The Hockey PDOcast

The Hockey PDOcast

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A hockey podcast hosted by Dimitri Filipovic and Travis Yost. If you'd like to help support the show, you can do so here: www.hockeypdocast.com/donate

Episodes

Episode 96: NHL Draft Preview  

Corey Pronman joins the show to help preview the upcoming draft by diving head-first into the Laine vs. Matthews debate atop the board, mulling over the options after the top 3, and pulling back the curtain on how he puts together his top 100 rankings this time of year. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered: 2:00 The Laine v Matthews Debate 8:30 Defining "Hockey Sense" 14:00 The drop in talent tiers 19:30 The Russian Factor 25:30 The Ranking Process 33:45 Using stats for prospect analysis ---------- Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed right here on the website. Make sure subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any new shows as they’re released, and also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

Episode 95: This Summer's Free Agent Landscape  

Jonathan Willis joins the show to help sort through which free agents you'd like to stay away from, which ones you'd like to target, and which ones could provide the best bang for your buck. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered: 0:50 The Pros vs. Cons of paying Steven Stamkos 4:40 Does Stamkos make sense for the Leafs? 6:41 Aging forwards with red flags 13:45 The glut of intriguing middle-6 wingers 22:40 The questionable crop of available defensemen 29:25 Searching high and low for right-handed shots 35:40 Finding your starting goalie outside of free agency 38:46 Shopping in the bargain bin section ------------- Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed right here on the website. Make sure subscribe to the show so that you don’t miss out on any new ones as they’re released, and also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

Episode 94: Living in a Salary Cap World  

Chris Johnston joins the show to discuss Chicago's continued purging of talent due to cap troubles, the special group of young talent the Hurricanes are slowly putting together, and what possible reasons the Ducks could have for going back to the Randy Carlyle Well. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered: 1:30 Trade involving the Blackhawks and Canes 8:00 Stan Bowman working around the cap 13:30 Carolina's young core talent 21:00 Why did the Ducks go back to Carlyle? 31:45 Expansion Draft fodder ------------- Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed right here on the website. Make sure subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any new shows as they’re released, and also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

Episode 93: A Need For Speed  

Mike Johnson joins the show to discuss how the unique pace the Penguins are playing with has caused the Sharks all sorts of problems, what he'd say to his players to keep them consistently playing the same way regardless of the score, and just how much of a home ice advantage a potential team located in Las Vegas will have. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered: 0:20 Seeing Playoff Beards in the flesh 1:45 Skating fast vs. Playing fast 8:00 Combatting Score Effects 14:00 Redefining 'Stay-at-Home' Defensemen 20:30 Adjustments for the Sharks 26:00 Conn Smythe Candidates 31:00 A Las Vegas team's home ice advantage ----------- Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed right here on the website. Make sure subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any new shows as they’re released, and also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

Episode 92: Puke It Like Peckham  

Jeff Marek joins the show to discuss his takeaways from the recent Draft Combine, and whether the NHL robot factory will eventually get its hands on Patrik Laine. We also get into some draft theory with regards to taking chances on higher upside players, and why the Sharks haven't been able to keep up with the Penguins. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered: 0:25 Prep work for a typical podcast 3:55 The Theo Peckham Story 7:12 Not putting too much stock into the Combine 13:15 Patrik Laine not being turned into an NHL robot 21:30 Drafting smaller, higher skill players 26:00 NHL teams hiring their AHL coaches 30:28 San Jose's inability to adapt to Pittsburgh's speed 35:32 The poor ice surface in June ------------- Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed right here on the website. Make sure subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any new shows as they’re released, and also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

Episode 91: Letting Your Play Do The Talking  

Bill West joins the show to help discuss how the Penguins won the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals, who deserves the most credit for the way they turned their season around, and what the Sharks can do to get back into the series. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered: 0:30 Phil Kessel's interactions with media 5:00 Kessel's omission from Team USA 9:00 Getting players to talk about numbers 13:30 The job Mike Sullivan has done 17:00 Getting out from Tortorella's shadow 21:00 How to divvy up the credit for the success 24:00 Adjustments Sharks can make 32:50 The Ben Lovejoy and Ian Cole pairing 34:40 What to look for in the next few games --------------- Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed right here on the website. Make sure subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any new shows as they’re released, and also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

