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2015-16 Report Card: Garnet Hathaway

Hathaway made an early impression on Flames fans with his rugged play during his late season recall

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Garnet Hathaway

Grade: C

Scoring At Average Minutes Noise
G A1 P1 G A1 P1 +/- A2 Hits BS
0 3 3 0 30.98 30.98 4 0 50 17
5V5
G60 A160 P160 xGF60 Rel xGA60 Rel Mod xG% CF60 Rel CA60 Rel Mod CF% Mod GF%
0 0.77 0.77 -0.39 -0.72 53.534 -7.8 -4.52 48.048 57.82
5V4 4V5 Penalty
G60 A160 P160 xGF60 Rel GF60 Rel CF60 Rel iCF60 xGA60 Rel GA60 Rel +/-
0 0 0 -9.76 25.12 -82.37 0 -1.01 6.36 -3

FlamesMM- B

As a player who was only really called up to be an emergency filler around the trade deadline, Hathaway did so much more in those first few games to earn him a lengthy stay with the Flames lasting to the end of March. Despite having some decent production at the AHL level over the last few seasons, Hathaway only put up 3 assists with the Flames in the 14 games he played. It was Hathaway's grit and dare I say "truculence" that earned him a lineup spot with the Flames with his 50 hits in 14 games. Being a right handed shot as well, Hathaway showed the potential to develop into a solid bottom 6 forward with his tenacity that plays RW which the Flames sorely lack. While I'm sure his advanced stats were nothing pretty, I prefer to grade my players on their noticeable impact they had in the games they played, and Hathaway made an impact. B

HockeyGoalieEh - D

Hathaway's projected to be a mediocre fourth line grinder.  He came in and he played like a mediocre fourth line grinder.  He won't ever be anything special, but as long as he's cheap he can have a roll on the fourth line.  At the very least he made players like Mason Raymond, Lance Bouma, and Brandon Bollig expendable.  If they can unload those contracts and plop him on the fourth line with an individual like Josh Jooris to go along with Matt Stajan, they'll have a cheap fourth line and be able to allocate money elsewhere which is something they desperately need to do this off-season.

The possession in terms of the xG was actually pretty good.  The assists at even strength were tolerable as well and he wasn't horrible on the penalty kill.  The penalties dropped him down a few spots however.  Physical play is only good if it can be controlled - if it's leading to bad penalties then it's relatively useless.  Given a full season at regular play, he was on pace for a penalty differential of -22.5.  Forwards generally draw more penalties than they take as it's defensemen who wind up with the trippings and roughings and all of that, so that's simply not acceptable even with all of the other positives.  If he can't fix that, he'll find himself out of the league.  If he can, he could wind up as a serviceable third or even second liner.

Samwell9 - C

Hathaway is an intriguing prospect to take over a spot on the fourth line in the future. It is tough to see him provide much more than that in the future, but he obviously can play a role as an agitator while having some skills with the puck. Fighting Brent Burns takes courage that I definitely do not have, power to him. He burst onto the scene with quite the intensity and energy level to start his NHL career, but it kind of fizzled out by the end of his call up with the Flames. Obviously it is hard to maintain that compete level, he was running on straight adrenaline during his entry to the league. If the Flames manage to cut ties with Lance Bouma or Brandon Bollig, I could very much see Hathaway with a spot on the fourth line next year, otherwise he may need to continue to bide his time. He provided a spark and showed he can contribute in a depth role, so I'm giving Hathaway a C.

BizzleJ- C

Garnet Hathaway came in on an 'emergency' basis near the Trade Deadline. While he didn't shine on the score sheet, he sure let the opposition know he was around amassing 50 hits and 31 penalty minutes in just 14 games. Every player has a role and it is not always about scoring and I think Hathaway will continue to be a gritty player who will also get a few points here and there if given the opportunity to play. I give him a C.

MarkParkinson14- C