Plan Stockton's roster

Taylor McKee
July 08 2016 11:00AM

It's been a turbulent couple of weeks for Ryan Huska I would imagine. Most of last year's Stockton Heat, though mediocre, was completely dismantled and will have a lot of new faces next season. Certainly, turnover at the AHL level is hardly news but what was surprising was that some of last year's most consistent performers were allowed to walk, leaving some pretty significant questions heading into next year.

Let's try and imagine what the Heat will look like after the jump!

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Bryce Van Brabant

Taylor McKee
June 19 2016 12:00PM

It's a bit strange to think that Bryce Van Brabant has only played two fewer NHL games than Emile Poirier. Think about that for a second, it seems... impossible, especially given the fact that Poirier has 44 more AHL points than him (in only three more games). 

However, let's cast our minds back into the deep, dark recesses of the 2013-14 Flames season. There we will find the answer as to how he was able play a few games for the Flames given his ultra-low NCAA profile. In fact, we have a video of his first NHL shift after the jump. 

Oh, also, we will discuss how he did this season in Stockton. But you should read just to see this kid's first linemates. 

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Drew Shore

Taylor McKee
June 18 2016 12:00PM


Sweet lord above, this is a beautiful goal. I'd like to have seen a bit more of that from Shore in Stockton last season.  

Sometimes really good players don't get to be NHLers. That's one of the ways to explain the puzzle that is Drew Shore so far. It isn't that he hasn't had success at the AHL level - in fact he has been mildly productive at the NHL level - it's just, sometimes it doesn't work out.

Let's see how he did this season with Stockton after the jump.

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Kenney Morrison

Taylor McKee
June 13 2016 12:00PM

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Image courtesy of Asvitt Photography from the Stockton Heat

Despite the fact that the Stockton Heat had a largely unimpressive season this past year, one of the undeniable strengths of their team was their defence. An often forgotten part of this unit was Kenney Morrison, a much-heralded, undrafted college free agent signed last March while the Flames were in the heart of a ... playo---it hurts too much to type the rest. 

Let's find out how Morrison's first professional season went after the jump.

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WWYDW: Buyout Bonanza

Taylor McKee
June 08 2016 02:00PM


It's almost that time of year! Buyout season! The time when teams begin to pay people to leave and snarky writers write things like "pay me $4 million dollars to leave?! Rough life huh!" and everyone chuckles. 

While it's no secret that the Flames are in a bit of a money pickle next season, one of the ways that they can dig themselves out of trouble is by... digging further. Spending money to fix their spending problems. It's wonderful. Let's see how the Flames can fix their cap pinch with buyouts after the jump.

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