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Monday Heat Musings: Treading Water In The Lone Star State

Embed from Getty Images This week the Stockton Heat headed south to the Lone Star State to face off against the San Antonio Rampage and the Texas Stars. They found a way to squeak out a close win in the Alamo City on the back of two Emile Poirier goals (finally!) and two primary assists…

Monday Heat Musings: If It Weren’t For Bad Luck…

View image | gettyimages.com If it weren’t for bad luck, the Stockton Heat would have no luck at all. That’s been the story of their young inaugural season so far. As frustrating as it is to watch, it must be even more frustrating for them given their underlying numbers. The Heat split the back-to-back weekend…

Monday Heat Musings: Signs of Life

View image | gettyimages.com This week might’ve been one of the best of the season for the Heat despite losing two of three. People love to use the cliché “complete game,” but there are few phrases that can describe what the Heat did this past week as accurately as that. It was a week of positives…

Freddie Hamilton Not Just A Feel-Good Addition

View image | gettyimages.com When your team has lost six of its last seven and have only won three games on the season, it’s tough to find positives and remain optimistic. Fortunately for Heat fans, Freddie Hamilton has provided a small glimmer of hope for a team waist deep in a bog of frustration and losing….

The Unusual Case of Poirier’s Slow Start

View image | gettyimages.com Slow starts have been pervasive throughout the Flames organization and few are feeling that more than Emile Poirier. We shouldn’t panic, however. Anyone who has watched Emile Poirier knows he’s been one of the hardest working Heat players this season. But when the Heat’s scoring is dryer than the Mojave in…

Why Kylington Should Be Sent To The Brandon Wheat Kings

View image | gettyimages.com It was announced Oct. 29 that the Brandon Wheat Kings shipped Latvian import Rihards Bukarts to the Portland Winterhawks, leaving them with one open spot for an import player. Hmm, guess who comes to mind? With just four games under his belt of pro hockey, the Flames 2015 second-round pick, Oliver Kylington,…

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The Good, The Meh, The Ugly: Observations on Stockton

We are now exactly two weeks into the AHL season and four games into the Stockton Heat’s inaugural year. Small sample, yes, but early on there are some things that are concerning and some that are exciting. After a 7-0 blowout victory in their first game, the Heat have looked rather pedestrian in their last…

Ferland Out Week-To-Week With Sprained Knee

View image | gettyimages.com The Flames will be without the services of Michael Ferland for a while, according to Flames GM Brad Treliving. Treliving announced Sunday morning that Michael Ferland suffered a sprained knee in Friday’s tilt against the Detroit Red Wings and will be out “week-to-week.” #Flames forward Micheal Ferland is week-to-week with a sprained…

Where It All Went Wrong: The Tyler Wotherspoon Story

View image | gettyimages.com Wotherspoon’s steady decline from the organization’s top defensive prospect to a reliable farm hand has been slow, painful and tough to watch. It’s difficult to pinpoint where things started to fall apart and it’s even harder to pinpoint why, but that doesn’t mean we can’t explore these questions in depth. He…

Exploring First Call-Up Options

View image | gettyimages.com Ah, the prestigious first call-up title. Sometimes it’s earned, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s about the coach’s trust, sometimes it’s about one’s position on the organizational depth chart. Sometimes it’s about needs rather than wants. All of these are taken into consideration when injuries take place in the NHL. The coaching…

5 Training Camp Battles That Will Affect The Stockton Heat

View image | gettyimages.com Let’s face it, training camp battles are awesome. Whether they’re direct battles in scrimmages or indirect battles for a spot on the opening day roster, it doesn’t matter. Training camp battles are fun because you don’t know how they’re going to play out. This got me thinking about how September will…