Photo: Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Eric Roy was one of five CHL players draft by the Flames in 2013. Roy got off to a hot start in 2013-14 with seven points in his first four games (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The junior prospects for the Calgary Flames have all been off to a positive and productive start to the 2013-14 season.
Photo: Recently recalled to the AHL, Laurent Brossoit will open his rookie pro career in a timeshare with Reto Berra in Abbotsford (courtesy of John Rivera/Icon SMI)
A year can surely make a difference for an NHL organization, and for the Calgary Flames, 2013 could prove to be their lucky year as the team changes directions. Calgary was fortunate enough to acquire eight valuable prospects in the 2013 NHL Draft to build a new foundation.
Photo: Yale winger Ken Agostino hoists the trophy after helping the Bulldogs to the first National Championship in school history (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
The Calgary Flames prospects at the NHL level were unable to gain any post-season playing experience and the Abbotsford Heat failed to qualify for the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs. At the lower levels this spring, only the CHL prospects were experiencing playoff hockey as the European and NCAA prospects had already finished up their seasons.
Photo: Dallas Stars' prospect Matej Stransky and his Saskatoon Blades teammates did not fare well in the WHL playoffs, but they will nevertheless get another shot at winning the Memorial Cup as the host team for that event (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Many of the WHL’s top players achieve success due in part to their versatility, as most forwards will take a spin from time to time at the center position. The following ranking includes wingers that are currently property of a National Hockey League team.
Photo: Defenseman Patrick Sieloff has delivered highlight reel hits and provided a crease-clearing presence in his first junior season with the OHL's Windsor Spitfires. (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Calgary Flames have eight prospects at the junior level this year: one in the OHL, one in the QMJHL, and six in the WHL. The three forwards are an offensively skilled mix of size, speed, scoring, and playmaking abilities that all bring very different attributes to the table. The four defensemen are a blend of size, grit, and physicality along with good offensive skills led by second round picks Tyler Wotherspoon and Patrick Sieloff. The goalie is a raw talent that has been his team's starter for two years and has given the Flames organization more depth at the goaltending position.