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Messages - Frank E

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Dermott, yes.  Gauthier hasn't been any better than Moore.

Yeah, after a few games I really don't quite get the Gauthier call-up. Babcock is barely playing him too: he's only averaging 6:31 minutes a game at 5-on-5. Moore averaged 8:45 per game at 5-on-5 all season, and was actually at 8:53 in his last 10 games (so it's not like his ice-time was trending down or anything).

I think that's probably due to Gauthier not being as good as Moore, yet.

I don't know if he'll be better, and honestly it's a nice story and all with him coming back from a bad injury, but he doesn't look like he'll bring anything more than what you can sign off the scrap heap UFA market every August.

I tried to find it and failed, albeit have no idea where to look anymore with so many of the advanced stats sites being signed to NHL clubs.

Do we have numbers on PK% with/without Polak?

Someone actually looked into this in detail yesterday:

Those number are a garbage way to make a point.  So Polak plays the first 1:20 of the PK, doesn't get scored on, Rielly comes on the ice in his place and promptly gives one up on the PK and guess what... the PK percentage with Polak in the lineup takes a hit.

This is what you should be looking at:

GA/60 for 4v5 mins (in order of mins):
Hainsey 4.8
Zaitsev 5.2
Rielly 8.13
Polak 4.43
Gardiner 2.62 (only 22 mins)
Borgman 12.94 (only 9 mins)

Polak also has the best CA/60, FA/60 and SA/60 among the top 5 in that list, if you're looking for underlying numbers presenting expected results moving forward.

*BTW, I don't want him in the lineup and don't think the good he does ON the PK outweighs his poor performance 5v5 or his penchant to take penalties.  Just pointing out those are bad stats to present that Polak doesn't impact the PK positively.

That can happen when people try to shoehorn stats to support a narrative.

Thanks for the counterpoint.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Nazem Kadri
« on: January 08, 2018, 12:46:02 PM »
Agreed... Something is very off with him. In the Van game he had three tap in passes and missed them all.  He also gave the puck away every time he touched it, his head is clearly not in the game.

Interesting that you think his head is not in the game.  I feel like he's still playing well positionally etc.  If you ask me, he's got some sort of hand/wrist injury.   By the end of the Vancouver game Marleau was taking all of the faceoffs.

Huh...maybe he injured himself in the Thornton fight.


They seem to be taking a look at some guys, probably preparing for trade deadline decisions.

The main point here is that our defense is only skin deep. So it's time to call in a dermottologist.

Eriksson's contract sucks.

CHL & NCAA Hockey / Re: 2018 WJHC (World Junior Hockey Championship)
« on: January 06, 2018, 09:23:53 AM »
How did Carter Hart look during the tournament?  Do you think he has a good NHL future?

I thought he played really as good as Justin Pogge played.

CHL & NCAA Hockey / Re: 2018 WJHC (World Junior Hockey Championship)
« on: January 06, 2018, 09:20:42 AM »
Canada certainly getting the officiating edge here

Absolutely, but it was nice to be on the other side of the officials for a change.

CHL & NCAA Hockey / Re: 2018 WJHC (World Junior Hockey Championship)
« on: January 05, 2018, 09:36:46 PM »
Duthie sounds like hell.

Pretty sure you've got the wrong date on this one, CtB.

Just checking to see if you guys actually read that part. You passed.

I failed.

CHL & NCAA Hockey / Re: 2018 WJHC (World Junior Hockey Championship)
« on: January 05, 2018, 08:36:10 PM »
Does anyone have a stream for the game?...friend in Aruba looking to watch.

Maybe Polak did get injured last night?

General NHL News & Views / Re: 2017-2018 NHL Thread
« on: January 04, 2018, 03:57:08 PM »
Lucic + RH defenseman from trade > Hall + UFA D is really, really bad evaluation.
Trading Hall for any defenseman that's not even 40% Karlsson 1 for 1 is what makes it worse.

Ultimately, it was just a bad decision in a series of bad decisions.

Well, you're making the assumption that such a player was available for trade for Hall.

Also, to Nik's post, the evaluation that includes signing a good UFA defenseman to an affordable cap hit wasn't really an option for the was a "hope that we can sign", not a concrete option.  Good/great UFA defensemen don't sign in Edmonton, historically.

Main Leafs Hockey Talk / Re: Frederik Andersen
« on: January 04, 2018, 01:31:18 PM »
Andersen fined $2000 for diving:

I noticed it in game, but can't say why that warrants anything supplemental.

Was there no contact there?  Because it looked to me that there was contact there?

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