Two to Consider: Kane LaFranchise and Brett Olson

Ryan Pike
May 28 2014 08:15AM

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In the aftermath of a 2013-14 AHL season that saw the Abbotsford Heat make the playoffs, lose in the first round and then move to Glens Falls, there were quite a few obvious bright spots. Max Reinhart continued his progression. Corban Knight translated his two-way NCAA prowess to the AHL (and even had a nice NHL audition). Markus Granlund and Joni Ortio brought Finnish flash to the NHL during their brief recalls. Heck, Michael Ferland was a wrecking ball before he got hurt.

But two AHLers were bright spots for the Heat to the point were I think that Craig Conroy or Brad Treliving, or whoever's in charge of minor pro players nowadays, should try to retain them for the Adirondack Heat. I'd probably throw NHL two-way deals at these guys.

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Flames Next Steps - Backfill the Blueline

Kent Wilson
May 28 2014 07:59AM

In the functional toughness article we looked at the bottom-end of the Flames forward roster and found the club could improve things just by skating NHL caliber skaters on the 4th line. That's not quite true of the Flames blueline - none of their current guys are quite sub-replacement skaters like Brian McGrattan or Kevin Westgarth - but there's no denying Calgary is grotesquely top heavy and lacking in depth once you get past the noteworthy TJ Brodie/Mark Giordano pairing.

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DRILLING DOWN INTO THE ABBOTSFORD HEAT'S 2013-14 SEASON

Byron Bader
May 27 2014 09:18AM

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The Abbotsford Heat, the Calgary Flames former AHL affiliate, wrapped-up their season about a month back when they were bounced in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs by the Grand Rapid Griffins. Despite the early exit, the Heat's season had a lot of positives.  

And now, thanks to Josh Weissbrock and some dynamite tracking of some of the Heat's fancy stats, we can dive in and understand a little bit more about this year in Abby.  Lets have a look.

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Journal of Hockey Analytics: Volume I Issue 3

Josh W
May 26 2014 01:05PM

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Welcome back to this weeks Journal of Hockey Analytics to help with all your boring Mondays at work, and all your future hockey analytics research.  In this week we look at how simple drafting rules can beat scouts, reviewing some raw season long zone entry data and even some junior level analytics to analyze Griffin Reinhart.

For all your links, continue past the jump!

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Happy Anniversary!

Ryan Pike
May 26 2014 08:00AM

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On May 25, 1989, the Calgary Flames beat the Montreal Canadiens by a 4-2 score in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The win clinched the series for the Flames and, 25 years later, stands as the club's lone championship triumph in three trips to the dance.

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