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FlamesNation prospect wrap-ups: Josh Healey and Adam Ollas Mattsson

To begin our Stockton Heat wrap-ups, let’s focus in on the two rookie defencemen for the baby Flames: Josh Healey and Adam Ollas Mattsson. One is here because he is the first Flames prospect numerically in Stockton, and the other because it would be pointless to dedicate a whole article to someone who played 14…

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FlamesNation prospect wrap-up: Mitchell Mattson

The Flames seem to have a strong history of finding talent in later rounds, which shouldn’t be that surprising. The team has found TJ Brodie, Johnny Gaudreau, and Brett Kulak in the fourth round, and Andrew Mangiapane, Matthew Phillips, Eetu Tuulola, and D’Artagnan Joly in the sixth. That’s a wealth of realized and potential talent…

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FlamesNation prospect wrap-up: Hunter Smith

It’s only appropriate that as we say goodbye to Brian Burke, we also say goodbye to, arguably, the epitome of his attempts to implement his brand of truculent, pugnacious hockey on the Calgary Flames: Hunter Smith. The idea behind the pick (and that entire 2014 draft in general) was that the Flames needed skill to…

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FlamesNation prospect wrap-up: Mason McDonald

There’s always a fear around drafting goaltenders high. Although goaltending is not voodoo, NHL success at the goalie position is more difficult to project than forwards and defencemen. Flames 2014 second round pick Mason McDonald is a case of balancing hype versus actual performance. The netminder was one of the most hyped heading into the…

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What to watch at the World Hockey Championship

The Stanley Cup playoffs are going on, but the Calgary Flames aren’t playing in them. But before the crushing disappointment creeps back into your heart, consider an alternative: the 2018 IIHF World Hockey Championship. The tournament begins today in Denmark. Here are a few Flames-related things to hold your attention over the next few weeks.

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The China trip will have a few impacts on the preseason

The Calgary Flames are headed to China! The Flames announced yesterday that they’ll be playing a pair of preseason games with the Boston Bruins: Sept. 15 in Shenzhen and Sept. 19 in Beijing. But based on what happened with the Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings with their Chinese excursion last season, we can project…

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FlamesNation prospect wrap-up: Tyler Parsons

Goaltending just never comes easy for the Flames. Today’s focus is on Tyler Parsons, our preseason #1 prospect. One of the OHL’s best goalies during his time in that league, Parsons’ pro debut went a little south. Perhaps expectations were a tad high, but unconvincing numbers in the minors didn’t really leave a good impression….

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The Flames are entering a crucial three-year period

It’s already been a noteworthy summer for the Calgary Flames, as they’ve transitioned from Glen Gulutzan to Bill Peters as head coach. But that move is just a part of what’s likely destined to be a massively important three-year period for the Flames franchise – one that will probably determine the trajectory of the team…

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FlamesNation prospect wrap-up: Juuso Valimaki

Given the young defensive quality the Flames have accumulated, it might be a bit shocking to think that their youngest defenceman might be their best. But it’s certainly believable when you see Juuso Valimaki play. He’s everything you could want in a defensive prospect: strong skater, incredibly smart, NHL-sized (6’2, 205 lbs.), offensively talented, and…