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Hello Flames Fans, look at your number one center, It's Jokinen. Sadly it's not Savard, but if he recaptures his past form he could be almost as good. Look down, you stepped in something, that's gross. Back up, you're in Edmonton and now you know why there's something on your shoe. Look down, back up, where are you? You're in the Dome looking at Savard playing with Iginla thinking of what your number one center could look like. What's in your hand? Back at me. I have it, it's your favorite beer and two tickets to that game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final. Anything is possible when your #1 center doesn't suck.


So in case you're too cheap to buy your own copy of the hockey news or sports forecaster for your pool I thought I'd update you a little on where the Flames stand fantasy wise for the upcoming season. There's some interesting things going on here.

After reviewing their projections for some of the players I wanted to see where the goals for projected at, they don't project every player so I took some conservative guesses at what some guys would get, especially the defence. The goals for is roughly around 245, that would have been 6th in the league last year. If you subtract a guy like Kotalik you get 228 and you're more like 12th or 13th in the league. If the Flames can keep up last year's Goals against and manage to achieve even 14th in the league for scoring then a playoff birth isn't a far away thought. Now this is predicated on the Hockey News, not always correct of course, but as a guideline it is promising.

Some of the Flames broke down as follows:

Iginla- 75 pts in 82 games 35 goals 40 assists.- I think the point total is pretty bang on but I'm not sure about the goal total, I think Iginla will experience a little bit less goals and a few more assists. Other forecasts have him around a point per game but my expectations aren't that high anymore.

Jokinen- 57 pts in 82 games 27 goals and 30 assists- Wow... 30 goals, I personally don't think so but again I feel that the points are going to come, maybe 25 goals and few more assists, either way look for a bit better year than he had last year.

Tanguay- 52 pts in 78 games 16 goals and 36 assists- I tend to disagree with this one a bit, when Tanguay is looked on as a goal scorer he doesn't produce and passing is his game, he's on a line with two snipers, both of which I would imagine getting 25 goals. Tanguay will be involved in a good portion of them. I think his goal projection is good but his assists should be higher for a forecast, this forecast is a safe bet but I am betting he gets closer to 65 points this year, mostly assists.

Bourque- 53 points in 70 games 25 goals and 28 assists- As with all things Calgary this will depend on his line mates, Bourque could get 35 goals is Backlund is setting him up and get a few more assists if he has a go to the net type winger with him. I think Bourque will have less attention with there being a more consistent #1 line now so I would expect he may get back to, and exceed, last year at around 60 points.

Backlund- Forecasted at 35 points in 73 games 11 goals 24 assists. We have no real bar to judge him by but with Langkow being out to start the season, I think Backlund has the potential to do much better than this. a 50 point season is not out of reach should Backlund get the powerplay time and line mates that would help him succeed. His defensive play is really good so there should be no coach/player conflicts.

If you want any other thoughts on guys I'd be glad to throw them your way.

Interesting to note that Karlsson is not forecasted, if I had to guess he'll get 15 starts and win 6. This is the NHL not the Swedish Elite league, it'll be a rough start for him.
Filed Under:   Flames   Iginla   Backlund   Bourque  
August 22, 2010 7:18 PM ET | Delete
August 22, 2010 9:00 PM ET | Delete
HAHAHAHA i love the old spice reference at the beginning :p
August 22, 2010 10:08 PM ET | Delete
Nice Sane. What kind of numbers do you expect for Stajan
August 22, 2010 10:10 PM ET | Delete
August 22, 2010 10:10 PM ET | Delete
Didn't THN predict us to win the cup last season? Anyways i forget but they are slotting the Flames in to finish 8th in the west next season but I'm gonna guess a sixth place finish.
August 23, 2010 12:57 AM ET | Delete
Look up its Sutter Look down its Sutter Look at me you suck
August 23, 2010 10:36 AM ET | Delete
'all mighty oil'... Look at where your team finished last year. And Cut. End of Commercial.
August 23, 2010 10:56 AM ET | Delete
Hey I put in an edmonton reference so it's fair game, I consider it a compliment he still reads my blogs, it's all good!! Flamehead- I made sure I put in a caveat to the blog that says it's just a projection!! lol I hear you though!
August 23, 2010 10:57 AM ET | Delete
Hey kevin- Look for a decline I think, once the Sutter's understand he's a really good third line center he'll stay there, this city demands too much. I think he's a 15 goals 25 assists kind of guy.
August 23, 2010 11:39 AM ET | Delete
Thats what I figure as he seems destined for 3rd line. Just another mistake to signing him so quick at 3.5M. Would like to see Joker
August 23, 2010 11:41 AM ET | Delete
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August 23, 2010 12:07 PM ET | Delete
that has to be frustrating!
August 23, 2010 1:30 PM ET | Delete
Weird sometimes my comments dont show even if its short. trying to say I would like to see Joker with Hagman in hopes of chemistry.
August 23, 2010 4:05 PM ET | Delete
August 23, 2010 4:06 PM ET | Delete
^Take on Kotalik. First blog on HB.
August 24, 2010 6:36 PM ET | Delete
Sane, as always I enjoyed the read. Too often, I think us fans focus on the upside though. I'd be interested to see a top-side/bottom-side prediction blog. Ex. Rene Bourque - Top potential - 72 games - 32 G - 25 A, Bottom - 40 games - 12 G - 8 A... Realistically I could see Rene coming in at either of those numbers... lol
August 24, 2010 6:39 PM ET | Delete
Actually, with all of Darryl's talk about 20 goal scorers on this team, I think he focuses on the up side too much too... For the record, I think Rene will play 65-68 games, and pot 27 G with 22 Assists.
August 25, 2010 2:45 PM ET | Delete
83 Flames games will be televised this year. No more PPV. 58 on Sportsnet, 25 on CBC or TSN including the Heritage classic and 1 pre-season game. This is excellent.
August 25, 2010 5:59 PM ET | Delete
plus 3 heat games!
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