NWSB Insider & Blogger J.D. Burke takes a look at the Vancouver Canucks underlying numbers and determines that they are a considerably better hockey team than their record would indicate. Using possession metrics and graphs, J.D. shows that the Canucks have actually been controlling play for the majority of this streak and by all means should turn it around and work their way back into the playoff picture. Get it in gear Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Ryan Kesler.
NWSB Insider & Seattle Seahawks blogger JD Burke takes a look at the statistical standout from the Seattle Seahawks week 1 victory over the Carolina Panthers. Red Bryant is bestowed with the honor and praise, and the charts and stats in this article make it perfectly clear as to why. J.D. Burke feels confident that Bryant can return to form as Seattle’s five-technique.
NWSB Insider & Seattle Seahawks blogger JD Burke takes a look at the the reasons why the brain trust of Pete Carroll & John Schneider released veteran offseason free agent Antoine Winfield. Last season Winfield only missed eight tackles playing in Minnesota’s nickel and dime packages, which are incredibly demanding of the nickelback/s in run defense. Surely he could have helped this D out right? For better or worse, the early returns are less than a day away. Can only hope they’re positive.
NWSB Insider and Seattle Seahawks’ blogger J.D. Burke talks about some players who the Seahawks should think about adding to their roster during training camp. Always being somewhat of a critic, J.D. points to the fact that Seattle being ranked in the No. 3 spot in Sport Illustrated’s first rankings is just unacceptable. The players he lists could help the Seahawks jump to No. 1. Richard Seymour, Eric Winston, Nick Barnett, Joe Mays, and Brandon Moore.
NWSB insider and Mariner blogger Jon Irwin gives us his take on why Brendan Ryan deserves to stay with Seattle for the long-term. With so many roster changes happening to the M’s, fans are dieing for some offense. And even though Ryan has some ugly offensive numbers, Jon’s here to tell you the 31 year old’s defense is more than reason enough for the team to keep him in the Pacific Northwest.
NWSB insider and Mariners blogger Jon Irwin gives his rundown of the Seattle Mariner’s defensive lineup in 2013. For a team like Seattle, defense is imperative. The team enters 2013 with an improved lineup, but pitching remains the biggest competitive advantage; meaning it needs a good defense. Headlining this year’s group of gloves is Brendan Ryan and Franklin Gutierrez.
NWSB Inside and Seattle Seahawks blogger Matt Church weighs in with a Seahawks Player Profile on Jason Jones. Jones’ primary role as a pass rusher will be in the nickel defense. He has the potential to be a great replacement for Raheem Brock as well if they use him outside in pass rush situations. Of course more than likely he’ll line up inside on third downs.
C-Mac asks a tough question; one of many to come this off-season for the Vancouver Canucks. Has Alex Edler reached a tipping point in his career? How much time does he have to turn things around, if any at all? How does he fit into the Canucks D-Core going forward? C-Mac is not talking about landing millions of dollars in an unexpected lottery jackpot, or scoring a date with Sofia Vergara.
NWSB Insider Dave B brings us another profile featuring an athlete from the Northwest. Willie Mitchell was born April 1977 in Port McNeill, British Columbia. The stay at home d-man has been around the NHL, starting with the New Jersey Devils. Read on as Dave tells you about Willie’s journal all the way from Vancouver Island to Los Angeles, California.
Aidan Chafe tells us NHL season is here. The Vancouver Canucks are looking to get back to the Stanley Cup Finals. Thursday they kick off their 2011-12 campaign against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Rogers Arena. Manny Malhotra and Jannik Hansen return on the third line, Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin will play with Alex Burrows, Rookie Cody Hodgson, 21 is being given the daunting task of replacing Ryan Kesler for now…here we go.