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Flames Second Round Targets: Taylor Raddysh

Embed from Getty Images The risk of drafting from powerhouse junior teams is the risk of picking a passenger over a driver. This debate has mostly been focused on potential Flames first rounder Matthew Tkachuk, the London Knight who was placed with Mitch Marner and Christian Dvorak on the CHL’s highest scoring line. It hasn’t…

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Draft Speculation: The Vancouver Canucks

On Friday, we looked at the many ways the Oilers could use the fourth overall pick.  Today is Vancouver’s turn. The Canucks are in a bit more of a dire situation. At the very least, the Oilers have three centres that any team in the league would covet. Based on his usage this year, Markus…

Draft Speculation: The Edmonton Oilers

Embed from Getty Images As sorry as the Flames were this year, they laid some real beatdowns on their longtime rivals in both Vancouver and Edmonton. However, the hated foes get the last (technically first) laugh at the 2016 draft, “earning” the opportunity to draft ahead of the Flames at #4 and #5. When the…

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Flamesnation Player Evaluations: Andrew Mangiapane

Embed from Getty Images The Flames probably have not had a draft quite like the 2015 draft in a while. With only five picks and no first rounder, the team scooped up perhaps the most exciting group of prospects this fanbase has seen in a long time. Plausibly, three out of the five selections could…

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FlamesNation Player Evaluations: Lance Bouma

Embed from Getty Images If there was one controversial moment from the 2015 offseason, it was Lance Bouma’s re-signing. The Flames forwent the arbitrator’s settlement, giving Bouma $2.2M (far from their initial $1.5M offer) and an extra year on his contract. Some thought it was a steal. Bouma had just finished his second full NHL…

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Bottom six scoring: the Flames vs. themselves and the rest

Embed from Getty Images [ed. You may recognize Christian Tiberi, or “ctibs”, from M&G – please welcome him to FlamesNation!] In the 11 years since the dreadful 2004-05 lockout, NHL hockey has changed dramatically. Thanks to cap-consciousness, the rise of analytics, declining scoring, or what have you, “checking” and “energy” lines have nearly disappeared from the game. There…