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The Depth Chart; Center

1. Sean Monahan  

Sean Monahan was playing through a leg injury during the playoffs. Monahan had a great sophomore season with 31 goals and 62 points in 81 contests. He went on to score another three goals and six points in 11 playoff contests. Still just 20 years old, Monahan should be a big part of the Flames’ offense for years to come. He might not take another big step forward in 2015-16, but we don’t expect him to regress either. He is definitely the number one center, without a doubt, unless Sam Bennett makes a spectacular jump.
GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
81 31 31 62 8 12 10 9 1 1 8 191 .162
Career Stats
Year Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
2013 CAL 75 22 12 34 -20 8 3 4 0 0 2 140 .157

2. Mikael Backlund

 

Mikael Backlund will be a restricted free agent this summer. He expressed his hope to stay with the Flames, but there’s a chance he could be traded. “I love Calgary. This city feels like home to me now,” Backlund said. “I’d love to be part of the future here. We’ll see what happens this summer, if they want to keep me around, but I like it here and I’m sure we’ll figure it out. Hopefully, the right numbers and the right deal.” He had 10 goals and 17 assists in 52 games during the regular season and two points in 11 playoff contests. He is definitely not a bad center, he is growing and getting progressively better. Again though, if Sam Bennett makes a miraculous jump, he could move down in the depth chart.
Season Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
52 10 17 27 4 14 0 1 2 0 2 103 .097
Career Stats
Year Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
2008 CAL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
2009 CAL 23 1 9 10 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 47 .021
2010 CAL 73 10 15 25 4 18 2 2 0 1 1 144 .069
2011 CAL 41 4 7 11 -13 16 2 1 0 0 2 85 .047
2012 CAL 32 8 8 16 -6 29 2 2 0 0 1 88 .091
2013 CAL 76 18 21 39 4 32 5 6 4 0 3 178 .101

3. Matt Stajan  

Matt Stajan had a goal and three points as the Calgary Flames advanced to the second round. Stajan had the game winner and ended the six game series with four points, not too shabby for a bottom two center. “Things happen so quickly out there, and even when I go home, I’ll blink my eyes and still pinch myself not believing what just happened,” Stajan said. “It’s one I’ll enjoy, especially for the next couple days.” Stajan was definitely a good leader presence out there and scored a few clutch goals to help his team be successful.
Season Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
59 7 10 17 7 28 0 0 0 1 0 46 .152
Career Stats
Year Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
2002 TOR 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1.000
2003 TOR 69 14 13 27 7 22 0 0 0 1 0 63 .222
2005 TOR 80 15 12 27 5 50 3 1 4 4 5 83 .181
2006 TOR 82 10 29 39 3 44 1 6 1 0 1 132 .076
2007 TOR 82 16 17 33 -11 47 2 6 1 0 3 127 .126
2008 TOR 76 15 40 55 -4 54 5 6 1 2 1 114 .132
2009 CAL 82 19 38 57 -6 32 7 8 0 2 4 132 .144
2010 CAL 76 6 25 31 1 32 0 1 1 1 0 81 .074
2011 CAL 61 8 10 18 -3 29 0 2 0 0 1 77 .104
2012 CAL 43 5 18 23 7 26 0 0 0 0 1 44 .114
2013 CAL 63 14 19 33 -13 42 0 1 1 2 2 70 .200

4. Markus Granlund

  
Markus Granlund looks like a bottom six majorly center. He looks like he may have potential to grow into more but this season we really did not get a full sense of what he is all about. He was scratched in the playoffs multiple times. Next season should be interesting for Markus Granlund, seeing his brother on Minnesota being so successful should drive Markus to become better and better to become like his brother and get more playing time.

Season Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
48 8 10 18 -4 16 1 1 0 0 1 65 .123
Career Stats
Year Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
2013 CAL 7 2 1 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 9 .222

5. Drew Shore  

Drew Shore, who was picked up in a trade for Corban Knight to the Florida Panthers did not look all that great this year. He was scratched multiple times in the playoffs and only played 11 regular season games. Definitely not a highlight year for him. He might have potential to become better and have a bigger impact on the Flames but he must choose his own destiny.

Season Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
11 1 2 3 -5 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 .077
Career Stats
Year Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
2012 FLA 43 3 10 13 -10 14 1 2 1 0 1 96 .031
2013 FLA 24 5 2 7 -1 8 1 0 1 0 1 23 .217

6. Sam Bennett  

Sam Bennett, who had shoulder surgery earlier in the year, reported that he felt great during the playoffs.
“The shoulder felt 100 percent,” said the 18-year-old. “I’ve never had my shoulders feel so good in my life. Felt good.” Bennett had three goals and four points in 11 games during the playoffs after he posted an assist in one regular season appearance. He should be with the Flames on a full-time basis in 2015-16. Makes sense because he played great. He was a force to be reckoned with in the playoffs.
Season Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
1 0 1 1 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000

7. Paul Byron  

Paul Byron underwent surgery due to a sports hernia. Byron also needs to have his wrist scoped at some point this summer and suffered broken toe towards the end of the season. He wasn’t able to participate in the playoffs and was limited to 57 regular season contests. He had six goals and 19 points when he was healthy.
Season Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
57 6 13 19 -2 8 1 0 0 2 0 62 .097
Career Stats
Year Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
2010 BUF 8 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 5 .200
2011 CAL 22 3 2 5 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 13 .231
2012 CAL 4 0 1 1 -2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000
2013 CAL 47 7 14 21 6 27 2 1 1 3 1 46 .152

Coleton MacDonald
The Founder of Weliveforhockey.com
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