Young Guns - Flames vs Oilers Impressions

Kent Wilson
September 18 2016 11:00AM

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I am fortunate enough to be in Penticton this weekend, so I will be providing some scouting notes for the games I am able to attend. Last night I was in the building for the Flames' 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers hopefuls.

Overall I thought the Calgary kids carried the balance of play at even strength and probably could have won the game but for a few key mistakes and questionable performances. Here are my thoughts on some of the individual performances from last night.

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What does Glen Gulutzan need to improve?

Kent Wilson
September 12 2016 08:00AM

A lot changed for the Calgary Flames this offseason, but there are two things that will determine if they really are a better team this year: goaltending and coaching.

The goaltending side is simple

The coaching side is a bit more complicated. New bench bosses Glen Gulutzan and Paul Jerrard have very clear areas of the game they need to improve in Bob Hartley's wake, including some individual tactics that were lacking under the previous regime. 

Here are the areas I'll be grading the new coaching staff on this year. 

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Flames best and worst line combos from 2015-16

Kent Wilson
September 06 2016 11:00AM

It's September, the time when hockey fans start to create depth charts and line combinations in earnest. 

Brad Treliving did some reconstructive surgery to the club's starboard side this year, so it's hard to predict just how the new forward units will shake out. A new coaching staff behind the bench adds another layer of unpredictability.

For now, all we can go on was what worked (and what didn't) last year. Former coach Bob Hartley cycled through a number of different alternatives up front in his quest to find chemistry. Some worked out well, others... not so much.

Here's a look at the Flames' three best and three worst line combos from last season.

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Backlund Added to Team Sweden for World Cup

Kent Wilson
September 01 2016 08:53AM

Another Flame will be playing in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Michael Backlund will replace Henrik Zetterberg for Team Sweden. He joins fellow Flames Sean Monahan (North America), Johnny Gaudreau (North America), Jyrki Jokipakka (Finland), Michael Frolik (Czech Republic) and Jakub Nakladal (kind of a Flame, Czech Republic) in the tournament.

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FlamesNation Prospect Profile: #3 Jon Gillies

Kent Wilson
August 31 2016 08:00AM

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One year ago, Jon Gillies was the Flames' best goaltending prospect looking to make his mark in the pros after a spectacular college career. And now... well nothing much has changed. Gillies played just seven games for the Stockton Heat before being shut down for season-ending hip surgery. 

Brad Treliving's addition of Brian Elliott and Chad Johnson means Gillies will get at least another development year at the AHL level. How Gillis does this year will likely dictate what management does on the goaltending front next. If he can dominate on the farm, Gillies will likely displace one of the incumbents on the parent club next year. 

He comes in at #3 on our Top 20 Prospects. Last year, he was #2.

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