Flath a Nice Fit for Thunder

Jeffrey Lutz’s CHL report (Nov. 27)

The Wichita Eagle

Flath fits well

RG Flath was an important player for the CHL teams he played for before Wichita — he had a plus-nine rating for Corpus Christi in 2009-10 and a 40-point season for Mississippi the following season.

Since Flath joined the Thunder one-third of the way through last season, however, he has been perhaps the team’s most important player. As part of a line that included seasoned forwards Thomas Beauregard and Alex Bourret, Flath found immediate scoring opportunities and delivered 39 points in 42 games.

Flath’s scoring hasn’t been as consistent this year — he had one goal in 12 games between Oct. 26 and Nov. 20 — but his production has been just as crucial to the Thunder’s success. Wichita went 17-2-1 in games last season when he scored a goal or multiple points, and its record under those parameters this year is 6-1.

Like many Wichita players in coach Kevin McClelland’s two-plus seasons, Flath has thrived in a system that highlights balanced scoring and utilizes a quick pace. He’s on pace to top many of his career bests, adapting well to his expanded responsibilities.

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