- Ranking the NHL's Top 75 Left Defencemen (B/R) Speaking of that project, here's the latest installment. These slideshows drive some people a little batty (I get that) but I've also tried to put some meat on them. Each of the three installments I've written so far clock in at about 12,000 words; there's a lot of copy here.
- Transcript of Peter Chiarelli's training camp press conference (EJ) Edmonton's general manager reveals his thinking on a wide range of issues as the team prepares to head into real NHL action.
- Are the Calgary Flames destined to collapse? (SNET) This one is actually from last week but somehow slipped through the cracks. Here I take my best shot at parsing the numbers and determining what lies ahead for one of the game's least predictable teams.
- How is Todd McLellan going to run his defence? (ON) The coaching plan seems relatively straight-forward and completely sane. The pieces at the disposal of the coaches, on the other hand, are decidedly lacking.
- What the numbers say we can expect from Nail Yakupov (SNET) I dug through a long list of NHL'ers who had produced similar totals to Yakupov through their age 21 seasons. He obviously isn't a typical number one pick, but the examples I found suggest there's still value in the player.
- Andrew Ference displays true leadership in stepping back from captaincy (EJ) There have been Oilers captains in the past who have struggled with selflessness and self awareness in the leadership role. Whatever his other failings, Ference seems to have these down.
- Who gets voted off the island? (ON) The Oilers' opening night roster is set. The question now is who is still around at this time next year, because Peter Chiarelli's work is nowhere near complete.
- Oilers strengths and weaknesses exposed in final preseason game (EJ) It was Edmonton's final test run before the games start for real, and in this 3-2 overtime loss plenty of good and plenty of bad was exposed.
Posting's been a little bit light the last while; I've been working on B/R's NHL 500 project and that eats up the time. Here's what I've put out lately:
The internet has turned sports writing on its head in many ways, with one of the most obvious being that many of the key barriers to entry have been erased. Now anyone with an internet connection can write about a team or sport and hope to attract the kind of audience previously reserved for employees of major media outlets.
There have been a lot of benefits to come out of the new system, but this piece isn’t about those. It is about the increasing disconnect between many of those covering a team or sport and the actual participants being covered.