July 15 2015 12:02PM
In a move that's been anticipated and discussed for a spell before it was even formally announced, the Calgary Flames have officially signed 2015 second round pick Oliver Kylington to an entry-level deal.
Presumably it's a three year entry-level deal, but what the deal means for Kylington's 2015-16 future is a bit unclear at the moment.
July 15 2015 10:00AM
If it's possible for a player to have a first professional season that's both impressive and disappointing, Ryan Culkin's may be the best example of that.
A native of Montreal, Culkin made his pro debut last season with the Adirondack Flames and slowly but surely became one of the team's best reliable defenders. His offensive production came in fits and starts, but he ended up being one of the team's better positional defenders. His scoring peak came with a seven point performance in the month of December, but you could argue that his plus-7 rating in January was perhaps his most impressive statistical feat.
July 15 2015 09:00AM
In a bit of minor news that was reported last night by our pal Renaud Lavoie over at TVA in Quebec, the Calgary Flames have reportedly tied up a couple of restricted free agents for another season.
#Flames Bill Arnold ($824 000 2 way) and Bryce Van Brabant ($874 000 2 way) signed their QO's.— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) July 15, 2015
July 14 2015 11:00AM
Oliver Kylington may be one of the most fascinating players drafted by the Calgary Flames in years. Pronounced "Shillington" (because in Swedish the "Kyl" sequence becomes a "Sh" sound), the talented Swede was lauded by many as one of the top players in the 2015 Draft. He was ranked first among European skaters by Central Scouting in their midterm rankings, but an uneven year punctuated by changing teams resulted in him being ranked sixth on that list at year's end.
He ended up going 60th overall to the Flames, when Calgary traded up from the third round to grab him. When the season began, many had him as a lock to be taken in the first half of the first round. Life's funny that way sometimes.
July 13 2015 11:00AM
It's unusual for a first round selection to be under the radar, but somehow, Mark Jankowski has seemingly achieved that designation. The Calgary Flames' controversial first round selection in 2012 - the year the team traded down to gain a second round pick and then grabbed Jankowski ahead of guys like Olli Maatta - Jankowski's selection was reacted to rather pensively by the fan-base. The declarations of then-general manager Jay Feaster (and assistant GM John Weisbrod) that Jankowski would be a Joe Nieuwendyk-esque player and seen as the draft's best player in 10 years didn't reduce the sting, especially when Maatta became an NHL regular in short order.
But here we are, three years later, and after a pair of drafts that have seen the Flames put Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett in the National Hockey League (and the playoffs), and the progression of players like Johnny Gaudreau, Josh Jooris and Markus Granlund through the pro ranks, the pressure seems to be off Jankowski's shoulders a bit. He is now what he probably should've been seen as when selected: a project pick.
But he's a project pick that's progressing as you would hope a player of his ilk would at this point, even if he doesn't score a ton.