July 17 2013 08:53AM
(Ryan Pike attended every day of the Flames development camp. We will continue roll out the interviews he collected while there this week)
When he was chosen at 22nd overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, Emile Poirier seemed like a bit of an odd choice. Traditionally full of big, burly western Canadians, the Calgary Flames have rarely drafted players from the QMJHL and the only time they chose one earlier than Poirier was in 1995, when they grabbed Denis Gauthier at 20th overall.
July 16 2013 03:08PM
For those unaware, Frans Neilsen was a darling of the stazis for a long time, in fact even before he began to score 40+ points and get noticed as a Selke candidate. The great Dane fell off this shortened season for whatever reason, but up until recently he was the archetype of a capable, two-way centerman who quietly takes on all the tough match-ups and gets the job done.
July 16 2013 10:06AM
With Prospect Development Camp almost at an end, intrigue builds as to which prospects participating have a shot at the big club come October and what the lines might look like once the season opener rolls around. The 2013/14 Flames will undoubtedly feature an unseen blend of youth and veteran presence and will likely carry the youngest average age the team has seen in a decade.
July 15 2013 01:39PM
A couple of bits are causing some consternation in Flamesland these days - specifically my takes on TJ Brodie and Keegan Kanzig.
For Brodie, there's a lot of push back on my interest in inking him long-term. Not an unreasonable reaction to tell you the truth - the issue at the heart of the debate is risk vs reward. If you don't rate Brodie as I do or are uncomfortable with the level of risk involved, you won't have much interest in a 7-year type commitment. And fair enough.
I'll say again I don't think a short-term bridge deal is a necessarily a bad play and if the Flames go that direction (which I assume they will), I won't be upset. My presumption is there's more upside to be ahd in locking him down long-term and buying UFA years cheaply now versus what I assume they will cost down the road.
July 15 2013 08:02AM
(Ryan is dutifully attending every day of the Flames development camp. We will continue to roll out all of the player profiles and interviews as he collects them.)
One of the biggest acquisitions of the summer for the Calgary Flames was Corban Knight. The big-bodied center was a star at the University of North Dakota (for the team formerly known as the Fighting Sioux), but opted not to sign with the team that drafted him, the Florida Panthers.