2015 Summer Prospect Rankings – Summary

August 11th, 2015 | Posted in Prospect Rankings | By: D'Arcy McGrath

What better way to fill in those annoying gaps between the hockey season, the hockey off season, and the next hockey season than to conduct a series of 40 prospect polls in 40 days from early July until mid August.

I mean seriously, why would hockey think it should just go away, right?

For the third straight summer Calgarypuck.com has solicited the voting opinion of its readership to rank the Calgary Flames prospects from one to the mid 30s.

As a result we’ve built up an interesting database of past opinions, some of which have proven astute, others completely off the mark.

With that we present our 2015 Calgarypuck Prospect Ranking Summary.

Thanks again for participating with your votes!


Rank Player % Vote Run Off
1 Sam Bennett 96% Poll
2 Emile Poirier 38% Poll
3 Jon Gillies 35% Poll
4 Micheal Ferland 44% Poll
5 Joni Ortio 63% Poll
6 Mark Jankowski 38% Poll Run Off
7 Brandon Hickey 57% Poll Run Off
8 Markus Granlund 47% Poll
9 Morgan Klimchuk 55% Poll
10 Oliver Kylington 43% Poll
11 Tyler Wotherspoon 39% Poll
12 Mason McDonald 29% Poll
13 Rasmus Andersson 54% Poll Run Off
14 Bill Arnold 46% Poll
15 Kenny Morrison 56% Poll
16 Ryan Culkin 32% Poll
17 Hunter Smith 42% Poll
18 Kenny Agostino 32% Poll
19 Brett Kulak 54% Poll Run Off
20 Ruslan Rafikov 43% Poll
21 Andrew Mangiapane 33% Poll
22 Austin Carroll 32% Poll
23 Garnet Hathaway 32% Poll
24 Patrick Sieloff 38% Poll
25 Keegan Kanzig 51% Poll
26 Adam Ollas Mattson 29% Poll
27 John Gilmour 51% Poll
28 Pavel Karnaukhov 49% Poll
29 Turner Elson 73% Poll
30 Bryce Van Brabant 33% Poll
31 Tim Harrison 32% Poll
32 Riley Bruce 53% Poll Run Off
33 Matt Deblouw 51% Poll
34 Derek Grant 74% Poll
35 Chad Billins/ David Wolf

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Flames Notes: Hamilton in the Fold Changes Team Progression

July 1st, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | By: D'Arcy McGrath

I’m a patient guy.

When you hear Brian Burke and Brad Treliving desperately trying to temper expectations after a remarkably successful season that featured a playoff birth and series win, I get it.

The Flames won a lot of games after trailing.
The Flames won a lot of games despite being out “fancied”.
The Kings, Avalanche and Stars all had off years, and should step back into the “norm” when the 2015-16 season comes around.

The Flames were destined to be in a battle and possibly slide back out of the playoff picture, two occurrences that don’t for a second suggest anything is wrong with the rebuild as it stands, nor take the lustre off of a great 2014-15 season.

Did you notice that word “were” in my last statement?
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Flames Acquire Dougie Hamilton In Shocking Draft Day Deal

June 26th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Two years ago today the Flames had a very different look to them.

Jay Feaster was the general manager.

The Flames had Mark Giordano and TJ Brodie, up front they had Mikael Backlund, they had a tiny prospect named Johnny Gaudreau that only the hardest core fans had heard of.

They were three months from dealing Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester for 1st round picks and had just said good bye to Miikka Kiprusoff. Those same hard core fans were doing the “Wiser” clap as the Flames were ushering in a rebuild after kidding themselves for a half decade.

The organization was 3 months away from hiring Brian Burke, six months away from firing Jay Feaster, and 10 months away from hiring Brad Treliving.
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NHL Draft Success: Calgary Flames Specific

June 25th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

So we’ve established the Flames have been relatively unsuccessful at drafting in the last ten years, at least how it stands today.

There isn’t a whole lot that will change from 2004 to 2006, but the team may gain in the rankings against pick value from 2007 to 2013 as drafted players potentially play more games than their counterparts.

From 2004 to 2010 certainly the team had a somewhat mixed philosophy as they traded down to add picks, but also traded away 2nd round picks most seasons. As a result they had a very low pick value most seasons, and the scouting staff wasn’t able to save them with savant like picks.

In the past few seasons things have changed however.
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NHL Draft Success: Value in a Pick / Draft Year

June 24th, 2015 | Posted in Game Takes | By: D'Arcy McGrath

Measuring the draft by games played was an interesting start (part one), trying to find sense in it by comparing those games played lost to number of picks, average of picks, and number of top 60 picks (part two) was an attempt to find order in chaos.

But what if you compare data based on the value of each draft pick, essentially the deepest dive you can do in order to analyze draft performance of games played versus draft selections over a ten year span.

I’ve seen attempts to value draft picks before so I’m not inventing the wheel, in fact I really wish I had beat them to it. For this exercise I recreated a similar analysis using games played so I could value each pick in order to get a more comprehensive look at what teams have going for them before you look at the summary table of games played lost over a ten year period.
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