April 14 2014 07:54AM
Let's get something out of the way right off the bat: no draft outright sucks. No draft is exceptionally worse than another. Yes, some drafts yield more superstars than others, and some appear more "sexy" before the fact, than others, but in general, every draft is about the same in terms of their yield. What does differ from year to year, is where that talent is found, and the amount of star talent resulting. Sometimes all the quality NHLers come from the 1st round, while sometimes the majority are drafted in the later rounds. One thing remains consistent: every single draft contains quality NHLers, the key is finding them.
April 13 2014 10:14PM
The 2013-14 Calgary Flames season ended tonight. Game 82 was a loss to the Vancouver Canucks. The game was the first NHL appearance for Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold, which allowed everyone of us who've watched all these games something different to look for.
Here's how it happened.
April 13 2014 12:38PM
Make no mistake about it. Today, for Calgary Flames fans, is Johnny Gaudreau day. Finally, after all this time. All the stress. All the grey hairs. All the late nights sitting by the fireplace with your 7th glass of cheap whiskey in one hand, and a box of "the Gaudfather" brandname tissues in the other, stressing about the possibility of Johnny Gaudreau pulling a fast one on the Flames and leaving as a UFA next year.
Well my slightly obsessed, alcoholic friend, worry no longer because Johnny Hockey is here! Fresh off of winning the Hobey Baker Award via unanimous decision and not winning an NCAA National Championship with Boston College, Johnny Gaudreau and fellow 4th round pick (although a year earlier) Bill "the forgotten one" Arnold will make their NHL debuts today versus the Vancouver Cauncks.
Vancouver, who remade the 2002 TV Movie "Falling
Apart" in very entertaining fashion for the rest of us this season, are on
the backend of a back-to-back series to close out their nightmarish season
while the Flames finish out their 2013/14 tonight as well. Depending on how the
Dallas/Phoenix game goes, this one could be the last regular season game to
wrap this NHL season. Whatever that's worth.
April 13 2014 09:53AM
Two time NCAA player of the year. Bean Pot MVP. Two time First team all star. Bill Flynn trophy winner. National Champion. World Junion Championship gold medalist. Hobey Baker finalist. Hobey Baker award winner.
And now...Calgary Flame.
April 12 2014 10:15AM
It's an off-day today. The Flames are traveling to Vancouver for Game 82 tomorrow. The Heat are resting after a hard-fought 3-2 win over the Oklahoma City Barons (the Baby Oilers) last night.
There's a big double-header on Sunday: Heat/Barons at 2pm MT on Sportsnet 360, then Flames/Canucks on Sportsnet West at 7pm MT.
For giggles, let's take a quick gander at the roster of the playoff-bound Abbotsford Heat.