February 23, 2013
Alex Ovechkin…

Finished 5th in goal scoring in 2011-12

Is currently tied for 14th in goal scoring this season (with 8 goals), along with Datsyuk, E. Staal, Hossa, Plekanec, Huberdeau, Brouwer, and Brunner

Is 4 goals away from 1st in goal scoring (a tie between Vanek and Neal, both with 12)

Has are 12 players between him and Vanek/Neal: Stamkos, Tavares, Marleau, van Riemsdyk (all with 11 goals), Clarkson (with 10 goals), Kane, Moulson, Ladd, Carter, Berglund, Marchand (all with 9 goals)

Leads Crosby, Kovalchuk, and Gaborik, who all have 7 goals

Leads Malkin, who has 4 goals

Leads Perry, who has 3 goals

Is apparently “past his prime”… whatever that means

Note: goal scoring stats are through the early games for today

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February 23, 2013
full report coming this soon

full report coming this soon

February 22, 2013
Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider, a statistical breakdown

9 games played    vs.    9 games played

538 minutes played    vs.    514 minutes played

5 – 0 – 3 record    vs.    5 – 3 – 1 record

13 standings points    vs.    11 standings points

221 shots against    vs.    261 shots against

208 saves made    vs.    238 saves made

13 goals allowed    vs.    23 goals allowed

.941 save percentage    vs.    .911 save percentage

1.44 goals allowed/60   vs.    2.68 goals allowed/60

2 shutouts    vs.    1 shutout

Halfway out the door   vs.    Goalie of the future

Mr. @strombone1 here sums it up quite nicely….

February 16, 2013
On Jarmo Kekalainen, The Blue Jackets, and Sustained Mediocrity

mediocre adj of only moderate quality; not very good

Calling the Columbus Blue Jackets mediocre is being quite generous, since mediocrity implies at least some level of being “average”. The Blue Jackets are very rarely average. They have had one season above .500, one that required Steve Mason having a Calder winning and Vezina nomination receiving season (can you imagine Steve Mason with the Vezina?!). That season was also the only time they’ve finished above 16th in the overall NHL standings (they were 15th!). In short, the Blue Jackets don’t exactly have an illustrious history; they make me think of the Atlanta Thrashers, except the Thrashers at least drafted a few more impact players in their short history (Kovalchuk, Heatley, Lehtonen, Bogosian, Enstrom, Pavelec, Kane, etc.).  

Enter Jarmo Kekalainen. Recently hired as the new General Manager of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Kekalainen comes into a less than ideal situation to build a new team. His job is like that of a GM tasked with managing an expansion team, except without the benefit of being free from prior obligations (such as the lovely long term contracts of Jack Johnson and James Wisniewski). Kekalainen has no pressure to build off any past successes of the franchise since, frankly, the Blue Jackets haven’t had any. 

Why then should you care about the Columbus Blue Jackets?

It’s simple. Jarmo Kekalainen is an expert in the one field that is crucial to building a franchise: drafting. Kekalainen’s prior NHL experience is in scouting and drafting for the Ottawa Senators and the St. Louis Blues. What players has he helped pick? Among others, Jason Spezza, Brooks Laich, Tim Gleason, Ray Emery, Anton Volchenkov, Greg Zanon, Chris Kelly, Martin Havlat, David Backes, Lee Stempniak, Nikita Nikitin, Roman Polak, T.J. Oshie, Erik Johnson, Patrik Berglund, David Perron, Alex Pietrangelo, Jaden Schwartz, Vladmir Tarasenko… you get the idea. All of those players were drafted in about 10 years. Compare that to the Blue Jackets, who’s top draft picks in NHL games played are Nash, Klesla, then Zherdev.

Kekalainen is armed with a trio of 1st round picks in 2013. The turnaround starts then. It won’t be easy, and it’ll probably involve lots of losing a plenty of bottom-of-the-standings finishes. Pretty much it’ll be more of what Blue Jackets fans have experienced up until now. But someday… someday the Blue Jackets may be an above-average NHL team. The groundwork is there; Kekalainen is definitely able to build a solid homegrown squad.

And even if Kekalainen fails, it’ll just be keeping the status quo in Columbus.

– @NHLTROLL 

February 16, 2013
A little about the NHL troll tumblr…

Hi.

I’m @NHLTROLL

You might have seen me on twitter.

Basically my MO is to make fun of hockey teams, players, etc. on twitter. I make dumb jokes, puns, observations, etc., and I figure either people will like them because they hate the team I’m making fun of, or their really sadistic or self deprecating or something. Anyways….

Beyond making stupid puns and such usual twitter fare, I love to look at more in-depth stats and such to make fun of teams, such as this about the Columbus Blue Jackets: 

Stuff like this is fun but having to spread it out over a bunch of tweets kind of kills it I think.

So, I figured I would use this tumblr for longer form trolling and more visual-based stuff (since that’s what tumblr is good at). Hopefully people enjoy it.

- @NHLTROLL

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