Photo: Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has been the definition of a draft steal while prompting other teams to take a chance on skill over size (courtesy of Jose Quiroz/Icon Sportswire)
In 2011, Jay Feaster was overseeing what would be his first draft as the newly anointed General Manager of the Calgary Flames. Taking over for Darryl Sutter in December of 2010, and having been officially named GM later on in May, the former Tampa Bay Lightning man had a lot of work to do. Read more»
Photo: Calgary Flames top prospect Sam Bennett doesn’t turn 20 until June but has used this season to become a full-time contributor to the offense (courtesy of Jose Quiroz/Icon Sportswire)
The Calgary Flames prospect pipeline is an interesting combination when you look at it top to bottom.There is some exceptional high-end talent coupled with some depth players and role players, who seem like grinders at best. In other words, there may be a lack of middle ground from the high to the low. Nevertheless, the team has on hand some really strong blue-line depth and some reasonable center depth with several individual players having strong years. This is a system bristling with high end talent, but there is some considerable risk as well. There are some big moves and a few surprises in this mid-season rank to boot, so strap in.
Photo: Yale University product Ken Agostino has been one of the top pro prospects for the Calgary Flames over the last two seasons, and is a leader for the Stockton Heat in its first season in California (courtesy of Jack Lima)
The struggles of the Calgary Flames in the 2015-16 season have been high-profile. They have failed to build upon a Cinderella run last year that saw the team beat the analytics and crash out after getting to the Division Finals. With struggles coming from the big club, you would like to at least see some good coming from their AHL affiliate in their inaugural season in Stockton, California. Unfortunately, it that has not been the case.
Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Sam Bennett, along with Sean Monahan, provide the club with a formidable source of strength at center ice (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
Calgary Flames General Manager Brad Treliving has acquired an embarrassment of riches in the course of his tenure, and recently started to see results from past drafts and acquisitions. After a surprising 2014-15 season, the Flames should shed the label of underdogs, as former prospects like Josh Jooris and Sean Monahan graduated along the way to leading the scrappy Flames into the playoffs.
Photo: Tri-City Americans defenseman and 2015 prospect Parker Wotherspoon appeared in 72 games for the Americans this season, scoring nine goals and 42 points along with 93 penalty minutes (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)
Team Canada has moved on to the semifinals at the 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship after defeating Sweden by a 5-3 score in Thursday’s quarter-final match. The win leaves the Canadians with an unblemished record, with the team having gone 5-0 so far at this tournament. Read more»