Oliver Kylington

There is mention that Kylington is dropping in the draft.  I did a quick look at the SEL 1st year draft eligible defensman that were drafted since 2003  and played 10+ games in the SEL.

Here’s the list;

Player Team Lge GP G A Pts PTs/G
Victor Hedman MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik SEL 43 7 14 21 0.488372093
Oliver Kylington Farjestads BK Karlstad SweHL 18 2 3 5 0.277777778
Adam Larsson Skelleftea AIK SEL 37 1 8 9 0.243243243
David Runblad Skelleftea AIK SEL 45 0 10 10 0.222222222
Tim Erixon Skelleftea AIK SEL 45 2 5 7 0.155555556
Tobias Enstrom MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik SEL 42 1 5 6 0.142857143
Oscar Hedman MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik SEL 24 1 2 3 0.125
Jonas Brodin Farjestads BK Karlstad SEL 42 0 4 4 0.095238095
Oscar Klefbom Farjestads BK Karlstad SEL 23 1 1 2 0.086956522
Ludwig Bystrom MODO Hockey Ornskoldsvik SEL 20 0 1 1 0.05
Phil Larsen Frolunda HC SEL 16 0 0 0 0
Nik Hjalmarsson HV71 Jonkoping SEL 14 0 0 0 0

If his skating is what it is.  I think that he is a good player to draft.

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Thursday Thoughts … (On Friday)

The Call

  • A couple of thoughts on the call.
  • The call took away what people should have been talking about.  The Left Shark …
  • I feel bad for left shark.  This was probably his/her big moment as a dancer.  They were probably told hey your going to be dancing in Katy Perry’s half-time show,  *Cool, that’s awesome*  and your going to be doing it in a shark suit.  *Um, that’s a lot less cooler and awesome*
  • Now back to the call.  It wasn’t a good call, everyone knows that Lynch should have had a chance.  But I think more importantly it was horribly executed.  If the plan was to use up a play, it needs to be safe.
  • I am not in the category that the coach is an idiot.  Carroll was the best coach the past two seasons.  The Seahawks are a young team and have a good foundation.  Would he like to have that play back?  Hell yeah.  But would he like to have the touchdown play at the end of the half back.  It was gutsy call too except that time it worked.
  • Would it not have made more sense to throw a fade and if it’s not there to throw it outside the end-zone?  Maybe to Carpenter who was having a good game.  I dunno.
  • Regardless of that, the ball should have been thrown to a more secure spot.  Wilson doesn’t get enough of the flack for this.  It was an irresponsible throw. Maybe he could have thrown to the left shoulder, or made the throw to the ground. As bad as the call was it was an equally horrible decision by Russell Wilson.  Who doesn’t seem to get enough of the blame.  What if that were Manning or Romo …
  • Maybe it was just me but it didn’t seem like the receiver really fought for the ball.
  • Let’s also give some credit to Malcolm Butler.  He made a hell of a play.  Butler made an excellent read and had a good break on the route.  Essentially, he was guessing there the ball was going to be thrown.  That should have been a touchdown.  Just a great play!
  • Last, the call took away what is really important … balls!

Deflate That

  • Speaking of Super Bowl and deflated balls.  ‘Deflate That’ was Warren Sapp’s last tweet on Feb 1st.
  • Warren Sapp was arrested on groundhog day for soliciting a prostitute.
  • Sapp seems to have a tough time keeping things on the down low.  I believe he has 6 children with 5 different women.  Most seem to have had to battle Sapp for child support payments (Chantel Adkins, Angela Saunders)
  • Some children were conceived when Sapp was married to his now ex-wife Jamiko Vaughn
  • He’s had financial issues obviously child support, he filed for bankruptcy back in 2012, he stiffed a waitress. for calling his party ‘boys’ and he had to lose some of his 240 Air Jordan’s.
  • Warren was arrested and charged with domestic battery but the charges were dropped.
  • So it should come as no surprise that when officers saw the shadow of Warren Sapp on Feb 1st that it involved him allegedly assaulting a prostitute in a depute over money
  • Three years ago, after the San Diego Chargers gave Safety Eric Weddle a four year contract, Sapp tweeted that the Chargers overpaid and that they paid “8 Million for a safety who you couldn’t pick out of a line up.”  Here’s Weddle’s response.

