September 16 2016 10:00AM
It's that time of year again. Top prospects from the Calgary Flames, along with their Western Canadian counterparts, have descended upon Penticton, British Columbus for the 2016 Young Stars Classic. This event serves as the official kickoff to the season and has also been a nice springboard for a number of players in recent years.
The Flames are bringing one of the better and more intriguing crews to the South Okanagan this year, and I've got my top five names to keep an eye on.
September 16 2016 08:00AM
The annual Young Stars Tournament begins today in Penticton. After a busy summer for the Calgary Flames, it's a nice way to ease into training camp because it doesn't involve much in the way of stakes. Nobody gets cut based on the camp. The winners don't get a trophy. There's no parade, either.
But despite the low stakes, the three games that the Flames play could be pretty important for the futures of a handful of players that will be representing the team at the event.
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September 16 2016 05:00AM
The Nation Network acquires General Fanager, all the World Cup news and previews you can handle, Leafs Top 9 offense, Flames have to get Gaudreau done, honoring Joe Louis arena in Detroit, Oilers open doors to Rogers Place, the "Yzer-plan, 2016 Fantasy Hockey draft guide and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.
September 15 2016 03:00PM
This is a tale of trial and error, failure, determination, and triumph. Oh and fancy advanced statistics. So many fancy statistics.
September 15 2016 02:00PM
It isn't common for players to make the NHL right out of their draft year. Out of the Flames' current kids, Sean Monahan was the only one to achieve that feat. The rest of their current core took longer to reach where they now are.
This isn't a bad thing, though. Typically, only a handful of players actually make the NHL right after they're drafted. The first overall picks always do, plus a handful of others - almost always only guys chosen in the top 10.
Does Matthew Tkachuk have what it takes? Maybe - let's take a look at what players who made the NHL immediately this decade have in common.