June 03 2016 02:00PM
While we all sit idly waiting for the Calgary Flames to hire a new head coach already, the Province's Ben Kuzma out in Vancouver provided a bit of an update this morning with his latest piece. Combined with a few other recent reports, we now have a decent idea of which individuals have interviewed for Bob Hartley's old job.
June 03 2016 12:00PM
Perhaps one of the biggest surprises last season was the Tim Erixon trade continuing to pay dividends for the Flames in new and strange ways. Markus Granlund, the decent-ish 2011 second rounder who had proven himself too good for the AHL and too meh for a top six NHL role, was traded for 2013 first round pick Hunter Shinkaruk.
Let's have a look at how his brief time in Calgary and slightly longer time in Stockton went this season!
June 03 2016 08:00AM
The top defence prospect of the 2016 draft has long been Jakob Chychrun. Lately, however, Olli Juolevi has been making a push, in part bolstered by being on such a dominant team.
However, there's a third defenceman hovering around those two. Maybe not always ranked right on their level, but still ranked pretty high up there, and expected to go in the top 10.
Mikhail Sergachev turns 18 on the second day of the draft. He's 6'3, 206 lbs., and just coming off of his first season in North America, opting to play his draft year for the Windsor Spitfires instead of in his native Russia. It got him First Team All-Star Honours, so clearly, it wasn't a bad choice.
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June 03 2016 05:00AM
Examining Canada's World Cup roster, Phil Kessel closing in on a Stanley Cup, Gudbranson not so bad after all, Jets captaincy, who do the Flames pick at 6th, Chiarelli ready to play in Edmonton, the Expansion draft, NHL draft, free agency and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings.
June 02 2016 03:45PM
Alexander Nylander is probably going to be Calgary's first round pick on June 24.
That's the main takeaway from this week's 30 Thoughts column from Sportsnet's guru Elliotte Freidman:
Matthew Tkachuk is “gaining momentum,” as one executive put it, days after the London Knight bulled his way through the Memorial Cup. You know the NHL’s preoccupation with skilled power forwards, and he certainly qualifies.
Conventional wisdom is Auston Matthews goes first to Toronto, with Patrik Laine following to Winnipeg. I think we all expected Jesse Puljujarvi to go third, but it sure sounds like Tkachuk is pushing his way into the picture.
If you follow the general progression, Tkachuk perhaps going to Columbus would potentially bump Jesse Puljijarvi down to Edmonton at fourth overall and Pierre-Luc Dubois to Vancouver at fifth overall – presuming neither team throws a wrench into things by electing to grab a defender with their picks. And presuming that the Flames don't go off the board and grab a defender at sixth overall, Nylander is the logical fit.
Moreover, choosing Nylander may be a really savvy move for reasons beyond the fact that it'd be a homecoming for the Calgary-born player. He could also qualify for the unicorn of CBA oddities: the five-year entry-level contract.