June 05 2013 08:57AM
When you watch the NHL's conference finals from a Flames perspective, it's hard not to get a bit jealous. The four teams involved have recently been incredibly smart - and, let's face it, lucky - drafters, but they've also managed to build their clubs in a specific way. The teams are young, fast and strong, but aren't horribly green or inexperienced. They boast some older veterans, but aren't old and slow, either. They have players of almost every age and their youth is distributed carefully throughout their rosters.
June 03 2013 08:34AM
A year ago, the Calgary Flames did something that made me cringe. They drafted a goaltender early in the 2012 NHL Draft, taking USHL stand-out Jon Gillies in the third round. A year later, they're making themselves look pretty darn smart for that move, as Gillies made the jump to the NCAA and had an excellent year.
May 29 2013 01:28PM
This year's draft is being lauded for the number of highly-skilled forwards in it. With names like MacKinnon, Drouin and Barkov being tossed again, it's easy to forget sometimes that there are also a lot of high-level defensive prospects available on June 30. Everyone knows about Seth Jones. A lot of people know about Darnell Nurse and his impressive lineage. But not a lot of people know about an excellent blueliner that's been honing his craft right in the Flames back yard.
That blueliner is Josh Morrissey of the Prince Albert Raiders.
May 23 2013 11:22AM
As we barrel head-long into the off-season, the 2013 NHL Draft approaches rapidly. Estimations of what your Calgary Flames will do at the draft, in terms of picks, can be guided in terms of what they've said publicly on the subject and what they've done in the past.
May 20 2013 10:42AM
A few random thoughts on the world championships, memorial cup and how the Flames draft picks are settling out.