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Speaking of Pricks

  • Everyone in the Oilogosphere has written about Eakins analytics call with TSN listen here.
  • One of the first phrases out of Eakins mouth was ‘he was sold a bill of goods’ with regards to taking the Oiler’s job.  I assume that’s gonna be some pissed off people within Rexall Place.
  • The main focal point of the story, by the Oiler faithful, was when the former Oiler’s head coach talked about the decision to hire internet analytic expert Tyler Dellows.
  • From the Interview; “Bringing in [analytics consultant] Tyler [Dellow] was an interesting process on a number of fronts. Something that caught me off guard, and the first thing that came up in hiring Tyler, was – we pushed hard for it, got it through – was the local reaction from the media. It was interesting, because we announced the hire and immediately we had an email from a journalist to our PR department asking the question ‘Is anyone from the organization going to talk about the hiring of this prick?’”
  • The ‘hiring of this prick’ comment should never have been brought to light.  That should remain internal.  If I have an option of hiring this Eakins prick, I would have to think twice because does he keep things internal.
  • Tyler Dellow can sometimes come across as a prick when he rips apart a writers opinion.  Really, that’s what journalists are opinion based writers.  Dellow could easily do it in a more respectful way.
  • Now, that doesn’t excuse people in the media.  One who constantly gets pointed out is Spector, but he isn’t alone in his thoughts; either other journalists or MSM wrote about him Oilersnation, Edmonton Journal & Edmonton Sun
  • The Analytic crowd have been quick to support him upon his hiring Edmonton Journal, or after the prick comment Oiler’s Nation
  • Who care’s if somebody call Dellow a prick?   If this makes Dellow cry at home then perhaps he should also be kinder on his retorts.  I personally have no problem with him and think that his statistical analysis is/was great.  I think there’s more important things to worry about.
  • Both sides seem a little over sensitive on this topic.  Kinda like Marsha.  Relax have a Snickers.
  • One thing that happened when listening to the interview is Eakins came across as a prick.  The Oiler’s needed to move on from this.

Moving On

  • Kane appears to be heading out of Winnipeg.  After an altercation with Big Buff, missing a team meeting and then getting healthy scratched
  • The Jet’s just placed him on the IR yesterday with an undisclosed injury.  Report breaks that he is having shoulder surgery.
  • Garrett Hohl from Jet’s Nation wrote an excellent article regarding whether Evander Kane is a top six forward
  • Since the 2009-10 season only 61 players have played 200+ games, had .3 Goals / Game and .6 Points / Game.  Evander Kane is one of those players, now granted there are some players (Heatley, Chris Stewart & Mike Fisher) that are either no longer top 6 forwards.  But for the most part these are legit top line players.  Evander Kane is a really good second line player.  Some team could pick him up on the cheap.
  • Kane is a guy that plays 19 – 20 minutes a night.  He plays PP (2 minutes / game) and SH (1:45 minutes / game).  If he’s up for sale on the cheap I think you gotta make a phone call.
  • What would it take to acquire Kane?

Thursday Thoughts

NHL All-Star Game

  • I think I’m tired of the NHL All-Star ‘Draft’, it was a good idea but I think the time has come.  Unless they added fans to the experience.  Here’s some ideas;
    • Why not have two guys WIN the chance to draft for their team.  What ‘if two of their sponsors gave two fans the chance to draft the All-Star team.  Like Team Gatorade versus Team Reebok being picked by two random fans of the NHL.
  • Instead of drafting the whole team, you draft the starting lineup.  Then you do the old school,  “Throw the sticks” to fill out the rest of the roster.  Let the fan’s throw the sticks and present him a signed jersey.
  • Another idea the All-Star game should do is have the game outdoors.  I think there should be less outdoor games, but the NHL All-Star game played outside makes sense … at least to me.
  • I’d like the idea, as I believe Friedman mentioned, of a Ryder Cup idea before the season as a replacement for the All-Star game.  North America vs. World in a 3 game mini-tournie in September.  Splitting games between Europe & North America.

MacTavish versus Tambellini

  • I think the main difference between Tambellini and MacTavish.  Tambellini never said a word and MacT doesn’t know how to shut up.

