June 06 2016 12:00PM
It's always awesome when late round picks turn out, but those guys are the exception, not the norm. The further you get into the draft, the more likely it is you're in a crapshoot. If it works out, then awesome; if not, then no harm, no foul, because late picks aren't worth much, anyway.
In 2012, the Flames used their seventh round pick on a kid coming out of the USHL named Matt DeBlouw. He committed to Michigan State University. In 2013, the Flames used sixth and seventh round picks to pick up two more NCAA players: Tim Harrison and John Gilmour.
DeBlouw and Gilmour will be free agents on Aug. 15; Harrison still has another year to go. The chances of the Flames retaining any of their rights, though, aren't great.
June 06 2016 08:00AM
Logan Brown is a kid who has crept up a lot of prospect lists and mock drafts this summer. He was already on the radar to start the season thanks to his huge frame: at 6'6" and 220 pounds, he's the biggest first round forward available. However, it's Brown's offensive outburst, going from 43 in his rookie season to 74 points this year, that has really pushed him into the spotlight.
Because of his size, playmaking ability and style of play, some are comparing Brown to players like Joe Thornton and Ryan Getzlaf. Is it possible the Flames could take him at sixth overall?
June 05 2016 12:00PM
The Calgary Flames faced a problem this past season. Well, they faced several problems, but a big one was goaltending. ... Well, there were actually several goaltending-related problems.
Things really came to a head in early November. With Jonas Hiller injured, Karri Ramo and Joni Ortio were left to man the fort in the NHL. Other than the part where the goaltending was struggling to find its feet, it wasn't a problem - except Jon Gillies had just been shut down with hip problems, meaning Kent Simpson became the Stockton Heat's de facto starter.
That... wasn't going to fly. So the Flames went out and picked up Kevin Poulin, stuck doing nothing on the Tampa Bay Lightning, for future considerations - and he ended up being Stockton's main goalie throughout the 2015-16 season.
June 05 2016 10:00AM
During the second intermission of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman revealed something key about next season's potential salary cap.
So @FriedgeHNIC reports players were told that if they don't vote for cap escalator, NHL's salary cap could drop under $70-million.— James Mirtle (@mirtle) June 5, 2016
This revelation sent Ari and I into a frenzy in the FlamesNation chat, and it eventually led us to stumble upon a handful of really simple but crucial moves the Flames can make over the next month to set themselves up – both on the ice and in relation to the salary cap – to have a really successful 2016-17 season.
June 05 2016 08:00AM
There are two types of defensemen that get drafted high these days. The first type are the puck-moving, agile defenders that can run an offense. But while the game is seemingly tilting more and more into the hands of those puck-movers, teams still really seem to love big guys that can shut opposition attackers down.
The early part of the 2016 NHL Draft seems to be chock full of effective puck-moving defenders, but American-born blueliner Griffin Luce could be one of the more tantalizing shutdown options due to his bloodlines and size. He's also someone who's really difficult to nail down in terms of draft position; he's ranked 70th among North American skaters by Central Scouting, but has been seen anywhere between the second and seventh round in draft projections.
The variation is likely due to his fairly low offensive output this past season.