REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS: JOHNNY GAUDREAU

Byron Bader
September 01 2014 08:30AM

Finally, Johnny Gaudreau is set to turn pro. The tiny winger (5’7’’ and 150 pounds) is the Flames’ smallest prospect, but also by far and away their most skilled. Everything Gaudreau has done so far suggests he’s an elite player in very elite company (see here and here). He’s proven everything he’s needed to at the junior and college level. His options are the NHL or the AHL. Where does he end up and what can we expect?

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REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS: MARK GIORDANO

Byron Bader
August 22 2014 08:30AM


Mark Giordano was one of the Flames very best players in the 2013-14 season, putting up a Norris caliber season despite getting little recognition for what he did this past season.  Gio is unlikely to replicate what he did last season but there's little doubt he will be one of the Flames' best players in the 2014-15 season.

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2014-15 REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS: MIKAEL BACKLUND

Byron Bader
August 08 2014 08:30AM

As we prepare for the upcoming Calgary Flames season, we here at FlamesNation will be bringing back an old favourite from yester-year: the Reasonable Expectations series, looking at what we can expect from the Flames on an individual basis based on their previous performances. To kick things off, new dad Byron Bader brings us a look at a FlamesNation favourite.

Mikael Backlund is an interesting case. Up until the 2013-14 season, he was regarded by many as a disappointment who hadn't lived up to expectations. To a small community of underlying-number enthusiasts, like the folks at FlamesNation, Backlund has always been an excellent possession player.

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AN ARGUMENT FOR NHLE

Byron Bader
June 24 2014 08:00AM

NHLe is an equivalency formula used by some in the hockey analytics community.  It’s a method of standardizing scoring across various major and junior leagues.  Standardized scoring gives an idea of how players, generally younger prospects, perform at the NHL level. Some argue its merit as a valuable metric in assessing future performance.  The following provides a framework of how it can be used as a possible drafting qualifier.

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THE 2014 FLAMES FIFTEEN - #4: MARKUS GRANLUND

Byron Bader
June 19 2014 01:00PM


Markus Granlund is a unicorn-like rarity in the Calgary Flames system historically. No, not a younger brother of an emerging NHL star (hey Valeri Bure). No, he's a second round pick. And after spending time with his club team, HIFK Helsinki, for a few years, he made his arrival in North America and made a splash.

Granlund comes in at #4 on our 2014 Flames 15. 

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