Stepan Up: Falkovsky's first pro season

Taylor McKee
February 12 2017 12:00PM

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The seventh round of the NHL draft is a fascinating place. The players that are drafted in these slots largely fall into the category of home-run swings: that is, drafting a player with limited information in the hopes that your team strikes gold. I believe Stepan Falkovsky fits neatly into the category of 'home-run swing' and there is reason for cautious optimism halfway through his first season as a professional. 

We have to start in the most obvious place: Falkovsky is tall. No, wait, Joe Colborne is tall; Falkovsky is staggeringly tall. The guy is kid-hitting-puberty-early-playing-grade-8-basketball tall. On the ice, it's almost unnatural looking. However, he is having a pretty good rookie season in the ECHL and is starting to garner a fair amount of attention for a player drafted where he was. 

Let's learn about him after the jump.

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How does Tkachuk's rookie season compare to Monahan, Gaudreau, and Bennett's?

Ari Yanover
February 12 2017 08:00AM

For the past four seasons, including this one, the Calgary Flames have had the chance to feature a prominent rookie in their lineup. Taken at sixth overall in 2013, Sean Monahan was the first draft pick of the rebuild, and he made the NHL right away. Johnny Gaudreau, having taken every challenge the NCAA could have possibly thrown at him, played his rookie year the season after. Sam Bennett followed up with his the next season.

This season, Matthew Tkachuk has been that rookie. Just like with the previous three, there were questions as to whether he'd be able to make the team full-time at all. Now, over 50 games through the season, we're seeing him be one of the Flames' most impactful players.

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Handicapping the Western playoff race

Ryan Pike
February 11 2017 03:45PM

Despite playing bad hockey throughout October, the Calgary Flames are in the midst of a playoff race with roughly a third of the season to go. The bad news is they're up against three other teams for just three playoff spots.

The Flames, St. Louis Blues, Nashville Predators and Los Angeles Kings are vying for three playoff spots in the Western Conference. They all have roughly the same number of games left. How do their games remaining compare to each other? Who has the easiest schedule? The toughest?

Let's dive in!

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A lot of arena-related news is on the horizon

Ryan Pike
February 11 2017 10:00AM

If you're looking for new information about the possibility of a new building for the Calgary Flames, you've probably noticed there hasn't been much openly discussed in the past few months. While there's a flurry of activity going on behind the scenes in various agencies and with various entities, nothing has been trumpeted about it publicly.

Well, we're starting to see the very tip of the iceberg in terms of arena-related announcements and activities. This week, the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation formally announced what had been informally mentioned in the past: they're working on a master plan for Victoria Park. The unveiling of that master plan is one in a series of dominoes that will begin to topple during this spring and summer.

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The 2017 Playoff Chase: getting bye

Ryan Pike
February 10 2017 02:00PM

Welcome to the fifth week of our Western Conference playoff race coverage. The Calgary Flames are on a break. Unlike Ross and Rachel on Friends, this is a regularly scheduled break in the hefty NHL schedule that every team gets and isn't something for us to debate. As a result of the Flames' bye, expect the standings to change quite a bit over the next seven days,

Let's check out the race as we begin the weekend!

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