Episode 90: The Life of An International Hockey Fan  

Uffe Bodin joins the show to discuss what he saw covering the World Championships in Russia, the differences between Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine as players, and the trials and tribulations of following the NHL from overseas. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered: 1:00 Watching Matthews and Laine up close at the World Championships 4:55 The rivalry between Sweden and Finland 7:00 Building excitement for the World Cup 9:00 Team Sweden picking Niklas Kronwall over better alternatives 15:00 Roster construction theory for short tournaments 18:20 The next generation of Swedish goalies 20:45 Victor Hedman's remarkable postseason 24:11 The life of an NHL fan overseas 28:00 The Swedish Hockey League's adoption of analytics ------------- Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed right here on the website. Make sure subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any new shows as they’re released, and also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

Episode 89: Making The Penguins Great Again  

Chris Johnston joins the show to discuss the dire situation in Vancouver following another puzzling move by the Canucks, how the Penguins managed to punch their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final, where the Lightning go from here. ------------ Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed right here on the website. Make sure to not only subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any new shows as they’re released, but also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

Episode 88: Becoming A Historical Footnote  

Jeff Marek joins the show to discuss this year's Memorial Cup, how dominant Mitch Marner and the London Knights have been, and some half-baked ideas for how to improve the on-ice product moving forward. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered: 0:30 Former players as broadcasters 6:00 Memorial Cup Coverage 9:00 Mitch Marner's dazzling play 16:30 Draft eligibility 24:00 Rule change ideas 41:30 San Jose Sharks storylines 47:00 Viewing Junior Hockey differently -------------- Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed right here on the website. Make sure to not only subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any new shows as they’re released, but also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

Episode 87: Age is Just a Number  

Nick Mercadante joins the show to discuss how much seasoning goalies should ideally get in the minors, the upper limit for how many games a goalie should start in the regular season, and the next frontier for evaluating goalie performance quantitatively. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered: 1:51 Giving goalies time to mature in the AHL 5:20 The human element of the position 7:54 Squeezing more value out of ELCs 15:22 Vasilevskiy's strange path this season 17:15 Ideal workload over the course of a season 21:13 This year's crop of available goalies 26:30 Using bad goalies to subtly tank 29:40 Plans this summer to create new tools ------------- Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed right here on the website. Make sure to not only subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any new shows as they’re released, but also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

Episode 86: Staying The Course  

Jonathan Willis joins the show to help unpack all of the action Round 2 of the NHL playoffs brought us, and look at what to expect from the respective conference finals matchups. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered: 0:30 Victor Hedman's dominance 5:00 How Tampa Bay has overcome injuries 8:30 A Different Penguins Team 12:00 Phil Kessel busting lazy narratives 14:30 Matt Murray's rise to stardom 18:30 Capitals need to stay the course 22:30 St Louis Blues 29:00 Stars issues in net 35:00 Where the Predators go from here 39:00 The Sharks lethal power play 48:15 Oilers pursuit of defensemen ------------- Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed right here on the website. Make sure to not only subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any new shows as they’re released, but also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

Episode 85: And The Winner Is..  

With the league steadily announcing the finalists for the various individual awards up for voting this season, Chris Johnston joins the show to help shed some light on how he filled out his personal ballot. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered: 0:30 Methodology for filling out ballot 2:21 The Selke Trophy 7:00 The Calder Trophy 13:30 The Norris Trophy 19:18 Kris Letang's suspension 23:20 The Jack Adams Curse 26:30 Bruce Boudreau's next job 31:30 The Vezina Trophy 37:10 The Hart Trophy ----------- Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed right here on the website. Make sure to not only subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any new shows as they’re released, but also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

Episode 84: Overreacting to Small Sample Sizes  

Pat Holden joins the show to share his own first-hand experiences of life before, during, and after having Bruce Boudreau as his team's head coach. We also discuss what we're looking for in the Penguins/Capitals series, where subtle advantages for either team can be had, and whether Tom Wilson is crossing the line. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered: 0:30 Bruce Boudreau's coaching résumé 9:30 Penguins and Capitals Xs and Os 16:45 Tom Wilson's shenanigans 22:30 Andre Burakovsky's breakout ----------- Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed right here on the website. Make sure to not only subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any new shows as they’re released, but also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

Episode 83: West Coast Bias  

Mike Johnson joins the show to discuss how the San Jose Sharks and St.Louis Blues each finally got over the hump, whether there's a quick and easy fix to the league's review problems, and what we're looking forward to seeing in round 2. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered: 0:30 How the Sharks beat the Kings 14:00 The Coach's Challenge 19:20 The good and bad of Ken Hitchcock 30:50 Ducks and Predators being overshadowed 37:50 The potential of Penguins vs. Capitals 41:00 Can the Islanders take advantage of the Lightning? --------- Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed right here on the website. Make sure to not only subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any new shows as they’re released, but also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

