Calgarypuck Rates the Flames
In January 2001, Calgarypuck.com asked it's readers to submit rating of the 20-25 players that made up the roster in and around the midway point of the season.
The Flames were coming off a successful December, and were climbing the standings in the hunt for their first playoff birth in four seasons.
The ratings showed some of the optimism that was present at the time.
Sadly the Flames ran into a strange string of concussions soon after the ratings were submitted. Through a depleted lineup and inconsistent play the Flames were out of the playoff race by the end of February and looking once again to next year.
Last week, once again we approached the readers of Calgarypuck.com to solicit ratings on the city's hockey team.
In early January the annual Talent Pool analysis appeared in the Sun, a popular national newspaper. The gist of the analysis was to provide a rating from five different experts on the top 20 hockey players on each of the 30 NHL franchises.
By combining a rating for each of these players (maximum of 25), an overall rating for the talent level of each club was provided.
Twenty Calgarypuck readers assigned their ratings as well, based on the following scale.
The results were very interesting.
In some cases Flames fans agreed whole heartedly with the expert opinion on a player, but in others the disparity between the two polls was night and day.
The original analysis yielded a maximum score of 25, which would only be obtained if all five judges gave the same player a 5.0. The highest rating this year was given to three players with a score of 22, Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Curtis Joseph.
The January Calgarypuck analysis followed the same guidelines, but had a greater participation. Twenty different fans submitted their ratings so the Calgarypuck maximum is 100. The Sun ratings were then each multiplied by four to create a maximum of 100 instead of 25.
The post season edition had a greater turnout with 27 submissions driving the
score up to a total of 135. For the sake of analysis this total was prorated
down to 100 to match the total for the January submission and the originally
adjusted Sun poll.