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Calgary Flames; Can the first line continue to dominate?

Led by the veteran Jiri Hudler, the Calgary Flames first line was one of the main reasons they had this spectacular seasons and defied the odds. Jiri Hudler finished with 76 points (31g,45a), Johnny Gaudreau finished with 64 points (24g,40a), and Sean Monahan ended up with 62 points (31g,31a). They were Calgary’s offensive firepower this season and I expect it to be next season as well, unless they add some more offense. This line was magic, in the third period if we were down by a goal you would look and look and look. Where’s the Gaudreau line? Oh wait, there they are, GOAL. The Flames success in the draft in the past couple of seasons is what has made them successful this year. Their scouts have done a solid job in finding talent that will translate into the NHL. So, Can the first line continue to dominate? I believe they can, as long as they keep up what they did this year and add more. They need to surprise teams, with what they can do. I would not be surprised to see all three of these guys in a battle for the scoring race for a few years to come. Thanks to Bob Hartley who put these 3 together. Thank. You. Hartley.

Johnny Gaudreau drafted 4th round, 104th overall, is probably the best 4th round pick the Flames have ever selected.

JIRI HUDLER

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He had a career year with 76 points in 78 contests. Hudler found chemistry early in the season with rookie Johnny Gaudreau and sophomore Sean Monahan. They were known as Calgary’s “big line”, who you would continue to look for, when they were down a goal in the third period. Game in, game out, these guys were clutch when they needed to be. In the Regular season and the playoffs, they were the bread and butter for the Calgary Flames. He enjoyed a career season, along with Gaudreau and Monahan. Hudler showed great leadership and skill this season, and his career has been revitalized. Who knows what next year brings, 80 points, 90 points? The potential with this line is endless.

Jiri Hudler – Playing Time Overview

Depth Chart Status

#1 Right Wing
  1. Jiri Hudler  DTD
  2. Joe Colborne  OUT
  3. David Jones
  4. Josh Jooris
  5. Mason Raymond
  6. Drew Shore
  7. David Wolf
Calgary Flames

Time On Ice Stats

18:01

Average Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Jiri Hudler was on the ice for 18:01.

3:23

Average Powerplay Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Jiri Hudler was on the ice for 3:23 during power plays.

Year Ice Time Power Play Ice Time
2012-13 17:10 2:37
2013-14 18:51 3:07
2014-15 18:01 3:23
Season Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
78 31 45 76 17 14 6 10 0 0 5 158 .196
CAREERStats
Year Team GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
2003 DET 12 1 2 3 -1 10 1 0 0 0 0 8 .125
2005 DET 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 .000
2006 DET 76 15 10 25 16 36 3 2 0 0 4 107 .140
2007 DET 81 13 29 42 11 26 3 12 0 0 2 131 .099
2008 DET 82 23 34 57 7 16 6 22 0 0 2 155 .148
2010 DET 73 10 27 37 -7 28 3 9 0 0 2 105 .095
2011 DET 81 25 25 50 10 42 2 8 0 0 2 127 .197
2012 CAL 42 10 17 27 -13 22 5 3 0 0 0 56 .179
2013 CAL 75 17 37 54 4 16 2 11 0 0 1 109 .156
SCOUTING REPORT
Assets: Has tremendous offensive instincts and creativity. Is a sharpshooter with pinpoint precision and accuracy. Can play either wing position.
Flaws: Must overcome his lack of size, strength and defensive polish each and every night. Could stand to play a more consistent game.
Career Potential: Skilled, yet undersized scoring winger.

Contract:

Cap Hit: $4 Million.
2014-15: $4 Million
2015-16: $4 million.
2016-17: UFA

JOHNNY GAUDREAU

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Johnny Hockey. He is a solid player and was probably the best draft pick the Flames have drafted in awhile for where he was drafted. The 4th round, at pick 104. He is proven to be a dynamic talent for the Calgary Flames and for his first year in the NHL being nominated for the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year. Gaudreau has great puck moving skills in the offensive zone and tends to find teammates in the perfect spot. He clicked with Monahan and Hudler and their tandem was Calgary’s danger this season, along with their offensive defense. Johnny Hockey has nothing but upside, so i wouldn’t be surprised to see more than 64 points next season. In the next few seasons this line should be solid, and for now it is most of the teams offensive firepower.

Johnny Gaudreau –Playing Time Overview

Depth Chart Status

#1 Left Wing
  1. Johnny Gaudreau
  2. Lance Bouma
  3. Micheal Ferland  DTD
  4. Brandon Bollig
  5. Kenny Agostino
  6. Turner Elson
  7. Emile Poirier
Calgary Flames

Time On Ice Stats

17:43

Average Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Johnny Gaudreau was on the ice for 17:43.

3:14

Average PowerPlay Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Johnny Gaudreau was on the ice for 3:14 during power plays.

Year Ice Time PowerPLAY Ice Time
2013-14 15:11 1:31
2014-15 17:43 3:14
Season Stats
GP G A PTS +/- PIM PPG PPA SHG SHA GW SOG Pct
80 24 40 64 11 14 8 13 0 0 4 167 .144
SCOUTING REPORT
Assets: Owns tremendous instincts in the offensive zone and can generate a ton of offense at lower levels. Skates very well and is extremely creative with the puck.
Flaws: Must overcome significant height and weight disadvantages in order to maximize his scoring prowess at the highest level. Could also stand to be more selfish.
Career Potential: Talented, albeit diminutive scoring winger with good upside.

Contract:

Cap Hit: $925,000.
2014-15: $925,000,Bonus: $925,000.
2015-16: $925,000, Bonus: $925,000.
2016-17: RFA

SEAN MONAHAN

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Sean Monahan had a great sophomore year. His faceoffs improved, his leadership abilities are growing, he is a mature and very talented player. This season he proved that he is the number 1 center. 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.

Sean Monahan – Playing Time Overview

Depth Chart Status

#1 Center
  1. Sean Monahan
  2. Mikael Backlund
  3. Matt Stajan
  4. Sam Bennett
  5. Markus Granlund
  6. Bill Arnold
  7. Max Reinhart
Calgary Flames

Time On Ice Stats

19:37

Average Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Sean Monahan was on the ice for 19:37.

3:14

Average Powerplay Time On Ice in 2014-15

During an average game, Sean Monahan was on the ice for 3:14 during power plays.

Year Ice Time PowerPLAY Ice Time
2013-14 15:59 2:06
2014-15 19:37 3:14
Season Stats
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

Contract:

Cap Hit: $925,000.
2014-15: $925,000, Bonus: $850,000.
2015-16: $925,000, Bonus: $850,000.
2016-17: RFA

SCOUTING REPORT
Assets: Owns a very projectable 6-2 frame, a wealth of all-around ability, hockey sense and two-way appeal. Is the type of center who makes his linemates better players.
Flaws: Is not a very physical player, despite his size, but he must learn to use it more effectively (and more often). To that end, he also needs to gain even more strength.
Career Potential: Talented all-round center with good upside.

Coleton MacDonald
The Founder of Weliveforhockey.com
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