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Recapping my pre-season predictions: ‘Yegor Sharangovich hits 50 points’

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Jeff Middleton
1 month ago
After three seasons with the New Jersey Devils, Yegor Sharangovich was traded to the Calgary Flames in the Tyler Toffoli trade. At the time, many people grading the trade poorly for Calgary suggested that it was an A+ deal for New Jersey and an F for the Flames.
Sharangovich certainly didn’t have his best season in 2022-23 with the Devils, but many saw his potential as an offensive weapon and a tool on the penalty kill, suggesting that a change of scenery could do wonders for his production.
Before the season began, I predicted that we would see a different Sharangovich than the one we saw the previous year. He came out with a goal to prove the people who believed in him right and those who didn’t wrong.

Prediction: Yegor Sharangovich hits 50 points

Result: Correct

I made this prediction before the season primarily based on Sharangovich’s production from his 23-year-old season, in which he played 76 games and scored 46 points. He finished that year with 24 goals as well, suggesting that in the right system, he could end up scoring more.
And indeed, he did.
Sharangovich’s shooting percentage shot back up to where it was two seasons prior instead of down in the dumps at 9.9 like it was in 2022-23. It was the highest of his career in 2023-24, finishing at 17.3 percent and leading him to the finish line with 31 goals, 28 assists, and 59 points in all 82 games of the season.
One aspect of Sharangovich’s game that immediately stood out to fans, media, coaches, and management was his lethal shot.
For a player who had never scored 30 goals before this past season, his release of the puck resembles that of a player who can consistently hit that mark.
I mean, just look at this shot:
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Or this one:
And here is an absolute rifle of a one-time slapshot, just for fun:
All three of those clips represent the kind of goals that Sharangovich was scoring for most of the season and why he became a very valuable asset, especially on the power play.
The Flames’ power play has been abysmal for the last two seasons. However, the acquisition of Sharangovich in the Toffoli trade and Andrei Kuzmenko in the Elias Lindholm deal gave power play and assistant coach Marc Savard the chance to work with some weapons that can shoot the puck from anywhere and have a good chance of going in.
The interesting part about Sharangovich’s season is the regularized adjusted plus-minus analytics weren’t as high on his production as the box score or many people are. On the man advantage is where he really took charge, according to Evolving-Hockey’s data, but at even strength, he was not as effective as he should have been:
Sharangovich, despite not grading out well by RAPM at even strength, finished with some solid total value metrics. He was 10th in goals above replacement (GAR) and, even better, second in expected goals above replacement (xGAR), only behind MacKenzie Weegar.
There are important decisions to be made about Sharangovich’s future with the Flames, but after the season he had both in the goal-scoring department and points department — he tallied the most points in a single season by a Belarusian player in NHL history, the record previously being held by Mikhail Grabovski set in 2010-11 with the Toronto Maple Leafs — it would be hard not to seriously consider bringing him back on a longer-term deal if possible.
But that’s in the hands of general manager Craig Conroy and his staff. So for now, Sharangovich will just have to go about his business, using his filthy wrist shot to fool goaltenders and continue scoring goals with a flaming ‘C’ on his chest.
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