August 18 2016 08:00AM
I think we can sum up Brett Kulak with two words: "pleasant surprise". One of the largest risers in this year's countdown, Kulak moved up five spots from 17th last year to 12th this year and is one of about three defenceman that are expected to challenge for a bottom pair role with the Flames this season.
Well, that is, if there is even a spot for Kulak to challenge for, but that's another matter.
August 08 2016 04:45PM
The Stockton Heat bolstered their veteran/tough forward quota today by signing the former captain of the Syracuse Crunch Mike Angelidis, a 2016 AHL All-Star and member of the 2011-12 Calder Cup Champion Norfolk Admirals.
If this is a sign that the Flames are moving away from stocking their AHL roster with "character guys" like Colton Orr, then I am all for it. Angelidis was widely loved in Syracuse and has at least some ability to score. Let's meet Mike Angelidis after the jump!
August 08 2016 08:00AM
It's back! The FlamesNation Top 20 Prospect Countdown is here, and it starts today with number 20, Ryan Culkin.
It's August, which means we are starting to get closer to training camp and an end to the miserable, depressing, hockey-free existence that comes in the dog days of summer. As such, we'll be counting down the Flames' 20 best prospects, defined as Flames eligible for the Calder Trophy this season. A full explanation can be found here.
First up is Ryan Culkin, who has slid from number 13 last year and is coming off a very disappointing season split between the AHL and the ECHL. Come read all about it after the jump!
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!
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.