June 13 2012 12:07PM
Cam Charron did this over at LeafsNation and I figure it makes for a worthwhile exercise here as well. Although we will continue to profile probable Flames targets in detail leading up to the draft, it still makes sense to survey the lay of the land as well.
June 13 2012 09:22AM
1. Happy for Darryl
Perhaps the rarest sight in hockey these days isn't something a player does by himself or with the help of his teammates. I think it might be Darryl Sutter's smile.
June 12 2012 11:39AM
Photo by Bri Weldon, via Wikimedia Commons
Aside from Mathew Dumba's leapfrog of Mikhail Grigorenko, the top 12 in our consensus list remained the same. Nail Yakupov has gone from the strong consensus #1 to the unanimous #1 and Filip Forsberg has lengthened his lead on Alex Galchenyuk, but the list has held steady.
The big movers in June jumped into the back half of the first round. Rogle's Hamphus Lindholm moved five spots to #16, Oshawa's Scott Laughton moved 19 spots to #23 and Henrik Samuelsson moved thirteen spots to #30.
Future Considerations describes Lindholm as "...a very aggressive puck rushing defenseman with a high offensive upside. He starts rushes quickly with his high-end skating ability and vision." But with a significant downside, namely, his defensive game: "He makes bad decisions and is not hard enough on the puck. Inconsistent play is the biggest detraction from Lindholm’s game. He can force things and tries to make low percentage passes that turn into odd-man rushes or scoring chances against."
Hockey Prospectus' Corey Pronman thinks Laughton is "...a quick, smart effective player with an average skill level who is a "does all the little things" type of guy in the lineup and seems to always be around the play." but doesn't think he projects into the top six in the NHL.
The Scouting Report thinks Samuelsson is a grinder, noting he's "...a strong complementary player that does the dirty work, but has enough skill to finish off plays as well." But he isn't going to be an offensive dynamo, "Skating is pretty average, and his offensive puck skills aren’t going to blow you away..."
The sources for the consensus list are Bob McKenzie, Redline Report, Future Considerations, ISS, Craig Button, Hockey Prospectus, The Scouting Report, and Win Shares via Nick, A.K.A. Mathletic. Their prior records are used to establish a weighting so that the opinions of the more accurate (McKenzie and Button) have more value than the opinions of the less accurate.
June 12 2012 11:15AM
Let’s face it FlamesNation, I have not been the biggest advocate of Cory Sarich over the past few seasons - so when it came time to profile the Flames free agents, I’m probably the last one you expected to see doing the write-up.
Sarich is going to be one of those players whether he is re-signed or not by the Flames that will draw a lot of discussion. Regardless of what side of the fence you sit, undoubtedly most people will have valid comments to back their arguments. In the end, Sarich’s future in Calgary will not be determined by a column with more pros or more cons in it, rather it will hopefully based on a methodical evaluation leading to a logical conclusion.
June 12 2012 09:22AM
(Uffe Bodin is a Swedish sports writer and editor-in-chief of hockeysvierge.se who is a friend of the site and has worked with me in the past . Uffe recently interviewed Mikael Backlund about his difficult season and was good enough to send over translated sections for FlamesNation readers. The original article can be found here .)
By: Uffe Bodin
(Backlund on returning from his first injury)
"I immediately got the chance on the first line and in the beginning, I felt as strong as I've ever felt. I had three great chances early on, but didn't score and after that things didn't go my way."