2014-15 By The Numbers: #25 Brandon Bollig

This breakdown isn’t going to be particularly long.

Brandon Bollig is what he is. He’s a fourth line winger. He has size. He occasionally scores goals. He occasionally fights. He doesn’t play a heck of a lot.

Bollig played 100+ even-strength minutes with just a few guys. Most of them are defensemen.

Player Together Apart Diff.
Stajan 47.2% 42.8% +4.4%
Bouma 37.4% 42.7% -5.3%
Engelland 40.2% 40.6% -0.4%
Wideman 41.4% 43.0% -1.6%
Russell 39.8% 43.3% -3.5%
Brodie 39.5% 45.9% -6.4%
Diaz 44.4% 47.2% -2.8%

Bollig is dragging everyone but Stajan down. Some by a little, but most by a lot. Some of that is likely because of the circumstances in which he plays, but a good deal that is because of Bollig being what Bollig is. He had 5 points in 62 games in the regular season and 2 goals in 11 playoff games. He was a frequent healthy scratch in the regular season, sitting 20 times.

Here’s his deployments:

So, the good? A few guys had more defensive zone starts than Bollig, but not too many. However, no forward on the team had easier quality of competition than Bollig did. By a big, big margin. Bollig wasn’t nearly the worst possession player on the team, but considering the circumstances in which he played, you would’ve expected his numbers to be a lot better than they were if he were a middle-of-the-road NHL player.

The numbers seem to indicate that he’s not.

I’m not sure what the future holds for him, particularly with so many forwards such as Micheal Ferland and Drew Shore making a push for full-time employment on the fourth line. He has two seasons remaining on his current deal. There’s a good chance he’ll spend a good chunk of those years in the press box, or even in Stockton.


#1 Jonas Hiller #19 David Jones
#3 David Schlemko #21 Mason Raymond
#4 Kris Russell #23 Sean Monahan
#5 Mark Giordano #24 Jiri Hudler
#6 Dennis Wideman #25 Brandon Bollig
#7 T.J. Brodie #29 Deryk Engelland
#8 Joe Colborne #31 Karri Ramo
#11 Mikael Backlund #32 Paul Byron
#13 Johnny Gaudreau #33 Raphael Diaz
#15 Ladislav Smid #60 Markus Granlund
#17 Lance Bouma #79 Micheal Ferland
#18 Matt Stajan #86 Josh Jooris
Everybody Else
  • beloch

    Assuming David Wolf improves his conditioning this off-season, both he and Ferland would be improvements on Bollig. Ferland has some offensive potential and gets under the skin of opponents in a way that Bollig hasn’t been able to while playing for the Flames.

    • ChinookArchYYC

      The best pests will drive opponents crazy before and after the whistle, with and without the puck and especially on the scoresheet. Bollig is not a pest. Ferland on the otherhand has the potential to be a really effective and valuable aggregator for the Flames.

  • beloch

    When Schlemko joined the team, I thought Bollig and the whole fourth line became a billion times more effective. I still prefer Ferland, Byron, Shore, Poirier, Granlund, Agostino, Wolf, and Elson over Bollig though. It’s time to trade Bollig while we still can… We need the roster room.