The Canadian would be the ninth team that has improved the most this summer

The Canadian would be the ninth team that has improved the most this summer

Dom Luszczyszyn is a journalist from the athletic who created a very interesting statistical model to compare players in the NHL. Use this data to establish rankings that have given much to talk about in recent weeks.

My colleague Felix Forget recently mentioned that Luszcysyzn had notably ranked Nick Suzuki’s contract as the ninth worst in the league.

Charles-Alexis Brisebois had also written an article about the fact that the journalist had classified the Canadian’s payroll as the worst in the NHL.

Here he is back with another very interesting list, where he ranked the formations that improved the most during the offseason.

Using a lot of data, Luszczyszyn tries to predict the number of wins each team will add or subtract from their NHL roster going back and forth. Unsurprisingly, teams like the Red Wings, Kraken and Senators, who have signed a slew of free agents, sit at the top.

Then at the bottom are those whose emotes have received a fairly mixed reception, like the Panthers.

Yes, they added Matthew Tkachuk, but they also lost a lot of important parts. I can’t wait to see what happens with Florida next year, especially since CH has its first-round pick in 2023. Remember that the latter is not protected if the team ever misses the series.

In this entire list, Montreal ranks ninth. According to the model, the arrivals of Kirby Dach, Mike Matheson and Evgenii Dadonov, combined with the departures of Jeff Petry and Alexander Romanov, will allow the team to win 2.1 more games next year.

Although he has a good chance of playing in the NHL next year, Juraj Slafkovsky was not considered.

But in fact, Luszczyszyn explains that it is above all the Dominique Ducharme factor that explains the Habs’ good result on this list. In fact, the evaluation of the different players of the Ducharme team last year would have been quite poor.

We saw with our own eyes that under Martin St-Louis, the team performed much better. I also mentioned in an article a few weeks ago that the team scored on average one more goal per game under their new manager!

But is CH really an upgraded team for next year?

With the losses of Petry and Romanov, the defense is likely to be quite porous given the many rookies who will play this position. So at net, there’s a good chance he’ll be very tough on Price.

So yes, a full season with St. Louis leading the team will be good and young players like Suzuki and Cole Caufield will continue to improve.

But with the defensive issues and the fact that the Atlantic Division is now very competitive, it’s hard to imagine a much better team than last year. At least the excellent 2023 draft will make the tough times a little sweeter.

A lot of

– Read.

– Strongly agree.

– The Parents will be hard to stop when he returns!

– A tough choice.

– Unlike the CH, the Blue Jackets are not afraid to send their best hopes to the Junior World Championship.


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