Flames 2012 RFA Profiles: Akim Aliu

If there’s one player that people will trot out to pledge allegiance to Abbotsford Heat head coach Troy Ward and his work with reclamation projects, it’s probably Akim Aliu. While the stories regarding Ryan Howse’s weight gain (and loss) are fine and dandy, it’s with Aliu that Ward delivered some startling results and delivered a…

The Flames Fifteen: #4 – Max Reinhart

  Entering the 2010 Draft with no selections in either of the first two rounds, the Flames opted for a conventional selection with their first pick in the draft (64th overall): they chose the son of a former NHLer.

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DRAFTING 101: NOBODY KNOWS EVERYTHING

Each and every year, a great deal of organizations put together lists of prospects and rate them. These are all very extensive undertakings done either with the goal of informing the NHL clubs themselves (as is the case with NHL Central Scouting and others) or looking to inform hockey fans heading into the draft season.

Flames 2012 First Round Targets: Hampus Lindholm

    Way, way back in 2009, the Calgary Flames drafted a talented Swedish defender. That defender, Tim Erixon, decided against signing a pro contract with the Flames and prepared to re-enter the 2011 draft. In one of the more impressive feats of his general managerial tenure with Calgary, Jay Feaster swung a deal that…

Jay Feaster talks 2012 Entry Draft

    After the public unveiling of new Calgary Flames assistant coach Martin Gelinas on Thursday afternoon, Flames general manager Jay Feaster held court with local media and fielded questions on the upcoming 2012 NHL Entry Draft. For ease of reading, roving FlamesNation reporter Ryan Pike has distilled a great deal of information from Mr….

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Martin Gelinas returns to Calgary

    When new head coach Bob Hartley went to look for a new member of his coaching staff, he didn’t look very far. On Thursday afternoon, the Calgary Flames officially announced that former NHLer (and former Flame) Martin Gelinas was joining the club as an assistant coach.

Flames 2012 First Round Targets: Jacob Trouba

    Once upon a time, the Calgary Flames used to draft big, mean, Western Canadian defenders. Dion Phaneuf. Matt Pelech. Gord Baldwin. John Negrin. One by one, though, these men were sent away and the Flames adopted a different strategy, drafting mobile, puck-moving defenders like Tim Erixon and T.J. Brodie. (Erixon was also sent…

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Flames 2012 First Round Targets: SEBASTIAN COLLBERG

    If the Flames continue to go for talent and speed over size and brute strength in their drafting, Swedish forward Sebastian Collberg may be right up their alley. Whether or not he’s chosen when they hit the draft podium probably depends on which part of his season the scouts paid attention to.

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Insight into Flames drafting

    I had the opportunity to attend an event on Tuesday night held by the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto at the Palliser. The event was part of their Leadership Speakers Series and featured author Jason Farris, who’s also an executive with the Dallas Stars, and Calgary Flames general manager…