July 20 2012 08:09AM
Just a year and a half after retiring from playing hockey, Craig Conroy remains just as visible as he was as a player. The former Flames captain retired in February 2011 and joined the management side of the business as assistant to then-interim general manager Jay Feaster. Now he's part of a hockey operations brain-trust that includes assistant general manager John Weisbrod and a handful of others who influence decision-making when it comes to key events such as the trade deadline and the NHL Draft.
A few weeks removed from the 2012 edition of the draft, Conroy reflected on the draft weekend experience and the development of some of Calgary's prospects with FlamesNation's Ryan Pike at Flames development camp.
July 19 2012 10:52AM
Long considered proponents of drafting WHL defenders (see also: Dion Phaneuf), the Calgary Flames went predictably to the Dub in the 2012 Entry Draft, selecting Brett Kulak in the fourth round. However, Kulak's a bit of an oddity, being an Alberta native playing in Vancouver who admits to having cheered for the Edmonton Oilers (albeit in the past).
FlamesNation's Ryan Pike spoke with Kulak this week at Flames development camp.
July 18 2012 01:51PM
The Calgary Flames held a media availability on Wednesday at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Here is what was discussed in no particular order:
July 18 2012 09:09AM
Since last year's draft, it's been a series of highs and lows for Sven Baertschi. The lows, thankfully, weren't particularly low – Baertschi missed several games due to injury and failed to make a huge impact at the World Juniors in Calgary.
However, the rest of Baertschi's season was rather impressive. He racked up a stellar 94 points in just 47 games and added 34 points in 22 playoff games as he lead the Portland Winterhawks to their second consecutive berth in the WHL finals. He also was summoned to Calgary on an emergency recall when the Flames were riddled with injuries and, despite being the youngest player on the club, scored three goals in five games.
July 17 2012 01:22PM
A few years ago, you could be forgiven if you followed hockey but didn't know who Laurent Brossoit was. A product of Surrey, British Columbia, he toiled as a back-up to Edmonton Oil Kings starter Jon Groenheyde during the 2010-11 season. He posted respectable numbers and was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.