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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2020: #3 Jakob Pelletier

And so we trundle a podium onto the stage to present the three medalists of our rankings. Bowing his head to accept the bronze is the smarts-abounding, puck-impounding, rebound-hounding, goalie-confounding, QMJHL-astounding left-winger and newly-minted captain of the Val d’Or Foreurs, Jakob Pelletier.

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2020: #7 Dmitry Zavgorodniy

Any readers packing absolutely elephantine memories will recall that the squat Russian forward Dmitry Zavgorodniy slotted at seventh on our prospect rankings last year too. But blame him not for the stasis. An addition here and a breakout player there barred Zavgorodniy from grasping a higher rung on our ladder, yet he still posted a…

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2020: #12 Yan Kuznetsov

The last time the Calgary Flames drafted a Russian prospect in the first two rounds of the NHL Entry Draft was June 2001, 19 years ago. To adequately express the sheer breadth of time elapsed from thence to the present, allow us to phrase that another way: The last time the Flames drafted a Russian…

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2020: #18 Ryan Francis

Naturally, the 2020 NHL Draft cracked some crevices in our first spitballed Calgary Flames prospect rankings—you need to reorganize the freezer to squeeze in fresh meat, after all. Undersized yet supremely skilled QMJHL centreman Ryan Francis thereby wriggled into our list after the Flames nabbed him in the fifth round last month, likely thanks to…

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A Jacob Markstrom Mixtape

While Calgary Flames fans had ample opportunity to acquaint themselves with Jacob Markstrom as a divisional opponent for the past few years, monthly matchups do not exactly lend themselves to intimate appraisals of a goaltender’s playing style.

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2020 Flames First Round Targets: Justin Barron

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? The Halifax Mooseheads defenceman who doubles as a takeaway machine and a…

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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…