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Johnny Gaudreau and the likelihood of injury

Embed from Getty Images Johnny Gaudreau, the Flames’ emerging superstar, is currently locked in a negotiation with the Flames over his next contract. Many argue “he’s our best player and if he’s asking for $7 million or $8 million… he’s worth it. Pay the man.” However, others argue that he’s not worth that kind of…

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FlamesNation Prospect Profile: #6 Andrew Mangiapane

Coming in at #6 in FN’s annual Top 20 Prospects is 2015 sixth round pick Andrew Mangiapane of the OHL’s Barrie Colts. Drafted only last year, the dynamic and highly skilled Mangiapane jumped up six spots from our rankings last year, where he found himself in the 12 hole. 

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Common Misconceptions: “Too small to play in the NHL”

Embed from Getty Images Every year we hear some derivative of “skilled, but is he too small to play professionally?” or “has the tools, but can he make it work in the NHL at his size?”  These types of statements portray that short players almost never make the NHL and the ones that do must be very…

Diamonds in the Rough: Finding Elite Talent Late

Embed from Getty Images The later round picks (round three on) in the NHL draft have provided very few true NHLers. From 1980 to 2015, 6,127 selections were taken after the second round. Of those, 815 of the 6,127 have gone on to play in the NHL in a meaningful way (150 games or more) thus far. That’s a success…

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Flames Darkhorse Targets 2016: Rem Pitlick

Photo Credit: Michael Caples/MiHockey Today we profile 19-year-old Rem Pitlick of the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL, a high-scoring over-ager that is expected to be drafted very late in the 2016 draft. His father, Lance Pitlick, had a moderate career in the NHL as a defenseman through the 1990’s and early 2000’s.

Flames Darkhorse Targets 2016: Matthew Phillips

Embed from Getty Images Matthew Phillips, the ultimate darkhorse, stands 5’6” and weighs 140 pounds. He is the smallest draft-eligible player of the WHL and likely the entire draft class. His numbers aren’t elite like DeBrincat which means, given his size, he will go somewhere between rounds three and seven, if he goes at all.

Flames Draft Targets: Cam Morrison

Embed from Getty Images ed: We couldn’t get an actual picture of Morrison, so here’s a picture of an eagle because he played in the USHL and America, or something (though he’s Canadian). Also apparently eagles are CONSTANTLY at sporting events? This is a really fun gallery. Cameron Morrison is a big bodied scoring center from the…

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Flames Darkhorse Targets 2016: Tyson Jost

Embed from Getty Images Tyson Jost, a mid-first round projection for 2016, is our next prospect target. There’s little chance he is legitimately in the sixth overall conversation but his stock rose after an exceptional U18 tournament and he is the most highly-touted prospect to come out of the BCHL since Kyle Turris, who went third…

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Flames Darkhorse First Round Targets 2016: Clayton Keller

Embed from Getty Images Every year there’s a few players that jump up much higher than they were projected and players that fall much further than they were projected.  Clayton Keller, although unlikely to go sixth, is a possible reach target that could be on the Flames’ radar if they’re not completely sold on whoever is left to them…

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Flames First Round Targets 2016: Matthew Tkachuk

Embed from Getty Images Matthew Tkachuk, son of NHL legend Keith Tkachuk who played with the Jets, Coyotes, Blues and Thrashers, is most certainly going to a western Canadian team in the 2016 NHL draft. Nearly every draft ranking and mock draft thus far has him going between fourth and sixth. There’s a good chance the Flames…

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Early thoughts on the 2016 top 5 forwards

Embed from Getty Images Sixteen games left in the season and we can say with 99% confidence that the Flames will not be making the post-season dance. A horrendous season has nearly come and gone. Many would have guessed the Flames would have fallen back this year after the miracle season of 2014-15 but would we…