The Calgary Flames and the 2012 Free Agent Market

    With the draft in the rearview mirror, the fun and horror of the 2012 free agent season awaits. Starting this upcoming Sunday, GM’s will fight with each to other to make their teams better (or, in may cases, make terrible errors they will spend the next few years trying to undo).


2012 Draft Thoughts

    In no particular order, here are some thoughts left over from my trip to the draft this weekend. – A lot is being made about what Feaster and company said about Jankowski after the pick ("best player in this draft in 10 years" etc). It was clear watching the decision makers at the…

Putting Mark Jankowski’s Performance In Context

    The single biggest issue with the Mark Jankowsi selection by the Calgary Flames is the challenge of correctly putting his performance at Stanstead college in proper context. Both qualitatively and quantitatively: when viewing a player, his abilities are naturally gauged against those he is competing against – there are many all-star AHLers who are entirely…

Flames Qualify Five Including Backlund and Irving

    It’s been a long wait, but the Flames finally announced today they have qualified six players: Mikael Backlund, Leland Irving, Paul Byron, Akim Aliu and Blair Jones. The only player of interest who wasn’t qualified was Blake Comeau, which wasn’t a suprise given his lackluster output and a contract last year was $2.5M.


Utter Madness: Columbus Fires Four Amateur Scouts After the Draft

  The following article is about the Columbus Blue Jackets, which makes it something of an oddity. I wrote it because it deals with NHL processes and decision making- two things that are frequently discussed here. Also, it’s nice to notice that other franchises can be more awful in how they’re run. A strange thing happened…


The Flames Fifteen: #2 – T.J. Brodie

  There is a common catch-phrase that states, “You’ve come a long way baby”, that couldn’t be more fitting for a prospect like TJ Brodie. Drafted by Calgary in the fourth round (114th overall) in 2008, he was seen as having the potential to be an offensive defenseman with upside. After an impressive showing in…


Nation Radio – June 23, 2012 Entry Draft Edition

    The 2012 Entry Draft was a wild one, with an unexpected run on defenders in the top-10, the Jordan Staal and Luke Schenn trades as well as Calgary making the biggest risk/reward pick in the first round. The Nation had no less than five people on the ground in Pittsburgh watching the action…


The 2012 NHL Entry Draft: Recap

The 2012 NHL Entry Draft featured a ton of action, and we had people on the ground from across the Nation Network. With the draft behind us, now’s a good time to summarize the collected work done by our writers.

Flames Picks Round 5-7

    Ryan Culkin, D – 124th overall Culkin is a defender from the Quebec Ramparts of QMJHL. He’s the third defenseman picked by the Flames in this draft, making Jankowski the only forward chosen in the top-125 by Calgary. Culkin is a 6’1", 175 pound blueliner who scored 6 goals and 25 points in…

Flames Pick Brett Kulak in the 4th Round

    At 105th, Calgary has picked Vancouver Giants defender Brett Kulak. Standing at just 6’1" and weighing just 175 pounds, Kulak scored 9 goals and 25 points in 72 games in the WHL last year. Kulak was the 55th ranked NA skater by Central Scouting final rankings.

Flames Pick Jon Gillies in the Third Round

    With the 75th pick, Calgary chose Jon Gillies of the USHL Indiana Ice. He’s a goalie with a .915 SV% in in 53 games last year. He was the 4th ranked NA goaltender in central scoutings mid-term rankings. Like Jankowski, Gillies has committed to play with Providence College in the NCAA next year.