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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THE 2014 FLAMES FIFTEEN - #7: BILL ARNOLD

Byron Bader
June 11 2014 08:00AM


Bill Arnold, the product of Needham, Massachusetts, was selected in the 4th round (108th overall) by the Calgary Flames in 2010.  Arnold is described as a strong two-way centre that is very, very good in all three zones.  While not a tall player, standing at 6’0’’, Arnold is a big boy, tipping the scales at 210 pounds and certainly doesn’t get pushed around on the ice.  He comes in at #7 on our 2014 Flames 15.

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DRILLING DOWN INTO THE ABBOTSFORD HEAT'S 2013-14 SEASON

Byron Bader
May 27 2014 09:18AM

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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.

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DRAFTING FOR SUCCESS (PART 2): SUCCESS BY ROUND

Byron Bader
May 23 2014 08:15AM

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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.  

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DRAFTING FOR SUCCESS

Byron Bader
May 09 2014 08:30AM

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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.

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