Friday, April 27, 2012

EA SPORTS Predicts Outcome of NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinals

April 27, 2012 – EA SPORTS™ today announced the NHL®12 predictions for the second round matchups of the 2012 Stanley Cup® Playoffs. In the past, the EA SPORTS NHL® simulation engine has correctly predicted the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks as Stanley Cup Champions, the 2011 Stanley Cup Final matchup and the result of 13 of the 15 playoff matchups during the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. This year, in an upset-filled first round, NHL®12 accurately predicted the winner of four of the eight matchups, including last night’s upset win of the New Jersey Devils over the Florida Panthers in exactly seven games.

EA SPORTS NHL®12 Conference Semifinals Predictions:

Western Conference
(8) Kings defeat (2) Blues; 4-3
(1) Rangers defeat (7) Capitals; 4-3
(4) Predators defeat (3) Coyotes; 4-2
(5) Flyers defeat (6) Devils; 4-1

The NHL 12 computerized simulation is conducted using artificial intelligence that uses real-life data from each team, such as player ratings and line combinations, and includes variances such as injuries and hot streaks to predict a realistic outcome of each game and series. Predictions for subsequent rounds will be released as matchups are determined.

EA SPORTS NHL®13 Cover Vote Campaign:

Fans around the world also have the opportunity to shape the face of the EA SPORTS™ NHL® franchise, by participating in the first ever EA SPORTS NHL® Cover Vote – sponsored by BlackBerry® campaign and hosted on With more than 14 million votes already cast and 16 athletes remaining, fans can visit to vote for their favorite player as they compete in head-to-head matchups for a spot in the quarterfinals. The official hashtag for the EASPORTS NHL® 13 Cover Vote campaign is #NHL13Cover on Twitter. The winning player will be unveiled as the EA SPORTS NHL® 13 Cover Athlete at the 2012 NHL Awards™ on June 20 at the Wynn Las Vegas in LTo download assets, including b-roll, please visit the EA press site at Vegas.

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Monday, April 23, 2012

Behind The Moves: NHL General Managers Tell how Winners are Built

Brian Burke, the current General Manager and P...
Brian Burke, the current General Manager and President of the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Link: Behind The Moves: NHL General Managers Tell how Winners are Built:

"The Essential Hockey Read & Reference: 

Behind The Moves: NHL General Managers Tell how Winners are Built 

by Jason Farris (Foreward by Brian Burke)

Like a Datsyukian breakaway clinical finish, author Jason Farris scores and delivers in this must-read hockey book.

First Impression: 

Simply – wow! I was admittedly a little apprehensive when I discovered the book, found that it was only available through the website, and not through conventional means such as Chapters/Amazon. However, upon receiving it one quickly realizes this book vastly exceeds the design and quality of your typical bookstore book. Behind the Moves is in a word – elegant. My particular edition was tailored to the city I’m based in – featuring the Calgary Flames Stanley Cup ring subtly on the cover and highlighting then GM Cliff Fletcher’s name subtly but effectively on the back of the book. It is also signed by Cliff Fletcher. There are actually twelve unique versions of the book. I was immediately enthralled."

Read full article at The Hockey Writers for the book review on one of the most important hockey books in the history of the sport:
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Mark Visentin: OHL goaltender scores short-handed goal in playoff game

BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 03: Mark Visentin #30 of...
BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 03: Mark Visentin #30 of Canada makes a save on Charlie Coyle #3 of the United States during the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship Semi Final game between United States and Canada on January 3, 2011 in Buffalo, New York. Canada won 4-1 and will play Russia in the final. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

Goalie Mark Visentin of the Niagara IceDogs scores a goal against the Ottawa 67's, Apr.24, 2012 - 3rd game of Eastern Conference finals in playoffs. 
Broadcaster: RogersTV
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Rotman Leadership Experts Speaker Series: How Winners are Built: Plays & Strategies From the NHL's Top General Managers (Calgary)

