Author Archives: Cigat

10 Years Ago I tried to Kill Myself

I suppose it’s been long enough for me to be comfortable with the fact that i have tried to kill myself. Not once, not even twice, but several times. As a poor kid from a depressed Appalachian mountain town I never expected much for myself. I excelled in school and to a small degree in […]

Lukas Sedlak and the Importance of Depth

Through the first 27 games the Columbus Blue Jackets’ leading goal scorer is Sam Gagner. With a goal last night in Edmonton he’s up to 12 on the season, scoring 21 points so far this season. He was the league’s overall third star of the week and is continuing to put up an impressive amount […]

Possession Metrics: Brandon Saad is Great

This is probably something I should have mentioned before beginning this series. My goal is to provide some context for fans. This isn’t for the mathematics majors or those who are aggressively seeking to quantify hockey. I respect what those people are doing to help us further our knowledge of the sport. Essentially, I’m just trying […]

Fake It Until You Make It

Throughout this season it’s been mentioned several times that John Tortorella is trying to get at least 65 shot attempts per game from his club. Any cliches I could mention about the Blue Jackets taking 60 shots on goal aside, perhaps it’s time to put some context to the magical number “65” and see if […]

Visualizing Corsi and the Blue Jackets

Almost three years ago I borrowed an idea from Fancy Stats legend Tyler Dellow and made a chart that helped us see how well the Blue Jackets were performing. I’ve decided to revisit that idea. The goal of this exercise is to help us see who is performing up to our expectations and who we […]

Personal Blog: Hello Again

Hey You Well it has certainly been awhile since I sat down at a computer and typed something out with the intention of publishing it. My life has been filled with other obligations and engagements in the past year or so and I’ve put writing on the back burner. The biggest thing to happen to […]

Testing Hockey-Reference’s Sharing Tool

Place Player Age Tm Pos Votes Vote% 1 Jonathan Toews 24 CHI C 1260 2 Patrice Bergeron 27 BOS C 1250 3 Pavel Datsyuk 34 DET C 737 4 Anze Kopitar 25 LAK C 266 5 David Backes 28 STL RW 240 6 Jay McClement 29 TOR C 142 7 Pascal Dupuis 33 PIT LW […]