September 13 2011 11:30AM
Goals came pretty easy for Calgary Flames prospect Bryan Cameron in his junior career. In five seasons the Belleville and Barrie, Cameron scored 184 goals, including 53 in his final year with the Colts. However, his transition to pro hockey last season did not see the same results. In 60 games with Abbotsford, Cameron scored just six times to go along with two more in seven ECHL contests. It wasn't the season he was expecting, and Cameron hopes he can take some large steps forward in his second season with the Heat.
September 13 2011 09:21AM
Earlier, I introduced on The Nations Network a new way of looking at a player's plus/minus rating, specifically to do with on-ice shot differential, in an effort to learn more about teams and players.
This month, somewhat regularly, I will break down types of players and teams in an effort to localize player talents and figure out exactly what certain teams need. There's definitely more to a hockey player than simply being "good" or "bad" and by how much, so today I will profile the defensive forward.
September 12 2011 08:44PM
The Calgary Flames dropped to 0-2 at the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton thanks to a 4-3 overtime loss on Monday night at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks. Following their 6-1 loss to San Jose the previous night, Calgary's prospects were a whole lot better and once again, there were some standout performances. The Flames close out the action Wednesday night against the Edmonton Oilers.
September 12 2011 12:16PM
After falling 6-1 to the San Jose Sharks Sunday night, Flames prospects are back on the ice tonight in Penticton for a game against the host Vancouver Canucks (5 pm, Sportsnet). Both teams lost their openers at the Young Stars Tournament, with the Canucks falling 7-2 to the Oilers in the late game on Sunday. It's an opportunity for a number of Flames to bounce back, most notably goaltender Joni Ortio, who will get the start once again.
September 12 2011 10:52AM
The scene: After a hard-fought prospects game at one of the many preseason tournaments sprouting up across North America, a progressive coach brings a player into his office to discuss the fighting major the player earned the night before in the second period of a 5-1 hockey game.
"Oh, hey, it's good to see you showed up. I wanted to call you in here with regards to that fight that you had last night in our prospects game.