Summer Skate: 2010-11 players to watch
At the end of a long hot summer, we look a players set to sizzle ... or struggle
The summer is getting hot icy hot, that is. Using the projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team. In addition to this hockey heat index, E.J. Hradek supplies a name hardcore fans need to know in anticipation of training camps.
Starting with the Atlantic Division, we'll add a new team every day. Check back often; we're just getting warmed up.
|Philadelphia Flyers||Roster | Stats||Can D Matt Carle continue his breakout?|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||Roster | Stats||What should we expect from Crosby and Malkin this season?|
|New York Rangers||Roster | Stats||Rangers strengthen their core of young talent|
|New Jersey Devils||Roster | Stats||In lieu of an Ilya contract, Devils brawn-up their blue line|
|New York Islanders||Roster | Stats||A player is set for a big breakout ... and it's not John Tavares|
|Washington Capitals||Roster | Stats||Will youth on the blue line and in the crease help or hurt the Caps?|
|Florida Panthers||Roster | Stats||The Panthers finally have reasons to believe|
|Atlanta Thrashers||Roster | Stats||The post-Ilya Kovalchuk era begins|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||Roster | Stats||With added talent, Bolts could be playoff bound|
|Carolina Hurricanes||Roster | Stats||Eric Staal and Cam Ward need help. Will they get it this season?|
|Boston Bruins||Roster | Stats||B's have plenty of A-plus C's|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||Roster | Stats||Leafs fans panned the Phil Kessel trade, but it could yet pay off|
|Montreal Canadiens||Roster | Stats||After surprising playoff run, one key Canadien is set to regress|
|Buffalo Sabres||Roster | Stats||Newcomer could lift struggling Sabres' offense|
|Ottawa Senators||Roster | Stats||Can Daniel Alfredsson continue to carry the Sens?|
|Detroit Red Wings||Roster | Stats||New additions and steady stars combine to build another stellar roster|
|Chicago Blackhawks||Roster | Stats||Roster turnover shouldn't sap Blackhawks too much|
|St. Louis Blues||Roster | Stats||The young Blues are ready to break out, but Halak could slide back|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||Roster | Stats||It's a key year for growth in Columbus|
|Nashville Predators||Roster | Stats||Can the Preds get over the playoff hump?|
|Vancouver Canucks||Roster | Stats||The time is now for the Canucks|
|Colorado Avalanche||Roster | Stats||Can the Avs sustain last season's success?|
|Edmonton Oilers||Roster | Stats||Taylor Hall will help, but let's not buy playoff tickets just yet here|
|Calgary Flames||Roster | Stats||The offense could improve, but if Kiprusoff were to get hurt... whoa.|
|Minnesota Wild||Roster | Stats||Things should change for the better in Minnesota|
|Los Angeles Kings||Roster | Stats||Bernier could break through|
|San Jose Sharks||Roster | Stats||It's the Cup or bust in San Jose|
|Anaheim Ducks||Roster | Stats||Perry and Getzlaf present formidable duo in rebuilding year|
|Dallas Stars||Roster | Stats||Gradual improvement and a young D-man should help|
|Phoenix Coyotes||Roster | Stats||They lost a lot of key parts, and that could decimate them.|
Note: A mainstay of Puck Prospectus' metrics is "Goals Versus Threshold" (GVT). The stat blends an array of offensive and defensive figures to measure the value, in terms of goals, a player contributes above what a marginal player would over the course of the season. A marginal player is one that could be replaced with a player of equivalent skill, e.g., from the minors.
VUKOTA: Keeping readers one step ahead of the competition, Puck Prospectus has developed a tool called VUKOTA.
Following in the tradition of PECOTA and KUBIAK, VUKOTA is Puck Prospectus' player projection system. Using a combination of fundamental and advanced statistics, VUKOTA compares current NHL players to comparable players throughout history to best project their next season's performance in goals, assists and points as well as GVT.
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The writers of Puck Prospectus break out their VUKOTA projection system to examine players trending up and sliding down on every NHL team. And in anticipation of training camp, E.J. Hradek dishes on an intriguing player that could have a big impact in 2010-11.