August 07 2013 09:06AM
Providence College freshman John Gilmour ended his first year of college in a rather unique way – by being drafted by an NHL team. The native of Montreal – who in no way is related to Doug Gilmour – is a teammate of 2012 Flames draft picks Mark Jankowski and Jon Gillies, which most likely got him on the club's radar.
The finance major put up 13 points in 38 games as a freshman, but was generally regarded as a solid two-way blueliner rather than a stellar offensive threat. But if the Friars are expected to take a leap forward in the NCAA pecking order this season, Gilmour will be relied upon to maintain his defensive stance while pitching in a bit more offensively.
The 198th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft was in attendance at Flames development camp earlier this month, where I had the chance to speak with him a bit.
August 06 2013 11:15AM
No strangers to drafting defenders from the WHL, the Calgary Flames snapped up Eric Roy of the Brandon Wheat Kings in the fifth round of the NHL Draft. A native of Saskatchewan, Roy is generally better known for his offensive skills than his defensive acumen – he had 17 goals (second-best on the Wheaties), but a minus-32 rating (second-worst).
Heading into the 2013-14 season, Roy will be one of a handful of Wheat Kings drafted by NHL clubs and, along with team captain and Islanders first round pick Ryan Pulock, will anchor a very young defensive core. While he's still quite raw, he's got a lot of potential and already has his offensive game rounded out. If he can shore up his defensive zone play, he could be quite a steal as a fifth round selection. Compared to his first-rounder teammate, Roy's much more of a work in progress in a good way.
I caught up with Roy in early July at Flames development camp.
August 06 2013 08:30AM
When Jay Feaster officially replaced Darryl Sutter as the General Manager of the Calgary Flames in the December of 2010, a collective sigh of relief echoed through
August 03 2013 09:39AM
This was never much of a question when Jarome Iginla was around. With him gone and the team rebuilding, however, it might be the hardest prediction to make about the Flames this year. Aside from "will the Flames goaltending be any good?" of course.
August 02 2013 02:08PM
Objectively assessing a trade can be difficult and the common belief is that whomever receives the best player in the deal wins. This isn’t entirely true as assets can develop, emerge and teams can go through many changes that aren’t immediately obvious or quantifiable.
The first pronouncement on the Iginla deal was that the Flames got the short end of the stick. Many fans and observers were underwhelmed with the initial return for Iginla. However, since he has now signed with the Penguins’ divisional rival - the same one that shut both he and the team that traded for him out in the conference finals - the scales would appear to be tipping back in the Flames’ favour at this point.