Flames First Round Targets 2016: Matthew Tkachuk

Byron Bader
May 20 2016 08:00AM

Matthew Tkachuk, son of NHL legend Keith Tkachuk who played with the Jets, Coyotes, Blues and Thrashers, is most certainly going to a western Canadian team in the 2016 NHL draft. Nearly every draft ranking and mock draft thus far has him going between fourth and sixth. There's a good chance the Flames end up with him, especially if the Oilers and/or Canucks decide a defenseman is their need with their first pick.

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Early thoughts on the 2016 top 5 forwards

Byron Bader
March 08 2016 12:00PM

Sixteen games left in the season and we can say with 99% confidence that the Flames will not be making the post-season dance. A horrendous season has nearly come and gone. Many would have guessed the Flames would have fallen back this year after the miracle season of 2014-15 but would we have guessed they would be fighting it out with Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Buffalo for last overall... probably not. It's not all bad... it's mostly bad... but at least it appears we're going to get a top five pick out of the deal. 

I have some thoughts on the 2016 top five forwards. Join me on a look at the numbers.

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Sam Bennett: An Elite Player in the Making

Byron Bader
November 14 2015 12:00PM

Sam Bennett, 4th overall pick of the 2014 draft and the highest draft pick the Calgary Flames have ever had, has played just shy of 30 games total in the NHL (18 in the regular season and 11 in the post-season) but has already impressed quite substantially. Sam has 11 points in 17 games this year (0.65 ppg), contributing more and more offensively of late. A safe estimate is 40-50 points by the end of the year which puts him in the top 20-30 in rookie scoring over the past decade or so.  Here's his best example so far...

But the offense isn't the only thing Sam is showing an incredible early knack for as his underlying possession numbers, in this small initial sample set, are all pretty impressive thus far.

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FN's All-Time Greatest Flames Team: Doug Gilmour

Byron Bader
September 16 2015 03:00PM

Doug Gilmour was a player of much debate when the contributors of FN were discussing the all-time greatest Flames team.  He was a great player who had a Hall of Fame career.  The problem wasn't his talent but rather the length of time he was a Flame.  Gilmour didn't spend a lot of time in a Flames uniform and is generally always associated with the Leafs.  But after much debate ... nobody felt right leaving Gilmour off the greatest Flames team as he was one of the best centers and players the team ever had.

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2015-16 Reasonable Expecations: Sam Bennett

Byron Bader
September 16 2015 12:00PM

Sam Bennett is the highest drafted player in Flames history and the organizations current unequivocal best prospect.  His draft +1 year was mostly used to rehab a bum shoulder but it also featured a short dominating stint back in the OHL with Kingston Frontenacs and a modest playoff run with the Flames.  This year he will most certainly be a lock to make the big club and become a full-time NHLer. 

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