Hockey Is Back: 2013 YoungStars Tournament

Ryan Pike
September 05 2013 11:35AM



After a long, arduous, summer, September is once again upon us and that means meaningful hockey is just around the corner. For your Calgary Flames, the road to the regular season begins with the annual Youngstars Tournament in beautiful Penticton, BC. The folks of JetsNation are in attendance this week and will be sending us regular interviews and scouting reports first hand.

Anyways, four western Canadian teams, and San Jose, gather to see whose rookies reign supreme. Here's a look at the five teams and what fans can expect beginning later this week.

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Presidential Rumour: Is Brian Burke a Calgary Flame? - UPDATE - Yup. Press Conference at 10am

September 04 2013 06:20PM



Rumour broke out BUT A FEW MINUTES AGO from former Calgary media scribe Bruce Dowbiggin that it seems like your Calgary Flames are set to announce the hiring of former Leafs GM/current curmudgeon Brian Burke:



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Another One Bites the Dust - Ryan Howse Defects

Kent Wilson
September 04 2013 04:09PM


The Flames announced today that former 3rd rounder Ryan Howse did not report to rookie camp and has been suspended by the team. The left winger was a big scorer in the WHL, managing 47 and 51 goals in his final two seasons in the dub. His scouting report came with a lot of red flags, however - his one dimensional game, lackluster skating and average vision meant Howse was a bit of a longshot heading into pro.

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Assessing the Flames Future Roster Gaps

September 04 2013 12:19PM



Before setting out on a project one first needs to establish an end goal as well as a series of markers that help to measure success.

One way of doing this is to mock up a roster with available players and best-bet prospects in their most reasonable positions, see where the gaps are, and craft strategies to acquire the missing assets.

Below is a rough sketch of what the Flames’ roster might look like this October...

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Should Ryan Culkin Go Pro?

Ryan Pike
September 04 2013 09:10AM


One of the more intriguing things about the upcoming training camp is the status of defensive prospect Ryan Culkin. Calgary's fifth round choice in 2012, Culkin's a December 1993 birthday – meaning he's (a) an overager in the QMJHL and (b) eligible to play in the American Hockey League because he's 20 before the year's up. Moreover, Flames GM Jay Feaster noted that, based on his play at the Youngstars Tournament, Culkin could earn an NHL two-way deal.
But should the Flames sign Ryan Culkin and have him go pro? There's several factors in play.

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