HOW GOOD IS ANTON SLEPYSHEV?

Craig MacTavish’s reputation is taking a beating this summer—the problems on defense track back to his desk—but there are some things on the good side of his ledger. One of them may (MAY) be the 2013 draft and that crazy trade(s) that garnered a lot of interesting bets.

  • Craig MacTavish: “He has a dynamic skill set. High-speed skill. He competes well. There’s plenty of tools there.”

Corey Pronman released his Top 10 Prospects Oilers Edition today, and young Slepyshev ranked No. 4. The list is here and I wrote about it here.

  • Pronman: “He’s a highly skilled playmaker with good speed, whose all-around game and ability to win battles have been issues.”

One of the issues we have as fans is finding nuance to add to the video and the boxcars. Pronman’s words are important for us to build a profile of this player and we can also find insight via the KHL website and their tracking of the numbers.

SLEPYSHEV IN THE KHL

  • 2011-12 (age 17) 39GP, 4-3-7 (8:55 TOI, 28 shots) (1.21 points-per-60) (4.83 shots-per-60)
  • 2012-13 (age 18) 26GP, 7-2-9 (12:40 TOI, 63 shots) (1.64 points-per-60) (11.48 shots-per-60)
  • 2013-14 (age 19) 36GP, 3-5-8 (10:18 TOI, 59 shots) (1.30 points-per-60) (9.55 shots-per–60)
  • 2014-15 (age 20) 58GP, 15-10-25 (12:26 TOI, 129 shots) (2.08 points-per-60) (10.73 shots-per-60)

His 20-year old season represents a very nice spike and I thought it might be a good idea to compare Slepyshev’s performances with that of Bogdan Yakimov, who had one KHL season:

  • 2013-14 (age 19) 33GP, 7-5-12 (9:55 TOI, 44 shots) (2.22 points-per-60) (8.07 shots-per-60)

At the same age (19) it looks like Yakimov would have a slight edge but these are total numbers (PP, PK, EV) and TOI so there are some issues with this run (Yakimov had one power-play goal in his 19-year-old season, Slepyshev did not have a special teams goal at the same age).

NHL EQUIVALENCIES

  • Boxcars: 58GP, 15-10-25 in regular season
  • Breakdown: 14 goals at even strength, one on the power play
  • SOG: 129 (11.6 shooting percentage, 2.22 shots-per-game)
  • TOI/game: 12:26
  • Points-per-60: 2.08
  • NHLE (Regular season): 82GP, 17-11-28

I’m a big fan of NHLE, for me it does give us an idea about the player and their abilities. That said, we see in Slepyshev the real limitations of the tool—the young man accomplished his totals (15 goals in a KHL season is a pretty solid total, tying him for No. 3 on his team) playing only 12:26 a night. If he had been rewarded a more substantial amount of playing time we might be talking about him possibly jumping all the way to the NHL this fall.

And that’s where we are today. It’s very difficult to suss out these European prospects until they arrive in North America. Corey Pronman (who will be my guest tomorrow morning at 11 on the Lowdown) watches a lot of games and speaks to scouts and NHL people about these players. His ranking of Slepyshev at No. 4 on the current prospect list should be viewed as an extreme positive, and we’d do well to watch this young winger closely during training camp and pre-season.

MacT’s in a different office and Stu MacGregor is down the line, but their draft picks continue to develop and their story has yet to be written. Anton Slepyshev is a player of interest. I have him scoring 19 goals in Bakersfield and getting a cup of coffee with Edmonton in 2015-16 RE.

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48 Responses to "HOW GOOD IS ANTON SLEPYSHEV?"

  1. RexLibris says:

    MacTavish screwed up some items on his to-do list.

    Notably, he went shopping on D for 6s and 7s when what he needed was 1s and 2s. The bets on Belov and others would have been fine for a team with a stronger defense corps (or corpse, as WG aptly describes it) but on this roster meant that they were quickly exposed and soundly beaten.

