A Brief Thought on ESPN Insider

From an article published on ESPN Insider:

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing Aug. 19 with the Senators. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus’ proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Trending Down: C Ryan Shannon
Last Season: 5.1 GVT | VUKOTA Projection: 3.9 GVT

It’s hard to picture any player on the Senators having a worse season than 2010-11. However, Shannon had a career-high 27 points last season while playing some of the easiest minutes on the team against weak competition. Not only did he get matched against the opposition’s weakest players, but he was deployed in the offensive zone far more often than any Senators forward not named Marek Svatos. The likelihood that Shannon ends up in the top-five for GVT on this team in 2011-12 is pretty low.

Trending down?

No shit. For a guy who’s supposed to spend the duration of the 2011-12 season playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning, I’d expect a drop off in his production for the Ottawa Senators.

Please note: The date that the piece was originally published was August 19th, 2011 with a web page headline of ‘NHL – Ottawa Senators projections for 2011-12 season – ESPN’. This isn’t some instance when an older article is republished at a latter date. The article itself makes reference to the acquisition of Craig Anderson at the trade deadline; believes that Daniel Alfredsson is due for a bounce back following an injury marred campaign; and discusses the optimism surrounding David Rundblad’s debut.

For the worldwide sports leader that employs some fantastic baseball analysts who actually make it worthwhile investing in an Insider account, the lack of research involved in this piece is telling. I expect much better from their hockey department.

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