Calgary Flames
Calgary Flames (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Link: University of Toronto - Calgary, AB: Rotman Leadership Experts Speaker Series:

"Calgary, AB:

Rotman Leadership Experts Speaker Series   Date: 6/5/2012 U of T Alumni and Friends are invited to a presentation titled:

How Winners are Built: Plays & Strategies From the NHL's Top General Managers Speakers:

Jay Feaster General Manager, Calgary Flames; former General Manager of Tampa Bay Lightning for 6 years (he guided the Lightning to their first Stanley Cup championship)

Jason Farris Author, Behind the Moves: NHL General Managers Tell How Winners are Built; Executive VP, Dallas Stars; former CEO, Citizens Bank of Canada"

'via Blog this'
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

#16 Filip Forsberg 2 goals vs Russia at 2012 U18 WC (2012-04-17)

 Via Jerome at 2012 World Under 18 hockey championship action from April 17th 2012, Filip Forsberg 2 goals vs Russia

Filip Forsberg (no relation to Peter Forsberg "Foppa"), puts his dynamic skill-set on fine display with two snipes for Sweden in their match against Russia at the World Junior Under 18s Hockey Championships.
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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Nikita Gusev 4 goal night - 2012 NHL Draft Eligible Prospect

Minor Hockey League
Minor Hockey League (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Nikita Gusev Никита Гусев scored 4 goal in MHL playoff. Red Army won game 5-3 and advanced to the finals.

I called Nikita Gusev "the Russian Picasso on ice" during the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships in Calgary, Alberta. He was passed over in the NHL draft already, but don't count on that happening this June.

My detailed profile on Gusev: 
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Monday, April 9, 2012

Yakupov tops Central Scouting's final rankings - - 2012 NHL Draft

While I'm tirelessly striving to finalize The Hockey Spy's NHL 2012 Draft Rankings, NHL Central Scouting released their final rankings at a curious time - the World Juniors U18s are playing out and the CHL playoffs in full force.

Yakupov tops Central Scouting's final rankings - - 2012 NHL Draft:

"It should come as no surprise that right wing Nail Yakupov of the Ontario Hockey League's Sarnia Sting has been tabbed the top North American skater eligible for 2012 NHL Draft by NHL Central Scouting. Yakupov, 18, was the top prospect on Central Scouting's preliminary list of the top 25 skaters from the OHL in November and was regarded as the No. 1 North American skater on January's mid-term report. Yakupov has done nothing to disappoint the scouts this season.
"His first step and ability to control bouncing pucks, knock them down and make a play are the best of any of the guys in the draft," said Central Scouting's Chris Edwards. "He really gets up to top speed very quickly and his hands are outstanding. Like Pavel Bure, Yakupov is dangerous every shift. He may not have been dominant on every shift like Bure was, but he created something every shift … you have to be aware where he is on the ice all the time.""

Full article and for NHL Central Scouting Bureau's Final Rankings:
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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Fixing the NHL Entry Draft Lottery System: Playoff For Number One | The Hockey Writers

1997 NHL Entry Draft
1997 NHL Entry Draft (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Fixing the NHL Entry Draft Lottery System: Playoff For Number One | The Hockey Writers:

The NHL Draft Lottery system requires revamping

NEW YORK/TORONTO – For the eighteenth time* since its inception in 1995, the National Hockey League Draft Drawing, a weighted system to determine the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the 2012 NHL Draft, will take place Tuesday, April 10, at 8 p.m. ET.

The League, in cooperation with TSN, will announce the results of the Draft Lottery live during a 30-minute program, produced and televised by TSN in Canada. The special presentation also will air in the U.S. on NBC Sports Network. Here’s hoping there’s not a nineteenth time.

*Sidenote: In 2005, a.k.a. the Crosby Draft, all teams had equal chances of getting the number 1 selection since it was after the lockout.

The NHL entry draft lottery system is broken and it’s about time to revamp it.

Read full article:
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