September 18 2014 11:30AM
Last week was the precursor. The real thing starts today.
The Calgary Flames officially kick off their 2014-15 training camp today at Winsport. 65 players will report. By the time everything's said and done on October 7, that number will be trimmed down by 42 - to the opening 23-man roster.
Here's a quick-and-dirty look at the 65 men vying for roster spots over the next few weeks.
September 18 2014 08:30AM
1. This is an important conversation
Even if you search really hard, you will probably not be able to find someone as enthusiastic as me about the chances of Johnny Gaudreau making an impact in the NHL this season. I think he has an incredibly high ceiling and is — without equivocation — a player who's more NHL ready than most Flames prospects, regardless of how long they've been playing pro hockey.
Gaudreau has just one game under his belt as a professional player, and while he scored a goal in it, I don't think anyone would be too willing to say he was definitively a difference-maker in it. That goal he scored was, in reality, a kind of fluky deflection; it's not like he did what he usually does to opposing defenses and cut through his matchups like a white-hot knife through pre-softened butter.
September 17 2014 01:28PM
Last week we designed a survey to get a better understanding of what works on the Nation Network and what doesn't. The answers that came back were all across the spectrum - some provided great insight, others provided a good laugh, others made us want to rethink our chosen profession.
We sat down at Nation HQ this morning with a fresh glass of thinking Rye and read everyone's responses - over 1100 in total! - from bow to stern. A big thank you goes out to everyone who took the time to answer this thing. Surveys are SO annoying - we appreciate you taking time out of your life to provide us with key information to drive our redevelopment.
Our summary findings can be found after the jump.
September 17 2014 10:43AM
The Calgary Flames look to close out prospect camp on a positive note. They'll have their hands full when they return home and visit Father David Bauer Arena to tangle with the University of Calgary Dinos, arguably Canada's second-or-third-best university team.
The Dinos are preparing to begin their season, while the Flames won two of three in Penticton, including laying down a whupping on the lowly Vancouver Canucks. Now they face their latest challenge, facing the team from the university that churned out graduates who write for this site. (Go Dinos!)
I'm 80% sure the only way to watch this game is live, as I don't believe the Flames or Sportsnet are broadcasting it.
September 16 2014 09:40AM
It was the 2008 rookie tournament in Camrose when T.J. Brodie first caught my attention.
The team’s fourth-round pick that year quickly flashed his puck-handling skills and his smooth skating ability while playing mostly beside big, lumbering blueliner Matt Pelech.
He made his share of mistakes, as kids
with that kind of natural talent tend to do. He was caught too far up
the ice on occasion, and got a little cute with the puck at times
when he should have just made the safe play, flipped it off the glass
and out. But you could see the raw potential.