Photo: After spending most of his 2011-12 season with the Flames, center Roman Horak has opened his 2012-13 season with a goal-per-game pace for Abbotsford in the AHL. (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon SMI)
After years of poor draft selections, trading away draft picks to try to win now, and bad development of their prospects, the Calgary Flames have slowly improved their organizational depth and talent pool over the last few years. The Flames still have a lot of work to do in order for their farm system to be where a smaller market team, in today's NHL cap world, needs to be for success as a franchise.
Photo: Laurent Brossoit, vying for a chance to represent Canada at this winter's World Junior Championships, will look to duplicate his success from the Oil Kings' WHL title run last season. (courtesy of Terry Wilson / CHL Images)
The Calgary Flames
have improved their organization’s long term depth and talent pool during the off-season through the draft and some free agent signings at the AHL
level. The team has four prospects starting their professional careers in Abbotsford for the 2012-13 season. The Heat will be a good mix of young and veteran talent and a team with a lot of players trying to make their mark while hoping to return to the AHL playoffs again this season.
Photo: Griffin Reinhart has asserted himself over the course of the 2011-12 season as one of the top blueliners available in a defense heavy draft. (Zuma Press/Icon SMI)
Here's a look at Hockey's Future's top 10 prospects from the Western Hockey League, a group that includes a large batch of elite defensemen.