October 08 2015 02:00PM
One of the biggest surprises of training camp was 21-year-old blueliner Brett Kulak. Heck, you can make a case that he was the biggest surprise, period. A relative dark-horse to make the opening day roster of a Calgary Flames club that had seven veteran defensemen on one-way deals, a couple injuries opened the door for a young player to take a spot.
With that door open a crack, Kulak kicked it open with some strong play in the pre-season.
It's a bit fitting that a pair of injuries may come to define this season for Kulak, because a pair of conversations with Flames assistant general manager Brad Pascall really defined Kulak's first pro season.
I had the chance to chat with Kulak about his whirlwind 2014-15 season during training camp.
October 08 2015 01:04PM
This article isn’t about statistics.
This article isn’t about PDO, regression, Corsi, Fenwick,
save percentages, shooting percentages, or any of the other advanced analytical
categories that are bandied about so often.
This article is about hockey.
Specifically, this article is about a book about hockey written by a guy who loves to use statistics. So yeah, maybe there’s some stats in the article, but what I’m doing today is telling you about Rob Vollman’s Hockey Abstract Update 2015-2016, and why it is as much a hockey book as it is a primer for advanced analytics.
October 07 2015 11:21PM
Well, that was disappointing.
After months of anticipation, particularly after the summer acquisitions of Dougie Hamilton and Michael Frolik, Flames fans and media alike had tonight's season-opener circled on the calendar. Everyone wanted to see the new and improved Flames against the hated Vancouver Canucks.
Instead of looking new and improved, the Flames looked like they needed a few more days of practice. They skated to a lackllustre 5-1 loss at the Scotiabank Saddledome to kick off the 2015-16 regular season.
October 07 2015 04:00PM
The Calgary Flames have over four decades of franchise history, but this year's edition is a pretty young group - as you saw from the rundown of the roster last afternoon.
As such, there are a few milestones coming up this season for Flames players (and coaches), but don't expect too many of them to be amazingly lofty. For the most part, this is a group with a lot of tread left on the tires.
October 07 2015 02:00PM
It seems hard to believe but the regular season is here. Soon, we can discuss in great detail every single healthy scratch, every backup goalie decision, and Bob Hartley tie choice. But for this afternoon, I figured some more fun was in order before we dive right in to the nitty-gritty.
Last week, we chose six defenders and attempted to guess the over and under of certain totals tailored to their skill-set. Today, we are going to do the same with six forwards. I cannot offer you Flames Nation Bucks, nor back-rubs from Byron Bader but I can offer the person with the most correct a hearty congratulations and a firm handshake this time next year. Is that not reward enough? So, while you all are waiting nervously for puck drop, let's have a little bit of fun first.