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Brent Seabrook Has A Poor Team Adjusted Corsi

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Yesterday I posted the worst 20 players in 2015/16 by team adjusted Corsi.  The biggest name player on the list is Brent Seabrook of the Chicago Blackhawks.  He finished with the 13th worst ranking at -155.8.  Of the 20 worst players, Seabrook was the highest scoring in 2015/16.  He scored 14 goals and 35 assists  for 49 points.  He did this from defence.  It was the highest scoring season of his NHL career.  Thus Seabrook's offence is not a problem.  Is the problem his defence?  He has a reputation of being a very god defenceman.  He was on the gold medal winning 2010 Canadian Olympic Team. 

In fact Seabrook's puck possession numbers have fallen quickly in the last couple of years.  Seabrook is noticeably slowed down since his best days.  At age 31 he is no longer playing his best hockey.  During this time he has seen his giveaways increase significantly.  More frequently he has played his ice time apart from Duncan Keith who is generally a good puck possession player and has hence helped Seabrook keep his numbers up.

Brent Seabrook has managed to mask his decline with better offensive numbers but it has become a problem.  Chicago may have to find another top defenceman to help Seabrook reduce his playing time.  That will be a tough thing for them to do. 

It appears Brent Seabrook is into his decline.  This does not bode well for his role on the Blackhawks.  His Corsi is clearly showing his decline.

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Luke Schenn Signs With The Arizona Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - Arizona Coyotes General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Luke Schenn to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"We are very pleased to sign Luke to a two-year contract," said Chayka. "He's a good, young defenseman and we feel we can optimize his performance here. He will be a solid addition to our blue line."

The 26-year-old Schenn registered 4-12-16 and 82 PIM in 72 games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings last season. The Saskatoon, SK native has recorded 28-100-128 with 409 PIM in 566 career games with the Kings, Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs.

The 6-foot-2, 229 pound Schenn was drafted in the first round (fifth overall) by the Maple Leafs in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.


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Examining the Wings’ OHL-playing prospects

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Via RedWingsFeed, OHL Prospects' Brock Otten examines the Red Wings' Ontario Hockey League assets this morning:

1. Vili Saarijarvi - Flint Firebirds (now with the Mississauga Steelheads): There were some very impressive components to Saarijarvi's game this year, but there were also some very unimpressive ones. Saarijarvi is an absolute offensive wizard. His skating ability gives him fantastic separation ability off the rush and allows him to gain entry into the offensive zone with ease. He also runs the powerplay very well, showcasing a great point shot and vision when moving the puck. Defensively though, he's a major work in progress. Flint struggled as a team defensively, but Saarijarvi was definitely one of the guys at the root of that. He needs to play with more jam in his own end, as he can tend to get pushed around and his defensive awareness (tends to chase the puck) also needs seasoning. Saarijarvi can also take unnecessary liberties with the puck and can be turnover prone. He needs to pick his spots better. But the potential is very, very high. After an offseason trade, Saarijarvi will be playing for Mississauga next year. The Steelheads should have a fantastic team next year and they've got some quality defenders to insulate him. I expect big things. A 60 point season (which would put him near the top of defensive scoring) is possible.

Otten continues...

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Introducing Hockey To The Detroit Youth

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from James Hawkins of the Detroit News,

For Rick Robertson, the timing seems as good as ever.

With construction of $627.5 million Little Caesars Arena in full swing and the Red Wings’ selection of 18-year-old forward Givani Smith in the second round of the NHL Draft, the downtown Detroit resident believes there’s plenty of hockey buzz in the city.

So in an effort to promote hockey among urban youth, Robertson is launching an outreach called the Detroit Amateur Hockey Info Table.

Its purpose is to answer questions about the sport and sign up kids of all ages in Detroit for skating lessons and hockey teams. There also are plans for hockey watch parties and providing complimentary hockey tickets.

“What we are is an introductory platform for hockey,” said Robertson, a community activist and consultant of volunteerism. “The idea is to get out there in places where you don’t find much visibility of a relationship with Detroit players, urban players, black players, players of color here in the city of Detroit.”


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The Season Outlook For Riley Sheahan

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Looking ahead: Sheahan, 24, can serve as a winger if needed, but he’s a natural at center. With either Henrik Zetterberg or Dylan Larkin expected to be the No. 1 center and newcomer Frans Nielsen slotted in the No. 2 spot, Sheahan could be a big asset as a third-line center. He’s good defensively (he became a key part of the penalty kill under coach Jeff Blashill), and his size makes him an ideal counterpunch, especially when the Wings face big centers. If Sheahan starts next season like he finished last season and sustains that level of play, there’s potential to have a really solid third line with possible wingers including Tomas Tatar, Thomas Vanek, Darren Helm, Tomas Jurco, Teemu Pulkkinen and maybe Anthony Mantha.


