The Flames Report Card continues today. I would like to give the forwards their grades. The lowest grade I hand out is a C.
Backlund has been outstanding of late. The only concern I have is his injury list. If he stays healthy, the Flames are a much better team.
Bollig has not been very effective this season. He has to be smarter. He needs to pinch in with the offense. He has to be better; this has not been money well spent. Grade: C
Lance has done everything that has been asked of him. He is the perfect fourth line bruiser. He knows when to hit and sets the pace. He is a spiritual leader of this team. Grade: B+
Paul has hands of stone. All I can stay is keep trying, Paul. Sooner or later, you will succeed. At least, I hope you will. Grade: C+
Joe has been showing signs of life lately. He is adding some offensive punch. He continues to improve each game. Grade: B
Guardian is an outstanding, gifted forward who can stick-handle through a match box. The guy has more skill than I can count. He has become the Flames forward most counted-on. Grade: A
Simply put, Glencross has taken way too many days off. He is still lazy at times, with selfish play. But he has shown signs of brilliance this season, which makes me even more frustrated. Grade: C
Jiri has been connecting with Johnny Hockey on a regular bases. He has been steady all season. His numbers are on a career high. He has been consistently one of the best all season. Grade: B+
Jones needs to get consistent, but when he plays with a chip on his shoulder he is very effective. He has to play with meanness. Jones must use his size and strength more often. Grade: C+
If I would have told you Jooris would have 10 goals this season, you would have laughed at me. The kid has been outstanding with his speed. He has brought his line mates back. Raymon and Colborne are connecting with him right now. Grade: B
Monahan is the best center of the season. Mr. Clutch should be his nickname. When the Flames need a big goal, Sean is the one who delivers the most. Grade: A
Has never recovered since the injury. This is really disappointing, because I know what he is capable of. Lately, he has been showing signs of improvement with his new line mates. Let’s hope he can back to his pre-injury days. Grade: C+
Matt has been steady, but not outstanding lately. He is a steady fourth line center who has been doing his job of late. I expect more of him though, he is our leading draw man, which has to continue. Grade: B