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Flamesnation Top 20 Prospects 2020: #9 Matthew Phillips

If there was a list of prospects I’m rooting the hardest for Matthew Phillips would sit atop of that list. The soft-spoken and diminutive Calgary native was the smallest draft eligible player in the Western Hockey League when the Flames grabbed him in the sixth round back in 2016. He’s defied the odds and continues…

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Flamesnation Top 20 Prospects 2020: #10 Jeremie Poirier

Some slick manoeuvring by Brad Treliving landed the Calgary Flames a couple of third round picks in the 2020 NHL Draft. With the first of those two picks, the Flames snagged quite possibly the steal of the weekend selecting ultra skilled, puck wizard Jeremie Poirier.

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Flamesnation Top 20 Prospects 2020: #13 Ilya Nikolayev

Once steering clear of Russians, two-way centreman Ilya Nikolayevwas the second in the wave of Russian players selected over the past three NHL Drafts. The 6’0″, 192-pound left-hand shot has been touted for playing a well rounded, 200 foot brand of hockey. He is FlamesNation’s 13th-ranked prospect of 2020.

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2020: #15 Eetu Tuulola

The 2016 NHL Draft feels like an eternity ago. In reality, the post-Matthew Tkachuk calendar (PMT for short) still holds some interesting potential for prospects four years removed from their selection. The Flames have seen the emergence of sixth-round picks recently (see Mangiapane, Andrew) and the 156th overall pick from 2016, Eetu Tuulola, is hoping…

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2020 Flames First Round Targets: Marat Khusnutdinov

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. Last but not least, Marat Khusnutdinov may be one of, if the most,…

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2020 Flames First Round Targets: Ridly Greig

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. Our last check-in is with Brandon Wheat Kings forward, and son of a former…

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FlamesNation player evaluation: Oliver Kylington

I still believe in Oliver Kylington. Maybe it’s just the part of me that loves smooth skating Swedish defensemen but I think there’s still a lot yet to be written in the Book of Kylington. He’s put up some respectable AHL numbers over parts of five seasons with the Heat and we’ve seen flashes of…

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2020 Flames First Round Targets: William Wallinder

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. It’s easy to get some serious Zarley Zalapski vibes from the name alone:…

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FlamesNation player evaluation: Andrew Mangiapane

When he was drafted in the sixth round back in 2015 and even upon excelling in a full-time role on the fourth line last season there were plenty of folks outside Flames land uttering “Andrew Mangi-a-who?”. Now, the former Barrie Colt has replied loud and clear: “Andrew Mangiapane, that’s who!”

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Flamesnation player evaluation: Elias Lindholm

When Brad Treliving embarked on his quest to collect 2013 draft class players like Infinity Stones most of us were unsure what the fifth overall selection, Elias Lindholm, would bring to the table. Outside of the collective rejoicing for a right hand shot forward and interest in his versatility, there wasn’t a clear read on…

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Geoff Ward needs to make adjustments for Game 6

It’s easy, fun, and often futile to play armchair coach and shuffle the lines. You figure yourself a genius for seeing, so obviously, what an NHL head coach doesn’t see. YOU cracked the code. If only you or I were in charge!  How things would be better!  Right now, though, the lack of adjustments by…

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Dillon Dube is delivering

Dillon Dube has leveled up. The Cochrane kid has gone straight from Charmander to Charizard. He completely skipped Charmeleon.  On the ice, he’s looking more like Johnny Gaudreau than Johnny Gaudreau (his beard game is much stronger though). In fact, despite the lines being shuffled midway through game two, the de facto third unit has…