June 22 2016 08:00AM
Photo Credit: Michael Caples/MiHockey
Today we profile 19-year-old Rem Pitlick of the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL, a high-scoring over-ager that is expected to be drafted very late in the 2016 draft. His father, Lance Pitlick, had a moderate career in the NHL as a defenseman through the 1990's and early 2000's.
June 21 2016 04:00PM
Wrapping up the Canadian content of our NHL Draft Scout Series with the QMJHL, Scott Wheeler from FutureConsiderations gives us the inside look on the happenings of the league named after the province that invented poutine. And as we will discover, this Q class looks just about as appetizing as poutine.
June 21 2016 02:00PM
We're just a few days away from the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and things are already starting to heat up around the league.
The Calgary Flames are guaranteed to be busy one way or the other this weekend. Even if Brad Treliving stays out of the trade market, he has four picks in the first two rounds, including sixth overall. At the very least, he has four excellent lottery tickets which he can use to restock the organization's cupboards.
Of course, Calgary also has more immediate needs. Their goaltending situation is dire, with zero proven NHL goalies signed for next year. The organization also has a dire need for a quality RWer and an impending cap crunch thanks to impending raises for Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau.
Obviously the Flames GM doesn't have to solve all of those problems at once at the draft, but there's a chance he'll make headway on at least one of them.
Here's how things may go down.
June 21 2016 12:00PM
Of course I’m writing Oliver Kylington’s player evaluation.
As outspoken an advocate of Kylington’s as there is, nobody was more excited than me to see the Flames trade up to 60th overall to snag the Swede who was inexplicably tumbling down the draft board.
Kylington was slyly negotiated out of his commitments in Sweden and promptly made the trip to North America to start his draft+1 season in the AHL, a most unique circumstances for an 18-year-old. While the numbers don’t necessarily show it, he fared exceedingly well as one of the youngest players - if not the youngest - in that entire league.
June 21 2016 11:29AM
The Flames are kicking off their 2016-17 with a home-and-home against the Edmonton Oilers. Gone are the Vancouver Canucks - at least until the third game of the season - and finally, the year will begin as it always should: with a Battle of Alberta. And then another one!
That will actually be half of the Battles of Alberta for the year then and there, as the Oilers are the divisional opponent the Flames will face just four times this upcoming season. The two remaining games will both be played in January.
The season ends with the Kings, Ducks, and Sharks visiting Calgary, before the Flames take one last California road trip to conclude the regular season. This could be an extremely exciting end: six divisional games when, in order to make the playoffs, the Flames just have to be third in their division. Hopefully, it'll be a meaningful road trip.