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How Good is Mikael Backlund?

Embed from Getty Images Twenty-six-year-old centreman Mikael Backlund is easily the most controversial player to be profiled in this series, and maybe one of the most divisive Flames players in recent memory. In the other articles so far, the title prefix of “how good is…” was entirely rhetorical. From Gaudreau to Giordano, each skater is undeniably a star or cornerstone player. Almost all fans would agree…

FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Adam Ollas Mattsson

Embed from Getty Images Not a lot of Calgary Flames fans seem to have a handle on Adam Ollas Mattsson. That’s a bit of a shame, as the 20-year-old Swedish defender has quietly put together a pretty decent couple of seasons. Originally drafted by the Flames in the sixth round of the 2014 NHL Draft…

No World Cup? No problem for the Flames

Embed from Getty Images The rosters for September’s World Cup of Hockey were finally finalized yesterday, with 173 National Hockey League players named to the eight teams. Some eyebrows were raised, though, by the small number of Calgary Flames players named to the competition. Top-six forwards Johnny Gaudreau (North America), Sean Monahan (North America) and…