November 27 2012 06:03PM
Just a little KHL Update today, but sometimes the best gifts come in small packages!... OK, I think all this early Christmas music is starting to take its toll.
November 27 2012 02:52PM
It's slim pickings when it comes to Flames new these days I'm afraid. Aside from constantly raining plaudits on Johnny Gaudreau and following the exploits of the Abbotsford Heat, there isn't much more to talk about in Flamesland.
Instead, here's some general interest links and stories worth following...
November 27 2012 12:08PM
Jeremy Roenick scored 513 goals and 1216 points in 1363 games. In his first 15 seasons he was a point-a-game player scoring 1,124 points in 1,120 games, but then the lockout hit. He'd already played 15 years and it's likely he was going to slow down, but a full season off, where he admittedly didn't train that hard, combined with a serious concussion from a Boris Mironov slapshot to the face saw Roenick's career stats wind down quicker than other elite scorers.
He scored 96 points in his final four seasons, 239 games, so some younger fans never got to see a true reflection of Roenicks' skill. He was a dynamic player. He scored 50 twice, had three 100-point seasons, and he played with an edge.
He had 38 regular season fights, and two preseason fights in his career, and he fought guys like Marty McSorley, Craig Berube, Jeff Odgers, Scott Walker and Matthew Barnaby. He didn't just fight scorers, and the league was different when he broke in. If you were going to run around and hit guys, even if you were a star, you'd have to fight your own battles. Sadly, that isn't the case today.
November 27 2012 09:36AM
Every year, the annual IIHF World Junior Championship tournament provides young hockey players with a great opportunity to show their wares against the best players from the age-group from throughout the world. It's a great development tool and players as varied as Jarome Iginla, Roman Horak and Leland Irving have had the chance to represent their nations at the World Juniors. Over the next few weeks, we're going to take a look at the chances of the various Flames prospects vying for World Junior roster spots.
Next up is Johnny Gaudreau.
November 26 2012 01:10PM
The Calgary Flames are known for being a lousy drafting organization. For good reason - they haven't internally picked and developed a star quality forward since Cory Stillman in 1992 and even he isn't exactly a hall-of-famer. Their best draft pick in the last decade is Dion Phanuef by a considerable margin. Behind him, the second best pick in terms of games played over that period is...third liner Brandon Prust.
It's been a long, sad march through mediocrity at the draft table for Calgary. The Jesper Mattsson's and Rico Fata's of the world have outnumbered the Phaneuf's and Stillman's 10-1. The reason Darryl Sutter was so manic and determined in his attempts to trade the future for the present during his time in office was because the franchise failed so utterly to surround marquee players like Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff with high-end, homegrown talent.
It wasn't always this way. If you peel back the veil of time and peer into the now distant past, you'll discover the Flames were once a juggernaut built almost exclusively through savvy drafting. Nowhere are those rapidly fading successes more pronounced than in the 1984 NHL entry draft.