Thursday, July 26, 2018

2018-2019 Calgary Hitmen

Calgary Hitmen

Don't put too much stock into line combos. They are just for depth purposes.

Riley Stotts(18)(.87/.31) Jake Kryski(20)(.79/.65/.58/.37) Mark Kastelic(19)(.63/.52/.17)
Luke Coleman(20)(.54/.38/.41/.07) Tristan Nielsen(18)(.71/.14) Carson Focht(18) (.48/.13)
Orca Wiesblatt(18)(.27)Cael Zimmerman(17)(.27)Hunter Campbell(17)(.19)
Ryder Korczak(16) Zach Huber(18)(.09)Matt Dorsey(19)(.18)

Their entire core minus Jakob Stukel returns. 

The Hitmen do show some developing firepower. Tristen Nielsen, Jake Kryski, Riley Stotts, Mark Kastelic all have the potential to reach, or at least get close to the 1 PPG mark. They also have Carson Focht who should put up big point increases with more responsibility. 

 They do have some "fillers" in the bottoms lines that may be pushed out in favour of youth. It's a sign that they have some oomf in their lineup, but not quite the depth to push for a division challenge just yet. 

Vladislav Yeromenko(19)(.65) Egor Zamula(18)(.35)
 Dom Schmeimann(19)(.17)Dakota Krebs(19)(.23)
Jackson Van De leest(17)((.14) Drea Esposito(18)(.17)
Layne Toder(18)(.14)
Luke Prokop(16)
Devan Klassen(16)

Calgary's Bane has been their poor defensive play the past few seasons.  Last year they received a gift from Regina acquiring Egor Zamula for free on Import waivers. This group while not overwhelming looks to bump up into the average category as they have a lot of defensive defencemen who can take care of their end along with 2nd-year Import Vladislav Yeremenko, who was drafted in the 5th round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

They also have some younger talent looking to push into the roster including 2017 7th overall selection in defenceman Luke Prokop.  There will likely be some early battles for ice time on their 3rd pairings, which is a good indication that their depth is increasing and their defensive game should improve.

Egor Zamula(18) - D
Vladislav Yeryomenko(19) - D

Nick Sanders(20)(.890)
Matthew Armitage(19)(.890)
Ethan Hein(16)

Their goaltending remains a weaker point as they don't have a #1 starter. They have 2 older backups one of them being an OA.  They may look to acquire a cheap overage starter. Goaltending as it stands of this post looks below average.

Other OA's & Player Notes
They have 3 OA's on the roster but likely may have an open spot depending on if they keep an overage goaltender.

Drafting Outlook

Draft YearCurrent Player AgePicksPositioning
2013201,2,3,4,518th, late
2015181,2,4,4,4,419th, Late
2016171,2,2,3,516th Mid-Late
2017161,2,3,5,6,77th, Mid-early
2018151,2,2,2,3,3,4,44th, High
Suggests that they should still be behind the pack; however good times will be approaching as their 15 and 16yr old draft class have favourable positions. They also made some big trades last season and added some extra depth into those age categories.

Last Season
.410 Winning Percentage

Offensive Adjusted Strength

Their cycle in the draft positioning is weak. Their forward core is developing. While offensively they won't be pushovers and have some strength in their top 6, they may not have the depth of other teams.

 Defensively they'll be ok. They have a group of 4 defencemen who can hold their own, they also have a fight for spots in the 5-7th positions.

Goaltending could be a concern. I think they look to shore that area up, but their options may be limited.

If they choose to upgrade OA's and goaltending they could push up into the slightly above average territory. Right now I think they are definitely in contention for a 3rd place/wildcard position. There is some potential for them to go higher if they upgrade their OA spots, but it doesn't really make a lot of sense to do so unless they find an option for a cheap cost.

Next Up
Edmonton Oil Kings  (Sunday Night/Monday Morning)


Anonymous said...

Matt Dorsey is now with the Americans.

TigerTurf said...

Thanks. I will edit when I get back to a pc.