August 22 2013 11:21AM
Awhile back, I took at look at the Calgary Flames' prospect depth by comparing the roster at 2010's prospect camp to this year's probable roster. Now let's do the same thing with the main training camp rosters.
First and foremost, bear in mind that the training camp rosters are ultimately a combination of (a) guys under pro contracts, (b) guys on professional try-out deals, and (c) really great junior kids from prospect camp who get a taste at main camp. Since we don't know who's getting a try-out from the Flames – and recent history suggests that we'll likely see a couple – this may slightly under-represent the 2013 group.
August 17 2013 10:36AM
As we bowl headlong into the last two weeks of the NHL's off-season, it's probably time for a quick news and notes update for the weekend. After the jump we'll talk about the Flames new ECHL affiliate, the changing of guard in radio media and look at where some former Flames prospects have ended up.
August 14 2013 08:36AM
In a mere three short weeks, after a seemingly endless summer break, Flames hockey will return. Well, sort of. All indications – including the CBA – are pointing to Flames rookie camp opening on September 3, most likely featuring the usual mix of unsigned junior draft picks and players on entry-level contracts.
The looming beginning of camp provides an opportunity to take a look at who's likely going to be in action, as well as provide a comparison to who made up the camp's roster when Jay Feaster began his tenure with the Flames.
August 12 2013 03:18PM
The most prominent method in evaluating players – both established and emerging – is by scouting them in-person. The method has its particular strengths and weaknesses, as you would expect. Over the past two seasons I've been contributing to the NHL Draft coverage over at The Hockey Writers and I've developed some observations based on my limited scouting experiences.
August 09 2013 09:17AM
One of the more interesting debates that has arisen of late, particularly with the improvement in Calgary's drafting, is how to rate prospects. For example, when I say that Johnny Gaudreau is the best Flames prospect, what does that mean and how do I come to that conclusion?
In the interest of throwing fuel on that particular debate, over the next while we'll be touching on a few different methods of assessing young talent. To kick things off, let's look at NHL Points Equivalence, or NHLE, one of the most relied-upon statistical measures used to evaluate prospects, particularly across different leagues.