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…


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…


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…


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…


2017 NHL Mock Draft

I enjoy a good mock draft. Trying to guess who goes where based on needs, best players available and other factors always adds an extra layer of fun on draft day. Generally, I’ve been pretty good with my educated guessing, generally nailing down the top end of the draft and guessing who goes in the…


NHL Draft Scout Series: QMJHL

Shifting the series back to Canada, we sit down with Scott Wheeler of FutureConsiderations and The Toronto Star to discuss prospects from the CHL’s most Eastern league: the QMJHL. The Q always seems to have an interesting crop of prospects given the league’s penchant for skill and notoriety for lack of defense. Last year they provided the third…


NHL Draft Scout Series: Finland

We continue along with the NHL Draft Scout Series with a look at a country that has turned in some sensational drafts in recent years, and doesn’t look to be slowing down much: Finland. Marco Bombino of McKeen’s and @FINjrhockey joins us to discuss an extremely strong Finnish contingent for the 2017 NHL Draft.