FlamesNation Prospect Profile: #15 Hunter Smith

Ryan Pike
August 17 2015 11:00AM

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FlamesNation's annual prospect profile project continues! Coming in at 15th on our staff rankings, mammoth right-winger Hunter Smith!

A product of the Ontario Hockey League's Oshawa Generals, Smith was chosen in the second round of the 2014 Draft by the Calgary Flames with the pick they acquired by trading Reto Berra to Colorado. The pick raised some eyebrows due to Smith's quiet offensive production up to that point in junior and his age - he had already gone through the 2013 Draft unclaimed.

Now that he's about to turn pro, Smith is coming off a pretty strong 2014-15 campaign and the pick looks a little bit less like a wild home-run swing and more of a strategic move.

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Penticton Roster Guesswork

Ryan Pike
August 16 2015 11:00AM

We're into the back-half of August officially now, which means the beginning of training camp and the hockey season are creeping quietly towards us. Considering that the annual YoungStars Classic tournament begins in Penticton, BC on September 11, most likely that means that Calgary Flames rookie camp will commence on September 10.

So who's going to be suiting up for the Flames at the event?

Here's my understanding of the eligibility rules: unsigned junior draft picks, unsigned junior free agents and players on entry-level deals who have not yet played 25 NHL games. Based upon those rules and the information we have available to us, here are the players we suspect will be named to the Flames roster in three short weeks.

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The 2015 NHL Offseason: Winners, Losers, and Everybody In the Middle

Cam Lewis
August 16 2015 08:00AM

Over the past couple weeks, I've been breaking down the good and the bad of what's happened so far during the 2015 NHL offseason. After going through all four divisions, looking at the players that teams have added and subtracted, and how they've spent their money, I figured I would put together a big list of which teams are winners and losers, and which teams are floating in their own category somewhere in the middle. Hey, it's the summer and we still have like seven weeks until the season starts, so it's the perfect time to sit back and speculate. 

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What's Taking So Long With Ferland and Giordano's Deals?

Ryan Pike
August 15 2015 11:00AM

We're now less than a month away from the onset of Calgary Flames rookie camp, which starts in mid-September and leads into the annual Penticton YoungStars tournament. Right now, there's a lot of thumb-twiddling and heel-cooling in anticipation of hockey starting up again, as the Flames have caught up on all of their off-season business.

Well, just about.

Because restricted free agent Micheal Ferland still is not signed, while captain Mark Giordano - whose contract extension was repeatedly touted as a "top priority" by Flames general manager Brad Treliving - is still not completed.

So what gives?

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Robbie Russo Hits Free Agency

Cat Silverman
August 14 2015 06:13PM

Robbie Russo was drafted in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders - but in their hurry to fill organizational needs on the blue line, they filled up roster spots that could have potentially been his by now. 

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