May 08 2013 09:52AM
Before we begin breaking down individual scouting reports for the various first round hopefuls I decided to survey the entire field from a high level using NHL equivalencies (NHLE). For those unfamiliar, NHLE is a method that corrects for league quality relative to the NHL, allowing us to compare kids across various leagues.
May 07 2013 11:44AM
Welcome back to the Flames Fifteen - our now annual ranking of the Flames' prospects.
May 07 2013 09:12AM
Calgary's presumptive next Captain had a rough year by the eye test - do the numbers match the evaluation?
May 06 2013 11:33AM
- Consensus around town is that Mark Giordano is the front-runner for the captaincy. He fits the bill. He's the active leader in games-played and plays a heart-and-soul style of game that likely inspires his teammates. He's also generally pretty good with the media, usually shooting straight and not dodging questions. He'll be 30 when the season starts, which is roughly the same age most Flames captains have been when they don the C – Lanny McDonald and the late Brad McCrimmon were both that age. The four youngest Flame captains were Brad Marsh (22), Todd Simpson, Tom Lysiak and Jim Peplinski (all 24). The worst captain was Todd Simpson. Period.
May 06 2013 09:38AM
A thorough season review seems redundant at this point - not only because we've been picking through the wreckage for several weeks now, but because this outcome has seemed inexorable for a long time. I titled my Flames season "Battling the Inevitable" for that reason and recently in the year-end roundtable no one admitted to being shocked by Calgary's plummet to the bottom of the standings. It's been prognosis negative for several years now and the diagnosis finally - mercifully - proved terminal this season.