June 13 2016 08:00AM
Standing at 6'0 and 175 lbs., Jordan Kyrou is a right-shooting centre who also spent time on the wing this past season for the Sarnia Sting.
While he doesn't have particularly impressive numbers - just 51 points in 65 games - he impressed over the course of his season, rising up from the 45th ranked player to 34 out of all North American skaters via NHL Central Scouting. And with a May 5 birthday, he's only just turned 18, so he has a lot of room to grow - and enough potential to be considered relatively early in the draft.
June 12 2016 12:00PM
Ah, the late rounds of the draft. Where you don't expect much but if you find something, hey, that's always neat. At this point, though, you probably aren't going to get much.
In two of the past three seasons, the Flames have chosen some defencemen in the seventh round. We covered John Gilmour a bit already; now, let's talk about behemoth Riley Bruce, and Russian Rushan Rafikov.
June 12 2016 08:00AM
The NHL world has slowly been shying away from drafting goaltenders early. A goalie's value over their career, for the most part, does not match the value of the pick they were selected with. With teams becoming more and more value conscious, they would rather try their luck (Henrik Lundqvist was a sixth rounder!) in later rounds than potentially slip up early on.
That doesn't mean there are no good goalies. Carter Hart has earned consistent praise from scouts and the CHL Goaltender of the Year award despite being relatively undersized for a goalie (6'1", 165 pounds). He has enormous talent, but the Flames are most likely not looking at a goaltender for this draft. Could Hart be able to change their minds?
June 11 2016 12:00PM
Austin Carroll is a pretty good story.
Sure, it took him a while to get drafted - in fact, when the Flames took the then-20-year-old in the seventh round of the 2014 NHL draft, they probably could have just waited a little bit to sign him as an undrafted free agent. But they laid early claim to him instead, and quickly signed him to an entry-level deal.
They also brought him one step closer to fulfilling his ultimate dream: to one day play for the Calgary Flames.
Now, after one year of professional hockey with a Flames-coloured jersey with his name on it, is there any more to him than that?
June 11 2016 10:00AM
There are a number of avenues to get free agents. The most common is from the NHL's free agent pool, but teams will occasionally go after undrafted NCAA or CHL players as well. Then there are guys who perform well in the KHL and want to come over, and occasionally, the same can be said for the Swedish and Finnish leagues.
But we don't hear too much about the Czech league.
Now, though - three times in roughly a little over a calendar year - the Flames have picked up three players who have spent extensive time playing in the Czech Republic. There was Jakub Nakladal, a little over a year ago; granted, after his six seasons in the Czech league, he went to the KHL and then Finland.
Daniel Pribyl and now David Rittich's names can be added to the list, though. There's quite the Czech contingent forming in Calgary.