Reasonable Expectations: Jiri Hudler

Ryan Pike
August 11 2014 08:30AM

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Jiri Hudler was Calgary's leading scorer last year, putting up 54 points for the Flames. It's the most points he's had in the NHL since 2008-09. However, he was a bit enigmatic, often playing invisibly and occasionally appearing and doing something cool in the offensive zone.

What can we expect from Hudler in 2014-15? It probably depends on how he's used.

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Weekend Open Thread: Are the World Juniors Important?

Ryan Pike
August 09 2014 08:30AM

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World Junior summer camps ended this past week, with a pair of Calgary Flames first round picks vying for spots on Team Canada in the form of Sam Bennett and Morgan Klimchuk, and Rushan Rafikov doing his best to cement his spot on the Russian U20 team.

Of course, amidst all this hubbub about trying out for international teams, Canada's Aaron Ekblad left the camp with a concussion and Robby Fabbri received a lower body injury. Yes, during a summer try-out camp for a tournament that runs during the middle of the North American playing season.

This leads to this week's Weekend Open Thread question: Are the World Juniors important?

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2014-15 REASONABLE EXPECTATIONS: MIKAEL BACKLUND

Byron Bader
August 08 2014 08:30AM

As we prepare for the upcoming Calgary Flames season, we here at FlamesNation will be bringing back an old favourite from yester-year: the Reasonable Expectations series, looking at what we can expect from the Flames on an individual basis based on their previous performances. To kick things off, new dad Byron Bader brings us a look at a FlamesNation favourite.

Mikael Backlund is an interesting case. Up until the 2013-14 season, he was regarded by many as a disappointment who hadn't lived up to expectations. To a small community of underlying-number enthusiasts, like the folks at FlamesNation, Backlund has always been an excellent possession player.

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
August 08 2014 08:05AM


The Leafs are over the cap, the Oilers hire stats guy Tyler Dellow, Alabama hates Vancouver, who makes the Flames and more in this week's Roundup.

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Five things: Who's gonna make it? Pt. 2

Ryan Lambert
August 07 2014 08:30AM

1. Moving on

Last week I looked at the chances for Kenny Agostino, Billy Arnold, Sven Baertschi, and Sam Bennett to make the big club for at least a semi-permanent gig next season. In general, those four guys seemed unlikely to do it, with the sole exception of Baertschi, who I think at least gets a shot to prove he still can't hack it.

And with that we move onto the second group of forwards who might have a chance to make the Flames. Because I apparently neglected to mention this before, I've come up with a list of 12 forward prospects who might be in the best position to get into the lineup, as well as four defensemen. They are being presented in alphabetical order (because you see, I don't think the guys whose last names happen to start with A and B are also the most likely to make the team).

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