Monday, August 10, 2015

Logical Expectations: #4 - Kris Russell

Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki - USA Today Sports
Logical Expectations is a feature that will run throughout the summer detailing what we, as Flames fans, should expect from the players that play for our beloved team.

Today, we focus on rearguard Kris Russell.

Hello, Flames fans! I’m back from my vacation - yes, it was nice - and now, I’m back to continue writing.

Today, we focus on “The Rejector”, or as his ID says, Kris Russell. Rusty had a breakout year for the Flames, playing some of the best defensive hockey we’ve seen this side of Robyn Regehr while simultaneously stealing the show during playoff games.

“Kris Russell… is your hero!”

Oh, and to think we only paid a 4th for him…

What Do We Want From Him?

Well, Russell will be counted upon to likely play with the likes of Deryk Engelland and Ladislav Smid all year, so the third pairing will be getting a boost.

The protein is also an upside.
Despite this setback, Russell is still part of the leadership core of the team and will be counted upon as such. He may not be the most offensive-oriented player, but he can chip in with clutch goals, big fights, and… his own holiday?

That’s a new one.
He’ll probably lead the league in blocked shots again, having set the record for most in a season last year (“some of my body parts are numb”, he says). Also likely is him not scoring more than 5 goals. But that’s not what we’re paying him for, so I think we can live with that.

Projected stat-line: 76 GP, 3 G, 31 A, 34 PTS, 19 PIM

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