A Century On, Have We Learned Anything?

November 11 2014 08:35AM


Editor's Note: Today is Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the United States. So we're taking a brief intermission from outright hockey talk and engaging in a look back with our pal Rex.

This past summer marked the centennial anniversary of the beginning of the Great War, what would later come to be called World War I. Coverage of the various observances and speeches to mark that date dominated much of the news cycle of August, when it wasn’t focusing on outbreaks of Ebola in West Africa; conflict, annexation and military brinkmanship in the Ukraine; and the rise of an ideological pseudo-state in central Iraq and Eastern Syria.

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September 29 2014 10:25AM

Recall my earlier article back in August about the changing world of sports journalism and something I had remarked on in regards to the misconception amongst some in the media about the intention of advanced analytics. Here is what I wrote: Nobody, at least not a single person I can find, is suggesting that advanced analytics should be used as a sole source for all hockey decisions. Instead, they are being suggested as a complement to aid in separating the signal from the noise, when it comes to reviewing games or making player asset decisions.

Well, in the spirit of the season (training camp and roster projections, that is) I decided to try and do just that. I’m going to draw up a roster made up entirely of some of the strongest players in various advanced stats categories, and keep it all under the current salary cap, and see what sort of team we end up with.The purpose of this is to illustrate what a numerically-chosen roster might look like and offer up some real names that we can then discuss. 

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Prospects Code Blue

September 20 2014 09:00AM


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

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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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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