Who Has Playoff Experience On The Flames Roster?

We’re coming up on the end of the regular season, and the possibility of a Calgary Flames playoff appearance has generated some questions about how much post-season NHL experience is on the roster.

So let’s take a look. You can split the group into three categories – a bunch, some, and none.

A BUNCH OF EXPERIENCE

Jiri Hudler leads the Flames with 66 playoff games (and he has a Stanley Cup ring from his time with the Detroit Red Wings). The silver medalist is Mason Raymond, with 55 playoff games, and a finals appearance with the Vancouver Canucks. Dennis Wideman has 44 games under his belt. Jonas Hiller has 26 playoff contests, all with Anaheim, while Brandon Bollig has 24 games (and a Stanley Cup ring from a couple seasons ago with Chicago).

As you can see, the experience is very clustered.

SOME EXPERIENCE

Deryk Engelland and Kris Russell both have 13 playoff games. David Jones has 10 games. Both Raphael Diaz and David Schlemko have 9 games, though Diaz’s primarily came during last season’s Rangers run last year where he made it to the finals. Finally, Matt Stajan has 3 games and Joe Colborne has 2 games.

Mark Giordano has 4 games, but he’s injured and won’t play.

NO EXPERIENCE

The remaining roster players (and Ladislav Smid) have no NHL playoff experience: Karri Ramo, T.J. Brodie, Mikael Backlund, Lance Bouma, Paul Byron, Michael Ferland, Johnny Gaudreau, Josh Jooris, Sean Monahan, Emile Poirier and Drew Shore.

OTHER EXPERIENCE

Now, let’s not pretend that NHL experience is all that matters. Granted, it’s important, but several players have other big-game experience in their backgrounds:

  • Karri Ramo played in the KHL championship series (the Gagarin Cup) in 2012
  • Jonas Hiller has played in two Olympics for Switzerland, as has Raphael Diaz
  • Johnny Gaudreau has won an NCAA championship, and a World Junior gold medal, and played in the World Championship
  • Kris Russell played in two Memorial Cups and two World Junior tournaments
  • David Schlemko, Mikael Backlund and Lance Bouma also played in a Memorial Cup, while Michael Ferland played in two
  • Matt Stajan played in a World Junior tournament, as did Drew Shore

So there’s a lot of big-game experience in that room. Not as much as they’d probably hope to have, but there’s a decent base for them to work off of.

  • Avalain

    Like the article, good to know.

    But I’m way tooo superstitious to enjoy playoff related content the flames are stil far from clinching a spot. Show me this again in mid April.

  • Greg

    NHL experience not as important as:
    1) A healthy roster
    2) good fancy stats

    Flames strike out on both counts! WIth Gio and Smid out, D Corp depth is lacking and the unwillingness of Coach to even insert T Spoon into the lineup is beyond me….and then have a fire hydrant come in to try out for a D spot…..

    • Greg

      T Spoon has been struggling this year in there AHL….if you put him in during a competitive playoff run you could potentially destroy his confidence at the age of 21…get over the fire hydrant playing he is only a gap measure….