FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Pavel Karnaukhov

Ryan Pike
May 26 2016 12:00PM

At the 2015 NHL Draft, Pavel Karnaukhov became just the third player selected by the Calgary Flames from the Western Hockey League club that they own, the Calgary Hitmen (and the first since 2000).

Nabbed 136th overall, the Belarussian forward had a 2015-16 season full of ups and downs.

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Memorial Cup Draft Evaluations

Ryan Pike
May 24 2016 02:00PM

The Mastercard Memorial Cup is in Alberta this season for the first time since 1974. Since the London Knights are chock full of 2016 NHL Draft first-year eligible prospects and Red Deer is a relatively short drive, I made the trek up to check out Monday evening's game.

Here's my takeaways from London's 9-1 whupping of the Brandon Wheat Kings.

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Nick Schneider

Ryan Pike
May 24 2016 12:00PM

I think it's safe to say that Nick Schneider's 2015-16 season came as a surprise to a lot of people.

After being passed over in the 2015 NHL Draft, Schneider came into Calgary Flames rookie camp as an extra body. Then a few injuries here and there kept Schneider around long enough to impress Flames management to earn an entry-level contract.

He began the season in an NHL camp. He ended the season as the starting goalie of an American Hockey League team (at 18 years old). In between, he put together a pretty solid Western Hockey League season.

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Keegan Kanzig

Ryan Pike
May 22 2016 12:00PM

For the second time in recent memory, a Calgary Flames-drafted prospect with a valid National Hockey League contract was thrown back into the junior ranks for some additional seasoning in 2015-16. Much like with Micheal Ferland in 2012-13, Keegan Kanzig was the victim of the numbers game and was sent back to the Western Hockey League to be a veteran leader for his team.

Kanzig may not have put up gaudy offensive numbers relative to the rest of the league, but he ended up having a pretty good season in the 'Dub all things considered.

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How much will Tucson's AHL team impact Stockton's schedule?

Ryan Pike
May 21 2016 02:00PM

This past season, the American Hockey League saw a distinct shift in a westward direction with the establishment of the Pacific Division.

To create that division, five existing AHL clubs moved west:

  • The Adirondack Flames became the Stockton Heat
  • The Norfolk Admirals became the San Diego Gulls
  • The Worcester Sharks became the San Jose Barracuda
  • The Oklahoma City Barons became the Bakersfield Condors
  • The Manchester Monarchs became the Ontario Reign

In an effort to minimize travel and maximize development time, the five new California teams played 68 games - eight fewer than everyone else in the league. But with the announcement this week that the Arizona Coyotes will now have an affiliate in Tucson, Arizona that will join the Pacific Division next season, will the wacky Pacific Division schedule become more balanced?

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