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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #7 – Casey Mittelstadt

The USHL has quickly become one of the best junior hockey leagues in the world, producing more and more drafted prospects with each passing year, to the point where it has now surpassed the QMJHL in terms of player graduation. This year is no different, as a number of USHL players have been ranked in…

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Calgary Flames 2017-18 preseason schedule released

Circle your calendars for Sept. 18, because that’s the first day the Calgary Flames will play once again. For the preseason, of course – the regular season will still be a bit further off, but preseason is the sign it is fast approaching. The Flames will play seven times over the second half of September in…

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What are the odds?: Matt Stajan edition

Matt Stajan’s time with the Calgary Flames could be ending very soon. Originally acquired to be Jarome Iginla’s first line centre – weren’t those the days? – Stajan has seen his role dimish with the Flames to the overpaid fourth line centre we know and love today. This past season, his time with the Flames…

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What’s the difference between Curtis Lazar and Hunter Shinkaruk?

Waivers may end up forcing the Flames’ hands when it comes to putting together their starting roster for the 2017-18 season. For most players, their waiver eligibility status doesn’t really change anything: they’d be in the NHL regardless. And for some, it may be useful. For example, if the Flames decide they want Jon Gillies…

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Because It’s The Cap: Anaheim Ducks Offseason Preview

For the first time since 2013, the Anaheim Ducks won a Game 7 on home ice, knocking out the Edmonton Oilers in the second round to reach the Western Conference Final for the second time in three seasons. So they made it over one hump, but unfortunately, they weren’t able to get over the other. The…

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Flames 2017 First Round Targets: Kristian Vesalainen

Let’s suppose that life throws a curveball at the Calgary Flames. Over their past few drafts, things went really well for them and they got what they wanted and needed in the first round. When you walk away from consecutive draft weekends with Sean Monahan, Sam Bennett, Dougie Hamilton (via trade) and Matthew Tkachuk, you…

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Nation Network 2017 Prospect Profile: #8 – Nick Suzuki

Coming in at #8 on our consensus ranking is Owen Sound Attack centre Nick Suzuki. Suzuki was one of the OHL’s most prolific players this season, finishing fifth in scoring and first among first-time draft-eligible players. Despite scoring at a rate consistent with a top-five pick, Suzuki has been ranked in the late first round…