Flames Top 15 Prospects 2013: #10 Laurent Brossoit

Christian Roatis
May 29 2013 08:48AM

What's the similarity between Laurent Brossoit's statistics and his FN prospect ranking relative to last season?

They've both climbed.

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RIP Anton Babchuk's Calgary Career

May 28 2013 04:15PM



Good afternoon.

We are gathered here today to pay tribute to the notion of something we never truly came to grips with. We are here to say goodbye to Anton Babchuk, Calgary Flame.

Please be seated.

Born Anton “Anatoliiovych” Babchuk in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 6th, 1984, Babchuk's middle name, once again, is ANATOLIIOVYCH, and that is a total nightmare. This is fitting because it would also come to be an apt metaphor for Flames fans who would see him play in Calgary.

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Random Thoughts - More Changes on the Horizon

Kent Wilson
May 28 2013 09:58AM


- pic via Justin Yamada

The Flames have already gone through a lot of fundamental change since Jarome Iginla was traded, but talking to some of the media close to the team this off-season one gets the feeling there's more to come, starting (if possible) with the draft. The primary target to get moved next seems to be Alex Tanguay - although his cap hit isn't all that bad, the feeling seems to be that he's not considered part of the solution going forward.

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Flames First Round Targets 2013: Elias Lindholm

Kent Wilson
May 27 2013 12:28PM


Aside from Sean Monahan, Elitersen rookie Elias Lindholm is perhaps the Flames most likely choice at 6th overall this coming June. Like Monahan and Aleksandr Barkov, Lindholm is a center with a offensive capabilities and an advanced two-way game. So, like the two targets we have already profiled, Lindholm ticks a lot of the organization's boxes.

Unlike Monahan and Barkov, however, Lindholm isn't a "big body", standing at about 5'11" and weighing 185 pounds. That doesn't make him overly small, but it also means he's not the ideal vision of strength and size down the middle.

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Meeting Karri Ramo and Setting Expectations

Christian Roatis
May 27 2013 09:53AM


Karri Ramo
pic via Resolute, wikimedia commons


(Christian Roatis is the FlamesNation's newest contributor. He has previously written at The Hockey Guys and Future Considerations. His debut post on FN is an in-depth look at Karri Ramo.)

Ever since Miikka Kiprusoff established himself as the star goaltender in Calgary, both management and fans have been on the lookout for a future replacement. Flames drafted Leland Irving 26th overall in 2006, hoping he'd evolve into a suitable successor to the crease Kiprusoff has dominated for almost a decade. After seeing him develop, especially over the past few seasons, I think it's safe to assume he's not going to work out.

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