Flames First Round Targets 2016: Alexander Nylander

Christian Roatis
May 18 2016 08:00AM

The Flames First Round Targets series is back, and we’re kicking it off with the guy who most think will end up in Flames silks by the end of the evening on June 24: Alexander Nylander.

In 2013, we kicked it off with Sean Monahan and, well, we probably shouldn’t have wasted our time much after that. But we did then, and we will now!

Nylander is generally considered the lesser of the “Other 3”, as I’ve dubbed them, consisting also of Matthew Tkachuk and Pierre-Luc Dubois. Nonetheless, he’s still a prospect to get excited about. 

He’s hyperskilled, fast as they come and has a knack for putting points up on the board. The cherry on top is the fact he plays right wing. This is good. 

Nylander’s also born in Calgary, and we all know how much fans and media love their local boys. Standing 6 foot, he’ll join Big-and-Local Joe Colborne and Small-and-Local Hunter Shinkaruk. Let’s call him Average-and-Local and complete the trio.

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The ledges of the 2016 NHL Draft don't give the Flames much choice at 6th overall

Christian Roatis
May 13 2016 02:00PM



  1. a horizontal surface projecting from a wall, cliff, draft ranking, or other surface.

Entry drafts in sport are often described using the word above: ledge. Going down the draft board there exist certain points where the quality of prospect decreases significantly, and thus creates a “ledge”. Though a relatively arbitrary term in this context, it stands to reason that in order to secure yourself the best prospect possible, it’s best to situate yourself above as many ledges as you can.

Take the 2016 NHL Draft for instance. According to Brad Treliving - who I guess we can sort of trust - there exist ledges after the third overall pick, sixth overall pick and 20th overall pick. 

Makes one feel a little better about only falling one spot in the draft lottery and managing to hold on, if not with only fingertips, to the second ledge. 

The thing is, almost every notable scouting publication and service (with the exception of McKeen's which is on the funny stuff this season, it seems) acknowledges these ledges through their rankings, so it would suggest that the Flames then don’t actually have much of a choice to make. They just wait and see which of the six prospects considered to rest on the top two ledges slips and tumbles to them. Even if someone above them goes off the board, the decision still only needs to be made between two players.

Yet a debate still manages to sustain itself in forums, comment threads and on social media about who the Calgary Flames should take at sixth overall, ignoring all ledges.

This is strange to me, and here’s why. 

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Randy Carlyle will not be the next coach of the Calgary Flames

Christian Roatis
May 04 2016 01:00PM

Just one day after the majority of Flames fans were popping bottles and dreaming of roses and Boudreaus, it all came screaming to a halt with one tweet from a prominent hockey insider.

Now, I’m in no position to flat out discredit Renaud Lavoie - though the man tweeted we should expect Jonathan Drouin to be dealt within 24 hours, a couple thousand hours ago - but I think some cold water needs to be put on this before it burns out of control. 

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Shot Down In FlamesNation Podcast Episode 3: Auf Wiedersehen Hartley

Christian Roatis
May 04 2016 11:30AM

It happened! Join Ari, Ryan, Mike and myself as we dissect the Bob Hartley firing yesterday, reminisce on our favourite Hartley moments, crackk open the big treasure chest of possible replacements and take a closer look at Bruce Boudreau. Is he really the right fit in Calgary? 

As always, it's timed to fit nicely into your lunch hour! Give a listen and chime in with your opinion in the comments! What are your most and least favourite Bob Hartley moments, and who would you like to see replace him? 

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Options For The 6th Overall Pick + FN Draft Coverage Primer

Christian Roatis
April 30 2016 07:33PM

Sigh. Well that was unfortunate. 

After 60 minutes of Damien Cox, the draft lottery finally got underway in Toronto. Things fell in favour of the host city, with the Maple Leafs winning the 1st overall pick after a season designed, and surgically executed to complete that exact task. The result of the second and third lotteries, for those numbered picks respectively, is where a sour taste sets into the mouths of Flames fans. 

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