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2020 Flames First Round Targets: Brendan Brisson

The 2020 NHL Draft is scheduled for October 6 and 7, conducted remotely. The Calgary Flames have a first-round selection and will pick 19th overall. In advance of the draft, we’ll be looking at some contenders to be selected at 19th. Next up? Current Michigan Wolverines commitment, former USHL darling and deadly powerplay marksman Brendan…

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FlamesNation player evaluation: Noah Hanifin

Intangible hockey laws dictate that, save for some generational exceptions, defencemen take longer to develop than forwards. Elite scorers establish themselves in their early-20s and ride their primes until they putter out by 35. But defencemen need to hone their craft for years, smooth over scrunched bits in the tapestries of their game. Scoring goals…

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FlamesNation player evaluation: Rasmus Andersson

For a developing hockey player veering towards the end of his entry-level contract in the NHL, there exist a few possible boosts to his image that he hopes to enjoy. In the case of Rasmus Andersson, these boosts included rising prominence, improved production, and a juicy payday. Whereas many Calgary Flames skidded down a cliff…

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Flamesnation player evaluation: Dillon Dube

If one single beacon of warm yellow light managed to slash through the ashes of the Calgary Flames’ first-round loss to the Dallas Stars, it was Dillon Dube. The kid rocked. He scored, he hit, he whizzed all over the ice like something feral. Apparently lofting saucer passes through the doorways of your father’s warehouse…

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2020 Flames First Round Targets: Dylan Holloway

The 2020 NHL Draft will be October 6 & 7, conducted remotely. The Calgary Flames have a first-round selection and will pick 19th overall. In advance of the draft, we’ll be looking at some contenders to be selected at 19th. Next up? The Wisconsin Badgers power forward that can flash some bonus flair, southern Alberta…

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2020 Flames First Round Targets: Noel Gunler

The 2020 NHL Draft will be October 6 & 7, conducted remotely. The Calgary Flames have a first-round selection and will pick 19th overall. In advance of the draft, we’ll be looking at some contenders to be selected at 19th. Next up? A citizen of the Flames’ favourite overseas hockey market playing for Luleå HF…

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To foil Khudobin, the Flames need to focus on pinpoint shot placement

And so the barometer quivers. The opening puck-drop of Game 6 between the Calgary Flames and the Dallas Stars will trigger a 60-minute timer whose expiration could equally save or sink the former squad’s playoff run. If the Flames beat the Stars, they postpone all possible heartaches for either team until Game 7. If the…

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Milan Lucic: A portrait of the old goon as a spry playmaker

It would seem his days as the battering ram who hulks and sulks, the ox who plods down the ice and plows into back-checkers, that icebreaker barge who can split a skull but never splits the D, are over. Or at least expanded in their scope a bit. Milan Lucic logs minutes every night because…

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Winning the series means controlling the slot for the Flames

Everyone knows that the slot is the most lucrative piece of real estate in the offensive zone, right? Trace two parallel lines between the inside curve of either face-off dot, link them with horizontals at the top of the crease and the second hashmark, and presto—you have a rectangular sweet spot of pure demolition. Rebounds…