December 12 2011 03:43PM
By: Andrey Osadchenko
Picking 5 best Russian players for the Flames is pretty easy. There haven't been too many ruskies put on the flaming ‘C’. In fact, in the entire history of the organization, the Flames have had 12 Russian players and only a few of them were able to leave their mark.
Note that this list doesn’t include Igor Kravchuk, because he made the respective Oiler article a little earlier. It's also worth mentioning that the first Soviet player in the NHL, Sergei Priakhin, is not mentioned here either, since in all honesty he had more impact on the history of hockey than on the Flames’ history. It’s a rather twisted irony.
December 12 2011 10:53AM
I was lucky enough to talk to the Heat's play-by-play man Ryan Pinder** recently. He shared some observations and insight about the team and some of the Flames prospects, including Greg Nemisz, Leland Irving and TJ Brodie. I also asked him about Abbotsford's impressive record so far this year and the influence of rookie head coach Troy Ward.
December 11 2011 01:20PM
Final score: 3-0 W
December 09 2011 07:09PM
By request. Let's see what the wunderkind is made of, shall we?
December 09 2011 02:07PM
When FlamesNation covered the draft from Minnesota, we marked Sven Baertschi as one of the best draft targets for the franchise at 13, but he wasn't a run-away pick or anything. He had some pretty good results in his draft season, but nothing that suggested he was taken late or was a profoundly high value pick outside the top-10.