FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Turner Elson

Ari Yanover
May 14 2016 12:00PM

Signed as an undrafted free agent out of the Red Deer Rebels organization, Turner Elson has put in a solid four years of professional service to the Calgary Flames. Over that time, he's played just about everywhere possible: graduating from the WHL, playing in the AHL, winning a championship after being demoted to the ECHL, securing an AHL spot, and finally, getting in his first NHL game (and his first NHL point to go with it).

It's been quite the ride for Elson, and since winning the Kelly Cup with the Alaska Aces, he's been a pretty consistent player. But is that enough?

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Mikael Backlund goes to Worlds: Sweden vs. Norway

Ari Yanover
May 14 2016 06:00AM

Sweden finally has a goal explosion... and then, their scoring dries right back up for the next game, forcing them to eke out a tight 3-2 win over Team Norway.

While Mikael Backlund didn't pick up any points, he was still a frequent presence out on the ice - particularly towards the end, as the Swedes fought hard to maintain their tenuous two goal, and then suddenly, one goal, lead.

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The ledges of the 2016 NHL Draft don't give the Flames much choice at 6th overall

Christian Roatis
May 13 2016 02:00PM



  1. a horizontal surface projecting from a wall, cliff, draft ranking, or other surface.

Entry drafts in sport are often described using the word above: ledge. Going down the draft board there exist certain points where the quality of prospect decreases significantly, and thus creates a “ledge”. Though a relatively arbitrary term in this context, it stands to reason that in order to secure yourself the best prospect possible, it’s best to situate yourself above as many ledges as you can.

Take the 2016 NHL Draft for instance. According to Brad Treliving - who I guess we can sort of trust - there exist ledges after the third overall pick, sixth overall pick and 20th overall pick. 

Makes one feel a little better about only falling one spot in the draft lottery and managing to hold on, if not with only fingertips, to the second ledge. 

The thing is, almost every notable scouting publication and service (with the exception of McKeen's which is on the funny stuff this season, it seems) acknowledges these ledges through their rankings, so it would suggest that the Flames then don’t actually have much of a choice to make. They just wait and see which of the six prospects considered to rest on the top two ledges slips and tumbles to them. Even if someone above them goes off the board, the decision still only needs to be made between two players.

Yet a debate still manages to sustain itself in forums, comment threads and on social media about who the Calgary Flames should take at sixth overall, ignoring all ledges.

This is strange to me, and here’s why. 

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Karri Ramo

Ryan Pike
May 13 2016 12:00PM

Few players in the entire National Hockey League saw the highs and lows that Calgary Flames goaltender Karri Ramo did during the 2015-16 season.

He started the opening game of the season... and got lit up by Vancouver. He was inconsistent enough in October to get waived and banished to the American Hockey League. He played a period in the minors only to return when Jonas Hiller was injured. Ramo played well enough to get Calgary back into the playoff picture, only to see his season ended when a goal-mouth collision exploded his knee (and probably derailed his chances for another contract with the Flames).

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The tangled web of Brad Pascall

Ryan Pike
May 13 2016 08:00AM

The Calgary Flames scored themselves a hockey operations coup a couple summers ago when they recruited Brad Pascall into the fold as an assistant general manager.

Arguably most popularly known prior to that hiring as Cassie Campbell-Pascall's spouse, Pascall brought with him a decent hockey-playing resume and an absolutely massive Rolodex of connections that he accrued over a few decades in the national men's team portfolio of Hockey Canada.

After just two short seasons, Pascall's fingerprints are already all over the Flames organization and undoubtedly will play a part in the hiring of the next head coach and his staff.

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