July 16 2012 03:05PM
- picture via Shawn Mullins Swift Current Broncos Blog. He has his own interview with Gordon here .
In the sixth round of last month's NHL Entry Draft, the Flames chose Calgary resident Coda Gordon, a winger with the WHL's Swift Current Broncos. Ranked fairly highly by NHL Central Scouting, Gordon scored 30 goals in his only full WHL season but his production tailed off a bit towards the end of the season. He chatted with FlamesNation's Ryan Pike at this week's Flames development camp.
July 16 2012 11:28AM
Now that the organization has added a few more kids to the mix, it's time to take a look the Flames youngster's NHLE, or NHL equivalencies based on their most recent season's work. NHLE gives us an idea of how well a given skater's output would translate to the NHL and allows us to compare players across disparate leagues.
July 16 2012 06:57AM
Five years ago, the Calgary Flames would not have chosen a guy like Johnny Gaudreau in the NHL Entry Draft.
First of all, Gaudreau is distinctively small. Even though he's put on some size since last season, he was still noticably smaller than every player in Flames development camp save for Dustin Sylvester - I'd guess that Gaudreau may actually be slightly taller, but Sylvester is thicker.
Secondly, Gaudreau has both a distinctive Northeastern accent and a "aw shucks" complete lack of swagger. Despite bursting into a very competitive Hockey East conference as a freshman with a Boston College club that had lofty expectations, Gaudreau downplays his accomplishments and focuses on getting better. Yes, the arguably second-half MVP for Boston College and the guy who tore up the NCAA Frozen Four tournament en route to a national championship thinks he has holes in his game that he needs to fix.
July 15 2012 11:22AM
While the UFA "frenzy" remains a sort of tepid, apathetic singles dance, in the distance one can hear the rumble of thunder that signifies the impending battle between the league and the NHLPA. Gary Bettman has already fired a few shots over the bow of Donald Fehr and company, so it looks like the CBA talks are going to be...contentious at the very least.
For now, we'll continue to ignore the whole "there might be another lock-out" thing and keep on talking trades and stats. This week, Allan invited number crunchers and hockey writers from around the league including Benjamin Wendorf, James Mirtle and Corey Pronman to help with our denial.
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July 14 2012 10:49AM
Leland Irving remains unsigned and the whsipers here in Calgary are that the negotiations remain contentious. Rich Winter is Irving's agent - the same agent for Mark Giordano when he fled the Flames in the face of Sutter's insistence he accept a two-way deal. Winter also has a high regard for his client, so there's little doubt the Flames are dealing with a flight risk here.