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June 26 2014 12:58PM
Our writers around the Nation Network have done a fantastic job profiling all the top prospects for this weekend’s NHL draft. Here is all you need to know about the players expected to be picked early in tomorrow’s first round.
June 26 2014 11:08AM
It's almost time!
The 2014 NHL Draft goes Friday and Saturday from scenic Philadelphia, PA. The Calgary Flames own five picks in the first three rounds. To edify my own curiosity, I went ahead and made a fancy table of every Flames pick in the first three rounds since 2001 - the year Tod Button became head scout and began running the draft board. Each player is listed in overall order, and listed with the number of pro games they've played split into North America's three major leagues (the NHL, the AHL and the ECHL).
Table after the jump!
June 26 2014 08:08AM
1. Okay, now I'm positive
I've long said that I don't think Mike Cammalleri was going to come back to Calgary, and now given the term and money distributed to players in the last day or so, I'm convinced he's gone unless the Flames want to get into a shoving match.
The contracts given to Marian Gaborik (better than Cammalleri) and Ryan Callahan (worse) yesterday have me pretty convinced that when it comes to long-term deals, teams will not be scared off by things like age or durability. Gaborik and Cammalleri are both 32, and the former got seven years out of Los Angeles, albeit at a relatively low price point. Callahan is three years younger, but got six years and $5.5 million out of Tampa despite not producing as much and being all but guaranteed to miss at least a quarter of those seasons, as he does every year.
June 25 2014 01:15PM
The Western Hockey League, home of the Calgary Hitmen (owned by the Flames) released its 2014-15 regular season schedule this morning. Because the Flames have many drafted players currently in the 'Dub, we now know when we'll have the chance to see prospects play live!
And depending on the results of this weekend's NHL Draft, there will probably be more names added to this list on Monday.
June 25 2014 10:00AM
Few Calgary prospects have had an amateur career comparable to Johnny Gaudreau. National champion, gold medalist, tournament MVP, league MVP and multiple all-star, Gaudreau can count himself amongst the very few hockey players who has had several t-shirts made of them before ever stepping on the ice as a pro. He's a sublime talent and probably the most exciting player in the Flames system.
The only reason Gaudreau isn't #1 on this list is the same thing that has no doubt dogged him throughout his career: his small stature.