June 30 2015 01:00PM
It's an indication of the strength of this particular UFA crop that Justin Williams comes in number 1 on our list. That's not to take anything away from the 33 year old, who has been a high-end winger for years. But his age and the fact that he's only scored in the 40-point range the last two seasons goes to show there isn't a lot of franchise changing players available to sign this summer.
Despite those concerns, Williams remains a very useful player, in part because his value doesn't merely come from his offense. As one of the few wingers who has proven he can push possession over the years, Williams is a guy who can play up and down the line-up and provide quality minutes to whoever inks him.
June 30 2015 11:00AM
The draft is done and the Flames added no less than three excellent young blue liners to their organizational depth, a group obviously headlined by erstwhile Bruin Dougie Hamilton. The former 9th overall pick instantly firms up what was previously the clubs biggest weakness (blueline depth after Brodie and Giordano).
Brad Treliving has the opportunity to further add to the Flames depth with free agency season right around the corner. We'll talk about this stuff as well as Calgary's other draft additions in the mailbag today.
June 28 2015 01:00PM
The Flames organization made one of its most significant trades in the last decade when they acquired Dougie Hamilton at the draft this weekend. The 22-year old defender is already one of the best defenders in the game and figures to help anchor Calgary's blueline with TJ Brodie as the club emerges from rebuilder into contender.
I began digging around in Hamilton's background and numbers. Here's a few things worth knowing about the newest Flame.
June 26 2015 01:13PM
BREAKING: Bruins acquire 2015 1st round pick (#15) & two 2015 2nd round picks (#45 #52) from CGY for Dougie Hamilton: http://t.co/7TmPoYevOu— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) June 26, 2015
June 24 2015 09:00AM
A few weeks ago I took part in a mock draft put on by Lowetide and TSN 1260. I researched prospects a few days in advance and established a rough list consisting of guys like Timo Meier, Yevgeni Svechnikov, Oliver Kylington and Nick Merkley. Jeremy Roy wasn't even on my radar until I started digging into his scouting reports and numbers.
He turned out to be my pick in the draft.
Here's what convinced me to change my mind in such a short period of time.