August 5, 2014




Thoughts on the Oilers’ Dellow hiring, Niemi or Mason – and more



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Well, that was a bit of a mix-up. Stupid summer. All the vacationing going on and each of us thought the other had the ramblings coverage. Now I finally check in for some late afternoon rambling reads and I don’t see anything! So yeah, here I am on the fly. Some bonus Dobber. My regular ramblings are coming up in about four hours…but I have to keep the DobberHockey ramblings streak alive – I think it’s somewhere around 2500 consecutive days.


This is an interesting higher – the Oilers have hired Tyler Dellow to consult with Hockey Operations. From what I know of Dellow, he’s a tell-it-like-it-is blogger with a background in law, who delved into advanced statistics early on in the process and has grown very passionate and knowledgeable about them. He paints a very realistic picture of what advanced stats are saying about a team and/or player and has a very grounded outlook. He may not allow for enough flexibility about other views, but that’s likely just a need to defend what advanced stats are saying when the old-school journalists gang up on him. Hiring him and listening to him are two different things. The Oilers have at least taken a step in the right direction.  This is a positive move – advanced stats quantify what you are already witnessing. But the difference is – a week later, can you review exactly what you witnessed? Can you combine all the games that you watched and reach a conclusion? These numbers really do a great job at telling the story.

I suspect that several American teams are already doing stuff like this and have been for a few years – it’s funny that when Canadian teams do it, it’s with much fanfare. I love hockey in Canada!


In a minor move – the Jets signed TJ Galiardi to a one-year deal worth $750,000. It’s a two-way contract, which may push Matt Halischuk out of the mix. It also hurts the chances of Scott Kosmachuk and/or Patrice Cormier. Here is Winnipeg’s depth chart:

Andrew LaddBryan LittleBlake Wheeler

Evander KaneMark ScheifeleDustin Byfuglien

TJ GaliardiMathieu PerreaultMichael Frolik

Eric Tangradi – Eric O’Dell – Chris Thorburn

With Jim Slater and Anthony Peluso as extras and Matt Halischuk/Patrice Cormier/Scott Kosmachuk on the outside looking in.</