Episode 82: Hanks For Nothing  

Nick Mercadante joins the show to react to the New York Rangers meekly bowing out of the opening round of the playoffs with the visuals of the Penguins skating laps around them fresh on the mind. We discuss where they go from here, whether Alain Vigneault is still the man for the job, and how blaming Henrik Lundqvist for the loss is missing the forest for the trees. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered: 0:40 The fresh wounds of the Rangers playoff exit 4:30 The overrealiance on Henrik Lundqvist 7:32 The pros and cons of Alain Vigneault 11:05 The untapped potential of Kevin Hayes 16:31 Fixing the Rangers this summer 19:40 The curious case of Jonathan Quick 26:45 The flawed idea behind "timely saves" 32:50 Introducing Win Threshold % 38:30 Boom or bust vs. Consistency ---------- Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed from our website. Make sure to not only subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any new shows as they’re released, but also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

Episode 81: Live From New York!  

Chris Johnston joins the show live from a New York Rangers practice at Madison Square Garden to go around the league and discuss the main storylines stemming from every series to-date. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered: 0:30 Penguins vs. Rangers 5:45 Evgeni Malkin's deployment 11:00 Rick Nash's poor luck 12:45 Panthers vs. Islanders 16:45 Lightning vs. Red Wings 19:20 Capitals vs. Flyers 20:30 Sharks vs. Kings 26:40 Stars vs. Wild 30:00 Playoff Seeding 34:10 Blues vs. Blackhawks ----------- Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed from our website. Make sure to not only subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any new shows as they’re released, but also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

Episode 80: A Two-Man Advantage  

Arik Parnass joins the show to discuss how the importance of special teams execution has carried over from the regular season to the playoffs. We discuss how the disparity in power play efficiency has broken up the series for the Capitals, the changes the Lightning have made without Steven Stamkos, and a quick fix solution for the Islanders. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered: 0:30 Philadelphia's march to the penalty box 4:00 Introducing ZEFR Rate 11:30 Going 6-on-4 late in games 13:45 Lightning powerplay Changes 17:45 What makes the Sharks power play tick 19:45 Fixing the Islanders 25:30 The importance of special teams ------------ Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed from our website. Make sure to not only subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any new shows as they’re released, but also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

Episode 79: Stanley Cup Playoffs Preview, Part 2  

Jon Press from Japers Rink joins the show to discuss how the Capitals were victimized by the NHL's ongoing search for rivalries, and whether this is the best team they've assembled in Washington while Ovechkin has been there. Then Thomas Drance joins us from sunny Florida to help pinpoint the distinct points in the season in which the Panthers improved their play, and try to figure out why there was such a big divide between talent and results for the New York Islanders. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered: 0:35 Capitals drawing a tough opponent 2:43 Washington's second half malaise 10:01 Evgeny Kuznetsov's emergence 12:15 The playoff elephant in the room 19:52 Intriguing Panthers and Islanders storylines 21:39 The back-to-back effect 23:06 In-season personnel adjustments 27:03 Islanders underwhelming season 29:42 How much is coaching to blame? --------- Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed from our website. Make sure to not only subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any new shows as they’re released, but also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

Episode 78: First Round Preview, Part 1  

Jen Lute Costella, Adam Gretz, and Prashanth Iyer all join the show to help preview the upcoming playoff matchups, providing perspective on the teams they've been covering closely all year. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered: 0:36 Blackhawkvs vs. Blues 17:08 Penguins vs. Rangers 36:30 Red Wings vs. Lightning ------ Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed from our website. Make sure to not only subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any new shows as they’re released, but also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

Episode 77: Playing The Blame Game  

Jeff Marek joins the show to help perform an autopsy on this year's Colorado Avalanche, weigh the pros and cons of the current draft structure, and take a look at prospects will be worth following in the next couple of week. Here’s a quick rundown of the topics covered: 1:45 The grind of the 82 game season 8:45 How much of the blame should Patrick Roy take? 26:00 Coaches potentially available this summer 31:30 The pros vs. cons of the draft system 44:00 Line changes 47:15 CHL Playoffs 50:30 The Memorial Cup --------- Every episode of this podcast is available on iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher and can also be streamed from our website. Make sure to not only subscribe so that you don’t miss out on any new shows as they’re released, but also take a minute to leave a glowing review. Thanks for listening!

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