FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Morgan Klimchuk

Taylor McKee
May 16 2016 12:00PM

I'd like to believe that in this photo, Klimchuk was just approached by a ghost from the future. In this shot, the ghost shows Morgan his stat line from this past season.

This was not a great year for Morgan Klimchuk in terms of counting numbers. That much is certain. But perhaps there is more to Klimchuk's first professional season than meets the eye. Let's dive into the mantlepiece of the Jarome Iginla deal after the jump!

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The Calgary Flames' needs at the draft

Ari Yanover
May 16 2016 10:00AM

The draft is where teams build their foundations, but in most cases, it takes a long time for that to pan out. Unless you're unlucky enough to be incredibly awful, lucky enough to win the lottery, or lucky enough to find later round gems, your draft isn't going to turn your next season around.

Sure, players like Johnny Gaudreau and T.J. Brodie fall into that last category; it also took both three years since being drafted to pan out, and success such as finding them is rare to begin with.

Mark Jankowski was drafted at a time when the Flames were hurting for centres, with the expectation that he would be a long-term project; two years later, the Flames got Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett, and in addition to Mikael Backlund, they look to anchor the middle for years to come. For as long as it can take a draft pick to pan out, things can change that much quicker.

So while there are areas the Flames need to address in their lineup, what can they do about it in this draft?

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Calgary's Goaltending Options - A Big Trade

Kent Wilson
May 16 2016 08:00AM

Aside from a new coach, Brad Treliving's biggest acquisition this offseason will be finding the team a goaltender. Not only does the organization have no established NHL netminders signed for next year, Calgary also suffered from some of the worst goaltending in the league this past season. It's fair to say that lacklustre puck stopping was a primary factor in the club's disappointing. 

The good news is goaltenders are relatively plentiful. Every year a handful of decent goalies is available via trade or free agency because the demand for them is relatively low.

The bad news is the Flames have a few obstacles to overcome: firstly, their cap situation is restrictive given pending raises to Mark Giordano, Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau. Secondly, they have to be cognizant of the development of Jon Gillies, who is still considered a high-level goaltending prospect despite losing his first pro year to injury. Grabbing an aging and relatively expensive incumbent might make things difficult down the road if Gillies proves to be NHL capable. 

So what are the Flames' options? To start, they could make a blockbuster trade.

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Mikael Backlund goes to Worlds: Sweden vs. Switzerland

Ari Yanover
May 15 2016 02:05PM

After a cleanly played first period, things quickly descended into chaos between the Swedes and the Swiss for the second. While the many scrums mostly stopped in that frame, the penalties kept going through into the third.

All in all, Sweden took eight, while the Swiss countered with nine. The constant special teams disrupted the flow of the game, which the Swedes ultimately took 3-2 in the shootout.

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Patrick Sieloff

Ari Yanover
May 15 2016 12:00PM

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The Calgary Flames initially got Patrick Sieloff when they traded down in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft, getting them back a second round pick they had previously lost in an effort to ditch Ales Kotalik's contract. The Flames were excited about him - and there had even been some talk about taking him in the first round, should Mark Jankowski have been taken before the Flames had a chance to pick him.

... Even when you factor in Sieloff's lost season due to staph infection, that still might have been a tad too optimistic on the player's abilities. Though he did get in his first NHL game to close out the 2015-16 season - and with it came a goal.

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