April 15 2016 11:00AM
I was lucky enough to be in Minnesota in the summer of 2011, covering the NHL entry draft for the Nations. I was with now-retired contributor Robert Cleave somewhere deep in the Xcel Center concourse when Johnny Gaudreau was drafted by the Calgary Flames. We were looking for a power outlet to recharge our laptops and figured the important work had been done by the team already anyways.
Man were we wrong.
April 15 2016 08:00AM
Since our last report card, Turner Elson, Oliver Kylington, and Patrick Sieloff made their NHL debuts. And... that's it. The Flames played their final game of the season, cleaned out their lockers, and now we're left waiting for the draft lottery.
So in celebration (if you want to call it that) of the season, let's have one last report card.
Featured in this one is every single one of the 40 players who donned a Calgary Flames jersey this season, as well as key architects in the team's performance, Bob Hartley and Brad Treliving. Players who got traded? On the list. Guys currently in Stockton? On the list. Injured fellows still rehabbing? On the list.
Feel free to grade, judge, and rank everyone below as you see fit over the course of the entire season. Have fun - and if you have any ideas for future report cards over the course of the off-season, drop a suggestion in the comments!
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April 15 2016 05:00AM
The Leafs had a big week, Canucks look back at their lost season, the Flames need a new coach, McDavids effect on his linemates, Jets sign top prospect, Datsyuk staying or leaving, the 7 types of people you encounter at your playoff draft, a look back at the 15-16 season, playoff hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
April 14 2016 07:19PM
With two goals and two assists from Andrew Mangiapane, and two assists from Rasmus Andersson, the Barrie Colts completed their sweep of the North Bay Battalion and will move on to the third round of the OHL playoffs.
This follows up their 4-3 first round win over the Mississauga Steelheads. Up next? The Niagara Ice Dogs - who swept the top-seeded Kingston Frontenacs to meet Barrie.
April 14 2016 01:00PM
It's the battle of the North Stars!
In one corner, we have the Dallas Stars. Often accused of being weak on the backend, this season, they decided not to care and went on to become the best of the West in the regular season, their 50 wins behind only the Washington Capitals. They scored more goals than everybody else with 267, and they also picked up Kris Russell at the deadline, ensuring Calgary would be cheering for them (for the first two rounds, at least).
In the other corner, we have the Minnesota Wild. Making the playoffs with just a paltry 87 points, they beat out the Colorado Avalanche for that final wild card spot in the West, securing it by five whole points. They're well behind the rest of the playoff teams, though - even the Detroit Red Wings have 93 - so their lacklustre regular season may see them in tough in this first round matchup.