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Who’s left in Flames camp?

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Ryan Pike
1 year ago
The Calgary Flames made more roster moves on Sunday, sending 10 bodies to the American Hockey League and leaving just 31 players in camp.
So who’s left? Who’s hurt? And who has a chance at a roster spot?

Goaltenders (3)

No.PlayerAge2020-21 Team(s)
25Jacob Markström31Calgary Flames (NHL)
80Daniel Vladar24Boston Bruins (NHL)
Providence Bruins (NHL)
HC Dynamo Pardubice (Extraliga)
35Adam Werner24Colorado Eagles (AHL)
HC Vita Hästen (Allsvenskan)
Cuts: Carter Serhyenko (9/25), Connor Ungar (9/25), Matt Greenfield (9/30), Dustin Wolf (10/3)
This one is pretty simple: Markström and Vladar look like locks to make the team. Werner is waiver exempt and will likely be demoted before the roster deadline on Oct. 11.

Defensemen (10)

No.PlayerAgeShot2019-20 Team(s)
4Rasmus Andersson24RCalgary Flames (NHL)
44Erik Gudbranson29ROttawa/Nashville (NHL)
55Noah Hanifin24LCalgary Flames (NHL)
95Johannes Kinnvall24RHV71 (SHL)
58Oliver Kylington24LCalgary Flames (NHL)
3Connor Mackey25LCalgary Flames (NHL)
Stockton Heat (AHL)
United States (WHC)
26Michael Stone31RCalgary Flames (NHL)
8Chris Tanev31RCalgary Flames (NHL)
6Juuso Välimäki22LCalgary Flames (NHL)
Ilves (Liiga)
16Nikita Zadorov26RChicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Russia (WHC)
Cuts: Cole Jordan (9/25), Greg Moro (9/25), Koletrane Wilson (9/25), Cameron Whynot (9/25), Yan Kuznetsov (9/30), Ilya Solovyov (9/30), Jérémie Poirier (9/30), Colton Poolman (9/30), Kevin Gravel (10/3), Nick DeSimone (10/3), Andy Welinski (10/3)
Kinnvall is on the camp roster (and nursing a significant injury) so really the Flames are carrying nine active defenders. Of these bodies, Mackey is waiver exempt and probably the easiest guy to cut. After that, the Flames have a decision to make, as Kylington has been really good in camp and Gudbranson has been… not. Stone’s pretty easy to tuck away in the minors, though.

Forwards (18)

No.PlayerAgeShot2020-21 Team(s)
11Mikael Backlund32LCalgary Flames (NHL)
20Blake Coleman29LTampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
29Dillon Dubé22LCalgary Flames (NHL)
61Walker Duehr23RMinnesota State (Mankato) (NCAA)
Stockton Heat (AHL)
38Byron Froese30RCalgary Flames (NHL)
Stockton Heat (AHL)
13Johnny Gaudreau28LCalgary Flames (NHL)
42Glenn Gawdin24RCalgary Flames (NHL)
Stockton Heat (AHL)
52Justin Kirkland25LStockton Heat (AHL)
22Trevor Lewis34RWinnipeg Jets (NHL)
28Elias Lindholm26RCalgary Flames (NHL)
17Milan Lucic33LCalgary Flames (NHL)
88Andrew Mangiapane25LCalgary Flames (NHL)
Canada (WHC)
23Sean Monahan26LCalgary Flames (NHL)
18Tyler Pitlick29RArizona Coyotes (NHL)
15Brad Richardson36LNashville Predators (NHL)
24Brett Ritchie28RCalgary Flames (NHL)
19Matthew Tkachuk23LCalgary Flames (NHL)
47Connor Zary19LKamloops Blazers (WHL)
Stockton Heat (AHL)
Canada (WJC)
Cuts: Lucas Ciona (9/25), Cole Huckins (9/25), Rory Kerins (9/25), Benjamin King (9/25), Ilya Nikolaev (9/25), Reid Perepeluk (9/25), Alex Gallant (9/30), Mark Simpson (9/30), Eetu Tuulola (9/30), Dmitry Zavgorodniy (9/30), Luke Philp (9/30), Jakob Pelletier (10/3), Emilio Pettersen (10/3), Martin Pospisil (10/3), Ryan Francis (10/3), Adam Ruzicka (10/3), Matthew Phillips (10/3)
Zary and Pitlick are injured so the Flames have 16 active forwards in camp, so they need to cut three or four to get to the roster limit. It seems unlikely that Duehr or Kirkland make the team, so that leaves the Flames with a decision or two to make depending on if Pitlick will be ready for opening night. Gawdin has been very good in a depth role, and he’s probably inching ahead of Froese for a potential spot as fourth line centre.

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