Tyler Myer’s to Oilers

  • I have been wondering if the Oiler’s are tired of the Schultz experiment.Would it make sense to talk to Buffalo about a Schultz-Myers swap?
  • Garrioch said earlier in the year, ” As for defenceman Tyler Myers, the Wings and Ducks have both shown genuine interest along with Edmonton. ”
  • When Schultz was being courted as a free agent one of the teams that was interested was the Ottawa Senators.  Tim Murray was the assistant GM for the Senators during that time.  He was one of the main people the Sens drafting Karlsson.

CHL Top Prospects

  • Travis Konecny had a heck of a game at the top prospects.  He’s just a hockey player, I have no idea how to write up a report on him.  He’s not big, but he has good speed, nice shot, thinks the game well, is a leader (captain of the 67’s) and not afraid to play physical.  I’ve heard reports that he’s like, Curtis Lazar, Pat Verbeek, Brendan Gallagher – I see him more like Mike Richards.  I think he will be an NHL player, maybe not a first liner but a guy that can play in your middle six.  Other players I liked were, Ivan Provorov & Bittner.

MLB Hall of Fame

  • I liked this year’s class of Hall of Fame inductees; Martinez, Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio & John Smoltz.  Personally, I think that Clemens and Bonds should be in the HoF, there shouldn’t be any question, and I think because they aren’t in the Hall of Fame players like Delgado & Lofton are off the ballot before they should be.  I hope to write up why I think Raines should be in the Hall of Fame shortly, but I don’t think that any of the players inducted this year shouldn’t have gotten in.

Deflate-Gate

  • It’s the Super Bowl, and all we are reading about it deflated balls.
  • I haven’t read any deflate-gate articles.  The only thing I now know is that apparently Brady likes soft balls.  Who knew?  My life is better for having now known this.  I can die a happy man.  Me I prefer firm balls, so to each their own.
  • I hate talking about balls.  I’m more of a breast man myself.

Super Bowl

  • I think, this is the first time, since the early 80’s that in back-to-back seasons the top team from both conferences faced off in the Super Bowl.
  • Regarding, Belichick and Brady I don’t want to hear anything about ‘if they win’ … Win or lose they already have their legacy cemented
  • Also, I don’t want to hear the same, ‘If they win’ about Wilson & Carroll – they have a long way to go before they are in the B&B category.
  • I think the Seahawks win the game, I like their defense better and defense wins championships.

Jim Leyland


After 22 years, 1 World Series, 3 Pennants, 1769 wins and 3 time manager of the year Jim Leyland is stepping down as manager of the Detroit Tigers.

Leyland

Jim Leyland started out as a minor league catcher in the Detroit Tigers organization.  After barely hitting above the Mendoza line in the minor leagues he began to make his impact as a manager.  After an apprentice under Tony La Russa as a third base coach with the Chicago White Sox.  Leyland took over as the Pirates coach in 1986.  Leyland managed 22 of the next 27 years, with stop in; Pittsburgh, Florida, Colorado and back where it all started in Detroit.

With what looks like Leylands final stand I wondered what an ALL time Jim Leyland team would look like.  Over the years Leyland has coached All-Stars at every position, Cy Young Award winners, Silver Sluggers and several MVP’s.  When Leyland took over in 1986, the Pirates had a young non-roid’d up Barry Bonds emerging.

In his first year in Florida was the only World Series team that Leyland would manage.  After the win the Marlins team was quickly sold off and another rebuild project was started in Florida.  After losing 198 games (with the Marlins and Rockies) in the two years following the World Series stepped away as a big league manager for 5 years before coming back with the Tigers.

With the Detroit Tigers, Leyland won another two pennants but didn’t win another World Series title.

POS: Player BA/OBP/HR/RBI/TB/OPS+

LF – Barry Bonds –  .311/.456/34/103/295/204 –  Bonds won his second MVP in three years for the Pirates in 1992 before leaving for Balco er … I mean San Francisco.

