June 21 2016 10:00AM
Of all the pending restricted free agents for the Calgary Flames, Joe Colborne is by far the most interesting and the most contentious. Coming off a career season, conventional wisdom would suggest Colborne is poised to cash in with a nice new contract. The circumstances surrounding his 2015-2016 season, though, make a big raise much less of a sure thing. So what does the future hold for Colborne in a Flames uniform?
June 21 2016 08:00AM
I grew up as a right-shooting hockey player and while my skill set is most definitely better suited for what I'm doing now – spoiler: I was tremendously mediocre at everything but skating – I can't help but feel like I missed out on an opportunity. Because right-shooting players (at any position) are basically unicorns at this point in time and worth their weight in gold.
Frederic Allard of the Chicoutimi Saguenéens is a right-shooting defenseman that's turned a lot of heads in QMJHL circles this past season. Could he be a good use of one of the Calgary Flames' three second round selections?
June 20 2016 04:00PM
Finland will play a starring role this Friday, with two of the top three players expected to be chosen at the 2016 NHL Draft.
To elaborate on those two players, and the entire Finnish draft class, is former FutureConsiderations scout and current OverTheBoards.net contributor Marco Bombino.
June 20 2016 02:00PM
In the run-up to seemingly every National Hockey League entry draft, the discussion inevitably turns to goaltending. Nobody has enough strong goaltenders, and the debate often shifts to if and when a hockey club should draft a goaltender.
There are a good many strong netminders available in the 2016 NHL Draft. Should the Calgary Flames take a look at any of them? The short answer is "yes," but the more complicated question is "but when?"
June 20 2016 12:00PM
Photo credit: Jack Lima
Even when you took Hunter Smith's "handicap" of sorts into consideration - that he was drafted in his second year of eligibility, but only because his birthday comes four days before the cutoff date - taking him in the second round in 2014 still doesn't look too good.
He had one assist in 30 games in his first year of eligibility; he had 40 points in 64 games in his second. But he's also 6'7, so... second rounder?
After winning a Memorial Cup with Oshawa in his final season of junior, this season Smith started playing professionally. It... probably could have gone better.