June 13 2016 12:00PM
Image courtesy of Asvitt Photography from the Stockton Heat
Despite the fact that the Stockton Heat had a largely unimpressive season this past year, one of the undeniable strengths of their team was their defence. An often forgotten part of this unit was Kenney Morrison, a much-heralded, undrafted college free agent signed last March while the Flames were in the heart of a ... playo---it hurts too much to type the rest.
Let's find out how Morrison's first professional season went after the jump.
June 13 2016 10:00AM
Walking into the 2015 draft, the Flames had nine picks, including a first rounder, three seconds, and two thirds. They walked out with an NHL defenceman and five prospects, only two of whom were drafted with double digit picks.
Draft Weekend 2015 was really Brad Treliving's weekend. The business savvy (must be genetic) GM stole Connor McDavid's show, making the big splash minutes before the draft by acquiring Dougie Hamilton (screwing over Edmonton in the process). He then went on to have a hell of a draft, scooping up the OHL's top scoring defenceman, a defender who already has a season of pro hockey under his belt (+1 NHL game), and the OHL's sixth most productive scorer.
In less than two weeks, Draft Weekend 2016 will be upon us. The Flames find themselves in a similar situation, owning 10 picks with four in the first two rounds. The Flames have plenty of needs that can't be addressed by the draft. There's already some ideas being floated around...
Burke: said he will almost certainly use one of, or some, of the #Flames 2nd round picks to get a goalie. Should happen around the draft.— Brandon Byskal (@brandonbyskal) May 26, 2016
(Context for this tweet: from the Flames season tickets holders' town hall)
... but we still have no clue what actually awaits us. Your FN writers took their turns answering the big questions facing the Flames heading to June 24th.
June 13 2016 08:00AM
Standing at 6'0 and 175 lbs., Jordan Kyrou is a right-shooting centre who also spent time on the wing this past season for the Sarnia Sting.
While he doesn't have particularly impressive numbers - just 51 points in 65 games - he impressed over the course of his season, rising up from the 45th ranked player to 34 out of all North American skaters via NHL Central Scouting. And with a May 5 birthday, he's only just turned 18, so he has a lot of room to grow - and enough potential to be considered relatively early in the draft.
June 12 2016 12:00PM
Ah, the late rounds of the draft. Where you don't expect much but if you find something, hey, that's always neat. At this point, though, you probably aren't going to get much.
In two of the past three seasons, the Flames have chosen some defencemen in the seventh round. We covered John Gilmour a bit already; now, let's talk about behemoth Riley Bruce, and Russian Rushan Rafikov.
June 12 2016 08:00AM
The NHL world has slowly been shying away from drafting goaltenders early. A goalie's value over their career, for the most part, does not match the value of the pick they were selected with. With teams becoming more and more value conscious, they would rather try their luck (Henrik Lundqvist was a sixth rounder!) in later rounds than potentially slip up early on.
That doesn't mean there are no good goalies. Carter Hart has earned consistent praise from scouts and the CHL Goaltender of the Year award despite being relatively undersized for a goalie (6'1", 165 pounds). He has enormous talent, but the Flames are most likely not looking at a goaltender for this draft. Could Hart be able to change their minds?