September 20 2014 09:00AM
That's TJ Brodie when he was drafted by the Flames. He represents the last drafted-and-developed Flames blueliner. Prior to him you have Tim Erixon and Dion Phaneuf, neither really counts because Erixon never played for the Flames per se and Phaneuf, by dint of the lost lockout season and his own talent level, arrived more or less plug-and-play at the NHL level.
Looking back at the Young Stars tournament I felt there was a noticeable gap between the quality of forward prospects that the Flames have acquired versus the defense. This spurred me to take a closer look at the Flames’ defensive prospects and try to determine the overall strength of this area of organizational prospect depth.
September 19 2014 10:08AM
Ladies and gents, the 2014-15 Calgary Flames main camp has begun.
Intrepid boy reporter Ryan Pike is down at Winsport all day, checking out both scrimmages and seeing what there is to see. He may also get lunch, he's not sure yet.
Anyhow, keep your eyes here all day as we'll have updates on Day 1.
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September 19 2014 05:30AM
Training camps open, Taylor Hall just getting started, David Clarkson and his contract, TJ Brodie with a Norris in his future, Markus Naslund to the hall of fame and more in this week's Roundup.
September 18 2014 11:30AM
Last week was the precursor. The real thing starts today.
The Calgary Flames officially kick off their 2014-15 training camp today at Winsport. 65 players will report. By the time everything's said and done on October 7, that number will be trimmed down by 42 - to the opening 23-man roster.
Here's a quick-and-dirty look at the 65 men vying for roster spots over the next few weeks.
September 18 2014 08:30AM
1. This is an important conversation
Even if you search really hard, you will probably not be able to find someone as enthusiastic as me about the chances of Johnny Gaudreau making an impact in the NHL this season. I think he has an incredibly high ceiling and is — without equivocation — a player who's more NHL ready than most Flames prospects, regardless of how long they've been playing pro hockey.
Gaudreau has just one game under his belt as a professional player, and while he scored a goal in it, I don't think anyone would be too willing to say he was definitively a difference-maker in it. That goal he scored was, in reality, a kind of fluky deflection; it's not like he did what he usually does to opposing defenses and cut through his matchups like a white-hot knife through pre-softened butter.