    He also got stubborn on some things and what mistakes he narrowly avoided (Clarkson) he made up for by self-inflicted wounds (Petry).

    His successor must now clean up his mess in Nikita Nikitin and Andrew Ference. Not a Herculean task, but not insignificant either.

    What MacTavish did well was the draft. There is of course the apocryphal story of him seeing Klefbom on two shifts and making up his mind – we should have known then that this would be a problem with his management style. But he also fixated on Nurse during the run-up to the draft and followed the advice of his numbers people to trade down twice after that to pick up more prospects.

    I think MacTavish has a decent eye for junior-level talent. I’m hesitant about him at the pro-scouting level because he clearly overvalues the veteran mystique. But as a voice on amateur procurement I would have time for his input.

    In fact, I’d take his word on a junior prospect over nearly anything Scott Howson has to say about either pro or amateur talent.

  2. Stud Muffin says:

    i would like to know Pronmans Re for Slepyshev

  3. Lowetide says:

    Rex: Great points. The Klefbom point is a strong one (MacT saw him after he was drafted but made his decision in what must have been less than a minute). I expect MacT or Howson will settle in as advisor to Chiarelli with the other down the line. Suspect the Oilers wins out

  4. RexLibris says:

    Lowetide:
    Rex: Great points. The Klefbom point is a strong one (MacT saw him after he was drafted but made his decision in what must have been less than a minute). I expect MacT or Howson will settle in as advisor to Chiarelli with the other down the line. Suspect the Oilers wins out

    MacTavish has value in his ability to identify talent, he just has to work in an environment where he doesn’t have final say because he’ll rush to judgment.

    Howson has never proven to me, in any situation, be it Assistant GM here, GM in Columbus, or his role since returning here, that he has anything above an average sense of running the talent procurement end of a hockey organization.

    He bungled the Jeff Carter acquisition and relinquishing, gave too much money, term and pressure on the Wisniewski deal, and generally muddled around. He broke even on the Nash deal, but his best work was when he didn’t trade the picks for either of Ryan Johansen or Ryan Murray.

  5. Woodguy says:

    RexLibris,

    MacT and Howson were in th Czech Rep. watching the Ivan Hlinka.

    That’s a good spot for them.

    As far away from pro-procurement as possible.

    I agree that his drafts were miles better than V4.0’s, but the 2014 is still a bit of a head scratcher.

  6. RexLibris says:

    Woodguy:
    RexLibris,

    MacT and Howson were in th Czech Rep. watching the Ivan Hlinka.

    That’s a good spot for them.

    As far away from pro-procurement as possible.

    I agree that his drafts were miles better than V4.0’s, but the 2014 is still a bit of a head scratcher.

    2014 was pretty bad. Not the strongest year, but you don’t have to underline it by deliberately passing over good talent.

    I’d happily sit near Frank Musil and MacTavish to eavesdrop on their scouting conversations, though.

    Maybe we should assign Howson to some of the emerging hockey markets in the world. Like French Guiana?

  7. RexLibris says:

    “With the 1st overall pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers are proud to select…that kid from imgur!”

    http://imgur.com/gallery/eyyXw2q

  8. Woodguy says:

    RexLibris:
    “With the 1st overall pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft, the Edmonton Oilers are proud to select…that kid from imgur!”

    http://imgur.com/gallery/eyyXw2q

    That’s great.

    That kid glides and turns on his edges like RNH.

    Serious edge chops.

  9. Woodguy says:

    Where is/was this Bob Nicholson interview everyone has been referring to?

  10. RexLibris says:

    Woodguy: That’s great.

    That kid glides and turns on his edges like RNH.

    Serious edge chops.

    Thanks.

    Buy me a cabin in Cabo and I’ll see whom else I can find for you.

  11. oliveoilers says:

    Woodguy:
    Where is/was this Bob Nicholson interview everyone has been referring to?

