June 21 2011 05:06PM
I want to point you all in the direction of a fantastic bit of research written last week by CIS Blogger and math graduate Rob Pettapiece. Rob expands on research he did into the CHL draft and found that players born earlier in the year were more likely to get drafted than players born later in the year. He divided the players into four camps, 'Q1' through 'Q4' and concluded that, since there were 4.3 times more Q1 players drafted, there are teams that make decisions, particularly in the late rounds, based on player size and strength rather than observable skill.
"If you’re down to “projectability” at that point, rather than stats and performance, then fine, pick the tallest kid if you have no other information about them."
June 21 2011 04:58PM
Of the pending unrestricted free agents on the Calgary Flames, names like Alex Tanguay, Anton Babchuk and Brendan Morrison may draw more headlines than Adam Pardy. But what the Flames decide to do with Pardy will be very interesting, as he's coming off a serious injury and a season where he didn't play anywhere near as much as he'd like. There are reasons to keep Pardy around, but there are also mitigating factors that play into it as well.
June 21 2011 03:32PM
While we have profiled a number of players ranging from Sven Bartschi to Ryan Murphy, the truth is there are still a number of possible picks for the Flames in the first round. In addition, the club has two more picks inside the top-60 thanks to the Erixon trade and may even choose to add another asset or two by trading down or moving a body.
Unfortunately with the draft mere days away we don't have time to do an in-depth profile of every possible top-60 Flames target. To compensate, I have put together this list of potential Calgary "sleepers and darkhorses". Feel free to add any more names or details in the comments as you see fit.
June 21 2011 01:41PM
As those of you who follow me on Twitter know, last night I was listening to Colin Campbell’s interview with the Fan 590 from earlier in the day and passing along some choice quotes. It was a bizarre interview in a lot of ways, ranging from Colin Campbell’s anger at the victims of hits from behind to his feelings that those pesky emails that were revealed earlier this season were totally appropriate to his not so subtly-worded desire to take a picture of his son, Marc Savard and the Stanley Cup and shove it up Tyler Dellow’s keester.
There was another point in the interview I found especially noteworthy however, one that I felt deserved more than 140 characters of consideration.
June 20 2011 03:09PM
Jay Feaster addressed the media on Monday afternoon with a number of interesting tidbits coming from his conversation. The first announcement was the contract extension of goaltender Henrik Karlsson, which is covered below, but Feaster also added new information regarding Alex Tanguay, Brendan Mikkelson and what the team is thinking heading into a very important two week period.