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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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


Courtesy of @GoalieWays

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


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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NHL Draft Scout Series: USA Hockey

Christian Roatis
May 24 2014 01:08PM


The next installment of our Scout Series looking ahead to the NHL Entry Draft in June takes us south of the border to American born players skating in the USHL and NCAA. 

Andrew Weiss of Future Considerations was kind enough to join us and chat prospects from the Red, White and Blue. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @WeissFC:

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