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Krupa: Richards represented the ‘wrong player at the wrong time’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Detroit News's Gregg Krupa feels that the recently-retired Brad Richards represents a trend of the Red Wings signing the wrong types of veteran free agents at a time when the Wings should be giving younger players greater playing opportunities:

Criticizing the decision [to sign Richards] has less to do with whether [his contract] was about $1 million to $1.5 million too rich. It is more about the Red Wings’ continuing string of disappointments in the free-agent market and whether signing and playing Richards delayed the development of young talent.

Those are questions Holland and the Red Wings continue to face, as Frans Nielsen, Thomas Vanek and Steve Ott join the roster this season.

Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar still look for more ice time with top-six forwards. Andreas Athanasiou searches for more ice time anywhere. Mantha and perhaps others (Tyler Bertuzzi? Dylan Sadowy?) try to crack the lineup.

As a free agent, Richards performed better than Steven Weiss. He was healthier than Mike Modano or Erik Cole. But he did not match Daniel Alfredsson, who tied for the Wings lead in scoring with 18 goals and 31 assists in 2013-14, the last season of his outstanding career.

Alfredsson is the only free agent signed by the Red Wings in several seasons whose success approached the hopes of management.

Not a good report card.

Krupa continues, and one could argue that the Red Wings have had the most trouble trying to find a solid 2nd-line center over the past five or six seasons. Hopefully Frans Nielsen finally does the trick...

And we're at the point where any free agent class that's better than Mikael Samuelsson, Carlo Colaiacovo and Jordin Tootoo sounds impressive.

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MLive’s Mitsos examines Luke Glendening’s role

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Luke Glendening is a very good fourth-line center and utility forward, but he's tended to be in "over his head" when used as a second or third line match-up man. The eyeball test certainly confirms this, and, according to MLive's Tom Mitsos, advanced stats bear that out as well:

Last week, Michigan native Luke Glendening received a four-year, $7.2 million extension from the Detroit Red Wings.

Glendening, 27, had one year remaining on his three-year extension he signed in 2014. That cap hit was $628,333. The new deal will take him through the 2020-21 season and has a cap hit of $1.8 million that takes effect in 2017-18.

The Red Wings certainly have put a lot of value on his penalty-killing ability, defensive play and grit with the four-year deal. So, how does that compare to other NHL players with a cap hit of around $1.8 million on multiyear deals?

Mitsos continues, comparing Glendening to Eric Fehr, Trevor Lewis and Jay Beagle, and Glendening doesn't fare particularly well.

I certainly hope that Glendening continues to grow and succeed as a player, and I hope that the Red Wings see Glendening as the kind of player to build a strong fourth line around. He's not Kris Draper--and that's okay. He just needs to be utilized as his performance merits.

If he can hack it as a match-up third-line center, all the better for Glendening and the Wings, but it's still up to Glendening to prove himself as efficient in that role. That's the role the Wings appear to want to use him in, and he's got some improving to do there.

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Kevin Hayes Reaches An Agreement With The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul


Press release is below...

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About The NBC Sports Group NHL Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Peters of CBSSports,

Here are the five big things you need to know about the NBC NHL schedule for 2016-17, including how many times each team will be on:

1. Blackhawks will appear a league-high 21 times nationally, Flyers get 20 games

The league's most popular brand in terms of TV viewership, ticket sales and merchandise is unsurprisingly going to get a lot of run on NBC's platforms. On top of playing in their third Winter Classic next season - Jan. 2 against the St. Louis Blues at Busch Stadium - the Blackhawks will have 25 percent of their regular-season schedule visible to a national audience. They are the biggest ratings driver the league has and NBC is going to milk that for all it's worth. This is the same amount of Blackhawks games they ordered for last season....

The Philadelphia Flyers, however, also have an extremely robust national TV schedule. They'll be on 20 times next season.

It should be noted that both Philadelphia and Chicago have all of their non-nationally broadcast games broadcast on regional Comcast Sports Networks, which are under the same umbrella as NBC Sports. That allows NBC to pull their feeds without having to send a full broadcast crew to those games.


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Worst 20 Players By Team Adjusted Corsi

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Today I am continuing my summer sabermetrics series by posting the 20 worst players by team adjusted Corsi in 2015/16.  A couple days ago I posted the top 20 and these are the players who most struggled in term of puck possession.

Corsi is the difference in attempted shots taken by a team and its opponents while a given player is on the ice in 5 on 5 situations.  This number is then team adjusted.  A baseline is found for each team that is used as a zero point for comparison between different teams.

In order to make sure the adjustment is sensible, I have limited this list to players who played 50 or more games with only one team in 2015/16.

Here are the 20 worst players by team adjusted Corsi:

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