June 04 2014 11:15AM
Over the next few weeks we'll be breaking down possible draft options for the Calgary Flames at each of their picks in late June, and although after the first 15 or so players in this draft there's mass controversy where everyone else fits, it'll still be fun to get a gist of what could be coming Calgary's way at the annual event.
Starting at the top, the Flames hold the 4th overall holler - the highest in team history - and are guaranteed (unless they go way, way, way off the board) an elite prospect from it. The consensus top five or six guys have been public knowledge for a long time now, but the order in which they go is an interesting component to analyze. Dale Tallon has publicly been shopping his first overall pick - somewhat aggressively according to Panthers beat writer George Richards. Will the Panthers deal the pick? Could the Flames move up? Tons of intrigue around that situation.
Talk out of Edmonton is that Oiler brass is in love with Leon Draisaitl and are lining up to snag him a pick before the Flames, at 3. There's endless scenarios that could play out and the only sure thing from a Flames perspective is they're working tirelessly to construct their list, and won't deter from it when they go to select.
June 04 2014 08:15AM
Many years ago, Tim Erixon decided he didn't want to play for the Calgary Flames. Jay Feaster, in a bind, turned to Glen Sather for help. Rather than hope Erixon fell to them when he re-entered the draft, the Rangers sent two second round picks and prospect Roman Horak to Calgary instead for Erixon's rights - the Flames would've gotten only a second rounder if Erixon went back into the draft.
It stands as perhaps Feaster's best move as a GM, and that's completely ignoring that the two players they got with the draft picks - Markus Granlund and Tyler Wotherspoon - are seemingly close to being NHL-ready contributors.
Originally chosen 57th overall in the 2011 Draft (Granlund was picked 12 spots earlier), Tyler Wotherspoon is #11 in this year's Flames Fifteen.
June 03 2014 10:49AM
As the run-up to the 2014 NHL Draft begins in earnest, everyone and their dog does a mock draft. Heck, probably two or three of 'em.
It makes sense. Mocks give an idea of the actual players a team might get, rather than in the abstract, which makes them easier to discuss. But ignoring the obvious "you're trying to predict the behaviour of 30 groups" problem, from a Flames standpoint we had another issue.
This is the first draft for Brad Treliving and Brian Burke in Calgary, and nobody knows what their preferences are or how hands-on either of them will be.
June 02 2014 11:17AM
It was a quiet weekend for the Calgary Flames but a fairly busy one in the hockey world, as we now know that the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers will face-off in the 73rd best-of-seven Cup Finals.
By wonderful coincidence, the Flames won the season series against both the Kings and Rangers. That and a toonie gets you a cup of coffee nowadays.
Let's catch up on a few things, shall we?
June 02 2014 10:46AM
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Welcome back to this week's Journal of Hockey Analytics. For your giant repository of link dumps of all hockey analytics works I could find. Whether to help you get through a boring Monday or to help you advance your shot quality project. Take a look and maybe your ideas will be inspired.
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