Flames Darkhorse Targets: Bogdan Yakimov

Christian Roatis
June 24 2013 11:16AM

 

One hundred and six. That's the number of selections between Calgary's 28th overall pick and their 134th overall pick in the 5th round. And during those 106 picks Calgary will only speak into the microphone and pick a player once - at 66th overall. The 66th pick is interesting because it promises to have a number of intriguing prospects available, one them likely will be big Russian power forward Bogdan Yakimov.

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Flames Darkhorse Targets: Eric Roy

Christian Roatis
June 11 2013 09:28AM

 

Phil Tot fighting Eric Roy at the end of the game

 - pic via CanesCast

Usually the hype generated about the NHL Entry Draft in any given year is due to the top players in that class. Not much thought is given to those ranked outside of the Top 30, although if you looks back through previous drafts you'll find each class hosts a couple players who have become notable NHLers.

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Flames first round targets 2013: Valeri Nichushkin

Christian Roatis
June 04 2013 09:18AM

 

Nate MacKinnon, Seth Jones and Jonathan Drouin are roundly considered the best three talents in the upcoming 2013 NHL Draft. However, many scouts have wondered if maybe you could expand that group a bit - make it a formidable 4. The reason being, there's a kid from Russia who some believe to be right on par with his three North American counterparts in terms of skill and potential. That being Valeri Nichushkin.

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Flames Top 15 Prospects 2013: #10 Laurent Brossoit

Christian Roatis
May 29 2013 08:48AM

What's the similarity between Laurent Brossoit's statistics and his FN prospect ranking relative to last season?

They've both climbed.

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Meeting Karri Ramo and Setting Expectations

Christian Roatis
May 27 2013 09:53AM

 

Karri Ramo
pic via Resolute, wikimedia commons

 

(Christian Roatis is the FlamesNation's newest contributor. He has previously written at The Hockey Guys and Future Considerations. His debut post on FN is an in-depth look at Karri Ramo.)

Ever since Miikka Kiprusoff established himself as the star goaltender in Calgary, both management and fans have been on the lookout for a future replacement. Flames drafted Leland Irving 26th overall in 2006, hoping he'd evolve into a suitable successor to the crease Kiprusoff has dominated for almost a decade. After seeing him develop, especially over the past few seasons, I think it's safe to assume he's not going to work out.

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