A Short Update

UPDATE: Here’s a big one. Taken from Hockeybuzz

“Ok. So I got approval to print the heatley story if he isn’t moved to Edmonton or San Jose by Monday morning.”

This is some good news for Sharks fans (although it contradicts my initial findings below). I guess good isn’t the right word. Big? Looks like some closure is coming on the Heatley front. And considering the Assistant GM of Edmonton has previously stated that he has given up hope, looks like Heatley might be coming our way. I will post anything I see.

Thank you everyone for being patient. I have gathered the data on my analysis and there are some undoubtedly worrisome results as a Sharks fan. I am currently preforming some statistical analysis on the data. I have decided to post the executive summary paragraphs I have written so you all can get some idea of what I am doing. Should be finished over the next couple of days. If you have any input or would like to get involved, feel free to message or email me.

I. Executive Summary:

I began this research initially to address the current flaws with the San Jose Sharks current drafting system and method of acquiring talent. For the last few years, the San Jose Sharks have traded away draft picks and their top prospects to acquire proven talent (see the Boyle trade, in which the Sharks opted to give the Lightening a top young Defensive (Matt Carle), a top prospect (Ty Wishart), a first round selection in 2009 and a fourth round selection in 2010. This logic that has stemmed from the NHL recommended pay levels for drafted players. First round selections are accompanied by large, three or more year contracts that are paid usually for a season in the minors. This has resulted in many teams neglecting to use their highest picks, and instead trade them for established players. Thus, many teams like the Sharks have drafted only in later rounds in an attempt to establish a consistent pipeline of ‘supporting cast’ players in their farm systems to deal with injuries. They have elected to avoid an attempt at signing a young, elite player, and instead have utilized trades for larger contracts to acquire their ‘star players.’

In application to the Shark’s, this method has produced both good and bad results. During the regular season, this method has undoubtedly been successful, leading the Sharks to a President’s cup in 2008-2009 and a second place finish in 2007-2008. However, both seasons resulted in early playoff exits; the exits have been essentially blamed on a lack of effort in the post season attributed to the ‘star’ players they have traded for (Boyle, Thornton, etc.). In fact, the only player who has statistically succeeded in the postseason is Patrick Marleau (averaging just under one point per game since the NHL lockout). This report has been created to address the player compositions of the last fifteen teams to win the Stanley Cup. Time-frame used was chosen to be more relevant to the current NHL and the recent results.

And for any of you who are bored on this beautiful Saturday, here is a little compilation sjboarder60 has on YouTube. Lets hope, for the sake of any fans of fighting, that big Doug stays on the team. A quick warning, the music isn’t great, so you might want to turn off your speakers

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~ by mitchsolomon on July 18, 2009.

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