard, they’re very energetic, they bring a lot to the locker room. I’m really excited for them.”

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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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