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Kent Wilson author archives.


April 27, 2012

NHL Playoffs, Second Round: Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils

by Kent Wilson

Its time for another turnpike series, with the Flyers the favorites in this battle of bitter rivals.

April 11, 2012

NHL Playoffs, First Round: Vancouver Canucks vs. Los Angeles Kings

by Kent Wilson

Jonathan Quick kept them in the playoff hunt, but the Los Angeles Kings have upped their game since the trade deadline. Might they really be good enough to knock off the President's Trophy winning Canucks?

February 21, 2012

Deadline Deals: Northwest Division

by Kent Wilson and ESPN Insider

The Canucks could use some muscle on defense so Sabres' Gaustad is a good fit.

January 26, 2012

Stats and Fury: Kings Should Break Out In Second Half

by Kent Wilson and ESPN Insider

L.A. should see improvement when offense returns, and the Kings aren't alone.

January 16, 2012

Zamboni Tracks: Veteran Forward Swap, North Of The Border

by Kent Wilson and Ryan Wagman

In a challenge trade of sorts, Calgary sent underachieving Rene Bourque to Montreal for high-priced Michael Cammalleri.

December 14, 2011

Stats and Fury: Don't Blame The Bench Bosses

by Kent Wilson and ESPN Insider

More often than not, NHL coaches have limited impact on team performance.

November 11, 2011

Stats and Fury: Numbers Behind The Payne Firing

by Kent Wilson

With average goaltending and special teams, Blues bench boss David Payne wouldn't have been fired.

November 2, 2011

Premium Article Stats and Fury: Maloney's Incentives In The Turris Negotiations

by Kent Wilson

Phoenix GM Don Maloney has played the Turris negotiations about as well as can be expected given the circumstances.

October 21, 2011

Stats and Fury: The Sky Isn't Falling, Montreal

by Kent Wilson

"The fascinating corollary of knee-jerk emotional reactions to extreme outcomes over brief samples is the very human tendency to jump to conclusions and fabricate explanatory stories and illusory correlations to make them seem sensible."

Premium Article Stats and Fury: Early Season Mirages

by Kent Wilson

Don't read too much into two weeks and a handful of games. Kent looks at two teams that are bound to come back down to earth and two that should pick up the pace soon.

October 6, 2011

Stats and Fury: Steckel Vs. Betts

by Kent Wilson

The Toronto Maple Leafs picked up faceoff specialist David Steckel from the New Jersey Devils. Would they have been better off claiming the Flyers' Blair Betts off of waivers?

October 4, 2011

Stats and Fury: Defending Sean Avery

by Kent Wilson

Is Sean Avery worth the trouble? Can he help an NHL team?

September 30, 2011

Premium Article NHL Preview: NHL's Top 10 Projected Defensemen

by Kent Wilson and ESPN Insider

Point production of Winnipeg's 'Jumbo Jet' makes Byfuglien NHL's top D-man.

September 26, 2011

Premium Article Summer Skate: Northwest Division

by Kent Wilson

Who's Trending Up and Trending Down, per our VUKOTA projections? Kent Wilson tells us what to expect in the Northwest Division, while Corey Pronman identifies a key prospect on each team.

September 19, 2011

Stats and Fury: Whither Kyle Turris?

by Kent Wilson

Is fourth-liner Kyle Turris out of his mind with his contract demands? Or is the former third overall pick from 2007 trying to get traded out of Phoenix?

July 24, 2011

Stats and Fury: What Hath Paul Holmgren Wrought?

by Kent Wilson

Are the Flyers better or worse after Holmgren's offseason sea change?

June 28, 2011

Stats and Fury: Sabres Steal Robyn Regehr

by Kent Wilson

Looking to get out of "cap jail", GM Jay Feaster dealt his shutdown defenseman Robyn Regehr.

June 25, 2011

Premium Article Plugging Holes: Northwest Division

by Kent Wilson

The Stanley Cup finalists could use some depth on the front line. Editor's note: This column was originally published before the flurry of trades surrounding the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

June 9, 2011

Premium Article Stats and Fury: Comparing Bruins' and Canucks' Depth

by Kent Wilson

After injuries, suspension, role players key as Stanley Cup Finals continue.

May 27, 2011

Dropping The Puck: Mum On Corsi

by Kent Wilson

How NHL teams are measuring puck possession; sabermetrics in the juniors; the latest San Jose Sharks' "choke".

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