Who the fuck are these new guys? How the fuck are we supposed to know? They're new to us too. So we've taken the lazy-ass blogger way out, and turned to the best bloggers out there (or those that answered our emails) to help us out. We hunted down bloggers from the player's team last year, and told them they could write whatever they wanted, to help us get to know the new guy better. Then we let GoldenGirl11 loose with the Photoshop and a new web series was born.
Today we are honoured to welcome the King of the Flames Bloggers, Kent Wilson. Kent is so prolific he writes at too many blogs to mention. He spends most of his time at Matchsticks and Gasoline, but he is also one of the founders of Five Hole Fanatics, the other FHF of the interwebs. Though we're probably the other FHF, since they started way back in 2005. 2005! Holy Fuck. They had the internet then? Anyway, the floor is yours, Kent...
If you travel to Flames fan message boards, you'll probably hear more negative than positive on Cammalleri: he's not very big, he didn't "bring it" in the playoffs, he relied on Jarome Iginla for his points.
Cammalleri was full-value for Calgary last year. He was, far and away, the club's most effective PP player. He was the only guy to score more than 5 points/60 minutes of ice with the man advantage. He has a quick release, an accurate shot, finds holes in coverage and is tricky with the puck on his stick. He can also play both center and left wing, which can come in handy.
That's the good news for you guys. The bad news is: unless he improves a whole bunch, I don't know if he'll provide value for that 6 million large he'll be making every season as a Hab. That's getting into bonafide star-to-superstar range and Cammalleri isn't good enough at even strength (yet) to qualify. Not to say he was bad at 5on5 for the Flames last year, he just wasn't consistently beating up his opponents (despite some good line mates and favorable circumstances). He's never going to crash-and-bang or fight anyone either.
That said, I'd take him 10 times out of 10 over Alex Kovalev.