November 26 2012 01:10PM
The Calgary Flames are known for being a lousy drafting organization. For good reason - they haven't internally picked and developed a star quality forward since Cory Stillman in 1992 and even he isn't exactly a hall-of-famer. Their best draft pick in the last decade is Dion Phanuef by a considerable margin. Behind him, the second best pick in terms of games played over that period is...third liner Brandon Prust.
It's been a long, sad march through mediocrity at the draft table for Calgary. The Jesper Mattsson's and Rico Fata's of the world have outnumbered the Phaneuf's and Stillman's 10-1. The reason Darryl Sutter was so manic and determined in his attempts to trade the future for the present during his time in office was because the franchise failed so utterly to surround marquee players like Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff with high-end, homegrown talent.
It wasn't always this way. If you peel back the veil of time and peer into the now distant past, you'll discover the Flames were once a juggernaut built almost exclusively through savvy drafting. Nowhere are those rapidly fading successes more pronounced than in the 1984 NHL entry draft.
November 26 2012 08:39AM
The American populace celebrated Thanksgiving, which didn't really impact Flames prospects except for a Portland Winterhawks matinee on Black Friday. Anyhoo, the Heat went down to Texas and Calgary's college prospects went into battle against those stuffed shirts in the Ivy League.
November 25 2012 09:40PM
Can you imagine how much everyone would freak out if a team won a game that moved them into 1st place in the league and then they fired the coach? Well, that happened today in the KHL. No, really.
Some great action around the KHL today. Check it out!
November 25 2012 02:05PM
Time: 4:00pm MST
Location: Houston Toyota Center
Broadbast: abbotsfordheat.com, teamradio.ca
The Heat can wrap up a three game sweep today in Houston after taking out the San Antonio Rampage in a S/O 3-2 last night. That victory marked the second extra time win for Abbotsford on this road trip and was also a record breaker for Barry Brust.
November 25 2012 08:42AM
After the jump, the best of the Nations from this past week, including a bunch of lockout talk, whether the Sedin twins are Hall of Fame-calibre players, which unknown Europeans might deserve an NHL shot, the best and worst jerseys in Oilers history, a healthy dose of comedy and a look at the only player to compete for the Grey Cup and Stanley Cup in the same season.