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Who should the Flames use at centre in 2020-21?

If you’ve been paying attention to the many, many moves made by Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving over the past few months, you’ve probably noticed that the Flames have more forwards with National Hockey League experience than they did awhile ago. And that depth has given the Flames some lineup options they didn’t have…

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects: rankings roundtable

Our 2020 prospect rankings are complete and we’ve unveiled our individual lists. We received some questions in the comments about how we all came up with our lists, so we figured what better way to spend a Friday than with a philosophical discussion about player evaluation?

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects: a retrospective

Our annual prospect rankings are complete for 2020. It’s the sixth consecutive year we’ve done a Top 20 list of Calgary Flames prospects and given that this tenure overlaps significantly with Brad Treliving’s time as general manager, it seems prudent to take a trip down memory lane.

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FlamesNation prospect update: hooray for Europe

The Calgary Flames have more prospects playing right now than at any other point in the season. The most exciting young players they have are concentrated in Europe, especially with some COVID-19 stoppages impacting some of their North American prospects. Let’s check in on the prospects!

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FlamesNation mailbag: waiting for restart news

We’re into the dog days of November and maybe, just maybe, we’re going to get some clarity about what’s happening with the 2020-21 National Hockey League season soon. Will it start on January 1? January 15? Later than that? Hopefully we find out soon. In the meantime? Mailbag time!

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2020: #1 Juuso Valimaki

Dating back to 2013, the Calgary Flames have turned three first round picks into NHL regulars – Sean Monahan, Sam Bennett and Matthew Tkachuk. Despite some recent injury speed bumps, Juuso Valimaki is poised to become the fourth as he’s currently dominating Finnish pro hockey. Valimaki repeats as the top prospect of the Calgary Flames…

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2020: #2 Connor Zary

The Calgary Flames have spent the last year working furiously to make up their deficit in the provincial “Connor Wars.” The Battle of Alberta seems to take on a new dimension every year. In 2019, the two teams spent the whole summer exchanging players, with Milan Lucic, Cam Talbot, and Tobias Rieder all joining the…

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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2020: #3 Jakob Pelletier

And so we trundle a podium onto the stage to present the three medalists of our rankings. Bowing his head to accept the bronze is the smarts-abounding, puck-impounding, rebound-hounding, goalie-confounding, QMJHL-astounding left-winger and newly-minted captain of the Val d’Or Foreurs, Jakob Pelletier.

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The Flames should investigate moving Sam Bennett to centre

Flames head coach Geoff Ward raised some eyebrows this week when answering a question about forward Sam Bennett. Asked on Sportsnet 960 radio where he sees Bennett playing next season, Ward replied simply: “centre…nothing more to add.” After his performance down the middle during the post-season, you can understand why Ward is intrigued. But moving…

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