August 08 2013 09:40AM
1. Where he started
So Christian Roatis wrote a voluminous post "Defending Jay Feaster" this week and it got a lot of very deserved attention. Personally, I'm not sure Feaster necessarily needs defending because he's in a job where he is going to receive criticism a lot of the time almost no matter what he does since that's how the rebuild process usually goes; there's a reason most guys that oversee the beginnings of such actions — Steve Tambellini, etc. — are heavily embattled and tend not to be able to keep their jobs long enough to see their work in the trenches come to fruition.
August 07 2013 12:28PM
Christian's lengthy defense of Jay Feaster has garnered a lot of comments, but I'd nevertheless like to add a few more here.
I'll start by saying Feaster's tenure is brief enough that the fairest grade we can assign him is "NA", or incomplete. Feaster has only been in the big chair since the middle of 2010 and much of his work was done while struggling beneath the wreckage of Darryl Sutter's descent into madness. Because of the make-up of the team when he took the reins, as well as some budget issues and the recent lock-out, the Calgary Flames have only played about two seasons worth of games during Feaster's watch. That's not a lot of information and opportunity for a manager to work with.
August 07 2013 09:06AM
Providence College freshman John Gilmour ended his first year of college in a rather unique way – by being drafted by an NHL team. The native of Montreal – who in no way is related to Doug Gilmour – is a teammate of 2012 Flames draft picks Mark Jankowski and Jon Gillies, which most likely got him on the club's radar.
The finance major put up 13 points in 38 games as a freshman, but was generally regarded as a solid two-way blueliner rather than a stellar offensive threat. But if the Friars are expected to take a leap forward in the NCAA pecking order this season, Gilmour will be relied upon to maintain his defensive stance while pitching in a bit more offensively.
The 198th pick in the 2013 NHL Draft was in attendance at Flames development camp earlier this month, where I had the chance to speak with him a bit.
August 06 2013 11:15AM
No strangers to drafting defenders from the WHL, the Calgary Flames snapped up Eric Roy of the Brandon Wheat Kings in the fifth round of the NHL Draft. A native of Saskatchewan, Roy is generally better known for his offensive skills than his defensive acumen – he had 17 goals (second-best on the Wheaties), but a minus-32 rating (second-worst).
Heading into the 2013-14 season, Roy will be one of a handful of Wheat Kings drafted by NHL clubs and, along with team captain and Islanders first round pick Ryan Pulock, will anchor a very young defensive core. While he's still quite raw, he's got a lot of potential and already has his offensive game rounded out. If he can shore up his defensive zone play, he could be quite a steal as a fifth round selection. Compared to his first-rounder teammate, Roy's much more of a work in progress in a good way.
I caught up with Roy in early July at Flames development camp.
August 06 2013 08:30AM
When Jay Feaster officially replaced Darryl Sutter as the General Manager of the Calgary Flames in the December of 2010, a collective sigh of relief echoed through