December 26 2016 01:26PM
It's the most wonderful time of year! The World Juniors are back, and with them, we can all unite in arguing with each other about which teenagers carry the best passports. For Canada, the land that occupies most of our hearts, that two-week journey begins with their game against the Russians at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.
December 26 2016 12:00PM
Adam Fox has had a great 2016, and he's only played 11 games.
It was a pleasant surprise to hear his name being called on draft weekend 2016. I personally hadn't heard of him before (and to my memory, other FN writers hadn't either), but a quick glance at what he was able to do with the US Development Team had me impressed. Heading into the 2016 hockey season, we had him ranked #8 on our prospect list.
He's dashed those lofty expectations. Right now, he's a big and relevant topic for the Flames because of the World Junior's tournament. Fox is looking like a certain lock, fingers crossed, to be the #1 on the team, providing offensive firepower on an otherwise very defensive defence for the USA WJC squad.
Fox is almost immediately paying off for the Flames, but what of his future?
December 26 2016 10:00AM
With the WJC going on, the focus of the hockey world is all on the prospects. Similarly, we here at FlamesNation are following suit. In case you missed it (was there something important going on yesterday?), we re-ranked our top twenty prospects from the summer.
Now, we're going to pull the curtains back a bit and reveal some of our thinking and impressions about the Flames' farm crop. It's our first roundtable in a while, so we're getting in the spirit of the (hockey) season and discussing the future.
December 26 2016 08:00AM
The Flames gave us a nice early Christmas present heading into the break by crushing an exhausted Canucks group. What Calgary will be in the new year, however, is still up in the air. The first portion of the season has been filled with inconsistencies and contradictions - terrible and then resurgent special teams, awful and then elite goaltending, etc.
So the team is still very much a work in progress. They've settled into a sort of middling area through their wild oscillations, but I doubt either Brad Treliving or Glen Gulutzan are satisfied with the results, even given some of the peaks so far. New gaps have formed in the roster this year and some questions still remain unanswered. The rest of the season may well be spent pursuing solutions to these issues, as well as chasing another playoff appearance, of course. We'll see what can be accomplished in the first half of 2017.
Given that the Flames' second defense pairing is one of those glaring aforementioned questions, it's appropriate that we talk about nothing but defensemen in the final edition of the mailbag for 2016...
December 25 2016 08:00AM
Until late June, there's really no more exciting time for the youth of hockey than tomorrow's World Juniors Championship. It's the biggest stage for the stars of tomorrow, and always provides hype and discussion that lasts all the way until the actual draft.
Seeing as this is pretty much the midway point for prospect hockey, we here at FN figured that we would revisit our prospect profiles from the summer and see how our minds have changed over the first half of the season. It's quick and painless, but also informative.