Exploring First Call-Up Options

Mike Cadarette
October 09 2015 09:00AM

Ah, the prestigious first call-up title. Sometimes it’s earned, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s about the coach’s trust, sometimes it’s about one’s position on the organizational depth chart. Sometimes it’s about needs rather than wants.

All of these are taken into consideration when injuries take place in the NHL. The coaching staff and management have to sit down and often make quick decisions based on a numbers of factors. This season, well, there are a lot of options. There seems to be a Stockton player available for almost every scenario that could take place.

So let’s explore some of the scenarios and options at Brad Treliving and Bob Hartley’s fingertips.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
October 09 2015 06:45AM

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Cocaine and the NHL, Leafs prepare for misery, Flames fear some regression, how much of an impact will Canucks rookies have his year, Ference gives up 'C' in Edmonton, the NHL All-hipster team, predictions and forecasts for the 2015-16 season and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings

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Flames Prospect Round-Up - October 8 2015

Ryan Pike
October 08 2015 04:00PM

Now that the Calgary Flames season has begun, thoughts about the organization's many prospects may fall somewhat to the back-burner. But seeing that it's an off-day and we're all still stewing over last night's epic failure of a game, I figured we should check in to see how the kids are doing.

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Brett Kulak Reflects On His Whirlwind First Pro Season

Ryan Pike
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.

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Rex's Book Report: Hockey Abstract 2015

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.

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