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NHL Draft Scout Series: Sleepers Part 2 (Europe)

After exploring possible sleeper picks from North America yesterday, we turn our attention to Europe today. From accessibility issues to deep-rooted (read: dumb) biases, European players often suffer much harsher consequences on draft day than their North American counterparts. Everything from their birth certificate to their appearance is judged. Russians have it the worst generally,…

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NHL Draft Scout Series: Sleepers Part 1 (North America)

My favorite series to run yearly on FlamesNation is the NHL Draft Scout Series, where I talk to scouts covering each of the major leagues feeding prospects into the NHL Draft and pick their brains on the best options that year, their favorite and least favorite players, and who they could see the Flames targeting from…

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How big is the drop off from Mike Smith to David Rittich?

In Greek mythology, there exists a Titan named Atlas whom is tasked (more accurately, punished) with separating the world from the sky, by holding the sky on his shoulders for all eternity. Through two-thirds of the 2017-18 season, Mike Smith has been the Flames’ Atlas, keeping the sky from falling. Aside from perhaps Johnny Gaudreau or Matthew Tkachuk, he’s been their…

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The Flames have an in-house McDavid antidote

On Oct. 4, the Edmonton Oilers proved to the hockey world that they were everything everyone prognosticated them to be en route to their 3-0 domination over the Calgary Flames in Game 1 of the regular season. Since then, the Oilers have continued to… wait no. That can’t be right. They’ve been awful? Downright ghastly…

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Flames are entering their most exciting season in a decade

Ten years ago, the Calgary Flames were fresh off a Northwest Division banner and a bitter, disappointing, probably unjust exit in the first round to the Anaheim Ducks. The latter part sound familiar? Ten years ago, expectations were sky high and the excitement in the city surrounding the team was palpable. Sound familiar? Ten years ago…

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects: #5 Oliver Kylington

Coming into the 2015 draft, the Flames had one very pressing need: defence. Both the big team and the farm were hurting on the blueline, with depth near non-existent as evidenced with their Kris Russell-Dennis Wideman first pairing in the playoffs that year. Brad Treliving went out and aggressively addressed that, adding Dougie Hamilton via…