RF – Larry Walker – .379/.458/37/115/311/164 – This might have been Larry Walkers second best season.  Larry Walker was not only a good hitter but had a rocket arm.  He was also Canadian so there is a big plus there.
3B – Miguel Cabrera .348/.442/44/137/353/187 – In 2012, Cabrera became the first triple crown winner since Yastrzemski in 1967.
DH – Magglio Ordonez .363/.434/28/139/354/166 – In 2007 Ordonez finished second in MVP voting while leading the league in hitting.
1B – Prince Fielder .313/.412/30/108/307/152 – In 2012 Prince Fielder signed with the Tigers, the team his father Cecil played for during the 90’s, although he was in the shadows of league MVP Cabrera.  Fielder put together a strong season finishing 9th in MVP voting.
CF – Andy Van Slyke  .324/.381/14/89/310/150 – 1992, was arguably Andy Van Slykes best season as a MLB ball player.  He finished 4th in MVP voting (teamate Barry Bonds won) and he also won a Gold Glove as well as a Silver Slugger award.  Van Slyke would only play 4 more seasons before retiring at the age of 35.
SS – Carlos Guillen  .320/.400/19/85/282/136 – Carlos Guillen was an underrated baseball player.  In 2006, he finished 10 in MVP voting.
C – Alex Avila 2011 .295/.389/19/82/235/142 – Alex Avila is a career .254 hitter but in 2011 he put together a strong season, where he finished 12th in MVP voting and won a Silver Slugger award.
2B – Omar Infante .318/.345/10/51/204/113 – It was between Johnny Ray & Omar Infante for the 2B postion.  I gave it to Infante for this past season.

The Pirates lineup also featured the other half of the killer B’s Bobby Bonilla.   There were several other players that were All-Stars during his tenure in Pittsburgh; Jay Bell, Jeff King, Johnny Ray & Tony Pena, remember him and his weird stance behind the plate.

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With his championship team in Florida he had; Moises Alou who drove in 113 runs, Bobby Bonilla, Gary Sheffield, Charles Johnson behind the plate & Edgar Rentaria at short.

His lone season in Colorado he coached the underratedTodd Helton, Dante’s (Peak) Bichette & my cousin Vinny Castilla.

When he finished off in Detroit he had Ivan (Pudge) Rodriguez, Gary Sheffield again, Curtis Granderson before he was dealt to the Yanks and the power hitting catcher/1B/DH Victor Martinez.

When someone retires the first question is will he go in the Hall of Fame.  So let’s take a quick look at his credentials.  I am going to assume La Russa, Torre & Bobby Cox all go in the Hall of Fame.
His 1769 Wins – Rank 15th.  Only two outside the above three mentioned are not in the HoF; Gene Mauch & Lou Pinella.
His 8 playoff appearances – Rank tied for 7th.  Including the three managers mentioned above all members are in the HoF.
His 3 pennants rank him tied for 23rd.  Again including the above mentioned managers, everyone who has 4 pennants is in the HoF.  Of the managers that have three pennants that are no longer active half are in the Hall of Fame (Bill Terry, Hughie Jennings, Whitey Herzog) and half are outside the HoF (Jim Mutrie, Charlie Grimm, Ralph Houk).  Another manager Bruce Bochy is still active.

There’s a couple of issues; i. He’s a borderline candidate ii. He’s retiring at around the same time as some great managers.  Lou Pinella, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre & Tony La Russa have all retired in 2010 or 2011.  Pinella is going to be greatest comparison.  Pinella has more wins (1835) & winning percentage (.517 vs. .506 for Leyland) and Leyland has more pennants (3 versus 1 for Pinella) and playoff apperances (8 versus 7 for Pinella) and both Pinella & Leyland have both one a World Series title.

In my opinion there are managers that are managers that may be more deserving.

Danny Murtaugh was manager of the Pirates during the 60’s and 70’s. He has 1115 wins, 5 playoff appearances (when less teams made the playoffs) and won two world series. His winning % .540 is significantly higher than Leyland’s. In his 15 years managing he only had 3 losing seasons.  I’m not going to get into the details, but if you want to learn more about Murtaugh’s legitimacy please read.  Bruce Markusen from HardBall Times argues Markusen’s point. 

Ralph Houk in his first three seasons won two world series in three world series appearances. He has more wins (1619) and a better winning percentage (.514) than Leyland.

Other managers in the Hall of Very Good should include Tom Kelly 2 World Series wins, but a .478 winning percentage.  Cito Gaston was manager for 12 years with a .516 winning percentage. He has two world series wins.

Leyland was a good manager and if I had to guess he’s probably going to eventually be enshrined in Cooperstown.