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How a prospect performs in any level of playoffs goes a long way to predicting the long term impact of said player. Does he come through? Exceed expectations? Or does the player's production tail off? Calgarypuck.com takes a look at the Saint John Flames after their first round playoff sweep.

Saint John Playoff Statistics

Calgary Flames fans were able to taste playoff success this past week, albeit vicariously through their Saint John counterparts, when the Baby Flames quickly dispatched the Portland Pirates in three games.

The series victory wasn't a surprise by any stretch of the imagination, as the Flames were heavily favoured, but the sweep and the fashion in which it was achieved was a very good sign that the young club is ready for the long AHL playoff haul.

Statistics: Who's Making A Difference

Point Production

Player

Total Points

Points Per Game

2001

Rank

Post

Rank

2001

Post

Diff.

Rank

Varlamov

48

5

4

1

0.923

1.333

0.41

3

Begin

24

12

3

2

0.436

1.000

0.56

1

Scoville

45

6

3

2

0.616

1.000

0.38

4

Walser

51

3

3

2

0.699

1.000

0.30

6

Botterill

33

8

2

5

0.550

0.667

0.11

8

Clark

35

7

2

5

0.729

0.667

-0.06

10

Montador

6

15

2

5

0.109

0.667

0.55

2

Murray

75

1

2

5

1.389

0.667

-0.72

15

Betts

25

11

1

9

0.347

0.333

-0.01

9

Dupont

29

9

1

9

0.453

0.333

-0.12

12

Elomo

29

9

1

9

0.420

0.333

-0.08

11

St.Croix

4

16

1

9

0.061

0.333

0.27

7

Doull

10

14

0

14

0.217

0.000

-0.21

14

Fata

49

4

0

14

0.731

0.000

-0.73

17

Mrozik

16

13

0

14

0.216

0.000

-0.21

13

Roche

55

2

0

14

0.724

0.000

-0.72

16

 

Sergei Varlamov leads the Saint John Flames with four points in the three games. He was ranked fifth on the club in points during the regular season. His point per game average increased by 0.410 from the regular season to the post season.

Steve Begin is probably the biggest positive surprise on the team. He had only 24 points in the regular season but already has three in the post season. His PPG increase of .564 is the highest positive difference for Saint John.

The biggest negative surprises to this point are Rico Fata and Marty Murray. Fata is pointless in three games after acquiring 49 during the season. Murray has only two points after amassing 75 in the regular season.

Goal Scoring

Player

Total Goals

Goals Per Game

2001

Rank

Post

Rank

2001

Post

Diff.

Rank

Varlamov

19

4

3

1

0.365

1.000

0.63

2

Begin

12

9

3

1

0.218

1.000

0.78

1

Scoville

15

7

1

3

0.205

0.333

0.12

4

Walser

18

5

1

3

0.247

0.333

0.08

5

Clark

18

5

1

3

0.375

0.333

-0.04

9

Betts

11

10

1

3

0.153

0.333

0.18

3

Botterill

13

8

0

7

0.217

0.000

-0.21

14

Montador

1

15

0

7

0.018

0.000

-0.01

8

Murray

24

2

0

7

0.444

0.000

-0.44

17

Dupont

8

12

0

7

0.125

0.000

-0.12

12

Elomo

9

11

0

7

0.130

0.000

-0.13

13

St.Croix

0

16

0

7

0.000

0.000

0.00

6

Doull

2

14

0

7

0.043

0.000

-0.04

10

Fata

23

3

0

7

0.343

0.000

-0.34

15

Mrozik

5

13

0

7

0.068

0.000

-0.06

11

Roche

29

1

0

7

0.382

0.000

-0.38

16

 

 

Once again, Sergei Varlamov and Steve Begin have been the most pleasant surprises offensively. Both players failed to top the 20 goal mark in the regular season but have three in three games in the post season.

A first round sweep is impressive given that the team's three regular season twenty-plus goal scorers (Dave Roche, Marty Murray, and Rico Fata) have failed to get on the board.

 

Shots On Goal

Player

Total Shots

Shots Per Game

2001

Rank

Post

Rank

2001

Post

Diff.

Rank

Varlamov

196

4

17

1

3.769

5.667

1.89

3

Walser

218

2

17

1

2.986

5.667

2.68

1

Clark

157

8

14

3

3.271

4.667

1.39

5

Montador

105

13

13

4

1.909

4.333

2.42

2

Roche

243

1

12

5

3.197

4.000

0.80

8

Begin

108

12

11

6

1.964

3.667

1.70

4

Fata

205

3

11

6

3.060

3.667

0.60

9

Murray

168

5

9

8

3.111

3.000

-0.11

13

Elomo

145

9

9

8

2.101

3.000

0.89

7

Scoville

161

6

8

10

2.205

2.667

0.46

10

Mrozik

97

14

7

11

1.311

2.333

1.02

6

Dupont

159

7

7

11

2.484

2.333

-0.15

14

Botterill

133

10

5

13

2.217

1.667

-0.55

17

Betts

131

11

5

13

1.819

1.667

-0.15

15

St.Croix

75

15

4

15

1.136

1.333

0.19

11

Doull

40

16

1

16

0.870

0.333

-0.53

16

 

 

Sergei Varlamov and Derek Walser both lead the team with 17 shots on goal in three games, a startling 5.667 shots per game average. Both players were within the team's top five during the regular season.

Steve Montador is somewhat of a surprise with 13 shots on goal in the playoffs, given he only had 105 through the regular season in 55 games.

 Plus/Minus

 

Player

2001

Rank

Post

Rank

Clark

22

7

5

1

Montador

4

14

5

1

Scoville

15

8

5

1

Walser

26

2

2

4

Fata

7

11

2

4

Betts

5

13

2

4

Roche

15

8

1

7

Begin

13

10

1

7

Murray

27

1

1

7

Elomo

-1

16

1

7

Botterill

23

6

1

7

Dupont

25

4

0

12

St.Croix

7

11

0

12

Doull

-1

16

0

12

Brochu

0

15

0

12

Varlamov

26

2

-1

16

Mrozik

24

5

-2

17

 

 

Three players lead the team in plus/minus at plus five. Only two players have a minus ranking, including Sergei Varlamov who leads most offensive categories.

Team Stats and Tidbits

  • Saint John just below the league average of 3,527 fans attending per home game with 3,456
  • Saint John was the sixth most penalized team, with a game average of 19.7 minutes. Portland finished second with an average of 23.3 per game.
  • Saint John scored five of its ten first round goals in the second period.
  • Saint John outshot Portland 150 to 85 in their first round series.
  • The Baby Flames had the AHL's 11th most prolific playoff powerplay, at 12.5%
  • The penalty killing was ranked 4th at 89.5%
  • Saint John finished first with only 1.67 goal allowed per game. They finished fourth in goals for average with 3.33
  • Saint John average 50 shots for per game (1st), and 28.3 shots against (5th).
  • Brochu leads all goaltenders with a gaa. of 1.35. Brochu is third in save percentage at .941.