Handicapping training camp... two months out

Ryan Pike
July 11 2016 11:00AM

The Calgary Flames have finished development camp and likely have a few remaining minor tweaks to their organization's reserve list before the beginning of training camp in September, but most likely the biggest moves have been completed and we have a general idea of how things look.

Who's going to be on the 2016-17 Flames roster? Who has a shot? What jobs are available? Let's find out!

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A history of Flames numbers: #1, Brian Elliott

Ari Yanover
July 11 2016 08:00AM

Hey guys. It's the off-season. So... what's going on?


You know what I love? Jersey numbers. They aren't crucial to the game or anything, but it is interesting to see what number a player ends up with throughout his career. Different numbers have different meanings to different teams; for example, is anyone in Calgary ever going to wear #12 again? 

For the most part, numbers come and numbers go. Sometimes there's a really quick turnover - one player exits, another comes in and takes his number right away - and sometimes teams go years between seeing a particular number on their jersey.

Over the course of this off-season, the Flames have brought in players that fit both criteria. So just for kicks - because why not? - let's go over the players projected to be on this year's roster, and the history of their jersey numbers in Calgary.

We kick things off with #1, Brian Elliott.

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Are the Flames bad At drafting in the second round?

July 10 2016 08:00AM


(Dillon Dube interviewed by Ryan Leslie, courtesy of Flames.com)

Back in June I had mentioned that the second round of the draft seemed to be a place where the Flames’ scouts went to die. There seemed to be something within the Flames organization that led them to make poor decisions when there are often still a few bargains to be had at the draft table. This isn’t to say that the organization hasn’t found ways to make up ground elsewhere – the fourth round is something of a local legend based on recent history.

However, I wanted to take a look at the Flames’ history of drafting in round two to see if my memory in this regard was accurate, or the result of some more recent misses.

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Tyler Parsons has developed patience in net

Ryan Pike
July 09 2016 02:00PM

For the second time in three drafts, the Calgary Flames selected a goaltender in the second round of the 2016 National Hockey League Draft. However, rather than grabbing a raw goaltender based on their perceived potential (as they did in 2014 with Mason McDonald), the Flames selected one of the most accomplished young netminders in major-junior hockey in Tyler Parsons.

The draft capped off a whirlwind season for the Michigan-born netminder, following an OHL championship and a Memorial Cup crown.

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Some quirks in Matthew Tkachuk's new deal

Ryan Pike
July 09 2016 11:00AM

The Flames and Matthew Tkachuk agreed on an entry-level contract earlier this week, making the 18-year-old St. Louis product part of the organization for several years.

But because of his age, when he was born and some quirks in the CBA, Tkachuk's deal gives the Flames a huge amount of flexibility – in regards to the tiny possibility that he's not a National Hockey League player for the balance of the 2016-17 season.

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