Steel_gladiator

TK-Noodle

  • joined Aug 14, 2012
  • last login Apr 17, 2014
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I'm a fan of hockey, whether it is the NHL, AHL, ECHL, NCAA, or Canadian Major Juniors (OHL, WMJHL, and WHL). Of particular interest are the Pittsburgh Penguins and their affiliates. I especially enjoy following the careers of our prospects and watching them come up through the system, which makes Pre-Season my favorite time of the year.

Although I do enjoy a young underdog team with potential as well, so I try to at least somewhat follow the New York Islanders, Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets, and Edmonton Oilers.

Back when they existed my favorite (non-Pittsburgh) team was the Hartford Whalers, and my favorite all time hockey players Zarley Zalapski and Frank Pieterangelo both started out in Pittsburgh and wound up being traded to Hartford.

Other sports I am less than interested in. I like to play soccer, and I do enjoy what little I know of the Euro leagues (I suppose my team would have to be Arsenal), but its not really something I normally watch on TV.

Football I used to like the Houston Texans when they were new, but now they are no longer underdogs, so it takes a lot of the pleasure out of it. And as a native I am expected to root for the Steelers, although when they chose to get rid of Charlie Batch it took away the joy of watching them play as well. Although last year I did have fun watching the Pre-Season games and coming up with roster projections.

Basketball I really don't follow at all, although the Toronto Raptors have a really neat mascot. And baseball I watched when I was younger, but not much lately, though based on youthful nostalgia I would have to still support the Pirates and my bird teams (Blue Jays, Cardinals, Orioles...)

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User Blog

Prospect Update - February

We are slowly nearing the end as the NCAA has just 1 month remaining in their regular season while the Major Juniors have a month and a half left. How are the Pittsburgh Penguins prospects holding up going into the home stretch?

Unconventional Wisdom - Depth Charges

A look at the Penguins depth issues. How have the performed in comparison to the rest of the team, or the rest of the league?

Minor Distractions - Goaltending

Just over the midway point of the season and we have started to see some interesting trends in how the goaltending situation is shaking up down in the minors.

Unconventional Wisdom - Playoff Predictions

Recently some of the comments have inspired arguments about the effectiveness of advanced stats at predicting the future and whether the Penguins recent slide is a factor of their poor possession and what impact this has on their playoff chances.

Minor Distractions - AHL/ECHL 2nd Quarter

Both the AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the ECHL Wheeling Nailers reached the midway point of the 2013-14 season last Friday. So let's see how well they did in the 2nd Quarter of the season.

Captain Canada - Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby

The Pittsburgh Penguins own Captain Sidney Crosby has been named the Captain of Team Canada for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Unconventional Wisdom - 1337 Fleury

Recent defensive breakdowns, high scoring games, and narrow victories have brought concerns about the Penguins goaltending situation back into the limelight. Is there a cause for concern going into the playoffs?

Minor Distractions - 01/16

Another rough week for injuries in the NHL saw the AHL roster being cannibalized in order to find replacements, but the team continues to progress towards health and the AHL and the ECHL both get some unexpected relief.

Unconventional Wisdom - The Olympics

With the Olympics fast approaching there has been a lot of talk regarding the roster selections that were made. Let's take a look at the Pittsburgh Penguins players that were chosen and where they stack up in comparison to their teammates.

Minor Distractions - 01/10

The Pittsburgh Penguins have now come back from most of their major injury woes and we are finally starting to see some stability in the lineup down in the minor leagues.

Pittsburgh Penguins 2nd Quarter Grades

The Penguins passed the halfway point in the 2013-14 season earlier this week, so how did they perform in the 2nd Quarter compared to the start of the season?

Minor Distractions - Looking Ahead

The Penguins roster is starting to return to relative health and the Olympic break is right around the corner, so it is only a matter of time before WBS starts to see some reinforcements trickling back down.

Prospect Update - January

We have reached the midway point of the 2013-14 NHL season and once again it is time to check in to see how the Pittsburgh Penguins prospects are progressing. Happy New Year!

Pittsburgh Penguins 2nd Quarter Results

With 41 games completed the Pens are now officially halfway through the 2013-14 season, so we are going to take a look at the results through the 2nd stretch of 21 games played.

Unconventional Wisdom - HARD

We are back once again looking at some of the less well known fancystats, this time we have the 5-on-5 Close Hockey Analysis Rating Defense up through December 20th.

Minor Distractions - Christmas Break

The leagues shut down for the Christmas break, with both the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Wheeling Nailers last playing on Saturday December 21st and coming back to play again on Friday December 27th.

Unconventional Wisdom - Goaltending

Normally when we look at the fancystats we either completely ignore the goaltenders or gloss over them because there are only 2 of them. But its time to give credit where credit is due and let the goalies shine.

Minor Distractions - Moving Pieces

The injury bug has been exceptionally virulent this season and the Penguins organization is feeling it at all levels. How has this impacted the lineups in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Wheeling?

GameThread

Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Rangers 12/18

The Pittsburgh Penguins return to MSG to face the New York Rangers.

Minor Distractions - Brian Dumoulin

A look at the newest addition to the Pittsburgh Penguins roster, expected to make his NHL debut this weekend, featuring analysis by Ian Altenbaugh of Hockey's Future.

A Peek Into the Lesser Known Stats - 2013-14 GvT

We're switching things up this week and looking at our fancystats a day early, going back to where we started with the current GvT ratings for the 2013-14 season.

A Peek Into Lesser Known Stats - Usage Charts

A look at the 2013-14 Pittsburgh Penguins season through some of the less widely used fancystats.

Minor Distractions - ECHL 1st Quarter Results

The Wheeling Nailers played in their 18th regular season game on Saturday November 30th to officially find themselves 1/4th of the way through the 2013-14 ECHL season.

Prospect Update - December

We are now a couple months into the 2013-14 season and we can now start to get a good look at how our prospects are progressing.

A Peek into the Lesser Known Stats - Possession

A look at the 2013-14 Pittsburgh Penguins season through some of the less widely used fancystats.

Minor Distractions - AHL 1st Quarter Results

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins played their 19th game in the 76-game AHL schedule last night and are now officially 1/4th through the 2013-14 AHL season.

Pittsburgh Penguins 1st Quarter Grades

Earlier this week we looked at some stats through the first 20 games and compared at how the players stacked up against once another. Now we will look to see if they are living up to their own standards.

Minor Distractions - 11/21

A quick look back at the Penguins minor league affiliates for this past week.

Pittsburgh Penguins 1st Quarter Results

The Pittsburgh Penguins are 1/4 of the way through the 2013-14 season with another 62 games remaining. How have they looked throughout the 1st Quarter?

A Peek Into the Lesser Known Stats: 2013-14 HARO

A look at the 2013-14 Pittsburgh Penguins season through some of the less widely used fancystats.

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