The 2014 Flames Fifteen - #11 Tyler Wotherspoon

Ryan Pike
June 04 2014 08:15AM

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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.

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The 2014 Draft: Ambiguous Territory

Ryan Pike
June 03 2014 10:49AM

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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.

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News and Notes - June 2 2014

Ryan Pike
June 02 2014 11:17AM

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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?

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Journal of Hockey Analytics: Volume I Issue 4

Josh W
June 02 2014 10:46AM


Courtesy of Reddit's /u/Kebbs

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.

For systems analysis, more "Sham Sharron" scouting tips, and new data for your own projects, see all the links past the jump!

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Weekend Open Thread: Possession Anchors and Balloons

Ryan Pike
May 31 2014 08:30AM


As we all revel in the awesomeness that is the Chicago/LA series (and last night's game in particular), why not finish off the last of my brief possession look-backs?

Who makes their teammates consistently, considerably better at driving the play? Conversely, who was an absolute drain on the life-force of the team's offensive drives? That's what I tried to dig into here.

My approach was rather simple: anybody who played 100 even-strength minutes together was compared. Players that increased (or decreased) another's Corsi by 10% or more (compared to that player apart from them) were noted and listed here, listed from biggest to smallest differences made. Your mileage may vary.

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