A Balanced Look at the Canucks

RexLibris
September 22 2015 09:00AM

We’ll begin this year’s team forecast with something a little different from last year’s Flames series (links for part one, two and three).

This year we’re going to start by looking at two Pacific Division rivals before we get to the Flames, particularly two teams the Flames may well end up battling to try and secure a playoff position in addition to being old and bitter rivals.

We’ll begin with an objective review of the Canucks to see where they might land this coming season.

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2015 Penticton Prospects at a Glance

RexLibris
September 10 2015 09:00AM

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The Young Stars tournament is finally here. That means some real, actual hockey with players, goals, hits and, where applicable, pride at stake.

Last year I ran through the prospect groups for the Oilers as a way to introduce to fans here some names with which they may not otherwise be familiar. The idea was that with the Flames entering a rebuild and attention turning to prospects and prospect depth it made sense to try and get the lay of the land in that regard amongst some other Western Canadian teams.

This year I'll again be looking at the Canucks, Oilers, Jets and Flames and independently rating their prospect depth chart.

We'll begin with the hosts of the Young Stars tournament.

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Nothing Is Unpossible!

RexLibris
June 22 2015 03:00PM

Possibilities

The Calgary Flames have a few options open to them this summer. They need defensemen and some high-end depth at the wing. They have a surplus of cap space and a wealth of middling prospects as well as three 2nd round picks and two 3rd round picks this June and a full round of picks next June.

Off the top of my head here are five things (with apologies to Ryan Lambert) the Flames could try this summer.

  1. The Flames could trade for Alexander Semin (and the 5th overall pick).
  2. The Flames could submit an offer sheet on Brandon Saad.
  3. The Flames could trade for Patrick Sharp.
  4. The Flames could submit an offer sheet on Dougie Hamilton
  5. The Flames could trade for Zdeno Chara.

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Where You're Going By Where You've Been

RexLibris
June 13 2015 01:30PM

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Well that was one heck of a season. Goals, come-from-behind wins, Hiller standing on his head, a rookie-filled team shooting the lights out, Norris-calibre season from O Captain, My Captain!

Too bad it'll never happen again for as long as the Sun shines down on the this fair Earth.

Or will it?

The Flames went from the bottom to the, um, middle like a rocket this season. Other fans might use metaphors to illustrate a sense of alacrity based on geese and their fecal excretory systems, but we'll stick with the rocket comparison today.

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What To Do At The Draft?

RexLibris
May 18 2015 11:00AM

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The Calgary Flames are drafting 15th overall this year followed by back to back picks at 52nd and 53rd overall from Washington and Vancouver, 76th and 83rd from Wasington, 136th, 166th, and 196th.

(Draft position courtesy of Wikipedia.com)

The team has some depth at center and on the left wing but needs to address depth on the right wing and, most importantly, defense. Goaltending prospect depth ought to be bolstered as well, but that can be saved for later round selections so we’ll leave off that topic for today. For our purposes we'll be focusing on the 1st round pick and the options provided by the three 2nd round picks.

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