FlamesNation Prospect Profile: #16 Mason McDonald

Ryan Pike
August 14 2015 11:00AM


The annual FlamesNation review of Calgary Flames prospects continues with the Flames' 15th-best prospect: goaltender Mason McDonald.

McDonald was a second round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft and the first goaltender taken in that draft. Around these parts that made us a bit nervous, because goaltending is still something viewed by many hockey analysts - us included - as voodoo, something very difficult to project or predict.

But here we are, and Mason McDonald a year removed from his draft day has quietly become a pretty solid goaltending prospect.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 14 2015 07:00AM


Ranking prospect depth charts, Flames future down the middle, NHL's most hated players, Leafs all-time team, reliving Torts tenure in Vancouver, Darnell nurse vs Griffin Reinhart, free agency, and more in this week's Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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FlamesNation Prospect Profile: #17 Brett Kulak

Ryan Pike
August 13 2015 11:00AM


The latest player in our prospect profile series is defenseman Brett Kulak, who our writers voted as the Calgary Flames' 17th-best prospect.

Kulak had a pretty eventful first professional season in 2014-15; he played with the AHL's Adirondack Flames, then was demoted to the ECHL's Colorado Eagles to get some playing time. When some defenders went down with injuries in both Calgary and Adirondack, he was summoned back to the AHL and played well enough down the stretch to get brought up to the NHL for the final game of the regular season.

Here's a quick look at Brett Kulak.

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Flames To Unveil CalgaryNEXT Plans On Tuesday

Ryan Pike
August 12 2015 06:41PM


Much like children waiting for Santa Claus, or Linus for the vaunted Great Pumpkin, Calgary Flames fans have been waiting patiently for news, any kind of news, about the new arena project.

Anything substantial would be nice, really.

Well, the Calgary Flames have invited season ticket holders and the media to information sessions for "CalgaryNEXT," in the afternoon of Tuesday, August 18. From the press release:

It is a great time to be a sports fan and live in this wonderful and vibrant city of Calgary. We would like to share a proposal for a project that will make all Calgarians and Albertans proud.

This has the potential to be one of Calgary's most transformative projects at a vital time in our city’s history. This will be our first public discussion on this project.

On August 18th, we will be hosting an information session for media to present the high level scope of the project including a preview of CalgaryNEXT.

This is not a formal launch of the project, but it is an opportunity for us to share what has been done to date and introduce our vision for the future.

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FlamesNation Prospect Profile: #18 Austin Carroll

Ryan Pike
August 12 2015 11:00AM


We continue our Top 20 countdown of the Calgary Flames top prospects with 2014 seventh round pick Austin Carroll.

Carroll was a bit of a controversial pick among Flames fans in 2014; he was almost 20 at the time and the thought process was "Hey, why not just draft a young kid as a project?" Now just over a year later, Carroll has a professional contract in his back pocket and may have quieted his critics somewhat with his final WHL season.

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