October 23 2012 02:25PM
I shared some qualitative observations of Calgary's AHL prospects in the post below, so it's about time I spiked that with some quantitative stuff. Of course, it's much too early in the season to take anything substantive from a players stats line so far, but I plan to establish this database now and update it regularly as the year progresses.
As usual, I will be employing NHL equivalency (NHLE) to compare kids scattered across various leagues. If you're unfamiliar, Gabriel Desjardins' original article on the subject can be found here (warning, .pdf). Short version: it's a method of translating a players output based on the quality of his league.
To the tables!
October 23 2012 11:09AM
As everyone around here no doubt knows by now, the Abbotsford Heat played the Chicago Wolves on Saturday and the game was televised live and in living color by Sportsnet. That gave myself and others an opportunity to watch the team closely for the first time this year and share our thoughts in the game thread that day.
For those who don't want to click on the thread and read through 80+, comments here is a summation of my observations that night:
October 22 2012 11:04PM
Lots of KHL goodness today. Malkin puts up 4 points and helps Nikolai Kulemin get two of his own, Ovechkin scores and helps Nicklas Backstrom get his first KHL point, and he gets a little punchy, too.
October 22 2012 11:48AM
(Patrick johnston was at the Heat/Wolves game Saturday night. He got a chance to speak to Max Reinhart after the game)
How do you get a hockey player to give answers that might provide a hint of insight? Ask them questions that don't relate to their current season, game, or even moment. The professional hockey player has heard so many questions so many times before, it's a challenge to give them something different to work with. Here's one reporter's attempt to be different.
FlamesNation caught up with Max Reinhart after Abbotsford's 4-1 win over Chicago on Saturday night. We told him it would be five questions, but it ended up being seven.
October 22 2012 09:51AM
Every hockey league except for that one league is now in action. There are a lot of Flames prospects in action. Most of them played this weekend. Actually, everybody except for John Ramage. Here's an update.