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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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Minor Distractions - Playoff Optimism


With emotions running high in the Pittsburgh series, let's take a moment to calm down and look at some positive playoff success.

Minor Distractions - Because It's The (Calder) Cup


The AHL regular season finished up this weekend, with the WBS Baby Pens gearing up for a push to the Calder Cup. In the ECHL, the Wheeling Nailers are making their case for the Kelly Cup.

Unconventional Wisdom - End of Season GvT and PS


Now that we are into the playoffs and the final regular season numbers have been tabulated, we can take a look at the Pittsburgh Penguins performance from the 2013-14 regular season and see where...

Pittsburgh Penguins Final Grades


A look at the Penguins player growth throughout the 2013-14 season.

Minor Distractions - Playoff Push


All three teams in the franchise have now officially qualified for the playoffs, and with another weekend of games in the books let's take a look to see how we have done.

Unconventional Wisdom - Relatively Speaking


We are going to take a look at something different this week, as we compare relative values that we don't normally consider.

Minor Distractions - 04/07


Our weekly look at the Pittsburgh Penguins minor league affiliates through the 2013-14 season.

Unconventional Wisdom - Possession & Score Effects


Once again we are taking a look at the different possession metrics, as well as how score effects play an important role in shot generation.

Prospect Playoff Update - April Edition


A look at the Penguins prospects in the juniors, college, and Europe through the 2014 playoffs.

Unconventional Wisdom - GvT and PS


With the team still working on getting back to full health in time for the playoffs, we now find ourselves back at 12 healthy forwards and 7 healthy D. So let's look at those players performance...

Minor Distractions - Back to School


With the recent influx of ATO players I thought perhaps it would be a good time to see where WBS and Wheeling currently stand, check out how the NCAA playoffs have shaped up, and who could still be...

Unconventional Wisdom - Who is carrying whom?


There are a lot of different ways to attempt to look at how a player does in comparison to his teammates, notably by comparing on-ice and off-ice production. But what about when they are on the...

Prospect Update - Major Juniors


The OHL, QMJHL, and WHL regular seasons ended this weekend, so let's take a look at how the Pens prospects performed this year.

Unconventional Wisdom - New Kids on the Block


A look back at the past performance of our mid-season acquisitions through the lens of fancystats.

Minor Distractions - 03/13


With the NHL and AHL Trade Deadlines over we now move into the final stretch of the year with ATO/PTO season.

Pittsburgh Penguins 3rd Quarter Grades


The Penguins just recently started the 4th Quarter of the 2013-14 NHL season, so let's stop and take a look at their 3rd quarter performances and see who has improved throughout the season and who...

Minor Distractions - AHL/ECHL 3rd Quarter


With all the excitement over the Olympics and the Trade Deadline I nearly forgot all about the conclusion of the 3rd Quarter down in the minors.

Pittsburgh Penguins 3rd Quarter Results


The Pittsburgh Penguins finished up Game #61 last night and are now officially 75% through the 2013-14 season. So how have they looked through this most recent stretch of 20 games?

NHL Trade Deadline Day Open Thread


Your one stop spot for discussing trade rumours and deadline deals.

Kesler vs Sutter - Is It Really Worth It?


An attempt to compare Sutter and Kesler to see if the trade would really benefit the Penguins.

Prospect Update - NCAA Regular Season


The 2013-14 NCAA Regular Season has come to a close, so let's take a look at how the Pittsburgh Penguins prospects fared before they begin their playoff runs.

Minor Distractions - Post Olympic Shuffle


The AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have been battling through a slump while the ECHL Wheeling Nailers have been on a hot streak. With the Olympics at an end and players returning to the NHL it...

Unconventional Wisdom - GvT and PS


The Penguins are back in action tonight, so before they hit the ice let's take a look at how they have performed so far this season and try to determine what their immediate roster needs may be.

Back in Business


With the Olympics at an end and the roster freeze over the NHL is gearing up for the home stretch. In Pittsburgh we see some welcome additions to the lineup.

The OlymPens


The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi is now in the books. How did our Pens players fare?

USA vs Finland Bronze Medal Game Thread


USA vs Finland for the Bronze

Unconventional Wisdom - West Coast Bias


We have heard about the tough and gritty East coast teams compared to the fast and free flowing West coast teams. Defense and scoring vs possession. But do the numbers actually support this narrative?

Minor Distractions - Movers and Shakers


With the Penguins lineup getting back to relative health we have seen a number of moves as players get transferred back down. How have those players stacked up in recent weeks?

Unconventional Wisdom - Theory of Relativity


When trying to compare players on the same team one option we have is to look at how the team performs while the player is on the ice as compared to how they do when he is not on the ice, so let's...

Minor Distractions - AHL All-Stars


While the NHL takes time off for the Olympics the AHL got a short break for the 2014 All-Stars, with up and comer Brian Gibbons representing the black and gold.

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