April 14 2016 08:00AM
One of the standout elements to the Calgary Flames' season has been the element of the youth movement. More so in this season than the last two seasons of the rebuild has it been more evident that the future lies in the pursuit of young talent.
And here's the best part: Calgary's youth, between 18 to 22 years old, was among the league's best in point totals. Who could have predicted that? Probably a lot of people who looked closely enough at the talent on this roster this past season.
April 13 2016 12:00PM
[ed. The following is a guest post from MattyFranchise. A ton of work was put into this, and it's a really in-depth read on the season - enjoy!]
I wanted to take some time to examine game-by-game where this team has improved and where it needs work over the course of the season. I also wanted to see just how effective a teaching tool Bob Hartley's seven-game segment structure really is.
I choose the stats I did because I feel that PDO over a large enough sample is a good indicator of a team's overall ability. Corsi For Percentage was chosen because possession is 9/10ths of the law in hockey. Good teams have the puck, bad teams don't. Of course, you can shoot the puck from the red line all day long to boost your Corsi rating but all shots are not created equal so I've included both High Danger Scoring Chances For and just plain old Scoring Chances For to get an idea of shot quality.
A lot of the blame for the poor season has been placed, by eye rightfully, on the goaltending so On Ice Save Percentage was included and in the interest of fairness, since you can't win if you don't score, I've included On Ice Shooting Percentage as well.
April 13 2016 08:00AM
Welcome back to our roundtable! Yesterday, we simply looked at the positives and negatives of 2015-16; today, we're looking ahead towards the 2016-17 season. Will it be an improvement? Well, we all certainly hope so.
April 12 2016 04:00PM
The National Hockey League's Calgary Flames may be dead and buried for this season, but their American Hockey League affiliate in Stockton is in a battle for their playoff lives! Tonight the Stockton Heat leap into yet another do-or-die affair with one of their most bitter rivals, the Bakersfield Condors.
The puck drops just after 8 p.m. MT on AHL Live and streaming audio on the Heat's site!
April 12 2016 02:00PM
The 2015-16 season is over. We laughed, we cried, we yelled at our TVs a lot. But now the Flames are dead and gone, not to be seen on the ice again until October 2016 (or September, if you count pre-season).
Brad Treliving and his management group have a lot of self-reflection and evaluations ahead of them. In the meantime, in part one of what turned into a very lengthy roundtable, we also took a look back on the year that was.
Part two will involve looking ahead to the future. Keep an eye out for it tomorrow!