The Calgary Flames are just now beginning to reap the rewards of patience with the prospect group. After three consecutive quality drafts, there are a number of quality prospects already signed with the team that are either on the verge of playing in the NHL or already there. Among them, Sam Bennett is at the top of the heap, and for good reason.
With nine draft picks heading into the 2015 NHL Draft, Calgary Flames‘ GM Brad Treliving utilized a package of three picks to acquire one of the most promising up-and-coming defencemen in the game, Dougie Hamilton. GM Treliving sent the 15th pick overall and two second round picks (45 and 52) to the Boston Bruins in return for the 22-year-old blueliner. Last year, in his third NHL season, Hamilton posted career-highs in scoring with 10 goals and 32 assists. Calgary recently signed Hamilton to a six year contract, solidifying their defensive core for the long-term with a new key component. Read more»
Here’s a look at our top 10 prospects for the 2015 NHL Draft from the Western Hockey League, with the consensus top four rather apparent.
Our list contains six forwards and four defensemen. A total of six players toiled in the Western Conference. Only the Brandon Wheat Kings managed two players in our ranking. There is a definite Canadian presence in our ranking, with seven canucks on the list. Two Americans and one Russian round out the ranking. All 10 were invited to the NHL Combine. Read more»
Last season was a special year for the teams that call the WHL‘s Eastern Conference home.
First, Eastern Conference fans in Prince Albert, SK and Red Deer, AB got to see their teams square off in a thrilling, winner take all match to determine who would play the Edmonton Oil Kings in the first round of the playoffs. Read more»