FGD #76: HockeyMania (3pm MT, SN West)

Ryan Pike
March 29 2015 12:30PM

For those of you who know me in "real life" or follow my Twitter, you may recall I'm a wrestling fan. (Sue me, I grew up in Calgary at the tail end of Stampede Wrestling's glory days, and it stuck.) In each of the last two years, I went to WrestleMania. It was fun, especially New Orleans last year. In each of the past two years, the Flames were way, way out of the playoffs and on road trips, so I didn't miss anything of note. Two years ago the Flames were even nice enough to trade Jarome Iginla before my trip, so when I got off the plane in Newark on trade deadline day, I turned on my phone, went "Oh, Blake Comeau's gone?" and went about my day.

For various reasons, I didn't take the trip to San Jose for WrestleMania this year.

By sheer coincidence, two hours before WrestleMania 31 kicks off, the Calgary Flames face a crucial test in the form of the Nashville Predators. It's not Brock Lesnar versus Roman Reigns, but there's a lot on the line for your local hockey heroes as they try to make the post-season.

Puck drop is at 3pm MT on Sportsnet West and Sportsnet 960 The Fan.

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The discovery, subsequent rise, and future of Josh Jooris

arii
March 29 2015 11:00AM

Why didn't Josh Jooris get drafted, anyway? He's got the bloodline, but he never even ended up in the OHL. His two years in the OJHL, instead, seem somewhat reflective of how his professional career has progressed: from respectable numbers one year, to what-the-heck happened the next. 

Putting up 116 points in 50 games in a lesser junior league at 19 years old is good, but not exactly an indication of an NHL player. After all, he and his teammate Greg Carey dominated the league that year, and Carey's in the ECHL right now. 

Jooris played three years at Union College, and attended a different NHL team's prospect camp each season: first with the Boston Bruins, then the Vancouver Canucks; and finally, he decided to leave school once the Calgary Flames offered him a contract. 

That's when an okay AHL season gave way to a promising training camp gave way to... something else entirely.

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HOW GOOD IS MATHEW BARZAL?

Lowetide
March 29 2015 10:19AM

Mathew Barzal is an exceptional young hockey player. Size concerns and a significant injury have him lagging behind the top of the draft in terms of buzz, but don't be fooled about him. Young Barzal is among the very best players available in this year's draft.

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News and Notes - March 28 2015

Ryan Pike
March 28 2015 01:00PM

It's been an eventful week in the Calgary Flames world, with signings, games, and all sorts of craziness.

Here's a quick rundown of some of the "minor" stories that may've fallen under the radar a bit.

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Everybody Chill - The Numbers Game

Ryan Pike
March 28 2015 11:00AM

The Calgary Flames lost last night.

They have seven games remaining. They have to win a good chunk of them to have a realistic chance at the post-season.

No, they didn't look particularly good last night. No, it probably isn't an encouraging sign to kick off a road trip.

But everybody take a look at the following numbers and calm down a bit. Nothing's over. Not yet.

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