May 27 2014 09:18AM
The Abbotsford Heat, the Calgary Flames former AHL affiliate, wrapped-up their season about a month back when they were bounced in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs by the Grand Rapid Griffins. Despite the early exit, the Heat's season had a lot of positives.
And now, thanks to Josh Weissbrock and some dynamite tracking of some of the Heat's fancy stats, we can dive in and understand a little bit more about this year in Abby. Lets have a look.
May 23 2014 08:15AM
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about drafting between 2003 and 2013 where I looked at which teams were the most successful when it comes to drafting. The analysis looked at two factors - graduating draftees to NHLers (50+ games played) or graduating draftees to regular NHLers (200+ games). The follow-up looks at how each team did by round. Hit the jump for a breakdown of how successful each team was at finding NHLers (50 games+) by round.
May 09 2014 08:30AM
-via Dave Shaver
The NHL draft is one of the most important parts of any NHL team’s year. It is a team’s opportunity to pick up players that, down the road, may turn into franchise cornerstones or at least pieces that will them be successful. Unlike free agency or trades, the draft is an opportunity to add pivotal assets at basically no charge, with the added bonus of (likely) having the player through his prime playing years.
April 07 2014 11:55AM
Tonight, in game #79 for both squads, the Calgary Flames (33-38-7) will wrap up their current 5-game road-trip against the New Jersey Devils (34-28-16) in Newark, New Jersey. The game is the 2nd and final time the teams will face each other in the 2013-14 season. It’s an early one. Puck drops at 5 pm MT on Sportsnet West.
April 01 2014 07:45AM
-Pics via Halifax Drunk
The Flames are seeing a remarkable upswing in their possession in the last few months. At its lowest point, right before and after New Year’s, the Flames rolling 10-game 5v5 close FF% was 39.4% (near the bottom of the league). It has been steadily climbing since the dust up with the Canucks in January and today (March 26, 2014) the rolling 10-game 5v5 FF% sits at a respectable 53.6%.