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As playoff hope dwindles down, Flames look to bright future

What do they do?

The Calgary Flames are in a tough spot as of late. Losing to the last place Blue Jackets just may be the sign. Is it time to start accepting the rebuild? The run last year sure was something, but was it a fluke? I mean they really showed true potential and all, but as of right now the Flames aren’t playing nearly good enough. Do they want to make the playoffs? To me they don’t look hungry enough. Not playing a full sixty minutes and that right there, takes them out of playoff contention. They have some great games, and then some bad ones. To me, their inconsistency is another major flaw in their game this year.

The LA Kings aren’t the same team they were last year, and the luck just isn’t on our side. The rebuild is happening regardless, although I think they may be moving guys like (Hudler) for future assets and/or picks more so now. The honest truth that fans need to see is that the Flames need to rebuild. Hopefully, if Treliving can, a quick retool. First thing; a Goalie. Build around a goalie. I mean your forward core group is looking quite promising honestly. Defensively we will be set as well, goalie is a question mark. It’s a hard position to fill and with Ramo and Hiller right now, it isn’t working.

They have great young assets in;

  • Johnny Gaudreau
  • Sean Monahan
  • Sam Bennett
  • T.J. Brodie
  • Dougie Hamilton

Expendable assets like;

  • Jiri Hudler
  • Jonas Hiller
  • Karri Ramo
  • David Jones
  • Deryk Engelland
  • Kris Russell
  • Dennis Wideman

 

Pacific Division

Ultimately the worst division in the NHL right now, with the Flames tied with Edmonton for dead last. The LA Kings lead with 65 points and the Flames have 47. The Flames have 31 games remaining in the Regular season after tonight. A possibility to get 62 points. Even if the Flames won 23 of their remaining games they would total 93 points. And with the Western Conference being such a tough spot to get into, I am not quite sure if that would do. The Flames need somewhat of a miracle to happen in order for the playoff action to be in Calgary again this year.

Pacific
GP
W
L
OT
P
GF
GA
L10
STRK
Kings
51
31
17
3
65
137
119
5-5-0
L1
Sharks
51
27
20
4
58
149
139
6-2-2
L1
Ducks
50
25
18
7
57
113
117
8-2-0
W6
Coyotes
52
24
22
6
54
139
162
2-6-2
L4
Canucks
51
20
19
12
52
123
141
4-3-3
L3
Flames
50
22
25
3
47
131
149
3-6-1
L1
Oilers
53
21
27
5
47
135
157
4-4-2
L1

‘The Depth Chart’

Via, Roto World:

C 1. Sean Monahan
2. Mikael Backlund
3. Matt Stajan
4. Markus Granlund
LW 1. Johnny Gaudreau
2. Sam Bennett
3. Joe Colborne
4. Lance Bouma
5. Brandon Bollig
RW 1. Jiri Hudler
2. Michael Frolik
3. David Jones
4. Micheal Ferland
5. Josh Jooris
D 1. Mark Giordano
2. T.J. Brodie
3. Dennis Wideman
4. Dougie Hamilton
5. Kris Russell
6. Ladislav Smid
7. Deryk Engelland
8. Jakub Nakladal
G 1. Karri Ramo
2. Jonas Hiller

Prospects

Via, Hockey’s Future:

 

GOALTENDERS

LEAGUE PROSP. TALENT PROB. OF SUCCESS
1. Nick Schneider CHL 7.5 D
2. Jon Gillies Pro 7.0 C
3. Joni Ortio Pro 7.0 C
4. Mason McDonald CHL 7.0 C

RIGHT WING

LEAGUE PROSP. TALENT PROB. OF SUCCESS
1. Emile Poirier Pro 7.0 B
2. Hunter Smith Pro 6.5 C
3. Austin Carroll Pro 5.5 D
4. Garnet Hathaway Pro 5.5 D
5. Tim Harrison NCAA 5.0 D

LEFT WING

LEAGUE PROSP. TALENT PROB. OF SUCCESS
1. Morgan Klimchuk Pro 7.0 C
2. Andrew Mangiapane CHL 7.0 D
3. Michael Ferland Pro 6.5 B
4. Kenny Agostino Pro 6.5 C
5. Bryce Van Brabant Pro 6.5 D
6. Turner Elson Pro 6.0 D

CENTERS

LEAGUE PROSP. TALENT PROB. OF SUCCESS
1. Sam Bennett Pro 8.0 C
2. Markus Granlund Pro 7.0 B
3. Bill Arnold Pro 7.0 C
4. Mark Jankowski NCAA 6.5 C
5. Matt DeBlouw NCAA 6.0 C
6. Pavel Karnaukhov CHL 6.0 D
7. Freddie Hamilton Pro 5.5 B

DEFENSEMEN

LEAGUE PROSP. TALENT PROB. OF SUCCESS
1. Oliver Kylington Pro 7.5 D
2. Kenney Morrison Pro 7.0 C
3. Rasmus Andersson CHL 7.0 D
4. Tyler Wotherspoon Pro 6.5 B
5. Brett Kulak Pro 6.5 C
6. Ryan Culkin Pro 6.5 C
7. Brandon Hickey NCAA 6.5 C
8. Patrick Sieloff Pro 6.0 C
9. Keegan Kanzig CHL 6.0 C
10. John Gilmour NCAA 6.0 C
11. Rushan Rafikov Europe 6.0 D
12. Adam Ollas Mattsson Europe 6.0 D
13. Riley Bruce CHL 6.0 D

Coleton MacDonald
The Founder of Weliveforhockey.com
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