    Yesterday on Stauffer’s show.

    http://www.630ched.com/oilers-now/

    Scroll down, the link is there.

    Excellent interview. I might listen to it again.

    Sounds like TMac was an Oiler when he put Hall and Ebs on Sid’s line….

  12. Rip Fan Winkle says:

    Slepyshev is better than Eberle. It says so on HF.

  13. Pouzar says:

    Rip Fan Winkle:
    Slepyshev is better than Eberle. It says so on HF.

    Thought you never visited HF?

  14. Woogie63 says:

    Has a one team every had three rookie recieve votes for the Calder?

    Might be safe to say McDavid and Nurse will recieve some votes this year.

  15. RexLibris says:

    Woogie63:
    Has a one team every had three rookie recieve votes for the Calder?

    Might be safe to say McDavid and Nurse will recieve some votes this year.

    I don’t think so. But probably because very few teams are crazy/desperate enough to dress three rookies in a season.

    That’ll be the #OilersAdvantage

  16. Centre of attention says:

    Hearing reports Franson has a 2-year contract on the table with the Sabres, wonder why he hasn’t just taken it. Maybe he wants to go somewhere he thinks is a contender?

  17. Rip Fan Winkle says:

    Pouzar: Thought you never visited HF?

    Sorry just baiting you 🙂

    Out scoring is the key. Eberle is a sublime talent but gets worked overall, he’s no Hossa. I like him but there is no where to hide him. Maybe soon. Hall also hasn’t decided to win the war instead of the battle.

    McLellan will more than likely get some ears. A much better year coming in play if not points right away.

    EDIT remember Klink and Gazzer aren’t losing the games. It’s the top half of the roster.

  18. John Chambers says:

    Centre of attention:
    Hearing reports Franson has a 2-year contract on the table with the Sabres, wonder why he hasn’t just taken it. Maybe he wants to go somewhere he thinks is a contender?

    You don’t think the Sabres are a contender?

    No but in all seriousness Buffalo defenders have been getting their teeth kicked in. Franson should be skeptical regarding his market value after what will surely be two miserable seasons in Buffalo. I mean, their starting goalie is Robin Lehner – he’s not going to make you look good.

  19. G Money says:

    Rip Fan Winkle: Eberle is a sublime talent but gets worked overall, he’s no Hossa.

    In the last five years, Marian Hossa has 285 points.

    In the last five years, Jordan Eberle has 284 points.

    You’re right. [OFF BY ONE ERROR]

    He’s no Hossa.

  20. Bruce McCurdy says:

    RexLibris: I don’t think so. But probably because very few teams are crazy/desperate enough to dress three rookies in a season.

    That’ll be the #OilersAdvantage

    In 1980-81 the Oilers iced the following rookies: Jari Kurri, Glenn Anderson, Paul Coffey, Charlie Huddy, Andy Moog. Three Hall of Famers plus two other outstanding support players, very likely the greatest rookie crop on one team in NHL history. You’d think they might get some Calder love, especially Kurri and Anderson who both scored 30.

    You’d be wrong. Anderson got one point in Calder voting, finishing tied for 11th. The others didn’t get a sniff.

    Imagine, Jari Kurri got 75 points as a rookie and it was like he wasn’t even there.

  21. Pouzar says:

    If McDavid scores 60 pts in 30 games he has no chance cause some stiff will score 50 in 80 and win because leadership. #stillbitter

  22. Centre of attention says:

    Pouzar:
    If McDavid scores 60 pts in 30 games he has no chance cause some stiff will score 50 in 80 and win because leadership. #stillbitter

    This. SO much this.

    I expect a lot of bitterness from around the league as well as from other fans once the Oilers FINALLY get there crap together and start winning some meaningful games.

    Jealousy is an ugly thing, especially when its misplaced. Other teams fan’s won’t understand the amount of pain us Oil fans had to go threw to get where we are this summer [still not a good place].

