Photo: Center Max Reinhart will return for his second pro season with Abbotsford, a team that will receive a new injection of talented prospects at every position (courtesy of Ian Harding/Icon SMI)
As the 2013-14 season kicks off, the Calgary Flames find themselves with a restocked arsenal of quality prospects in the system. The Flames have promising talent developing in various leagues which is resulting in players moving up the ranks of the organization.
Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Valeri Nichushkin was the first Russian player chosen at the 2013 NHL Draft, going 10th overall to the Stars (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
The number of players drafted out of the KHL at the 2013 NHL Draft wasn’t large, but confirmations and surprises were there as always in each NHL Draft. The scarce number of players coming out of the top Russian league is due not only to the infamous “Russian Factor”, but also to the fact that many junior players are now playing in the CHL, something that wasn’t happening as often until recent years.
Photo: Calgary selected Ottawa 67’s center Sean Monahan at sixth overall, the highest pick the Flames have had since the late 1990’s (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Calgary Flames entered the 2013 NHL Draft with a committed plan to rebuild and selected key players to help construct the new foundation. Prior to the draft, General Manager Jay Feaster traded away Alex Tanguay and Cory Sarich to the Colorado Avalanche for David Jones and Shane O’Brien. The trade continues the trend of adding youth, fresh energy, and a new look to the organization.