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March 30, 2018

A detailed look at paid vacation days around the world.  The data here is the total of two element, 1- paid vacation days, and 2- paid public holidays.  Explore the interactive map below to see if you belong to the work-to-live, or live-to-work population....

March 20, 2018

It's no secret that "big points" is trending downward.  It follows the historical goals-per-game data as well, which has been at a steady low level of around 2.75 since the 2011-12 season.  

The last time the NHL had more than one 100-point-plus scor...

March 19, 2018

*This article first appeared in No Dangle Zone March 9th 2018.


Now that the trade deadline is gone and the clocks have told us that Winter is apparently over, it’s time you'll hear players, coaches, GM’s, and media all echoing the same thing: the Playoffs are coming. A...

March 14, 2018

Now what?  I had already tweeted about Trevor Timmin's (Canadiens Director of Scouting) excellent track record in later rounds (3rd & beyond), and started to move on to assessing other teams, when I realized that all 3 eastern Canada teams had excellent records....

March 14, 2018

By request, here is a comparison of two Canadiens regimes; Gainey (2003 to 2009) versus Bergevin (2012 to 2017), for the 3rd round and beyond.    (Photo caption:  PK Subban second round selection; not included in this study)

The first graph shows all 3rd round sele...

March 14, 2018

Using the same setup as we did for the top-10 selections and 2nd round visuals, we can see which teams rise to the top based on success factor "average number of games played per selection".  Of course, this is not an ideal performance indicator, however, it is an indi...

March 13, 2018

This chart provides a visual of total games played by selection from 1999 to 2017.  Click each bar to view the players selected, and adjust the range of years.

March 12, 2018

This data viz shows standings points (BAR) with PP% (star) from the All-Star Game (Jan 28) to today (March 11) .  It gives you a good indication of who is hot overall, and on the PP.

March 12, 2018

Now this is fun.  Assessing 2nd round selections league-wide.  The shortcoming of such an analysis is twofold:  1) "Games played" is not an ideal indicator of success; one must examine each selection to truly assess level of success, and 2) time warps the results givin...