July 25 2016 02:00PM
Traditionally, a National Hockey League club gets about a year to decide what to do with a recently drafted player. Usually teams have two seasons to decide whether to ink their draftees (it's a bit longer for college and European players), and even in the case of draftees taken in their second or third time in the draft pool teams usually get some time to digest before deciding. (A recent example of that is current AHLer Austin Carroll, who went back for his overage year in the Western Hockey League before signing and going pro.)
But for 2016 seventh round selection Stepan Falkovsky, things are a bit complicated.
July 25 2016 10:45AM
While the expansion draft's rules have been set, there are still small details trickling in every now and then. And here's the latest one: Hunter Shinkaruk and Emile Poirier will be eligible to be taken. So should the Flames want to keep them, they must protect them.
This news comes to us via Arthur Staple:
NHL deputy commish Bill Daly confirmed to me via email today that Ryan Pulock must be protected in the expansion draft. #Isles— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) July 25, 2016
Like Shinkaruk and Poirier, Pulock played in the AHL during the 2014-15 season, even though his entry-level contract slid due to his late-year birthday. That was, technically, his first year of professional experience; the 2015-16 season was his second.
That means the 2016-17 season will be his (and their) third professional season: which makes them eligible to be taken.
July 25 2016 08:00AM
The Flames had five draft picks in 2011. All five of those picks have made the NHL in some capacity, but only two are still with the team: Johnny Gaudreau, and Tyler Wotherspoon, who both were two of just four restricted free agents to be qualified.
Wotherspoon had a tumultuous 2014-15 season, being constantly recalled and constantly sat, even though he had shed his training camp number and gotten the lower #26. Last season, though, he was featured enough to be considered a part of the Flames' future.
July 24 2016 08:00AM
Is Freddie Hamilton going to be in the NHL this upcoming season? That much is, as of yet, unknown - but he was one of the few restricted free agents qualified, and he already has a lower number; one that he made his Flames debut in this past season.
We probably won't see too much of #25 through the 2016-17 year - but we don't really know how the year's going to play out at all.
July 23 2016 11:00AM
Since Mark Giordano was named the Flames' captain back at the start of the 2013-14 season, Calgary has had a handful of different guys perform the task as alternates. Most recently, Kris Russell, Dennis Wideman, and Sean Monahan have carried that role, with a handful of other names, mostly since departed, who have worn the 'A' for a brief period of time.
Well, curiously enough, the Flames do not currently list any alternate captains. And considering the turnover ongoing in the club - Russell is gone, Wideman is almost certainly gone within the year, Monahan is going to be around forever hopefully - the lack of alternates at this point in time isn't exactly surprising.
That means there's room, though. And the Flames have a handful of potential candidates already.