Oliver Kylington has confidence

Ryan Pike
July 13 2016 11:00AM

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For those unfamiliar with his situation, let me tell you a story about Oliver Kylington.

During the 2013-14 season, the season prior to his draft eligible season, people that follow the draft began to hear chattering about his skills. He was considered a surefire top five pick in the 2015 Draft. But his stock began to slide throughout the 2014-15 campaign and the Flames bought low, trading up into the end of the second round to take him at 60th overall.

This might shock you, but there were likely members of the hockey world's collective braintrust that saw a teenager playing with swagger in men's pro hockey in Sweden and fixated on the flaws. After his first full season in North America – as an 18-year-old – he's a much more complete player.

And perhaps even more confident in his abilities than he was a year ago.

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Matthew Tkachuk is preparing for September

Ryan Pike
July 12 2016 11:00AM

The last couple years have been seasons of challenges overcome and transitions made for Matthew Tkachuk. Following a couple strong seasons in the United States National Development Team in the USHL he made a transition to the Ontario Hockey League, joining the powerhouse London Knights. Rather than fade into the background on a deep team, he emerged as one-third of the most dangerous line in junior hockey.

He's also added to his hockey resume quite impressively: the past two years have seen him win gold at the World Under-18s, bronze at the World Juniors, an OHL championship and a Memorial Cup – which was capped off by his overtime heroics in the clinching game, despite his mobility being hampered by a lingering ankle injury. Based on these accolades, it's probably not shocking to hear that the Flames were quite excited when he fell to them at sixth overall in the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo.

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Handicapping training camp... two months out

Ryan Pike
July 11 2016 11:00AM

The Calgary Flames have finished development camp and likely have a few remaining minor tweaks to their organization's reserve list before the beginning of training camp in September, but most likely the biggest moves have been completed and we have a general idea of how things look.

Who's going to be on the 2016-17 Flames roster? Who has a shot? What jobs are available? Let's find out!

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Tyler Parsons has developed patience in net

Ryan Pike
July 09 2016 02:00PM

For the second time in three drafts, the Calgary Flames selected a goaltender in the second round of the 2016 National Hockey League Draft. However, rather than grabbing a raw goaltender based on their perceived potential (as they did in 2014 with Mason McDonald), the Flames selected one of the most accomplished young netminders in major-junior hockey in Tyler Parsons.

The draft capped off a whirlwind season for the Michigan-born netminder, following an OHL championship and a Memorial Cup crown.

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Some quirks in Matthew Tkachuk's new deal

Ryan Pike
July 09 2016 11:00AM

The Flames and Matthew Tkachuk agreed on an entry-level contract earlier this week, making the 18-year-old St. Louis product part of the organization for several years.

But because of his age, when he was born and some quirks in the CBA, Tkachuk's deal gives the Flames a huge amount of flexibility – in regards to the tiny possibility that he's not a National Hockey League player for the balance of the 2016-17 season.

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