December 05 2016 02:00PM
Seemingly eons ago, Bob Hartley gained a lot of praise from fans and onlookers for his method of chopping the 82-game National Hockey League season into digestible seven-game chunks. The justification was that it approximated playoff series length, and if a team wins enough seven-game segments they'd be very likely to make the playoffs.
In the interest of taking a different look at the Flames' struggles thus far, we've done the same thing to this season. Hartley may be gone, but his legacy lives on. (But only in this one, specific way. Okay, this and the stretch pass...)
December 05 2016 01:24PM
The Blue Jackets might actually be good, because woah, that Zach Werenski guy, while Patrice Bergeron, Evgeny Kuznetsov, and Andrew Ladd are off to horrible starts, and the Oilers might have found a good right-handed defenseman (that didn't cost them Taylor Hall).
December 05 2016 01:00PM
Photo Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig
Now that we're over a quarter of the way through the CHL season, we now have a large enough sample size that we can begin to make inferences about how players are performing and how coaches deploy them. We're also far enough into the season that narratives and concerns can start to take form.
With Friday's tilt between the OHL's Owen Sound Attack and London Knights televised on the west coast, many Canucks fans got their first look at Juolevi this season. But to their surprise, Juolevi was skating predominantly on the Knights' second pair, behind 19-year-old Brandon Crawley and Montreal Canadiens 2016 pick Victor Mete.
@JDylanBurke why do you think that is? Reason for concern..?— Sank the Ship (@BlueAidanGreen) December 3, 2016
December 04 2016 02:06PM
Future Free Agents is a semi-regular feature on NHLNumbers profiling players from 2017's potential free agency class.
The St. Louis Blues’ right-handed, puck-moving defenceman is now far and away the best blue liner set to become available on the free agent market this summer. While Shattenkirk isn’t quite the generational talent that Burns is, he’s still one of the game’s best at producing offence from the blue line and would be a welcome addition to just about every team in the league.
Unfortunately, if speculation is correct, there may actually only be one team he’s interested in playing for.
December 04 2016 08:00AM
The Flames had a number of needs heading into this past summer. Some young players needed new contracts; they needed to get goalies under contract, period; and the only player of note who could play the right side was Michael Frolik.
The various contracts were signed. Alex Chiasson was acquired for Patrick Sieloff, somebody who probably isn't going to be an NHL regular any time... ever, really. And Troy Brouwer was picked up on July 1, too.
And then, one day before the season started, so was Kris Versteeg.