May 08 2013 11:56AM
This ranking probably comes as a surprise to many fans given Jankowski's profile in the Flames organization after being picked 21st overall in the 2012 draft. Like most first rounders immediately after they are chosen, Janko is considered in many circles to be a top prospect for the Flames, but the truth is his draft+1 year was rather underwhelming; to the degree that it's clear Jankowski is long ways off from contributing at the NHL level, assuming he makes it at all.
May 08 2013 09:52AM
Before we begin breaking down individual scouting reports for the various first round hopefuls I decided to survey the entire field from a high level using NHL equivalencies (NHLE). For those unfamiliar, NHLE is a method that corrects for league quality relative to the NHL, allowing us to compare kids across various leagues.
May 06 2013 09:38AM
A thorough season review seems redundant at this point - not only because we've been picking through the wreckage for several weeks now, but because this outcome has seemed inexorable for a long time. I titled my Flames season "Battling the Inevitable" for that reason and recently in the year-end roundtable no one admitted to being shocked by Calgary's plummet to the bottom of the standings. It's been prognosis negative for several years now and the diagnosis finally - mercifully - proved terminal this season.
May 04 2013 01:22PM
We're still working our way through the season review stuff, but that will be over shortly. Obviously the really big focus this summer will be the first round of the draft: not only do the Flames have 6th overall, but they will also have two more picks (likely in the mid-to-late '20s).
Previously we've only had to profile a handful of potential first round targets, but the pool of potential future Flames is obviously much bigger this year. As such, we need some help narrowing down the target list so we can start putting the profile series together.
May 02 2013 11:43AM
The season over, so it's about time for another FN roundtable. Ryan Pike, Vintage Flame, Ryan Lambert, BoL and Justin Azevedo took the time respond to some of my questions laying out and assessing Calgary's disappointing (half) season.
Feel free to post your own responses in the comments.