Is Freddie Hamilton going to be in the NHL this upcoming season? That much is, as of yet, unknown – but he was one of the few restricted free agents qualified, and he already has a lower number; one that he made his Flames debut in this past season.
We probably won’t see too much of #25 through the 2016-17 year – but we don’t really know how the year’s going to play out at all.
#25 on the Flames
F.Ham is the 17th player in Flames franchise history to wear #25:
- LW Eric Vail
- RW Willi Plett
- RW Greg Meredith
- D Neil Sheehy
- RW Yves Courteau
- C Mike Bullard
- C Joe Nieuwendyk
- LW Dave Roche
- RW Sergei Krivokrasov
- LW Niklas Andersson
- D Igor Kravchuk
- LW Martin Sonnenberg
- RW Darren McCarty
- LW Dave Moss
- C Steve Begin
- LW Brandon Bollig
- C Freddie Hamilton
Sheehy (again, but only for one game) and Kravchuk aside, the number has been for forwards. As far as centres go, F.Ham is only the fourth pivot to wear it.
The best #25
Obviously, it’s Nieuwendyk – although Vail, Plett, and Bullard before him were pretty good, too (though Bullard did only spend two seasons with the Flames, while Vail and Plett spent most of their careers with this franchise).
F.Ham isn’t going to come close. He’s played more games than Courteau, but that’s it; he needs another six to pass Meredith, and 34 to pass Sonnenberg. Hell, he needs another three points – which would be doubling his career total – to pass Sonnenberg in points. We don’t even know if that much will happen.
|#1 – Brian Elliott||#3 – Jyrki Jokipakka|
|#5 – Mark Giordano||#6 – Dennis Wideman|
|#7 – T.J. Brodie||#10 – Linden Vey|
|#11 – Mikael Backlund||#13 – Johnny Gaudreau|
|#15 – Ladislav Smid||#17 – Lance Bouma|
|#18 – Matt Stajan||#19 – Matthew Tkachuk|
|#23 – Sean Monahan|