FlamesNation Prospect Profile: #1 Matthew Tkachuk

christian tiberi
September 02 2016 08:00AM


We're finally here: the end of our prospect profiles for this summer. Before we begin, let's give a quick shout-out to the under-appreciated hero of this series: Jim Benning. Through his wondrous deeds, he has either directly (Hunter Shinkaruk via trade) or indirectly (Rasmus Andersson through a traded pick) provided the Flames with three prospects we ranked in the top four.

His most recent act of kindness, the first of the 2016-17 season, was strutting up to the NHL Draft podium and announcing "Vancouver selects, from the London Knights," and following it up with anything other than "Matthew Tkachuk." As many of you correctly guessed, Tkachuk is our #1 prospect for the 2016 season. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
September 02 2016 05:00AM


Jets name new Captain, the Florida Panthers like CanucksArmy, ESPN likes the Leafs prospects, projecting the Canucks and Flames scoring this season, Taylor Hall speaks after digesting trade from Oilers, a classic star fight, hockey hair, win tickets to the premier of Ice Guardians and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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Brayden Burke is coming to Flames prospect camp

Ryan Pike
September 01 2016 02:00PM

The Calgary Flames have themselves another body for their annual prospect camp, which includes the Young Stars Classic tournament in Penticton, B.C.

The Lethbridge Herald reported yesterday that Burke was headed to Flames camp:

This year, Burke is at training camp with a pedigree, and an NHL camp invite from the Calgary Flames. He leaves on Sept. 15 for the early days of NHL tryouts.

Burke went undrafted – again – before Calgary called but he’s heading to the camp hoping to show he can play with others at that level.

We've been able to confirm with the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Burke's junior club, that he will be attending Flames camp.

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The Road to 2026: Calgary's Risks and Rewards

Ryan Pike
September 01 2016 01:00PM

The Olympics definitely have their downsides and detractors, as we've discussed in some detail over the past few days. But there are a lot of people that have a sentimental attachment to the games, as the 1988 Olympics were huge for Calgary stepping into global prominence. And while the Olympics of the modern era may in fact be a device for wealth transfer, throwing a bunch of shiny baubles into a tiny geographic area, holding some sporting events and then asking the governments of the day to pay for it afterwards, is it possible for that model to work in Calgary's favour?

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Backlund Added to Team Sweden for World Cup

Kent Wilson
September 01 2016 08:53AM

Another Flame will be playing in the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Michael Backlund will replace Henrik Zetterberg for Team Sweden. He joins fellow Flames Sean Monahan (North America), Johnny Gaudreau (North America), Jyrki Jokipakka (Finland), Michael Frolik (Czech Republic) and Jakub Nakladal (kind of a Flame, Czech Republic) in the tournament.

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