July 13 2016 11:00AM
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For those unfamiliar with his situation, let me tell you a story about Oliver Kylington.
During the 2013-14 season, the season prior to his draft eligible season, people that follow the draft began to hear chattering about his skills. He was considered a surefire top five pick in the 2015 Draft. But his stock began to slide throughout the 2014-15 campaign and the Flames bought low, trading up into the end of the second round to take him at 60th overall.
This might shock you, but there were likely members of the hockey world's collective braintrust that saw a teenager playing with swagger in men's pro hockey in Sweden and fixated on the flaws. After his first full season in North America – as an 18-year-old – he's a much more complete player.
And perhaps even more confident in his abilities than he was a year ago.
July 13 2016 08:00AM
The number five has been pretty commonplace in the Flames' lineup for quite a few years now. Unlike #3, though, it hasn't been passed around from guy to guy to guy, and definitely not in recent years. It's had a pretty steady home - and it's been home to one of the best Flames, certainly in the modern day, with its current owner.
Mark Giordano has made the number his own.
July 12 2016 02:00PM
This is a big season for Micheal Ferland.
Ferland's coming off a superficially disappointing year: just four goals and 18 points in 71 games (and an ugly -15 rating on top of it). He has just one more year left on his contract, meaning this might be his last chance to make a lasting impression in the Flames organization.
The 24-year-old LW has all the tools to be a useful NHLer: size, grit, smarts and decently soft hands. The problem is, outside of the first round series against the Canucks a year ago, he hasn't been able to put it all together yet. At least, that's what his counting numbers suggest. If we peer beneath the surface, however, we see a player who might be ready to break out.
July 12 2016 11:00AM
The last couple years have been seasons of challenges overcome and transitions made for Matthew Tkachuk. Following a couple strong seasons in the United States National Development Team in the USHL he made a transition to the Ontario Hockey League, joining the powerhouse London Knights. Rather than fade into the background on a deep team, he emerged as one-third of the most dangerous line in junior hockey.
He's also added to his hockey resume quite impressively: the past two years have seen him win gold at the World Under-18s, bronze at the World Juniors, an OHL championship and a Memorial Cup – which was capped off by his overtime heroics in the clinching game, despite his mobility being hampered by a lingering ankle injury. Based on these accolades, it's probably not shocking to hear that the Flames were quite excited when he fell to them at sixth overall in the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo.
July 12 2016 09:23AM
It's been quite the month for big Finnish winger Eetu Tuulola.
First he was drafted in the 6th round by the Calgary Flames. Then he was selected in the WHL draft by the Everett Silvertips. Then he participated in his first ever NHL prospect camp where he was perhaps the most dominant player on the ice during the scrimmage.
He also became a favourite new prospect of FlamesNation thanks to incredible quotes like "Everything is possible in this life" and "I love to score goals." Not too shabby.
On top of all that, an article out of Finland suggests Tuulola might be headed to the WHL to play his next season.