    To further Pouzar’s point, I could see McDavid doing a point-per-game, maybe a hair under, and losing the Calder to Eichel because Eichel was named Captain this season while scoring less points overall but more even strength points. Thus Leadership wins out the “race”. People will be quick to point out the fact that McDavid gets all his points playing on the Power Play with Hall, RNH and Eb’s, and they may have a case. But I think McDavid will also show leadership in other ways, not just with his performance on the ice, but in the locker room. Hearing Nicholson talk about McDavid’s “We” mentality is music to my ears. That kind of attitude is exactly what this team needs.

    F**k the Calder, if the Oilers win 40 games donairs and beer for everyone.

  23. rickithebear says:

    now that we can establish league averages for Defensive and goalie play at
    Even and PK high; med; low Chances and shots.
    we can get idea of what is good.

    Defence: league average
    Even :
    HSCA 15.00

    PK:
    HSCA 29.00

    Goalies
    Even: SV%
    LS .9737
    MS .9300
    HS .8333

    PK SV%
    LS .9338
    MS .8769
    HS .7755

  24. Centre of attention says:

    Also, I’m sure someone has to have mentioned it before, but Slepy looks creepily similar to a Russian-Version Eberle, especially in that picture.

    If they are gifted with the same nifty mittens’ I call conspiracy.

    Stu knew an Eberle when he saw one.

  25. rickithebear says:

    WE know MAcT acquired
    Gordon UFA
    Hendricks Trade
    WE know MAcT acquired
    Gordon UFA Elite ZS and FO center.
    Hendricks Trade
    Purcell Trade dumped gagner
    Poulliot UFA
    Fayne #1 HSCA d in game.
    Nikitin 2 top 20 HSCA seasons at 2nd comp D.
    Klinkhammer
    Tried to trade for Talbot.
    One of the best HS/60 save % goalies in league.
    there with:
    Goalies with 2 seasons in top 45 of last 3 years of goalie play.
    only 9.
    Rask: #4 .8803 12-13; #5 .8794 13-14; -> avg .880
    Hiller #6 .8784 12-13; #35 .8531 14-15; -> avg .866
    Dubnyk #16 12-13 .8672; #19 .8648 14-15: -> avg.866
    Talbot #13 .8687 13-14; #24 .8617 14-15; -> avg .865
    Holtby #14 14-15 .8686; #33 .8544; -> avg .863
    Lundquist #11 .8729 12-13; #45 .8460 13-14; -> avg .860
    Schneider #20 .8646 12-13; #32 .8544 14-15; -> .860
    Bobrovsky#12 .8694 12-13; #42 .8485 13-14; -> avg .859
    Price #18 .8650 14-15; #44 .8477 13-14; -> avg .856
    The only one i have issue with is ference.

  26. flyfish1168 says:

    RexLibris:
    MacTavish screwed up some items on his to-do list.

    Notably, he went shopping on D for 6s and 7s when what he needed was 1s and 2s. The bets on Belov and others would have been fine for a team with a stronger defense corps (or corpse, as WG aptly describes it) but on this roster meant that they were quickly exposed and soundly beaten.

    He also got stubborn on some things and what mistakes he narrowly avoided (Clarkson) he made up for by self-inflicted wounds (Petry).

    His successor must now clean up his mess in Nikita Nikitin and Andrew Ference. Not a Herculean task, but not insignificant either.

    What MacTavish did well was the draft. There is of course the apocryphal story of him seeing Klefbom on two shifts and making up his mind – we should have known then that this would be a problem with his management style. But he also fixated on Nurse during the run-up to the draft and followed the advice of his numbers people to trade down twice after that to pick up more prospects.

    I think MacTavish has a decent eye for junior-level talent. I’m hesitant about him at the pro-scouting level because he clearly overvalues the veteran mystique. But as a voice on amateur procurement I would have time for his input.

    In fact, I’d take his word on a junior prospect over nearly anything Scott Howson has to say about either pro or amateur talent.

