May 26 2015 09:00AM
Bill Arnold might just be the most intriguing Flames centre not in the NHL. There were some comments and concerns, especially in his senior year at Boston College, that he may have piggy-backed off of Johnny Gaudreau’s skill. That can be put to rest now.
Arnold was one third of the NCAA’s most potent offensive line alongside Gaudreau and Kevin Hayes, yet he’s the only member of that line that hasn’t made it to the NHL full-time. After a very successful (if not banged-up) rookie pro season, Arnold’s chance to join his linemates as an NHL regular seems to be leaning towards a matter of ‘when’ than ‘if.’
Let’s explore what needs to happen for Arnold to make the Calgary Flames next season.
May 25 2015 03:00PM
This breakdown isn't going to be particularly long.
Brandon Bollig is what he is. He's a fourth line winger. He has size. He occasionally scores goals. He occasionally fights. He doesn't play a heck of a lot.
May 25 2015 01:00PM
In part 1, we looked at the Chicago Blackhawks, the team with perhaps the most extreme improvement of any modern NHL club since 2005. The Hawks transformation from basement dwellers to favourites occurred over three seasons, starting in 2006 and culminating in 2009.
The New York Islanders might be in the middle of a similar transformation, depending on how they do next year. A below average possession club in 2013-14, Islanders GM Garth Snow transformed them into the third best corsi club in the entire league this year with a flurry of off-season activity. If NYI can take another step forward next year, they'll enter elite territory.
Here's how it happened.
May 25 2015 11:00AM
Johnny Gaudreau never should have been taken in the fourth round. He had first round talent, but his size - listed as 5'6", 137 lbs. at the time of his draft - was a concern. And to be fair, someone that tiny is concerning, even if they aren't done growing yet.
Gaudreau is now listed as 5'9, 150 lbs. Not a whole lot bigger, but big enough to be an NHL All-Star and be among the top-30 point scorers, not to mention lead his team in playoff scoring.
Tyler Johnson never should have been undrafted. He's leading the NHL in playoff scoring. Martin St. Louis never should have been undrafted. Mats Zuccarello never should have been undrafted.
When you're big, you have to prove you can't play. When you're small, you have to prove you can.
May 25 2015 09:00AM
On this date in 1989, the Calgary Flames joined an elite group!
By virtue of their 4-2 win in Game 6 of the 1989 Stanley Cup Final, the Flames captured their first - and so far, only - Stanley Cup.