June 26 2012 02:43PM
If there's one player that people will trot out to pledge allegiance to Abbotsford Heat head coach Troy Ward and his work with reclamation projects, it's probably Akim Aliu. While the stories regarding Ryan Howse's weight gain (and loss) are fine and dandy, it's with Aliu that Ward delivered some startling results and delivered a habitually under-achieving player to the NHL.
Well, sort of.
June 22 2012 09:54PM
The Flames made a trade and made a pick during the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The circumstances of both weren't without a bit of hand-wringing among Flames fandom.
June 21 2012 03:24PM
Entering the 2010 Draft with no selections in either of the first two rounds, the Flames opted for a conventional selection with their first pick in the draft (64th overall): they chose the son of a former NHLer.
June 20 2012 10:12AM
Each and every year, a great deal of organizations put together lists of prospects and rate them. These are all very extensive undertakings done either with the goal of informing the NHL clubs themselves (as is the case with NHL Central Scouting and others) or looking to inform hockey fans heading into the draft season.
June 18 2012 02:26PM
Way, way back in 2009, the Calgary Flames drafted a talented Swedish defender. That defender, Tim Erixon, decided against signing a pro contract with the Flames and prepared to re-enter the 2011 draft. In one of the more impressive feats of his general managerial tenure with Calgary, Jay Feaster swung a deal that garnered three assets (forward Roman Horak and two second round picks, used to take Tyler Wotherspoon and Markus Granlund) for the rights to Tim Erixon and disaster was averted.