FlamesNation player evaluation: Oliver Kylington

Though he made his National Hockey League debut nearly three years ago, it was the 2018-19 season that served as Oliver Kylington’s coming out party in the NHL. Though plenty of question marks remain (as it tends to be with young player), Kylington continued his trend of taking a step forward every year, establishing himself…


How the Flames nearly missed on each of their Fab Five

One of the best stories surrounding the Calgary Flames this season has been the dominance of Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm, Matthew Tkachuk and Mark Giordano. The quintet have often been directly responsible for dragging the Flames to victory on many a night they probably didn’t deserve to win.


FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2018: #5 Oliver Kylington

For every step forward Oliver Kylington’s development has taken since being drafted 60th overall in 2015 draft, his public perception seems to have taken one backwards. That’s not to say Kylington, who retains his fifth overall slot in FlamesNations’ Top 20 prospect rankings for the third consecutive year, is disliked or perceived poorly by fans…


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,…


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…


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…