Scouting Teams Make Their Names In Later Rounds

Ryan Pike
June 25 2015 03:00PM

Tod Button has been Calgary's head of amateur scouting since late 2001. General managers have come and gone under his watch - if you include interim GMs, he's on his fifth - but Button soldiers on despite Calgary's shaky record in the first round.

An explanation as to why Button is still in the big scouting chair may be gleaned from a look at the later-round picks; general managers tend to be pretty hands-on when it comes to their shiny toys in the first round, but the scouting team typically calls the shots the later into the proceedings you go.

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Why The Flames Probably Take A Goalie This Year

Ryan Pike
June 25 2015 01:00PM

The 2015 NHL Draft begins tomorrow evening, and there's a lot of chatter about the Calgary Flames and goaltenders. The Flames have been linked seemingly to every available goaltender on the market - from Eddie Lack and Martin Stone to Cam Talbot.

But I think the speculation is (a) a bit smoke-screen and (b) missing the point.

The smoke-screen is because I firmly believe that Brad Treliving is calling every team about everything, as a means of acquiring information, not because he has an interest in particular. Making lots of calls is a great way to throw people off of what you're really trying to do.

But on the second point: if the Flames are going to acquire a goaltender this weekend, it's not going to be in a trade involving a draft pick. They're going to use a pick to select a goalie.

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Flames 2015-16 Schedule Announced

Ryan Pike
June 25 2015 11:30AM

It's that strange lull day today between the glitz and awkwardness of the NHL Awards and the excitement of the NHL Draft, so the National Hockey League was nice enough to dump the regular season schedule onto our laps to give us something to talk about besides expansion.

The Calgary Flames will play 82 games in 2015-16 - 41 home and 41 away - just like the rest of the league. Here's the rest of what you need to know about the upcoming schedule for a season that starts in three short months.

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2015 NHL Mock Draft

Christian Roatis
June 25 2015 09:30AM


Every year, everybody and their dog post a mock draft on their hockey blog and swear theirs is the best. Then, the NHL Draft actually starts and it all ends up looking nothing like any of the mock drafts, because the draft itself is wacky and unpredictable. Nonetheless, mock drafts a lot of fun to read and really amp up the anticipation to the real thing.

Like every year, I made one of my own. Last year, I nailed the Top 7 (woo), got 9 of the Top 10, and 26 of my projected first rounders ended up going in the Top 30, with two of them (Brendan Lemieux [31] and Ivan Barbashev [33]) being selected in the Top 33, so I'd like to think my mock draft isn't total crap.

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Top-10 UFA Countdown: #3 - Cody Franson

Jeff Veillette (Jeffler)
June 25 2015 06:00AM

Photo Credit: Jake Roth/USA TODAY Sports

This is a series counting down the top-10 pending UFAs. It will be posted across the Nation Network over the next month! Enjoy! 

When the Nashville Predators acquired Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli in February, everybody thought it was a match made in heaven. After all, the team was getting two quality players that they were familiar with, without giving up any present assets. Theoretically, it was the type of move that should've taken a good team to greatness, but instead, it was a bust.

David Poile was quick to admit that the team was forcing a square peg into a round hole. After all, the Predators are very adament about following shot handedness with their defencemen, and they already had three quality righties. As such, Franson didn't recieve the necessary playing time, didn't fit in, and will now hit free agency. But what will he command?

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