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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FN Weekend Open Thread - Design FN Swag, Win Prizes

Kent Wilson
May 25 2013 12:23PM



So as many of the regular readers here probably know, OilersNation has a collection of gear, including stickers, hoodies and t-shirts. We want to get something like that going here at FlamesNation, but with a twist - we want FN readers help in designing them.

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Flames Top 15 Prospects 2013: #11 Markus Granlund

Kent Wilson
May 24 2013 01:55PM

Markus Granlund

Mikael Granlund's little brother takes a small step back in our rankings this year, moving from 9th to 11th. After his draft+1 season our praise for Markus was fairly effusive, mostly because he was the second highest scoring teen in the SM-Liiga after his older brother. That's nice company to keep.

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Flames First Round Targets 2013: Aleksandr Barkov

Kent Wilson
May 24 2013 09:31AM


Keep it up
pic via Mika Kylmaniemi

Although guys like Jonathan Drouin, Nathan MacKinnon and Seth Jones are probably out of reach for the Flames, there is an outside possibility a probable elite talent in Aleksandr Barkov falls to Calgary at 6th in June.

The native Fin with a Russian name has been on hockey's radar for a long time and it became especially apparent he was a special player last year when he was one of the highest scoring teens in the Finnish Elite League (SM-Liiga) at just 16 years old. Most kids are just learning to drive at that age, but Barkov scored at 0.5 PPG pace in one of the best pro leagues on the planet.

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