September 03 2016 08:00AM
Another summer has come and gone, and with our recognition of the Flames' prospects, so has the 2016 edition of the Top 20 Prospects. Out of the 35 players in the system eligible to win the Calder this season - although for the strong majority of them, that's but an extremely far off pipe dream - nine of us parsed through the list, and came together to form our own top 20.
You may agree. You may disagree! We've seen the praise and the occasional yelling in the comments. But let's give you guys a spot to really praise and/or yell at us, as we'll reveal to you just how the rankings went down.
September 02 2016 06:00PM
Four Flames are going to the World Cup of Hockey. (Five, if you count Schrodinger's Jakub Nakladal.) That number changed for a moment when Mikael Backlund was added to Team Sweden in lieu of Henrik Zetterberg, but we're back down to four, as Sean Monahan has withdrawn from Team North America.
Johnny Gaudreau is still slated to represent Team Barely Legal, and Jyrki Jokipakka and Michael Frolik (and Nakladal, if you want) are still in for their respective teams. But according to the Flames, a back strain will leave Monahan unable to attend World Cup camp, which starts Sept. 4. Vincent Trocheck has been selected as his replacement.
September 02 2016 05:09PM
The Stockton Heat announced, via press release, that they've signed Mike Angelidis, Jamie Devane, Matt Frattin, Ryan Lomberg and Roman Dyukov to American Hockey League deals. The announcement makes official several things that have been rumoured and all-but-confirmed in recent weeks.
What did the Heat add? Some youth, some size, and some leadership - all on low-risk AHL deals.
September 02 2016 12:00PM
So, here we are: it's September, and Johnny Gaudreau does not yet have a contract. We've poked around a bit at just what the Flames' cap situation for the future could look like, but with what will probably be the most expensive deal on the team still yet to be signed, there hasn't been much else we can do.
Well, kind of. Not really. He's on a professional tryout, so he can be cut at a moment's notice; no commitment has been extended towards him, not even for a season. Kind of like his former Flames career: the one that lasted all of 12 games, and that was that.
Now, it looks like Higgins' best hope of getting back into the NHL is with the Flames. But he's far from a lock; guys who sign PTOs don't tend to earn NHL contracts, even if they do have a decent enough body of work. So Higgins probably isn't a point of concern.
But let's talk about him anyway, just in case he is - especially because it wasn't that long ago he was a successful NHLer.
September 02 2016 08:00AM
We're finally here: the end of our prospect profiles for this summer. Before we begin, let's give a quick shout-out to the under-appreciated hero of this series: Jim Benning. Through his wondrous deeds, he has either directly (Hunter Shinkaruk via trade) or indirectly (Rasmus Andersson through a traded pick) provided the Flames with three prospects we ranked in the top four.
His most recent act of kindness, the first of the 2016-17 season, was strutting up to the NHL Draft podium and announcing "Vancouver selects, from the London Knights," and following it up with anything other than "Matthew Tkachuk." As many of you correctly guessed, Tkachuk is our #1 prospect for the 2016 season.