    Belov may not have been a good bet. But a lot of the blame has to go to eakins. Opps he didn’t realize the players didn’t know simple defensive strategy

    Belov came right out in Russian he will not come back to play under eakins.

  27. Rip Fan Winkle says:

    G Money: In the last five years, Marian Hossa has 285 points.

    In the last five years, Jordan Eberle has 284 points.

    You’re right. [OFF BY ONE ERROR]

    He’s no Hossa.

    So as the stats guru you are saying points scored is the only measure of quality between Eberle and Hossa?

    Straight up you and Godot are piling on and just being pricks. No substantive rebuttal.

    What do you have?

  28. RexLibris says:

    Bruce McCurdy: In 1980-81 the Oilers iced the following rookies: Jari Kurri, Glenn Anderson, Paul Coffey, Charlie Huddy, Andy Moog. Three Hall of Famers plus two other outstanding support players, very likely the greatest rookie crop on one team in NHL history. You’d think they might get some Calder love, especially Kurri and Anderson who both scored 30.

    You’d be wrong. Anderson got one point in Calder voting, finishing tied for 11th. The others didn’t get a sniff.

    Imagine, Jari Kurri got 75 points as a rookie and it was like he wasn’t even there.

    Personally, I wear the absence of a Calder trophy like a badge of pride as an Oiler fan.

    Because five cups.

    Calgary has a Calder trophy.

    I’d happily dust it every day for them.

    Because five cups.

    That the NHL snubbed Gretzky because of his WHA games played and the small-minded hangover of their origins says more about the league than the players.

    Yep. Five cups.

    🙂

  29. Jaxon says:

    I know I’m a broken record on Oilers blogs, but I’ll throw this out there anyway. Based on his last 25gp (11G, 5A) in the KHL, Slepyshev’s NHLE is 28G-13A-41Pts. Now that would be an impressive rookie season. I think veteran options may keep him down for the season opener but he will impress and be called up very soon and may stick. I’m looking forward to seeing where he fits in (maybe with Draisaitl and Pakarinen who also might start on the Condors?)
    Source: http://en.khl.ru/players/17504/

  30. G Money says:

    Rip Fan Winkle: So as the stats guru you are saying points scored is the only measure of quality between Eberle and Hossa?

    Straight up you and Godot are piling on and just being pricks. No substantive rebuttal.

    What do you have?

    No. I’m pointing out that the sh*t that is heaped Eberle’s way is nonsense. The work of pricks, you might even say. Complete and utter nonsense.

    You want more? Here’s more:

    In those 5 years, Eberle’s even strength point rate is 189 in 356, or 0.53 pts/gm. He did that with a CorsiRel of +2.39%, which means that relative to the team he’s on, the puck is consistently moving in the right direction far more often with him on the ice than not.

    In the same 5 years, Hossa’s even strength point rate is 167 in 340, or 0.49 pts/gm. He did that with a CorsiRel of +1.24%.

    Both players have had a huge scoring impact on the league in those five years.

    Yet rather astonishingly, Eberle has outscored Hossa at even strength by a fairly significant margin.

    You have the audacity to suggest that Eberle, who’s accomplished this in his first five years in league, and on the worst team in the league is somehow way behind Hossa – who’s done this as a grizzled veteran playing on the best team in the league.

    So why? Because you said so? Because you saw it that way and it must be so?

    Well then – you’re wrong.

    Instead of name calling, with all due respect, ahem, I suggest it might be a better strategy to back it up or STFU.

    P.S. I argue with Godot all the time. Sometimes we see eye to eye, often we don’t. But we don’t “pile on”. And unless the topic is Eakins, whether I agree with him or not, I give full props to Godot as a very sharp guy.

  31. book¡je says:

    G Money,

    Jordan Eberle is no Marián Hossa

    Marián Hossa is much much better at speaking Slovakian.

    Marián Hossa has WAY more streets named after him in Trenčín than Eberle does.

