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.
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