July 12 2014 08:30AM
Pages have fallen off the calendar this summer and we're quietly in mid-July. As such, we're transitioning at FlamesNation from picking at the corpse of the 2013-14 Flames towards projecting what the 2014-15 Flames will be. Or do.
So, in the interest of stirring the pot: WILL THE FLAMES FINISH BETTER OR WORSE NEXT SEASON?
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July 11 2014 10:29AM
July 11 2014 08:15AM
For the second time in the past three drafts, the Calgary Flames selected a goaltender in the first three rounds. While the Flames have just dreadful, dreadful luck picking goalies in the first round - Brent Krahn and Leland Irving say hey - they've been better in the later rounds. 2012's third round pick was used on Jon Gillies, currently towering over the opposition with the Providence College Friars. This year, Calgary used the 34th overall selection on another tender from the East Coast - selecting Mason McDonald from the QMJHL's Charlottetown Islanders.
McDonald had an interesting year, being traded half-way through the campaign from the Acadie-Bathhurst Titan to PEI, posting numbers that were solid if unspectacular. He also appeared at the Top Prospects Game in Calgary and the IIHF Under-18 World Championships, two events that really boosted his profile with his impressive performances.
I had the chance to chat with McDonald at Calgary's development camp at Winsport.
July 10 2014 03:30PM
Big news, everybody! Several Calgary Flames players have changed their jersey numbers!
In other news, several other players have not changed their numbers.
The important thing here - if you can call it that - is which players upgraded numbers.
July 10 2014 01:30PM
The Battle of Alberta has a long history of dragging young players across the proverbial battle lines. Jarome Iginla, Dion Phaneuf and Jay Bouwmeester are just a few of the Edmonton-area hockey players that were thrust into the Calgary Flames organization.
In the third round of the 2014 NHL Draft, blueliner Brandon Hickey became another part of that tradition.
I chatted with Hickey at the recent Calgary Flames prospect development camp at Winsport.