In Defense Of Keegan Kanzig

Ryan Pike
March 20 2015 11:00AM

I had the chance to attend a junior game on Wednesday night.

The Calgary Hitmen beat the Red Deer Rebels 3-2 in overtime. Because it was my second time seeing the Rebels this season (and so I'd seen 2015 NHL Draft prospect Adam Musil a bit already), I spent a good chunk of the game paying attention to Keegan Kanzig. We've been a bit negative on Kanzig's selection around these parts - in particular since drafting a big guy where he was chosen is a bit of a reach, to be blunt, particularly based on most pre-draft rankings - but I wanted to contextualize some of Kanzig's performance by looking at one thing in particular.

Keegan Kanzig's penalties.

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Gaudreau's Rookie Season in Context

Byron Bader
March 20 2015 09:00AM

Johnny Gaudreau, the 2011 4th round choice of the Flames, has been having something of a rookie year. He sits at 53 points in 69 games, becoming the highest scoring Flames rookie since 1996-97, nearly two full decades, when Jarome Iginla registered 50 in 82 game. He's electric, shifty and one of the most exciting players in the league with his ability to turn a game on its head with one play. How does he compare to the Flames all time best rookie seasons?  

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
March 20 2015 06:03AM


The Kadri saga continues, LA Kings conspiracy theories, Jannik Hansen owns Dion Phaneuf, Flames dominate the Pacific division, Ben 'Sievens', Michael Hutchinson and more in this weeks Roundup brought to you by DraftKIngs.

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Post-Game: Two More Points

Ryan Pike
March 19 2015 11:59PM

After two games where they walked away with zero points, the Calgary Flames got back into the win column tonight with a pretty solid 60 minutes of ice hockey against a less-than-stellar opponent at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

The Flames never trailed in this contest and bounced back from losses against Colorado and St. Louis by way of a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. By sheer coindicence, the big difference-maker tonight for the Flames was a young man who grew up as a fan of the Flyers, Johnny Gaudreau.

The Flames now have 83 points. They need 12 points to hit the 95-point mark.

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Flames sign NCAA free agent Kenney Morrison to 2-year, entry-level contract

Thomas Drance
March 19 2015 08:00PM

The Calgary Flames have signed Western Michigan defenseman Kenney Morrison, 23 to a two-year, entry-level contract, the club announced on Thursday.

Morrison's contract won't kick in until the 2015-16 league year (which begins on July 1), according to TSN's Bob Mckenzie. So in contrast with how the Flames offered to burn a year of Johnny Gaudreau's contract in order to entice him to sign and forgo his senior year of college hockey, Morrison will be available to sign a tryout deal with the Adirondack Flames and participate in the Calder Cup playoffs. He's recently done precisely that, according to McKenzie.

Read on past the jump.

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