Prospects Code Blue

RexLibris
September 20 2014 09:00AM

TJ-Brodie

That's TJ Brodie when he was drafted by the Flames. He represents the last drafted-and-developed Flames blueliner. Prior to him you have Tim Erixon and Dion Phaneuf, neither really counts because Erixon never played for the Flames per se and Phaneuf, by dint of the lost lockout season and his own talent level, arrived more or less plug-and-play at the NHL level.

Looking back at the Young Stars tournament I felt there was a noticeable gap between the quality of forward prospects that the Flames have acquired versus the defense. This spurred me to take a closer look at the Flames’ defensive prospects and try to determine the overall strength of this area of organizational prospect depth.

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View From the Other Side

RexLibris
September 11 2014 02:15PM

The Young Stars Tournament opens on Friday and while we're taking a good look at all of this from a Flames perspective, our resident Oilers expert RexLibris has compiled a look at the next most-interesting group of prospects around - the dastardly Edmonton Oilers. Know your enemy, folks.

As you are all aware, this year's Young Stars tournament is set to start Friday, Sept 12th.

The schedule looks like this:

GAME                   TEAMS                                            DATE                    TIME

Game 1                Calgary vs Winnipeg                       Sept. 12                4:00 pm

Game 2                Vancouver vs Edmonton                 Sept. 12                7:30 pm

Game 3                Calgary vs Edmonton                      Sept. 13                7:30 pm

Game 4                Vancouver vs Winnipeg                   Sept. 14                2:00 pm

Game 5                Penticton Vees’ Exhibition               Sept. 14                5:30 pm

Game 6                Edmonton vs Winnipeg                    Sept. 15               11:30 am

Game 7                Vancouver vs Calgary                      Sept. 15                5:30 pm*

*line brawl scheduled for 5:38pm or immediately following national anthem

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Starlight

RexLibris
September 01 2014 01:15PM

So previously we have examined the defense, goaltending and established forwards for the Flames this coming season. You can read about the forwards here and the defense and goaltending here

This final segment will examine the prospects and rookies of the 2014-2015 Calgary Flames.

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Black Holes and Revelations

RexLibris
August 25 2014 01:30PM

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Last time out, I looked at some sober-eyed objective goals for the Flames defense and goaltending using a number of statistical categories.

The conclusions I drew from the previous article were that we can expect approximately 45 goals from the defense provided the estimated number of games played is fulfilled and that Hiller and Ramo together should be able to post close to a 91.1 SV% allowing around 2.6 goals against per game.

Today we look at the forwards: Backlund, Hudler, Glencross, Monahan, Stajan, Raymond, Colborne, McGrattan, Byron, Bollig, Jones, and the recently added Devin Setoguchi

You can review my methodology by scanning the previous article.

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The Changing World of Sports Journalism

RexLibris
August 22 2014 01:30PM

Some of you may be keeping up with the ongoing diatribes occurring in Edmonton following the news of the Oilers' hiring of Tyler Dellow as an analytics advisor to coach Dallas Eakins.

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