Prospect FGD: Flames vs. Oilers (8:30pm MT)

#451380342 / gettyimages.com After a 6-4 win over the Jets prospects on Friday night, the Calgary Flames prospects are back at it. And expect the aggression to get amped up a bit, as their game this evening is against the hated Edmonton Oilers prospects. Puck drop is 8:30pm MT and you can catch the game…

Prospect Post-Game: Comeback Kids

Well, that was fun! In the first official Calgary Flames in-game action since mid-April, the Calgary Flames’ prospects gathered in Penticton, BC for the annual Young Stars Classic Tournament. They began their 2014-15 hockey season with a 6-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets’ prospects.

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NATION NETWORK SURVEY

It’s back to work time at the Nation. Unreasonable optimism is beginning to build here in Edmonton, Brian Burke is already irate about something or other down in Calgary and in Vancouver ocean kayakers shrug indifferently at one other when the Canucks are infrequently mentioned.  We have some big things planned for the Nation Network this fall. Existing sites…

Prospect FGD: Flames vs. Jets (5pm MT)

#482447315 / gettyimages.com It begins! The long march to respectability – well, eventually – kicks off tonight as the Young Stars Classic begins in scenic Penticton, BC. The Calgary Flames face-off with the Winnipeg Jets tonight, kicking off at 5pm MT. Our Sportsnet 960 friends have the call, with the debut of of Derek Wills…

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THE ROUNDUP

Rookie camps, team previews, zone entries, hockey markets contributing to losses, and more in this week’s Round Up

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News and Notes – September 12 2014

As we get prepared for the beginning of the Young Stars Classic Tournament, let’s catch up on some of the goings-on of the past day or two. I was in attendance at Winsport yesterday as the Calgary Flames conducted their medicals for the players attending the rookie camp segment of training camp. Some media availabilities…

Young Stars Tournament: Flames Preview

#481616991 / gettyimages.com The Nations Network is sending this Jets blogger to the 2014 Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, BC. I’ll be judging your team and bringing you live scouting reports. Check out last year’s wrap-up piece here. The Young Stars Tournament is here again! I’ll be there all weekend to scout, blog, and dry out my…

View From the Other Side

The Young Stars Tournament opens on Friday and while we’re taking a good look at all of this from a Flames perspective, our resident Oilers expert RexLibris has compiled a look at the next most-interesting group of prospects around – the dastardly Edmonton Oilers. Know your enemy, folks. As you are all aware, this year’s…

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Five things: Getting closer

1. Further D-velopments So in the last week, the picture for the Calgary Flames on defense has either changed a lot, or not really very much at all, depending upon how you choose to look at it. In this space last week I took a look at what Sheldon Brookbank could potentially provide to the…

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Parsing through team over/under totals for the coming season

Well, if Grapes is looking for something to invest that crisp $100 bill in.. The 2014-15 NHL season is rapidly approaching. Respective prospect tournaments and training camps are starting any day now, and the preseason schedule itself gets going less than two weeks from now. Those are sure-fire signs that hockey is on the horizon.  Another…

2013-14 CALGARY FLAMES: ZONE ENTRIES

#474169295 / gettyimages.com Zone entries, while in their infancy, are the next big wave of advanced hockey stats that are going to shape our understanding of possession-numbers.  Teams remain curious but cautious about corsi and fenwick stats, but I have yet to hear a team that doesn’t see immense value in zone entry stats.  The only…

Meet the Try-Outs

#187384186 / gettyimages.com The Calgary Flames announced their rookie camp roster yesterday, and eight names probably stood out on that list for casual observers – because nobody knew a lick about ’em. Eight players – a goaltender, three blueliners and four forwards – are attending camp on try-outs. Seven of them have no deals of…