July 21 2014 09:30AM
The Calgary Flames have had some great hits and some ugly misses when drafting Swedish players.
The hits are pretty obvious: 2007 first rounder Mikael Backlund and, awhile ago, Hakan friggin' Loob. The misses? There have been quite a few since the 2004-05 lockout: Tim Erixon, and a slew of late-rounders like Per Jonsson, Alexander Deilert and Henrik Bjorklund. So while the Flames once again went to the Swedish well in the 2014 draft, grabbing the towering Adam Ollas Mattsson in the sixth round, you could understand why they hedged their bets a bit.
Ollas Mattsson didn't participate in on-ice at development camp due to injury, but he was available to the media. He comes across amazingly well, particularly because he speaks better English than most of the media honks (this writer included). The youngest player in the Flames system by virtue of his July 1996 birthday, Ollas Mattsson impressed at the World Under-18s and even made his pro debut with Djurgardens as a 17-year-old.
I chatted with him a bit at development camp.
July 19 2014 02:48PM
The Calgary Flames has a lot of kids battling for jobs at both levels of the organization this upcoming season. While more than a few are going to get a cup of coffee with the big team at some point due to injury and such, the truth there is probably only one or two FT jobs available for the hopefuls. That means an interest roster for the Adirondack Flames.
Calgary's AHL club has lost a few veterans but is also getting an infusion of youngsters, including Bill Arnold, Ryan Culkin, Brett Kulak, Emile Poirier and (maybe) a full season of Patrick Sieloff to boot. Add in sophomores like Corban Knight, Ben Hanowski and John Ramage and you have a pretty decent (but pretty young) roster to work with.
July 18 2014 11:06AM
Dear Curtis Glencross,
I'm being told I need to delve deeper into this, so I guess that's what I'll do.
In reference to this interview you gave, Mister Glencross, the one where you're talking about working on a contract extension now for some reason, the one where you go on record saying you're not willing to play for a hometown discount? That one? Yes, we the undersigned have a few issues with it, and if it's okay with you, we'd like to go over them in some detail? Good? Good.
Nation World HQ
July 18 2014 09:12AM
The most boring stretch for any hockey fan is between now and early September. We do our best to scratch that hockey itch below.
July 18 2014 08:02AM
As we creep closer to the kick-off of the 2014-15 season, it begins to dawn on me that this season is pretty important for the Calgary Flames, and a lot of the organization's players.
Okay, ignore the whole "Play Whack for Jack (Eichel)" or "(Play With) No Honor for Connor" aspect. If you look at Calgary's roster, outside of a few names, it'll be the same team that played well (and finished 27th) last year.
But next summer could see a lot of changes and allow Brad Treliving to put his stamp on the team in a big, big way.