The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 15 2014 08:05AM

The analytics debate rages on, how much does "character" matter, player profiles, ice bucket challenge, Wayne Gretzky and more in this week’s Roundup.

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PACIFIC HEIGHTS 2014-15

Lowetide
August 14 2014 10:46PM

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After weeks of ciphering, I have figured out the Pacific Division for 2014-15. Now, if you click-through it will ruin the surprise of the actual season, so consider this a spoiler alert on winter. Up next: where do they finish?

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Reasonable Expectations: Sean Monahan

Christian Roatis
August 14 2014 01:15PM

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Last year, I took a stab at setting "reasonable" expectations for Sven Baertschi and absolutely nailed it... not.

So naturally, I'm the one who will attempt to attach expectations to the most unpredictable player set to suit up in the Flaming C this October.

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Five Things: Who's Gonna Make It, Part 3

Ryan Lambert
August 14 2014 08:30AM

1. Picking up again

So I've now looked at eight different prospects and borderline NHLers the Flames could use this season and largely concluded that only three or four of them (Sven Baertschi, Johnny Gaudreau, and Ben Hanowski are all probables, while I rank Markus Granlund as a call-up simply because of the NHL club's center depth) are really going to get a serious shot in the coming season. That's not a bad average, either half or a little less than two-fifths.

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Reasonable Expectations: Mason Raymond

beloch
August 13 2014 10:30AM

Double Flames-Palm

My initial reaction to the signing of Mason Raymond was undoubtedly tinted by the departure of Michael Cammalleri.  The squid left big shoes to fill and the timing made Raymond the obvious man to step into them.  The fact that Raymond was drafted by the Canucks and has been their property for most of his career didn't exactly help either.  However, reviled opponents often become beloved allies.  Is Raymond likely to win over devoted Canuck-haters such as myself?  

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