September 15 2016 03:00PM

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This is a tale of trial and error, failure, determination, and triumph. Oh and fancy advanced statistics. So many fancy statistics.

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Can Matthew Tkachuk make the NHL right away?

Ari Yanover
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.

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Report: Flames bringing in Nicklas Grossmann on PTO

Ari Yanover
September 15 2016 11:05AM

The Calgary Flames are pretty much full up as far as defencemen go, but that's not going to stop them from bringing someone else in.

No, not Jakub Nakladal - that we know of (although he's busy at the World Cup, anyway) - but according to first Dean Molberg and now Roger Millions, it's Nicklas Grossmann: the 31-year-old 6'4, 230 lb. Swede who has been left without a contract since his four-year deal, worth an annual average value of $3.5 million, expired this past summer.

Grossmann played 58 games for the Arizona Coyotes last season, scoring three goals and seven points total. Before them, he spent four years with the Philadelphia Flyers organization.

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Comparing the 2016 Young Stars Classic rosters

Ryan Pike
September 15 2016 08:00AM

The annual Young Stars Classic Tournament kicks off on Friday in scenic Penticton, British Columbia. The event brings together the National Hockey League's four Western Canadian clubs in a battle of their youngest and most promising non-college/non-European prospects.

Now that all the rosters have been announced, how do the Flames compare to the teams from Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg?

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2016 World Cup of Hockey Preview: Group A

Jonathan Willis
September 15 2016 07:30AM

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With the preliminary round out of the way, the 2016 World Cup of Hockey is ready to get down to the contests that actually count this weekend. Group A will feature the marquee matchup of Canada vs. the United States, along with the less-heralded Czech Republic and Team Europe.

Here’s how those countries stack up.

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