Flames at the World Juniors day four: A busy day for all

Ari Yanover
December 29 2016 08:53PM

After a bit of a lighter schedule, it was another massive day at the World Juniors. 

All five Flames prospects were in action, as first Adam Fox, Tyler Parsons, and Team USA faced a more difficult opponent in Pavel Karnaukhov and Team Russia, and won 3-2. Then, Oliver Kylington and Team Sweden helped put a dagger in Team Finland with a 3-1 win. And finally, Dillon Dube and Team Canada took down Team Latvia 10-2.

That's one goalie, two defencemen, and two forwards, all a part of the Flames system, that were in action. Let's take a look at how they did.

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CGD: Canada faces off against Latvia in third round robin game

Jacob Stoller
December 29 2016 03:13PM

Here's what you need to know ahead of Canada's matchup against Latvia. 

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Will the Flames miss Troy Brouwer?

Kent Wilson
December 29 2016 02:00PM

When Troy Brouwer was signed by the Flames this summer to a four-year, $18M deal, many of us at FN were... skeptical. The conventional wisdom was the Flames needed Brouwer's size and experience to help stabilize the forward group, but his age and underlying results suggested the club was making a bad bet

With Brouwer out for weeks with a hand injury, now seems like a good time to evaluate the early returns on Brad Treliving's biggest offseason UFA signing. Will the Flames be worse in absence? Or is this injury a secret boon for the club? 

The truth is it's kind of both (but mostly the latter).

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FGD 38: Duck hunting (7pm MT, SN 360)

Ryan Pike
December 29 2016 12:00PM

After returning to action against Colorado after their short holiday break, the Calgary Flames have a bit of a tougher task in front of them tonight at the Scotiabank Saddledome. This evening they face one of the better teams in the Pacific Division in the form of the Anaheim Ducks. Can the Flames gain some crucial points in their quest to return to the post-season for the first time since 2014-15? Find out tonight!

The action begins shortly after 7 p.m. MT on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet 960 The Fan!

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Matthew Tkachuk: Calder winner? Probably not, but

Ari Yanover
December 29 2016 08:00AM

Disclaimer: Matthew Tkachuk's chances of winning the Calder are probably about as likely as your chances of finding a picture of him with his mouthguard actually in his mouth. In other words, not likely.

He'll get some consideration, I'm sure. Maybe a particularly strong back half could see him end up a finalist, but aiming to be top five in voting may be more realistic.

Whether or not Tkachuk does get a trophy at the end of the year, though, keep in mind that approaching the 40-game mark of the season - the very one that will determine Tkachuk hitting unrestricted free agent status a year earlier - he is, without a doubt, one of the best rookies in the NHL this season.

I'm going to go so far as to say you could make a case he's actually the best one.

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