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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