May 24 2016 02:00PM
The Mastercard Memorial Cup is in Alberta this season for the first time since 1974. Since the London Knights are chock full of 2016 NHL Draft first-year eligible prospects and Red Deer is a relatively short drive, I made the trek up to check out Monday evening's game.
Here's my takeaways from London's 9-1 whupping of the Brandon Wheat Kings.
May 24 2016 12:00PM
I think it's safe to say that Nick Schneider's 2015-16 season came as a surprise to a lot of people.
After being passed over in the 2015 NHL Draft, Schneider came into Calgary Flames rookie camp as an extra body. Then a few injuries here and there kept Schneider around long enough to impress Flames management to earn an entry-level contract.
He began the season in an NHL camp. He ended the season as the starting goalie of an American Hockey League team (at 18 years old). In between, he put together a pretty solid Western Hockey League season.
May 24 2016 10:00AM
As we continue rolling through the lengthy list of pending Calgary Flames restricted free agents we come to three players in very similar situations. The trio of Drew Shore, Freddie Hamilton, and Tyler Wotherspoon all have at least three full years of professional experience under their belts and all have decent NHL experience (at least 25 games). So is the clock ticking for any or all of these guys?
May 24 2016 08:00AM
Not the Finn you want, but still a Finn to consider. London Knights defenceman Olli Juolevi is the feature of today's First Round Targets post.
May 23 2016 12:00PM
Jonas Hiller had spent his NHL career being, at worst, an average starter. He even experienced a resurgence when the Anaheim Ducks decided to move on from him and the Calgary Flames picked him up: playing 52 games for the Flames last season, he posted a .918 SV% (.927 ES SV%, 11th amongst goalies with at least 40 games played), and was a huge part of their stabilization en route to a surprise season.
So his sudden cliff-diving this season was surprising. And a pretty big part of the reason why the Flames' year went the way it did.