2015-16 Reasonable Expecations: Johnny Gaudreau

Byron Bader
September 12 2015 12:00PM

After the undersized Gaudreau was drafted he continued to get better and better at Boston College.  In his 3rd and last season at Boston College, he put up offensive numbers not seen in over a decade and was universally considered the Flames' best prospect.  Finally he joined the Flames in the 2014-15 season as a full-time NHLer and appears to be the superstar everybody hoped he would be.

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FN's All-Time Greatest Flames Team: Kent Nilsson

Ryan Pike
September 12 2015 09:00AM

There have been many talented hockey players to suit up for the Calgary Flames franchise since it was established in Atlanta in 1972. By my count, it's well over 500 in franchise history. Considering that several Hall of Fame players have had great years in Calgary (and Atlanta), let me lay down something that may be a controversial statement.

Kent Nilsson is the most talented player to ever wear a Flames jersey.

The Magic Man is the latest member of FlamesNation's All-Time Flames Team.

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Young Flames Hold On to Beat Jets 3-1

Ryan Pike
September 11 2015 07:56PM

It wasn't pretty at times, particularly in a fairly one-sided second period, but the Calgary Flames kicked off the 2015 Young Stars Classic tournament with a 3-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets prospects at the South Okanagan Event Centre in Penticton earlier tonight.

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Young Stars FGD: Meet The Jets (5pm MT)

Ryan Pike
September 11 2015 02:30PM

The last time the Calgary Flames played an organized, official game of ice hockey, it was May 10. They were improbably in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, facing off against the Pacific Division-winning powerhouse from Anaheim. Despite a scrappy effort and some timely goal-scoring, they lost 3-2 in overtime and went home, eliminated from the playoffs. Their whirlwind 2014-15 season ended.

Four months and a day later, the Calgary Flames begin a new journey, as they begin the 2015-16 hockey campaign with the annual Young Stars Classic tournament in scenic Penticton, British Columbia. Their first opponent? Another sentimental favourite that returned to the post-season in 2014-15 - the WInnipeg Jets.

The puck drops just after 5pm MT and you can catch the action streaming live from the Flames official site.

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2015-16 Reasonable Expectations: Sean Monahan

Ryan Pike
September 11 2015 01:00PM

A 21-year-old player will begin the season as the Calgary Flames undisputed number-one center, and perhaps the first undisputed number-one center the Flames have had in decades. In past years, such an occurrence may have been seen as a sign of trouble - that the Flames were shallow and rebuilding.

A year ago, I might have agreed with that contention. But then Sean Monahan followed up a pretty solid rookie campaign with a season that looked at the concept of a "sophomore slump" and scoffed derisively. Heading into 2015-16, Sean Monahan has scored more goals than any other player taken in the 2013 NHL Draft. And he did it while playing on an injury-riddled Flames team (center-wise) than forced him to take on the tough minutes.

When people say that Monahan is a special player, this is what they mean: after being sheltered as much as Bob Hartley could via line-matching and zone starts as a rookie, Monahan was thrown into the deep waters and swam very well. So what's he got in store for 2015-16?

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