2014-15 By The Numbers: #32 Paul Byron

Ryan Pike
May 28 2015 01:00PM

Paul Byron made the big jump last season, going from being a pretty good but not quite NHL-caliber forward to being an everyday player. His speed and hockey sense made him a valuable commodity on the team - a player that Bob Hartley could slot in basically anywhere and with any linemates and get value out of him.

He continued this strong play in 2014-15, but he just couldn't bury a break-away chance.

You could tell the Flames really missed Byron during the playoffs. He's fast and small, but plays physical and is a strong back-checker. And for the second straight season, when he was healthy, he was one of the Flames' most consistent players.

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NHL Draft Scout Series: OHL

Christian Roatis
May 28 2015 11:00AM


After kicking off our NHL Draft Scout Series with the WHL last week, today we move east for a look at the Ontario Hockey League, better known as "that place where Connor McDavid plays." Brendan Ross from McKeen's Hockey was kind enough to join us and chat OHL.

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2014-15 By The Numbers: #31 Karri Ramo

Ryan Pike
May 28 2015 09:00AM

The Calgary Flames acquired Karri Ramo a few years back, almost as an after-thought. He was included in the trade that sent Rene Bourque, prospect Patrick Holland and a second round pick (used for goalie Zachary Fucale) to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Mike Cammalleri, Ramo's rights and a late-round pick (used for Ryan Culkin). Ramo was playing with Avangard Omsk of the KHL at the time, and the hope was that maybe he'd come over and maybe he'd be decent.

Well, the good news is that he's been decent. The bad news is he's been streaky.

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What to do with Ladislav Smid?

May 27 2015 01:00PM

On Nov. 8, 2013, the Calgary Flames repeated an unfortunate piece of history: they made a trade with the Edmonton Oilers. 

The previous time it happened, they got Steve Staios. The Flames did miss the playoffs, but at least Staios scored the game-tying goal with just under two minutes to go against the Oilers to keep their playoff dream at the time alive. That was worth it.

The second go around, the Flames got Ladislav Smid - who had just been given a four-year extension - in exchange for Roman Horak and Laurent Brossoit.

That trade hasn't exactly worked out.

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2014-15 By The Numbers: #29 Deryk Engelland

Ryan Pike
May 27 2015 11:00AM

When the Calgary Flames announced the signing of Deryk Engelland during free agency season, most people went through this basic thought process:

  • "$2.9 million over three years isn't bad for a big, physical right-handed defenseman with playoff experience. What's that per season?..." [Editor's Note: that'd be $967,000 per year.]
  • "Wait. Wait. It's not $2.9 million over three years?..."
  • "Oh God, please no..."

Immediately, it became evident to those who follow the team that it was expensive for a third pairing guy. And considering that Dennis Wideman ($5.25 million) had underperformed and Ladislav Smid ($3.5 million) was what he was, it seemed a bit steep - particularly considering either one of those three would sit regularly or someone would play well over their head in the second pairing.

Here we are, a season later, and I think Engelland turned out about as well as everybody thought he would.

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