A brief history of Flames first rounders' first games

Ryan Pike
November 27 2016 10:00AM

Mark Jankowski is set to potentially make his National Hockey League debut with the Calgary Flames in the next few days. If he does, he'll join a rather interesting group who have been drafted by the Flames in the first round of the NHL Draft over the past decade and actually played with the Flames at some point. (Sorry, Tim Erixon, you don't count.)

Here's a quick glance at how their debuts went. Just a spoiler for you: keep your expectations for debuting players low, because they typically don't play a heck of a lot or light it up in their first game.

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Matthew Tkachuk: The season's biggest surprise

Pat Steinberg
November 26 2016 07:47PM

Calgary Flames fans were elated when Matthew Tkachuk fell to the team at number six overall in June's NHL Draft, and for good reason. Tkachuk was coming off a banner season with the OHL's London Knights, filled an organizational need for the Flames, and in his on-ice personality, brought the team something they didn't have. I thought Tkachuk had a chance to make Calgary's roster out of training camp, but by no means did I see him making the type of impact he has to this point.

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Chad Johnson leads the local players on the Flames

Ari Yanover
November 26 2016 12:00PM

Chad Johnson sure is the talk of the town now, isn't he?

And why wouldn't he be? He has effectively taken over the starter's role, having put together multiple great performances, a couple of shutouts, and having been the sole reason the Flames have won a couple of times now. 

He has a .928 save percentage, good for seventh in the NHL amongst all goalies with at least 10 games played; at even strength, it's .939 and he's eighth. Johnson is legitimately a top 10 goaltender in the NHL at this point in time, and the Flames are winning with him in net more often than not.

Maybe the coolest part of it all? He's living the dream: playing for his hometown team.

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Flames 2, Bruins 1 post-game embers: Sam Bennett's moustache reigns supreme

Mike FAIL
November 26 2016 08:00AM

If this team needed anything - and I mean literally anything - it was a strong road trip on their longest road trip of the year. The sort of road trip that Sportsnet, local media, and just about everyone talks about should these Calgary Flames find further success this season. You best believe that everyone will talk about it if this team somehow makes the playoffs, too.

But that's forever from now and last night we saw a glimmer of hope that Sam Bennett's game has rebounded. This team will definitely need the Bennett we saw last night to show up a lot more.

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Post-Game: Flames tame Bruins

Ryan Pike
November 25 2016 08:57PM


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Let's be honest with ourselves here: the Calgary Flames were given a nice situation to walk into against the Boston Bruins. Boston had lost the night before in Ottawa and then had to fly home. Star goalie Tuukka Rask worked as back-up to Anton Khudobin, who was recalled from a conditioning stint this morning and has zero wins in the NHL this season.

Well, the Flames managed to grind out their 10th win of the season by a 2-1 score. It was by way of a familiar recipe: they played perfectly fine defensive hockey at even strength, and relied upon timely goals and some great goaltending from Chad Johnson (yet again).

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