- Record: 20-20-6 (46 points; 14th in Western Conference)
- Power Play: 14.6% (25th)
- Penalty Kill: 80.9% (22nd)
- Goals For Per Game: 2.63 (19th)
- Goals Against Per Game: 2.89 (18th)
- #34 Miikka Kiprusoff – B-
17-17-2, 2.75 goals against, 3 shutouts, .901 save percentage
Kipper’s stats have taken a sizable dip from last season. Part can be attributed to the entire team’s lacklustre first third, the rest to Kiprusoff just having a general “down” year.
- #35 Henrik Karlsson – B
3-3-4, 2.52 goals against, 0 shutouts, .907 save percentage
For a goalie playing his first-ever North American pro hockey, Karlsson is a pretty solid goalie. He’s shown considerable growth since training camp and remains a pretty sizable upgrade over every Flames back-up since Roman Turek. And he’s also really, really tall.
- #5 Mark Giordano – B+
4 goals, 22 points, -9
Giordano might be a minus player, but he’s playing 23 minutes a game against typically the opposition’s better players. He’s arguably the team’s best defenseman. Giordano has also served as alternate captain while Robyn Regehr has been out of the line-up.
- #4 Jay Bouwmeester – B
4 goals, 16 points, +6
Bouwmeester did not have a good season last year. He was raked over the coals by Flames fans and media, partially due to his sizable contract. That said, he’s had a pretty strong season thus far. He averages 26 minutes a game and has balanced his offensive instincts with his defensive responsibilities. He’s no Norris candidate, but he’s not a liability, either.
- #28 Robyn Regehr – B
0 goals, 5 points, +9
Regehr hasn’t scored a goal yet. He usually doesn’t score a lot. But his plus/minus is great on a team that has been a bit dodgy defensively at times. Regehr’s importance to the team has diminished a bit with the ascendance of Mark Giordano, but he’s still the team’s top shutdown defender.
- #6 Cory Sarich – B-
1 goal, 9 points, +5
Once universally derided by Flames fans for his expensive contract (and for being on the 2004 Stanley Cup team), Sarich has had a solid season. He’s been a bit inconsistent, but most of the team has, so he gets a bit of a pass there.
- #33 Anton Babchuk – C+
3 goals, 13 points, +3
Pros: Babchuk has a pretty good slap-shot. He scores goals with it
Cons: Babchuk isn’t the most amazing player in his own zone, and when paired with Brendan Mikkelson terrifies me.
- #7 Adam Pardy – B-
0 goals, 3 points, +3
The best defenseman ever to come out of Bonavista, Newfoundland, Pardy’s exceeded most rational expectations. He was a really late round draft pick and has played many NHL games. He ate up minutes when Regehr was injured and looked pretty solid, but he’s generally a good #5 blueliner with occasional flashes of brilliance.
- #29 Brendan Mikkelson – Incomplete
0 goals, 1 point, -5
The Flames picked up Mikkelson on waivers and have used him primarily as a seventh defender. He’s pretty strong when paired with a solid “defensive” defenseman, though. Him and Babchuk can be a horrifying pairing in their own zone, though.
- Ian White – Incomplete
2 goals, 6 points, -10
Ian White played poorly enough that he was a MINUS TEN over 16 games, although the team didn’t play great during that stretch. He was traded for a player whose sole amazing quality is a slap-shot. It is a pretty good slap-shot, though, and White does have a particularly great moustache.
- #27 Steve Staios – Incomplete
1 goal, 2 points, -1
Steve Staios has a massive price-tag and has been the extra body more often than not. He hasn’t played particularly good or bad, but hasn’t played enough to justify a ranking.
- #66 T.J. Brodie – Incomplete
0 goals, 0 points, -3
Brodie made the team out of camp as a 20-year-old. The team was carrying eight defenders. He needed ice-time and wasn’t going to get in Calgary. He didn’t look terrible in three games, though.
- #12 Jarome Iginla – B+
19 goals, 42 points, -9
Iginla was invisible at times in the first 12 or so games, but picked it up significantly since then. He’s been inconsistent, but a difference-maker most nights.
- #40 Alex Tanguay – A-
11 goals, 33 points, -3
Signed for a mere $1.7 million, Alex Tanguay has provided some great bang for the Flames’ buck.
- #8 Brendan Morrison – B–
5 goals, 22 points, +3
Morrison was signed largely to replace Daymond Langkow. He was pretty good in the first several games, then disappeared off the face of the Earth. He’s reportedly a great guy in the locker room – and the fact that you don’t notice him means he’s steady.
- #15 Tim Jackman – A-
6 goals, 13 points, +1
One of the great muckers in the league, Jackman is a lunch pail type player. He shows up every game and every shift.
- #10 Niklas Hagman – B-
9 goals, 21 points, -5
Hagman has been fairly inconsistent, but has had hot streaks.
- #17 Rene Bourque – B
15 goals, 28 points, -7
Some games, Bourque is dominant – rivaling Iginla as the offensive leader of the team. Then he disappears for games at a time. Frustrating to watch, especially after his great stretches of the year.
- #13 Olli Jokinen – C+
8 goals, 26 points, -13
He’s operating at a cut rate, but he’s been wildly inconsistent.
- #20 Curtis Glencross – C+
10 goals, 17 points, +2
Third line player for second line money. Well-suited for his role, solid energy player, but not offensively-minded enough for a bigger role.
- #18 Matt Stajan – B-
3 goals, 20 points, +6
Stajan’s $3.5 million price tag might be one of the worst contracts in hockey for a role player. He’s a great second-line player, but his THREE GOALS aren’t nearly worth the money.
- #11 Mikael Backlund – B-
4 goals, 9 points, +3
Has more goals than Matt Stajan for $2.4 million less. He’s had an up and down year but he’s definitely a work in progress and more confident with (and without) the puck than in training camp.
- #25 David Moss – B+
8 goals, 13 points, +5
Moss’ price tag is a bit hefty ($1.6 million or so), but he’s been a great role player on the PK and fourth line. May, in fact, repeat his 20-goal performance of two seasons hence.
- #16 Tom Kostopoulos – B+
3 goals, 4 points, even
Non-Stopoulos has been a great addition to the fourth line. Solid forechecker and defensive presence.
- #26 Ales Kotalik – Incomplete
3 goals, 3 points, -5
Kotalik has a great shot, but hasn’t been able to use it very much. He’s missed quite a bit of time due to a shoulder injury.
- #24 Craig Conroy – Incomplete
2 goals, 2 points, -1
Conroy’s been a healthy scratch quite a bit this season. He’s been fine when in the line-up, though.
- #42 Stefan Meyer – Incomplete
0 goals, 2 points, even
Meyer was a healthy scratch for several games, then was sent to the AHL.
- Brett Sutter – Incomplete
0 goals, 1 point, -1
Punched a cabbie, got traded to Carolina.
- #41 Raitis Ivanans – Incomplete
0 goals, 0 points, -1
Got punched out in opening game against Edmonton.