Archived June 26, 1999
The Calgary Flames have the best group of prospects of any orginization in the HNL according to Hockeysfuture’s latest Orginizational Rankings. However Calgary’s time on top of the ratings could be short lived.
Calgary has failed to come to terms with two highly rated prospects from the 1997 Entry Draft. 6th rated goaltender (see the new updated top 25 players in the left hand column.) Evan Lindsey failed to come to terms with Calgary and will re-enter the 1999 draft along with OHL stand-out forward Ryan Ready. Ready, who helped guide the Bellville Bulls to the Memorial Cup, joined Lindsay in asking Calgary for what GM Al Coates termed ‘first round money’. With the signings of centre Daniel Tkazcuk and defenceman Chris St. Croix, Coates said that there was not enough money available in the Flames budget to sign Lindsay and Ready, an OHL All-Star, for the amounts they were asking. Both of these players now re-enter the draft.
Of the 1997 draftees, the Flames have only signed Tkazcuk, St. Croix, John Tripp and Erik Andersson. Andersson has since been traded to Chicago, and Tripp spent much of 1998/99 in the ECHL.
The signing of Daniel Tkazcuk came down to the wire. The Flames and Tkazcuk had agreed on the basic terms of Tkazcuks’ first professional contract, but disagreed over the bonus structure. The Flames finally conceded to Tkazcuks wishes and the contract was signed just five minutes before the deadline.
The Flames climbed to the top of the HF Orginizational rankings by trading for Wade Belak and Robyn Regehr, as well as veteran Rene Corbet and a conditional draft pick in the year 2000 in return for Theo Fleury. Also included in the deal is the compensatory draft pick that the Avs will recieve if they fail to sign Theo this off-season. If the Avs do sign Fleury, the pick will automatically become a first round pick.
Belak is a big, tough, defensive defenceman who has played several games with the Colorado Avalanche over the past three seasons but had yet to crack the line-up on a full time basis.
Regehr is another tough, aggressive defenceman who plays with the Kamloops Blazers in the WHL. Regher is a level headed, intelligent player who is projected as a top four defenceman in the NHL.
Calgary was well represented during this years World Junior hockey Championship held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Gold Medal winning Dmitri Kokorev wore the #4 jersey for the Russian team. Silver medalists Canada had three Flames draft picks on its roster. Canadian assistant captain Daniel Tkazcuk led all Canadian scorers, while forwards Rico Fata and Blair Betts also represented Canada. A knee injury during Canada’s first game against Slovakia limited Betts ice time during the tournament. Defenceman Chris St. Croix represented the United States.
Recent Prospect Moves:
Greg Pankewicz : Traded to Anaheim for defenceman Fredrick Odyua.
Chris O’Sullivan: Traded to New York for defenceman Lee Sorochan.