Journal of Hockey Analytics: Volume I Issue 5

Josh W
June 09 2014 10:48AM


Welcome to this week's Journal of Hockey Analytics. I have payed attention to the links flying across the Twittersphere all week to bring you the latest and greatest (and maybe some terrible links, don't hold me accountable!) in the field of hockey analytics research. Hopefully this will either help with your next project, or just act as a resource for killing another slow day at work.

For analysis on why Jonathan Quick hasn't been very good, Stanley Cup Final goodies, some more analysis on why people should stop overrating Quick, and more -- continue past the jump.

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Flames Part Ways With Troy Ward & Robbie Ftorek

Ryan Pike
June 09 2014 08:00AM

After the big unveiling of the full management team on Friday, the Calgary Flames quietly announced that the Adirondack Flames will have a brand-new coaching staff for its debut season.

Abbotsford Heat coach Troy Ward and assistant coach Robbie Ftorek had expiring contracts and the big club announced their contracts will not be renewed.

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Weekend Open Thread: Dream Depth Draft Picks

Ryan Pike
June 07 2014 10:52AM

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The 2014 NHL Draft is just three weeks away!

The most important Draft in Calgary Flames history has a lot of hype at the top end, with (as Christian as ably detailed) a lot of good players in the top-end of the first round. The problem is the Flames have just one pick in the first round - 4th overall.

So which player(s) that aren't in that tippity-top group do you feel the Flames should get with their picks in the second or third rounds?

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Flames Hire Pascall, Promote Conroy to AGM

Ryan Pike
June 06 2014 06:38PM

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The Calgary Flames made a trio of announcements today as new general manager Brad Treliving rounds out his staff.

The club hired Brad Pascall as assistant general manager, promoted Craig Conroy from special assistant to the general manager to assistant general manager, and hired Troy Crowder in the player development department.

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The 2014 Flames Fifteen - #9: Joni Ortio

June 06 2014 04:18PM



Jiminy. A lot of things can change in one year, can't they?

Here we are, into the meat of the Flames Fifteen, at the stage of the game where we profile the prospects in Calgary's system who actually matter, and in the prestigious Lanny McDonald number 9 spot we're featuring a guy who couldn't even make the cut last year.

Upon the completion of our Flames Fifteen: Version 2013 - a most comprehensive and totally readable series underscored by some very sound analysis even though we talked about Mark Jankowski too much - Hockeyus Emeritus Kent Wilson penned an assuaging ode to the poor few who just missed the cut, including this little gem on today's profile, Flames netminder Joni Ortio:

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The 22-year old Finnish goalie gets lost in the mix a bit these days thanks to the success of Laurent Brossoit and Jon Gillies, both of whom made our top-10 list. Although Ortio struggled in a very brief appearance for the Abbotford Heat in 2011-12, he went back to his native land soon after and established himself as a capable starter for Markus Granlund's HIFK of the SM-liiga. Ortio started 54 of his team's 65 regular season games last year and managed a respectable .917 SV%, the 9th best save rate amongst goalies who played 40+ games in the league.

A former 6th round pick by the Flames, Ortio has never managed elite results anywhere, but last year was a strong enough step forward that he's worth keeping in the organization. Ortio may hop the pond and battle for a spot on the Heat with Brossoit and Berra, but he always has the option to go back and compete in the SM-liiga if things get too crowded in NA.

Laurent Brossoit, guys.

Needless to say, that former 6th round pick who probably should have gone back overseas looked at the collective mass of doubt, spit in it's eye, and like some renegade outlaw lurking into town under a shroud of mystery, played some pretty good hockey. (I wanted to end that analogy on a much more illustrative note, but I was never much into Westerns. It's not my fault John Wayne sucks)

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