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By Robert Vollman, ESPN Insider
January 28, 2015
 
The Selke was first introduced to recognize players just like the Boston Bruins Patrice Bergeron, and it is his to lose once again this season. There are a number of strong candidates building a case to postpone the trip to the engravers, most notably three former winners: Jonathan Toews, Ryan Kesler and Pavel Datsyuk. Which player is the greatest threat to dethrone Bergeron?
 
By Robert Vollman, ESPN Insider
January 21, 2015
 
As we hit the NHLs All-Star break, the races for the most prestigious individual awards are wide open. Jakub Voracek is still hanging on to the Art Ross Trophy lead, Pekka Rinnes injury could open up what appeared to be a two-horse Vezina Trophy race, Calgarys unexpected success has thrust captain Mark Giordano into both Norris and Hart trophy contention, and Johnny Gaudreau into the Calder Trophy mix. Most importantly, the list of viable Hart contenders has yet to be pruned to even a dozen names.
 
By Robert Vollman, ESPN Insider
January 14, 2015
 
Injuries do not actually have that much influence in the final standings. Even the teams with the most devastating injuries, such as the Columbus Blue Jackets this season or Detroit Red Wings in 2013-14, are affected to an extreme of about eight points at most. Every point matters, but in the end, injuries have no more negative impact than less-publicized factors such as bad luck in the shootout, a mediocre coaching staff or cold goaltending.
 
By Robert Vollman, ESPN Insider
January 7, 2015
 
With a 4-3 victory over St. Louis on Friday, the Anaheim Ducks improved their record in one-goal games that were decided in regulation time to an amazing 28-4 during the past two seasons. That is an absolutely jaw-dropping record, but can it continue?
 
Robert Vollman, Hockey Prospectus
January 4, 2015
 
With several of its analysts having been picked up by NHL front offices and/or mainstream media outlets in the so-called summer of analytics, Hockey Prospectus is opening up 2015 in a search for the next generation. There are several compelling reasons why this opportunity is particularly unique, why the timing is right, and why this should be of interest to aspiring new writers.
 
By Robert Vollman, ESPN Insider
December 31, 2014
 
Taylor Hall is a 23-year-old, possession-driving, offensive powerhouse and a game-changing talent whose playmaking and power play prowess down the left side are almost without peer. For the Edmonton Oilers to trade him would be sheer madness -- even for a team that admittedly should start embracing off-the-board ideas such as that. While virtually every other team should be interested in acquiring Hall, very few have the available players that would make the deal truly worthwhile for the Oilers.
 

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By Robert Vollman, ESPN Insider
February 17, 2011
 
What can be learned from the NHL's vast history that can help reduce the chances of lopsided deals? Using GVT we can compare players of all types, and across all different eras, helping us find the five most lopsided deals of the post-expansion era. Find out in this record-setting ESPN Insider exclusive.
 
By Robert Vollman, Hockey Prospectus
January 9, 2013
 
A great use of statistical hockey analysis is to find underrated players, like Colorados Ryan OReilly. While a certain portion of his undeniable talent can obviously be picked up by simply watching him play, the full extent of his highly-disciplined defensive talent and possession-driving playmaking abilities can be more fully grasped when studying the underlying numbers.
 
By Robert Vollman, ESPN Insider
July 7, 2011
 
It's been a busy summer for many teams. The Philadelphia Flyers underwent a major overhaul, shipping off Jeff Carter and Mike Richards to make room for Ilya Bryzgalov and Jaromir Jagr. The Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks traded stars -- Martin Havlat for Dany Heatley -- and the New York Rangers won the Brad Richards sweepstakes. These teams all have one more thing in common: None of them made the biggest overall impact this summer.
 
By Robert Vollman
March 1, 2011
 
While discussing Dustin Byfugliens contract recently, a question from fat_daddyo came up about how to measure GVT (and by extension marginal wins) against salary/cap hit and see if a particular player is playing up to their contract. My initial response was to use GVS: Goals Versus Salary.
 
Robert Vollman, Hockey Prospectus 
May 17, 2010
 
What save percentage constituted a Quality Start this past season, who led the league in Quality Start Percentage, why Jaroslav Halak is one of the most improved netminders this year, how did Vesa Toskala perform even worse in 2009-10 than in the previous season, why Carey Price and Tim Thomas should feel upset about the offenses of the Canadiens and Bruins, and why Antti Niemi and Pekka Rinne should be thankful for the way the Blackhawks and Predators offenses played with them in net this season.
 
Robert Vollman, Hockey Prospectus 
October 21, 2011
 
To get a sense of how many points a player will score when moving from the AHL to the NHL, everyone has generally used the 0.45 rule of thumb. Multiply their AHL scoring by that magic number and you can get a fairly accurate picture of how they will do in the NHL. Lately, we have been taking a deeper look at AHL-to-NHL translations, and seeing if we can improve on this simplistic approach.