NHL Quick Shifts is a daily series where we gather up the latest NHL news and links from the FanSided NHL blogosphere, as well as other NHL / hockey blogs. So with that, here is today’s edition of Quick Shifts!
- San Jose Sharknado – With New York City getting pummeled by several Sharknados two nights ago, Andreas Matsoukas thought it would be the perfect time to take a look at the five best San Jose Sharks of all-time. [TMMOTS]
- Player tracking system in experimental phase – The collection of data on a player’s performance could get much more advanced very soon. The PowerScout system uses three cameras to track every player on the ice, as well as their skating speed, distance skated, shot attempts, takeaways, as well as pass / shot speed and percentage. The NHL is going to experiment with the system this year, and if it is a success, it could be in widespread use by the 2015-16 season. The NBA already employs a similar system to gather their data. [FanSided]
- New Jersey Devils pitiful shootout performance – In the short history of the shootout in the NHL, the 2013-14 New Jersey Devils were the worst performing team. The Devils failed to win a single shootout last season. In the off-season, the Devils have tried to improve themselves offensively, but they are not worrying about their shootout performance. [Puck Daddy]
- Reliability of advanced stats - There is no question that the advanced stats movement is starting to catch on in the NHL. However, there are still teams that stick to the “old way” of doing things. The Dallas Stars choose to take a more balanced approach; they have a computer program that analyzes the numbers and highlights points of interest. The Stars then compare those points of interest to their own notes to make personnel decisions. Not quite an advanced stats revolution, but at least they are using them in some capacity. [Puck Daddy]