June 21 2011 03:32PM
While we have profiled a number of players ranging from Sven Bartschi to Ryan Murphy, the truth is there are still a number of possible picks for the Flames in the first round. In addition, the club has two more picks inside the top-60 thanks to the Erixon trade and may even choose to add another asset or two by trading down or moving a body.
Unfortunately with the draft mere days away we don't have time to do an in-depth profile of every possible top-60 Flames target. To compensate, I have put together this list of potential Calgary "sleepers and darkhorses". Feel free to add any more names or details in the comments as you see fit.
June 20 2011 02:29PM
The Calgary Flames announced today that Henrik Karlsson has been re-signed to a two year deal worth $1.725M over two years (862k cap hit).
June 20 2011 01:05PM
Perhaps the most interesting of the prospects we've covered so far is Matt Puempel. The OHL's rookie of the year in 2009-10 after scoring 34 goals and 69 in 59 games, Puempel was considered a probable top-10 talent into the season before injuries and circumstances derailed things a bit. He still pops up in the first round on most lists, but unless someone goes off-board Puempel will most certainly be available when 13 rolls around.
June 18 2011 11:44AM
I am mostly convinced the Flames should expend their first round pick on a forward this year. The forwards corps of this org are rather dismal outside of one or two bright spots, and even those guys aren't guaranteed to be impact guys in the NHL. In fact, I'd say you can count the number of forwards who project to be consistent top-6 producers on no hands, if you catch my drift.
June 17 2011 08:10AM
Now that the cup has been awarded and Vancouver has been razed to the ground, the NHL off-season can begin in earnest. First-up: the buy-out period, where gluttonous NHL general managers can buy some indulgences from the league for their past indiscretions. Glen Sather was the first guy reported to be readying a buyout for the ill-fated Drury contract, although the word out now is he can't (ha-ha!).