Matthew Tkachuk isn’t on the Flames yet. He could be an NHL player this upcoming season; he could also have to wait a year. It’s unclear at this point in time – but it’s definitely still up to him.
For the time being, though? He got the number 19 in development camp. The number 7 he wore (still wears?) with the London Knights is unavailable in Calgary, but 19 is a good, solid forward number – and it looks like that’ll be the number he’ll have with the Flames.
#19 on the Flames
Matthew Tkachuk should be the 20th player in Flames franchise history to wear #19:
- C Morris Stefaniw
- D Arnie Brown
- D Ed Kea
- RW Paul Henderson
- RW Bobby Gould
- C Bruce Eakin
- LW Carl Mokosak
- RW Tim Hunter
- C Todd Harkins
- LW Vesa Viitakoski
- LW David Haas
- D Chris O’Sullivan
- LW Oleg Saprykin
- RW Chuck Kobasew
- C Wayne Primeau
- RW Jamal Mayers
- LW Fredrik Modin
- C Blair Jones
- RW David Jones
- LW Matthew Tkachuk?
At long last, the number leaves the tyrannical grip the Joneses previously had on it. There are a small handful of defencemen here – okay, three – but it’s wingers who have primarily occupied this number, with Tkachuk likely to be the 12th in line.
The best #19
I’m definitely hoping Tkachuk has it in him to be the best Flame to ever wear #19 – but the bar isn’t exactly high to start with. Henderson (Henderson!) only ever played 30 games for the Flames, while I still can’t figure out for the life of me what the point of acquiring Modin to play a whole four games was, exactly.
That just leaves a smattering of players who approached, and in a couple of cases, just barely passed, 200 points in their career. Tkachuk is going to get every opportunity to prove himself better than them. Hopefully he’ll do just that.
|#1 – Brian Elliott||#3 – Jyrki Jokipakka|
|#5 – Mark Giordano||#6 – Dennis Wideman|
|#7 – T.J. Brodie||#11 – Mikael Backlund|
|#13 – Johnny Gaudreau||#15 – Ladislav Smid|
|#17 – Lance Bouma||#18 – Matt Stajan|