Reviewing Flames Zone Starts

Ryan Pike
June 13 2014 08:30AM

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One of my off-season projects this summer was to try to gauge the progress of some of Calgary's younger or emerging players. One of the metrics you can use to try to approximate a coach's confidence in a player is zone starts.

Zone starts measure what percentage of a player's shifts begin in the offensive zone at even-strength, ignoring neutral-zone face-offs for simplicity. (e.g., O-Zone Start % is Offensive Starts divided by Offensive + Defensive Starts). A player that starts a lot in the offensive zone needs high ground to succeed, a player that starts mostly in the defensive zone can get high ground on their own. At least, that's the theory.

Here's a look at the rolling 10-game zone-start trends for a few different combinations of Flames for the entire season.

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Log Jam at Left Wing

June 12 2014 11:00AM


(Regular readers of FN should recognize long-time quality commenter beloch. We're giving him a chance to contribute beyond the comment section for a change. Here is his first article...welcome beloch!)

In terms of goal production, the Flames corps of forwards didn't get it done this year. Yes, they outscored Edmonton, Vancouver, and even L.A., but they were still 23rd in the league in terms of goals per game. Part of the reason for this is that the Flames had just three established NHL left wingers and one of them, Curtis Glencross, missed more than half the season due to injury. A lot of left-wing minutes were played by rookies, centers, and even right wingers! To make matters worse, Mike Cammalleri may leave as a free agent this summer. There is hope though. The Flames' farm system is bursting at the seams with quality left wing prospects, many of whom will be ready for NHL minutes next season. Some might be a few years from being useful NHLers but others seem almost certain to be valuable next season.  

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Five thoughts: Moving up?

Ryan Lambert
June 12 2014 08:00AM


1. Kicking the tires

Word came out over the weekend, as it so often does at this time of year, that a number of teams have been in contact with the Florida Panthers about the possibility of trading for the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft. No surprise, especially because the Panthers have said they might be more willing than top teams usually are to part with it.

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Wanna go see the Stanley Cup in Person?

Justin Azevedo
June 11 2014 10:42AM


After an exciting game one, the Stanley Cup has sorta gone to crap. Oh well - next season will be here soon enough. In the meantime, read about how you can win stuff from Scotiabank below.

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Byron Bader
June 11 2014 08:00AM

Bill Arnold, the product of Needham, Massachusetts, was selected in the 4th round (108th overall) by the Calgary Flames in 2010.  Arnold is described as a strong two-way centre that is very, very good in all three zones.  While not a tall player, standing at 6’0’’, Arnold is a big boy, tipping the scales at 210 pounds and certainly doesn’t get pushed around on the ice.  He comes in at #7 on our 2014 Flames 15.

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