Reflections From Canada's Olympic Camp

Christian Roatis
August 28 2013 08:38PM



This article was orginally published at the Sporting News

When Team Canada's management group, coaching staff and 45 players got together for the first time on Sunday, there was a game plan of sorts set up for the following days that consisted mainly of implementing systems and familiarizing the players with not only the bigger ice surface, but each other as well.

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Team Canada Goes Dry land on Day 2

Christian Roatis
August 27 2013 11:23AM



(This article was originally published at The Sporting News )

It became clear early on in the day just how Hockey Canada planned to substitute the lack of an on ice component at this years three day Olympic Orientation Camp in Calgary.

"I thought it was pretty cool" said Bruins forward Milan Lucic. "I know we weren't on the ice but I think a lot was accomplished here today and I know all the guys had fun here and it's very clear now with how the coaches want us to play in Sochi"

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Count Down to Sochi Begins

Christian Roatis
August 26 2013 11:18AM



(Christian is attending Olympic orientation camp this week and will be providing us occassional insights and updates. A version of this article was originally published at The Sporting News .)

Hockey Canada kicked off their three day Orientation Camp in Calgary on Sunday in anticipation of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia with an introductory press conference and Q&A session with the media.

The management team (consisting of Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, Blues GM Doug Armstrong, Oilers President Kevin Lowe, Hockey Canada President/CEO Bob Nicholson and Hockey Canada Vice-President of Hockey Opertations Brad Pascall), the coaching staff (made up of Red Wings Head Coach Mike Babcock, Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock, Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien and Stars Head Coach Lindy Ruff) as well as five players (Sidney Crosby, Roberto Luongo, Shea Weber, Patrice Bergeron and Rick Nash) stopped in and answered questions regarding the Olympic games and this camp in particular.

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Setting Expecations: Sven Baertschi

Christian Roatis
August 20 2013 08:48AM



I recently conducted a fan Q&A and the question of "How many points will Sven Baertschi get next season?" came up. I predicted his total would land around 50 but wouldn't really be disappointed if it ended up being slightly below that. Some agreed with me while others thought that 50 points was a little too large of total to expect out of guy in his circumstance.

The idea however intrigued me. How many points can we realistically expect out of a 20-21 year old who just recently tore up the Western league but with only 25 NHL games under his belt?

Obviously we can't accurately predict a precise point total for Baertschi, but we can use history to approximately gauge what an appropriate expectation would be. In order to do this I took a look at past performances by NHLers in their 20-21 year old season using the 04/05 lockout as a starting point to see which group of players Baertschi could best compare to.

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FlamesNation Fan Ask - August 16, 2013

Christian Roatis
August 16 2013 09:20AM


It's no secret that things are slow in the NHL world - that August kind of slow. Most sports fans in Calgary have turned their attention to the thriving Stampeders and any Flames talk was placed in storage for the summer. Anyway, I thought I'd do a little Q&A to mix things up so I asked fans on Twitter and Facebook to send in questions for me to answer and I've narrowed it down to 10.

So without further ado...

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