Baertschi's Role and Expectations

Kent Wilson
August 29 2013 01:59PM

 

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- pic via Halifaxdrunk

 

I noted in my random thoughts piece yesterday that one of the key questions for the Flames this year is whether Sven Baertschi is a capable NHLer or not. On that note, Christian Roatis recently went over a long list of comparable youngsters to try to determine just what a reasonable expectation would be for the 20 year old this season. A follow-up showed most FN readers expect him to settle between 40-50 points.

Of course, besides his own talent and effort level, the one thing that will determine whether Baertschi fulfills those expectations is his role on the club. Scorers obviously need ice time to put up points. With that mind, I investigated a list of kids who scored at around the expected rate (40-50 points over 82 games) around their 20-21 year old season since 2003-04. That yielded a list of 29 names:

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Fla...err Heat Sign Bancks and Begin

Kent Wilson
August 28 2013 12:48PM

 

AHL Hockey: Apr 20 Barons vs Heat
- pic via the OKC Barons

 

The Calgary Flames organization tied up the last two off-season loose-ends today, inking both Carter Bancks and Steve Begin to one-year AHL deals. The fact that these aren't NHL contract clarifies the delay in signing both players - clearly the org wanted to keep both guys around but didn't want to commit any NHL contract space to either of them, while I assume the players were pressing for more.

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Random Thoughts - Sink or Swim for Karri Ramo

Kent Wilson
August 28 2013 10:18AM

 

 

The long summer doldrums will soon be at an end. Next week is the young stars tournament in BC (and yes, the Nation will have people accredited and in arena to cover it) and then shortly after that is rookie camp, main camp and the pre-season (yay!).

Prior off-seasons have been spent debating the organization's direction, but this year the way forward was devastatingly obvious - like creeping out of the basement after a tornado has ripped your home from its foundations. There's only one option left - to rebuild.

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The Price of Principle in Sochi

Kent Wilson
August 25 2013 10:38AM

 

 

(This article is by long-time Flames/Oilers blogger Sapp McIntosh. He doesn't have his own place anymore, so I agreed to publish it here on FN)

By: Sapp MacIntosh

The Russian government has recently made it perfectly clear they are not fans of people who love those who share like chromosomes (and/or genitalia). Russia has said any signs of support for human rights (and let’s be clear, this is not a gender/sexual orientation issue, it is a human rights issue) will not be tolerated.

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FN Weekend Open Thread - How Long Will the Rebuild Take?

Kent Wilson
August 24 2013 11:20AM

 

 

This came up in the Fan Ask from yesterday and it's a tough one. The Flames are currently at the onset of the rebuild and from where they're standing the desert seems to stretch out infinitely in all directions. "Forever" is the reflexive response of some, I think.

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