Joined by Ganesh Murdeshwar (@oilersnerdalert) to talk Oilers and how they can integrate and use analytics in a more meaningful way.
Ganesh shared his background in analytics, from programming to taking on executive positions in different industries, and eventually applying his knowledge to hockey as a consultant. He also shared the motivation behind Puck IQ – one of the top player evaluation tools that focuses on quality-of-competition. We talked about the comments Holland recently made about analytics and how the Oilers view and utilize it. Ganesh also shared his thoughts on the steps the Oilers would need to take if they wanted to enhance their hockey operations and improve their decision-making processes.
Joined by Dennis King (@DKingBH) to talk about the Oilers series against the Winnipeg Jets, the issues that led to them being swept and where we expect things to go this off-season. We discussed the Oilers deployment tactics, their handling of younger players and our overall confidence in the coaching staff for next season. We also covered Holland’s approach to building a competitive roster, his comments at his media availability and what he’ll need to do to make this a competitive team in the modern age.
We discussed the Vancouver Canucks season, what the warning signs were coming off of a pretty good 2019/20 season and where things have gone wrong for the club. We discussed management’s approach to building the Canucks roster, what they’ll need to do differently to be competitive next year, and if Travis Green is the right coach for the team. Daniel also shared his thoughts on the key prospects for the team and the potential roles they could play.
Joined by Zach Laing (@zjlaing), news director for OilersNation and the Nation Network to talk all things Oilers.
We talked about our experiences covering the Edmonton Oilers and how the league can reach more communities and improve the fan experience. We discussed the Oilers season, which players have been the key drivers and who we want to see more from. We also covered the upcoming off-season, how to approach Nugent-Hopkins’ contract and how the defence core could potentially look next year – with or without Adam Larsson.
Joined by Dennis King (@DKingBH) to talk Oilers, the trade deadline and the direction the club appears to be heading with Ken Holland as general manager. We looked at the current roster construction, where the deficiencies have been, and what we’re expecting to happen this coming off-season. We also looked at the North division, how the Oilers compare with the Leafs, Canadiens and Jets and how things could shake out in the playoffs.
Pretty packed show with lots of great insight from Dennis who even took some listener questions.
Ryan Batty (@ryan_batty) joined me on the podcast to talk Edmonton Oilers, the trade deadline activities and expectations for the Oilers in the North division as they head towards the playoffs.
We discussed the acquisition of Dmitry Kulikov, how it impacts the current roster and how he could potentially help the club. We also shared our thoughts on the current management group, their decision-making and their short term and long approach to building the roster.
Preston Hodgkinson (@NHLHodgkinson) from The Copper & Blue joined me this week to talk about the Edmonton Oilers early season results, their struggles at even-strength, and where we can expect improvement. We looked at which players have stood out among the forwards and on the blueline, and made a case for switching up the defensive line combinations. And we also discussed how the North division is shaping up and if the Canadiens and Leafs are the teams to beat.
Jason Paul, an analytics freelancer behind WaveIntel.org (@waveintel), joined me to share his insights on the Montreal Canadiens, their off-season changes and how they might fare in the North division. We talked about how their roster has been constructed this season, what improvements they’ll need to be competitive at even-strength and special teams, and which players could have the biggest impact.