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Howe and Why column archives.


November 22, 2011

Howe and Why: AHL Translations, Summary

by Robert Vollman

Wrapping up a four-part series on improving AHL-to-NHL translations, Rob looks at who's exceeded and fallen short of expectations thus far.

November 15, 2011

Howe and Why: Count Your Lucky Starts

by Robert Vollman

Which teams are most likely to sustain their fast and slow starts?

November 8, 2011

Howe and Why: AHL Translations, Over Age 26

by Robert Vollman

By age 27, you might figure that legit NHL prospects wouldn't be lingering in the AHL anymore. And you would be right.

November 7, 2011

Premium Article Howe and Why: AHL Translations, Age 23-26

by Robert Vollman

Predicting NHL success for players aged 23-26 takes more than just finding high-scoring AHL players who are small or undrafted and playing for non-competitive teams.

October 25, 2011

Howe and Why: Fixing Shooting Percentage

by Robert Vollman

Ever strike you as odd that shooting percentage doesn't factor in shots that miss the net?

October 21, 2011

Howe and Why: AHL Translations, Under Age 23

by Robert Vollman

Rob makes some more steps towards refining AHL to NHL translations.

October 12, 2011

Howe and Why: Who's Due To Drop

by Robert Vollman

Last week, we developed a theory that those who underperform scoring expectations after a deadline trade are likely to also underperform the following season. If that's true, here's who may regress.

October 11, 2011

Howe and Why: 2011-12 Snepsts Projections

by Robert Vollman

There's not just Tom Awad's VUKOTA projection system, but Rob Vollman's Snepsts. Ryan Suter placed how high?

October 5, 2011

Howe and Why: Post-Trade Scoring

by Robert Vollman

Did post-trade performance in 2009-10 give indications of which players would perform well or poorly in 2010-11? While it could explain Lubomir Visnovsky's success, other examples are harder to come by.

September 30, 2011

Howe and Why: Mark Recchi

by Robert Vollman

Google search: Mark Recchi is awesome, and Mark Recchi is old.

September 29, 2011

Howe and Why: How Good Is Snepsts?

by Robert Vollman

Rob Vollman created the Snepsts projection system back in 2009. It does surprisingly well, compared to its famous second cousin, VUKOTA.

September 22, 2011

Howe and Why: Shooting Percentage And Next Year

by Robert Vollman

A player's shooting percentage jumps or falls dramatically last year. What's that say about his prospects for this season?

September 21, 2011

Howe and Why: More Ice Time, Please!

by Robert Vollman

What players are deserving of more and less ice time?

September 20, 2011

Howe and Why: AHL Translations Revisited

by Robert Vollman

Rob applies non-linear translation factors, for more accurate projections of players coming into the NHL from other leagues.

July 10, 2011

Howe and Why: Relief Goaltending

by Robert Vollman

Is there any correlation between success at relief goaltending from one season to another?

July 9, 2011

Premium Article Howe and Why: So Far, Caps Are Offseason Champs

by Robert Vollman

Ranking the teams that have added, lost the most talent in the 2011 offseason.

July 4, 2011

Howe and Why: What To Expect From Jagr

by Robert Vollman

Jaromir Jagr is no longer a young, mulleted machine, but he can still pile up points.

July 2, 2011

Premium Article Howe and Why: Finding Value On July 1st

by Robert Vollman

Who were the best and worst signings on the NHL's big free agent day?

June 1, 2011

Premium Article Howe and Why: Why Vancouver Should Win

by Robert Vollman

We've got one vote for Boston and one vote for Vancouver today.

May 28, 2011

Howe and Why: Relief Goalie of the Year 2010-11

by Robert Vollman

Did Minnesota's Josh Harding continue his reign as the best relief goaltender? Is it a repeatable skill?

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