Steel_gladiator

TK-Noodle

  • joined Aug 14, 2012
  • last login Aug 28, 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

Unconventional Wisdom - Round 2 Results

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It has now been a couple days since the upsetting loss, which has allowed us to calm down enough to take a look back at the series and see how the Penguins performed against the Rangers.

Penguins Playoff Problems #FireBylsma

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We often hear about Dan Bylsma and how he is single handedly wasting the best years of our superstars' careers. But the grass is always greener on the other side, so let's look at all the other...

Minor Distractions - All Tied Up

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The fight is on as we continue our playoff push, bouncing back from what looked like a quick exit to make it a series to watch.

2013-14 NHL Awards Finalists - Advanced Analysis

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A look at the 2013-14 NHL Awards finalists and how they compare based on fancystats.

Unconventional Wisdom - Round 1 Results

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are set to kick off the 2nd round tonight, so let's just take a moment to look back at who played well during the 1st round.

Minor Distractions - Weekend Plans

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A big weekend for the Penguins affiliates and prospects as they continue their playoff push.

Unconventional Wisdom - Teammate Comparisons

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A couple of different looks at regular season player performance comparing players to their teammates.

Minor Distractions - Playoff Optimism

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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

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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

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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

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

Minor Distractions - Playoff Push

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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

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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

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

Unconventional Wisdom - Possession & Score Effects

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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

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

Unconventional Wisdom - GvT and PS

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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

Minor Distractions - 03/13

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Kesler vs Sutter - Is It Really Worth It?

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

Prospect Update - NCAA Regular Season

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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

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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

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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.

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