Seattle Kraken : Top analytical options for Pacific Division

Pacific Division

The expansion draft is coming up July 21 and Seattle Kraken will be selecting one player from thirty teams. The Seattle Kraken have the second largest analytical staff in the NHL and will likely use analytics when selecting players. There are lots of different stats that can be found with analytics, but “Evolving-Hockey” has made a “WAR” stat (wins above replacement), WAR is a statistic which calculates how much of an impact a player has to a team to winning games compared to expected. Its commonly used in Baseball, but is working its way into the NHL

We want to take a look at players that may be available in the expansion draft who have good analytic statistics and some with bad statistics to see who the Seattle Kraken might gravitate more to. I will be breaking down the Pacific Division and players who could be exposed and their WAR, offence, and defensive analytic numbers.

Anaheim Ducks

– Top WAR –

Troy Terry              | WAR: 1.2   | Off: 3.0   | Def: 2.4

Adam Henrique   | WAR: 0.6   | Off: 5.3   | Def: -2.3

– Bottom WAR –

Jakob Silfverberg | WAR: -0.8 | Off: -4.3 | Def: 0.9

Sam Steel              | WAR: -0.3 | Off: -0.7 | Def: -1.0

Calgary Flames

– Top WAR –

Mark Giordano         | WAR: 2.3   | Off: 7.4   | Def: 3.7

Chris Tanev                | WAR: 2.1   | Off: -1.9 | Def: 12

– Bottom WAR –

Brett Ritchie              | WAR: -0.7 | Off: -1.5 | Def: -1.4

Oliver Kylington        | WAR: 0.0   | Off: -0.2 | Def: 0.3

Edmonton Oilers

– Top WAR –

Tyson Barrie               | WAR: 1.5   | Off: 10.3 | Def: -4.3

Adam Larsson            | WAR: 0.8   | Off: -2.5  | Def: 7.3

– Bottom WAR –

Zach Kassian               | WAR: -0.4 | Off: -1.3  | Def: -0.3

Caleb Jones                  | WAR: -0.3 | Off: -3.2  | Def: 0.6

LA Kings

– Top WAR –

Andreas Athanasiou  | WAR: 0.6   | Off: 4.1   | Def: -2.2

Olli Maatta                   | WAR: 0.6   | Off: 0.8   | Def: 1.5

– Bottom WAR –

Kurtis MacDermid     | WAR: -1.2 | Off: -0.3  | Def: -5.9

Carl Grundstrom        | WAR: -0.9 | Off: -0.1  | Def: -4.5

San Jose Sharks

– Top WAR –

Ryan Donato              | WAR: 1.0    | Off: 4.7   | Def: -0.7

Radim Simek           | WAR: 0.9    | Off: 0.3   | Def: 2.6

– Bottom WAR –

Matt Nieto                  | WAR: -0.4  | Off: -0.3 | Def: -2.1

Marcus Sorensen     | WAR: -0.3  | Off: 1.0   | Def: -3.1

Vancouver Canucks

– Top WAR –

Jordie Benn                | WAR: 0.9    | Off: 5.0   | Def: -0.3

Alex Edler                   | WAR: 0.8    | Off: 1.2   | Def: 5.1

– Bottom WAR –

Adam Gaudette        | WAR: -0.7  | Off: -2.1 | Def: -1.5

Jake Virtanen            | WAR: -0.6  | Off: -2.8 | Def: -0.1

 

Looking into these statistics, some might be surprising, while others are not. Seattle Kraken will have some very interesting choices going into this draft. There’s still a heavy debate on the eye test vs analytics, and there’s still lots more to look into for an expansion draft like contracts and age and style of player and such. With teams who may not have a lot of great options for Kraken to pick from, I would expect they use analytics to make the choices easier. It will be interesting to see how heavy they weigh analytics into these decisions, but will find out in nine days!