Flames Hire Ryan Huska (and Other Notes)

Ryan Pike
June 23 2014 12:02PM

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The Flames made an important announcement today, officially hiring Ryan Huska as the coach of their American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Flames.

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NHL Draft Scout Series: Europe

Christian Roatis
June 23 2014 08:00AM

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The final leg of our NHL Draft Scout Series lands across the Atlantic in Europe, as our own Christian Roatis chatted with Future Considerations' Roman Solovyov (@croulmane).

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Weekend Open Thread: Draft Week Scenarios

Ryan Pike
June 21 2014 09:00AM

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Lads and ladies, we are now less than one week away from the Most Important Draft in Calgary Flames History*.

*- Well, since last year's.

There's a LOT of chatter in hockey circles about movement at the top end of the draft order.

So what happens? I can, with absolutely no insider info, speculate three main scenarios.

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Random Thoughts - June 20 2014

Kent Wilson
June 20 2014 11:30AM

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We're about a week away from the 2014 Entry Draft and the Flames have 5 picks inside the top-90, including a franchise high 4th overall. It's not hyperbole to say this summer will be a pivotal one of the Flames road back to respectability. If they pick a future star or two and not stub their toe horribly in free agency, it will give the club a much better chance of making their up the crowded Western Conference standings ladder.

Of course, the other key consideration is how they develop and manage their current crop of players...

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Aces High: A Look At Elson and Ramage

Ryan Pike
June 20 2014 08:34AM

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Over the weekend, the Alaska Aces - Calgary's ECHL affiliate - won their league championship, the Kelly Cup. The triumph was likely especially sweet for a pair of Flames properties who had seemingly fallen off the proverbial radar - forward Turner Elson and defenseman John Ramage.

Elson was arguably the star of development camp last year, but played just 37 games in a depth role with the Abbotsford Heat. He split February between Abbotsford and Alaska before getting sent down for good at the end of the month. Ramage impressed many in training camp and arguably looked the most pro-ready of the three first-year blueliners (the others were Patrick Sieloff and Tyler Wotherspoon). But Ramage couldn't find his footing in the AHL and was sent down to the Aces in mid-March.

To delve into what happened with the Aces' playoff run and how Elson and Ramage fared, I chatted with the play-by-play voice of the Alaska Aces, Mike Benson, last week. We had a lengthy conversation, so here's some selected quotes regarding the play of Calgary's two key prospects with Alaska.

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