September 10 2014 08:30AM
Zone entries, while in their infancy, are the next big wave of advanced hockey stats that are going to shape our understanding of possession-numbers. Teams remain curious but cautious about corsi and fenwick stats, but I have yet to hear a team that doesn't see immense value in zone entry stats. The only problem ... they're not readily available. Corey Sznajder, of Carolina Hurricanes blog 'Shutdown Line', has spent his summer ever so greatly manually tracking zone entries for the 2013-14 and was kind enough to provide FN a sample of the first half (49 games) of the 2013-14 Flames.
You can follow Corey's great work at www.shutdownline.com or on twitter: @ShutdownLine. As well, if you'd like to help fund this wonderful project of his, here's the link: www.gofundme.com/allthreezones
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?
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.
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.
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.