August 10 2016 08:00AM
Compared to other recent first round picks, Morgan Klimchuk had a rather low-key, quiet pro debut.
Fellow 2013 picks Sean Monahan and Emile Poirier spent time in the National Hockey League in their first pro seasons. So did Sam Bennett. But Klimchuk played four American Hockey League games and got injured early in the season, missed about a month, and spent the bulk of the year in a complementary role in the minors.
Is there a risk that Klimchuk – the last organizational piece left from the decades-long Kent Nilsson-Joe Nieuwendyk-Jarome Iginla transaction chain and the 18th-ranked prospect in this year's FlamesNation Prospect Rankings – could fall by the wayside? He was our fifth-ranked player last season.
August 09 2016 05:48PM
It took a bit of time to cross the Ts and dot the Is, but now the paperwork has been filed: 2016 Calgary Flames draft pick Eetu Tuulola is going to be playing in North America for the 2016-17 season.
The Finnish winger was drafted by the Flames in the sixth round (156th overall) of June's NHL Draft and chosen in the first round (40th overall) by the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips in the Canadian Hockey League Import Draft a week later. Word leaked out of Finland in mid-July that Tuulola had gotten out of his Finnish contract and was headed over to the WHL.
Have confirmed with the club that Eetu Tuulola has agreed to a contract with Everett. Barring anything unforeseen, he'll be a Silvertip.— Ryan Pike (@RyanNPike) July 12, 2016
Apparently nothing unforeseen happened, as the Silvertips announced his signing today.
August 09 2016 08:00AM
The Flames entered the 2016 NHL Draft with all of their own picks, plus a few extras. Just one was traded away for a roster player; the rest, they simply used. That included their fourth round pick, which came in at 96th overall.
The fourth round has garnered somewhat of a mythos in Calgary. T.J. Brodie came out of it. So did Johnny Gaudreau. And in 2016, the latest player to be selected in the fourth round was Linus Lindstrom, who comes in at #19 in FlamesNation's Top 20 Prospects series.
This is his first year on the list, obviously - though we're hoping he can rise up the ranks.
August 08 2016 04:45PM
The Stockton Heat bolstered their veteran/tough forward quota today by signing the former captain of the Syracuse Crunch Mike Angelidis, a 2016 AHL All-Star and member of the 2011-12 Calder Cup Champion Norfolk Admirals.
If this is a sign that the Flames are moving away from stocking their AHL roster with "character guys" like Colton Orr, then I am all for it. Angelidis was widely loved in Syracuse and has at least some ability to score. Let's meet Mike Angelidis after the jump!
August 08 2016 12:00PM
When the Flames drafted Sean Monahan sixth overall in 2013, it signalled a new era in Calgary. Not only was it right at the start of the rebuild: it was the seemingly the first time in ages the Flames actually had someone who could actually be, at least one day, considered a first line centre.
Two years into his career, and that's where Monahan was playing. But while before, the team was devoid of centres - including having to ask wingers to play down the middle - today, it's the least worrying position.
The top three centres on the Flames are Monahan, Mikael Backlund, and Sam Bennett - with Bennett's potential still to be defined as he enters just his second season. With Monahan firmly cementing himself in the top two at the position - and with a new contract coming up, presumably at some point - let's talk about him.