    Facts! Irrefutable!

  32. G Money says:

    book¡je,

    DANG YOU AND YOUR FACTS!!! DANG YOU TO HECK!

  33. Hammers says:

    RexLibris: Personally, I wear the absence of a Calder trophy like a badge of pride as an Oiler fan.

    Because five cups.

    Calgary has a Calder trophy.

    I’d happily dust it every day for them.

    Because five cups.

    That the NHL snubbed Gretzky because of his WHA games played and the small-minded hangover of their origins says more about the league than the players.

    Yep. Five cups.

    Remember one other thing . We went 8 times won 5 . Some teams haven’t been 3 times . I like to think of it as 5 out of 8 .

  34. oilswell says:

    Centre of attention: F**k the Calder, if the Oilers win 40 games donairs and beer for everyone.

    Bastard. I was reading this heading off to bed with an early start and now I HAVE to go out and get a donair and beer.

    Brb

  35. Lowetide says:

    One thing this 10 years has done for me is give an appreciation for that 2006 team. I always loved the 1983 team (for lots of reasons) but the Stanley trips have all been fabulous. As I get older, the memories blur a little but those teams, including 2006, were special.

  36. Bag of Pucks says:

    I doubt even Jordan Eberle thinks he’s as good a player as Marian Hossa…yet.

    Hossa is a ‘complete’ player. Dominant player across the full 200ft. You win championships with guys like this. Eberle is a one dimensional offensive player. That dimension is superlative.

    If that dimension was the only thing that mattered, we’d regard Pierre Turgeon as a better hockey player than Mark Messier.

  37. book¡je says:

    Lowetide:
    One thing this 10 years has done for me is give an appreciation for that 2006 team. I always loved the 1983 team (for lots of reasons) but the Stanley trips have all been fabulous. As I get older, the memories blur a little but those teams, including 2006, were special.

    The 2006 team was a beautiful thing – lightning in a bottle – the culmination of the ‘hope and try OIlers’ of the Doug Weight era (even though Weight was long gone by 2006). After that we realized how bad things could be.

  38. G Money says:

    *** Stealth Nerd Alert: https://oilersnerdalert.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/great-yakspectations/

    I basically took my comment here a few threads back about Yak’s Cult of Hockey player ratings season splits and turned it into a blog post. Because a. it’s been a while since I published a post, b. it actually did entail some non-trivial and (IMO) reasonably interesting work, and c. you can’t let the opportunity for a title like “Great Yakspectations” pass you by.

  39. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Hammers: Remember one other thing . We went 8 times won 5 . Some teams haven’t been 3 times . I like to think of it as 5 out of 8 .

    Funny, I only remember 7 trips to the Finals. Lost the first & the last time, won all the others.

  40. Bruce McCurdy says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    I doubt even Jordan Eberle thinks he’s as good a player as Marian Hossa…yet.

    Hossa is a ‘complete’ player. Dominant player across the full 200ft. You win championships with guys like this. Eberle is a one dimensional offensive player. That dimension is superlative.

    If that dimension was the only thing that mattered, we’d regard Pierre Turgeon as a better hockey player than Mark Messier.

    Uhh, Mark Messier is #2 all-time in the NHL scoring parade. Pierre Turgeon is #31, a mere 560 points back.

    At least one of us is missing your point.

  41. Bruce McCurdy says:

    G Money:
    *** Stealth Nerd Alert: https://oilersnerdalert.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/great-yakspectations/

    I basically took my comment here a few threads back about Yak’s Cult of Hockey player ratings season splits and turned it into a blog post.Because a. it’s been a while since I published a post, b. it actually did entail some non-trivial and (IMO) reasonably interesting work, and c. you can’t let the opportunity for a title like “Great Yakspectations” pass you by.

    This was a fun read.

  42. Bag of Pucks says:

    Bruce McCurdy: Uhh, Mark Messier is #2 all-time in the NHL scoring parade. Pierre Turgeon is #31, a mere 560 points back.

