August 25 2016 08:00AM
The Calgary Flames picked Tyler Parsons 54th overall in the 2016 entry draft.
At the time it seemed an odd choice. The club had picked Mason McDonald 34th overall just 12 months earlier and already had bluechip goaltending prospect Jon Gillies in the system. The organization seemed set when it came to hopefuls in the crease.
But things start to make more sense when you take a closer look at Parson's results. The best goalie in the OHL, Parsons helped backstop of the juggernaut London Knights to a Memorial Cup despite being relatively young.
August 24 2016 02:00PM
The American Hockey League announced its 2016-17 regular season schedule on Monday, providing a glimpse of what the season will be like for the National Hockey League's 30 affiliate clubs. More importantly for those that follow the Calgary Flames, it's a chance to see what the season will be like for the Stockton Heat.
Here's how the second season in Stockton looks.
August 24 2016 10:00AM
The single most common question we're hearing in regards to the Calgary Flames is "When's Johnny Gaudreau going to sign?" The second-most common question is "And for how long?"
The challenge in forecasting Gaudreau's deal is that there are a lot of different variables in play. What does the team want? What does the player want? Will their wants and needs change over the course of a long deal? What are the risks involved to each side?
After weighing as many variables as I could drum up, I'm beginning to believe that a shorter-term deal, something in the vicinity of three years, may be the best bet for everybody involved.
August 24 2016 08:00AM
A lot of people were enthusiastic about the Flames' 2016 draft, and looking back on all the picks they made, it's pretty easy to see why. They used most of their picks, and collected a fair amount of talent along the way.
Some of that talent came over a 12-pick stretch, as the Flames had picks #54, #56, and #66 in the draft. It's the last of this group - #66, Calgary's only third rounder - that's garnered some of the stronger hype this early on, though.
Adam Fox was in Buffalo when he was drafted: the first Flame to be present after Matthew Tkachuk. The defenceman checks in at #8 in his debut on the FlamesNation Prospect Profile countdown.
August 23 2016 02:00PM
Darryl Sutter was simultaneously one of the best and worst general managers of the Calgary Flames. During his tenure, he took the team out of the Young Guns era and into their most successful spell since the 1980s. On the other hand, he also ignored the looming spectre of old age and unsustainability and sent the team crashing into rebuild mode.
The latter is mostly due to his drafting. If he wasn't trading draft picks away ("fun" fact! Sutter only drafted in the second round twice during his eight years), he was wasting them. There's the infamous 2005 and 2006 drafts, where the best selection he made was his own son (who played all of 60 NHL games). Of the 59 players he selected, only ten have player more than 100 games, and most of those ten are depth players. TJ Brodie, Dion Phaneuf, and Mikael Backlund are pretty much his only impact picks through his whole career.
It's absolutely stunning that a man who pretty much excelled at every other aspect of his job could fail so completely at drafting. Hindsight being 20/20 and all, we can look back and say he should've picked this player and this other player instead of this guy or Matt Pelech. That criticism can apply to every GM though. If given the chance to repick, everyone would grab certain NHLers.
The more interesting, and more fun, way to judge the quality of Darryl Sutter's picks is to put someone else in the exact same spot, but without any hockey knowledge, previous experience, scouting reports, statistical data, or what have you. Someone who is equally likely to take a seventh rounder in the first round as they would take a first rounder. Someone who could use all their picks on goalies. That someone is a hat.