May 18 2015 11:00AM
The Calgary Flames are drafting 15th overall this year followed by back to back picks at 52nd and 53rd overall from Washington and Vancouver, 76th and 83rd from Wasington, 136th, 166th, and 196th.
(Draft position courtesy of Wikipedia.com)
The team has some depth at
center and on the left wing but needs to address depth on the right wing and,
most importantly, defense. Goaltending prospect depth ought to be bolstered as
well, but that can be saved for later round selections so we’ll leave off that
topic for today. For our purposes we'll be focusing on the 1st round pick and the options provided by the three 2nd round picks.
May 18 2015 09:00AM
For the longest time, the NHL Entry Draft was the only event Calgary Flames fans had circled on their calendar and anticipated restlessly. The team was generally bad, and up until a few years ago the management was bad too. Basically everything was bad.
Ah, but every June we would huddle around our TVs and pray our local hockey heroes would land the next big thing at the National Hockey League’s yearly talent raffle.
May 17 2015 01:00PM
Joe Colborne is a bit of an odd duck on this team. He's a big-bodied forward, but he didn't really start using his size effectively until the playoffs, and until that point he was a perimeter depth player.
Because he hasn't quite reached his power forward potential quite yet, he's moved up and down the Flames line-up card this season. And he's displayed a variable level of performance depending on his role, ice-time and line-mates.
Let's dig into Colborne's numbers from this season, shall we?
May 17 2015 11:00AM
The Calgary Flames were supposed to be strong Connor McDavid contenders this year. They entered 2014-15 with the cheapest roster in the NHL. Their opening night line-up featured youngsters, hopefuls, support veterans and fringe players (and Mark Giordano). The new regime opted for a prudent wait-and-see approach in the summer of 2014, acquiring marginal beef to bulk up the line up and dollars to reach the cap floor.
Instead, Calgary's season was perhaps the most incredibly unlikely success story of the modern era.
What this means to followers of the team varies. To some, it indicates the organization has jumped the rebuild queue and re-entered the contender fray ahead of schedule. The truth, however, is that there is still a lot of work left to be done.
May 17 2015 09:00AM
Way, way back in 2013, the Calgary Flames selected Eric Roy in the fifth round of the entry draft.
It's two years later, and the Flames have two weeks to sign Roy before he becomes a free agent on June 1.