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Craig Button

TSN Director of Scouting

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It has been a tale of three seasons for the Calgary Flames. During a 24-game stretch from Nov.15 to Jan. 4, every area of their game was firing on all cylinders as the team went 16-7-1 (2.88 goals for, 2.21 goals against, power-play percentage of 28.05, penalty-kill percentage of 87.64 and .923 save percentage).

In the other 28 games – the first 16 of the season and 12 after Jan. 4 – the team struggled, compiling a 9-17-2 record (2.25 goals for, 3.36 goals against, power-play percentage of 13.33, penalty-kill percentage of 75.24 and .878 save percentage).

Below are the Flames’ individual player grades.

Three factors were considered in assigning grades: performance, results and expectations, as framed by age, previous performance and cap hit/contract average annual value (AAV). Skaters must have appeared in a minimum of 25 games and goalies, 15, to be graded.

Spotlight Player Grades: Johnny Gaudreau’s (C) productivity has dipped significantly after signing a long-term contract on the eve of the regular season. Matthew Tkachuk (A+), sixth-overall selection in the 2016 NHL draft, has been terrific. Mikael Backlund (A) has been superb at both ends of the rink and should be in the discussion for the Selke Trophy. Goaltending was the off-season priority for the Flames, but Brian Elliott (D) has been a massive disappointment with a save percentage near the bottom of the league. Chad Johnson (C) was a catalyst for the team’s successful 24-game run, but has struggled since with a .877 percentage.

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Grading System

A  Excellent

B  Very Good

C  Satisfactory

D  Poor

 

Flames' Grades By Player

 
               
Goalies Grade Age AAV W L OT Sv%
Chad Johnson C 31 $1.7 m 16 12 1 .913
Brian Elliott D 32 $2.5 m 9 12 2 .892
Defencemen Grade Age AAV GP G P +/-
Mark Giordano A 34 $6.8 m 52 6 22 7
Dougie Hamilton B 24 $5.8 m 51 7 32 -4
TJ Brodie C 27 $4.7 m 52 3 17 -22
Deryk Engelland C 35 $2.9 m 52 1 8 6
Jyrki Jokipakka C 26 $900 k 35 1 6 -3
Dennis Wideman C 34 $5.3 m 45 3 15 0
Brett Kulak Inc. 23 $657 k 18 0 3 -1
Ladislav Smid Inc. 31 $3.5 m - - - -
Forwards Grade Age AAV GP G P +/-
Matthew Tkachuk A+ 20 $925 k 48 9 31 7
Mikael Backlund A 28 $3.6 m 52 14 34 5
Michael Frolik A 29 $4.3 m 52 12 29 3
Sean Monahan B 23 $6.4 m 52 16 31 -15
Sam Bennett C 21 $925 k 51 10 19 -11
Lance Bouma C 27 $2.2 m 34 3 5 -3
Troy Brouwer C 32 $4.5 m 44 8 17 -11
Alex Chiasson C 27 $800 k 52 7 14 -2
Micheal Ferland C 25 $825 k 48 6 12 -9
Johnny Gaudreau C 24 $6.8 m 42 11 31 -17
Garnet Hathaway C 26 $690 k 24 1 5 2
Matt Stajan C 34 $3.13 m 52 4 12 5
Kris Versteeg C 31 $950 k 40 9 21 -4
Freddie Hamilton D 25 $613 k 21 1 1 -1