    At least one of us is missing your point.

    Career production is as much a durability record as anything. Compare their GPG and PPG rates and you see that Turgeon was the more prolific goal scorer and a comparable point producer. And a shadow of Mess as a complete player.

  43. jake70 says:

    Bruce McCurdy: In 1980-81 the Oilers iced the following rookies: Jari Kurri, Glenn Anderson, Paul Coffey, Charlie Huddy, Andy Moog. Three Hall of Famers plus two other outstanding support players, very likely the greatest rookie crop on one team in NHL history. You’d think they might get some Calder love, especially Kurri and Anderson who both scored 30.

    You’d be wrong. Anderson got one point in Calder voting, finishing tied for 11th. The others didn’t get a sniff.

    Imagine, Jari Kurri got 75 points as a rookie and it was like he wasn’t even there.

    Bruce, as head of the Oiler Lore Jedi council, passing on knowledge, stories and cautionary tales of all things Oilers is he.

  44. frjohnk says:

    Bag of Pucks:
    I doubt even Jordan Eberle thinks he’s as good a player as Marian Hossa…yet.

    Hossa is a ‘complete’ player. Dominant player across the full 200ft. You win championships with guys like this. Eberle is a one dimensional offensive player. That dimension is superlative.

    If that dimension was the only thing that mattered, we’d regard Pierre Turgeon as a better hockey player than Mark Messier.

    Scouting report for Hossa in 97

    “Marian Hossa is not for every NHL team.

    The big Slovak is seen as one-dimensional player.

    Defensive hockey? Scouts are not sure it even exists in his mind.

    A clear and present danger with the puck. A non-factor without it.”

    It also mentioned how he did not like physical play and one scout had serious questions about him succeeding in the NHL. Wonder if that scout is still with the Oilers?

  45. Jordan says:

    G Money:
    *** Stealth Nerd Alert: https://oilersnerdalert.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/great-yakspectations/

    I basically took my comment here a few threads back about Yak’s Cult of Hockey player ratings season splits and turned it into a blog post.Because a. it’s been a while since I published a post, b. it actually did entail some non-trivial and (IMO) reasonably interesting work, and c. you can’t let the opportunity for a title like “Great Yakspectations” pass you by.

    Biggest downside of War Yaks – they cost a mint for grooming. Shampooing, conditioning. brushing, trimming – it take three well-trained stylists and groomers to keep one Yak up to military hygene code. A full Yak battalion requires at least 1500.

    Not that I don’t love to see the Yak Attack. But simply that horses are much more reasonable on the cost – benefit front.

  46. Bag of Pucks says:

    frjohnk: Scouting report for Hossa in 97

    “Marian Hossa is not for every NHL team.

    The big Slovak is seen as one-dimensional player.

    Defensive hockey?Scouts are not sure it even exists in his mind.

    A clear and present danger with the puck.A non-factor without it.”

    It also mentioned how he did not like physical play and one scout had serious questions about him succeeding in the NHL.Wonder if that scout is still with the Oilers?

    Really shows how a player can improve his game whilst in the bigs. Early in on Ottawa, he was a bit of a goal suck, But he’s put it together in Chicago.

    Wonder how much being around Toews influences the other players? That dedication and love for the game HAS to rub off.

  47. leadfarmer says:

    Comparing career point averages with a guy that played until he is 42 with a guy that played until about age 36 is rather silly.

    I like Eberle but he is not hard on the puck like Hossa

  48. G Money says:

    Bruce McCurdy: This was a fun read.

    Thanks Bruce! Hopefully not too unhappy about how I abused your data!

    Jordan: Not that I don’t love to see the Yak Attack. But simply that horses are much more reasonable on the cost – benefit front.

    A fair point. I think this is recognized by a number of folks, as I’ve heard it said quite a few times “Man, we could really use a horse on defense.”

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