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Old 08-24-2019, 06:23 PM   #1
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Word in goalie coaching community is Calgary Flames hired Thomas Speer as their AHL and development goaltending coach. Speer was with US National Team Development Program, and takes over for Colin Zulianello, who left Stockton-based job for family reasons
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Old 08-24-2019, 06:48 PM   #2
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Thomas Speer, who recently completed his first season with the NTDP as the goaltending coach for both the Under-17 and Under-18 teams, will serve as an assistant coach for Team USA the first time.

In addition to his duties as the NTDP’s goaltender coach, Speer also oversees the Warren Strelow National Goaltending Mentor Program.

Prior to joining the NTDP Speer worked as director of amateur goaltending for the Dallas Stars, a goalie development coordinator for USA Hockey in Texas and Oklahoma, as well as director of camp development and personnel for Elite Goalies in Allen, Texas. He also served as a goaltending coach for the Allen Americans of the ECHL for four seasons.
From the Team USA Hockey website.

He likely has some familiarity with Dustin Wolf as well as Tyler Parsons.
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Don't think Speer ever formally worked with Wolf or Parsons. It doesn't seem like he worked with the Hlinka team, only the U18 Worlds team in the spring. And he wasn't part of the Summer Showcase for the U20s.
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Don't think Speer ever formally worked with Wolf or Parsons. It doesn't seem like he worked with the Hlinka team, only the U18 Worlds team in the spring. And he wasn't part of the Summer Showcase for the U20s.
That's why I said "some familiarity." I was unsure of any direct personal interaction.

He would though, have colleagues that did. Giving him some insight into the players.
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Old 08-28-2019, 01:40 PM   #5
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Official new hires:
https://stocktonheat.com/news/heat-a...019-20-season/

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Thomas Speer: Goaltending Coach
Bryan Erspamer: Head Athletic Trainer
Chris Demczuk: Video Analyst & Team Services
Joe Wieszczek: Assistant Equipment Manager
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Zavgordniy is not eligible to play in the AHL this year until his QMJHL team is done for the season because of the CHL/NHL transfer agreement.

The depth chart for the Heat looks like:
*indicates needs to clear waivers
^indicates AHL deal
italics indicates cannot be sent to ECHL without player's permission

LW
Dube
Kirkland*
Lomberg
Gallant^
Morelli^

C
Quine*
Philp
Pospisil
Ruzicka
Gawdin
Froese*
Hults^

RW
Robinson*
Phillips
Tuulola
McKenna^
Gaudreau^


LD
Kylington
Davidson*
Valiyev*

Nielsen
Hamilton^
Leslie^
Schueneman^
Amorosa^

RD
Yelesin
Osburn^

G
Gillies*
Parsons
Zagidulin
Schneider

I am keeping Dube at LW because that is where he played most of last season in Stockton

There appears to be a logjam at C and LD. The high probability that Quine and Davidson being the 13th F and 7th D respectively will likely help with the jam. Kylington will be an early callup if he isn't with Calgary to start the season. There are going to be LD that have to play on their offside. Hults, Amorossa, and Gaudreau likely start in the ECHL and get called up for injuries.

Pospisil has stated before that he does not like playing wing.

Ruzicka is really good at faceoffs but his propensity at taking some shifts off may better suit him to rotate to wing especially in his first pro year.
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Pretty sure the Heat will run something like such:

Dube-Quine-Robinson
Kirkland-Gawdin-Phillips
Ruzicka-Froese-Mckenna
Pospisil-Philp-Tuulola

That's doesn't look good at all...

Not sure if Lomberg stays down in the A this year.
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I hope Dubé sticks with the big club and Quine likely becomes the extra forward up with the Flames too.. would be nice to see some of the kids overtake the veterans on the top line of the Heat.

Should be a big year for Phillips and Gawdin. Mckenna (+ Philp) is my darkhorse. So looking forward to see how Ruzicka, Pospisil and Tuulola perform.

Kirkland- Froese - Robinson
Phillips - Gawdin - Mckenna
Lomberg - Philp - Ruzicka
Morelli - Pospisil - Tuulola
Gallant

D will have a new look as well, and very inexperienced if Kylington and Davidson become the 6/7 in Calgary.

Valiyev - Yelesin
Nielsen - Leslie
Hamilton - Osburn
Schueneman

In net, we should see a great four-way battle.

Gillies
Parsons
Zagidulin
Schneider

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Here's a few links which may be useful throughout the season...

https://stocktonheat.com/

https://www.eliteprospects.com/team/18602/stockton-heat

https://www.capfriendly.com/teams/flames
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I may be a sucker for big names and draft pedigree, but our Heat roster looks horrendous outside of the goalies for this coming year with the graduation of Dube and Kylington.
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I may be a sucker for big names and draft pedigree, but our Heat roster looks horrendous outside of the goalies for this coming year with the graduation of Dube and Kylington.
It is horrendous.

We have no real star AHL players to insulate. We need major steps from a few players for this team to even come close.

From top to bottom the team is lacking, although the goalies maybe able to steal a few games.

Really need big steps from Gawdin, Phillips, Neilson and others to even come close to not being bottom dwellers.

We may have although the youngest roster in the league though.
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The goaltenders' stats are going to much higher behind that group.
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Last season the Heat were 4th in GF/G with 3.45 and 30th in GA/G with 3.71.

The Heat did lose some of their top offensive guys in Graovac, Rychel, and Lazar, but the Heat last season were more score by committee than being carried by those 3. I still expect a reduction in GF/G but that is okay. It is also looking more likely that Czarnik gets sent down this season, which might help the offense a lot.

The real killer last season was the GA. One of Gillies, Parsons, or Zagidulin need to step and take 1A and have a great season.

What worries me the most is the D group. Yelesin and Leslie need to be big time difference makers with Valiev, Hamilton and Nielsen returning and AOM gone (arguably the Heat's best stay at home d-man). The forwards will need to tighten up their 2 way games otherwise.
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I don't know much about the D signed at the AHL level, and assuming Davidson/kylington spend time with the big club, I'd expect the flames to invest in some seasoned vets to bring a strong d presence too stockton.

I don't think playing on a weak defensive team is, generally, good for a goalie development program. Although, I'd love to know of the 20 or so top starters in the league, is there any kind of trend around the kind of teams they played for in their core development years (ie. it it better to play on a crap team and just get peppered with tons of shots and Grade A opportunities, or does strong structure create the better environment for goalie development?).
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