Calgary Flames: August 30 in 30

Joel Henderson


Contracts to sign. Coaches to coach. The Flames have been busy this off-season and they certainly aren't finished. Brad Treliving and company are hard battlers at the contract table but lets take a look at what they have accomplished thus far. 

Calgary Flames 

Draft goals: Target raw offensive talent. Replenish Center prospects. 

Off Season goals: Assess G depth, make tough RFA/UFA decisions, improve Pro RW 


Goaltending Depth 

Calgary signed Chad Johnson and traded for Brian Elliott but both are only under contract for one more season. This has stabilized the position for now, but come trade deadline they will be once again talking about the goaltending situation. The assumption is that Brian Elliott will sign some sort of extension but that's assuming he can handle the workload and the new system.  

Mason McDonald will be turning pro, and with signing raw older prospect David Rittich this means that McDonald might play most of the year in the ECHL. This could be best for him. Jon Gillies will be healthy and ready to prove he's a beast.  


Tough RFA/ UFA decisions 

A number of years ago, Feaster made it his goal to create a team which pushed development by strong AHL depth. The philosophy of acquiring Hamilton, Shore, Knight, Grant etc was designed to create strong battles within and strengthen long term. What's left? Not much. Stockton will be a young team made up mostly of strong draft years with a few sprinkles of trades/FA signings.  


Improved RW 

They traded for Alex Chiasson. They signed Daniel Pribyl and Troy Brouwer. What didn't they do? They didn't acquire a top-line RW. Jiri Hudler meshed well with Monahan and Gaudreau due to creativity and vision and it seems they are hoping to find potential chemistry with someone a bit more bulky. Fantasy owners should pay attention to this position. Whoever gets those 5-on-5 and PP minutes will get a bump in stats instantly.  


Top 10 Rankings: 

  1. Matthew Tkachuk – NHL player? Soon. Potential? Top-6 strong complimentary player 

  2. Jon Gillies – NHL player? 2 Years. Potential? NHL Starter 

  3. Mark Jankowski – NHL player? Soon. Potential? Long-term career as bottom-6 Forward.  

  4. Hunter Shinkaruk – NHL player? Soon. Potential? Boom or bust. Needs to create immediately or he will be sent down.   

  5. Oliver Kylington – NHL player? 2-3 Years. Potential? His offensive transition tools are NHL caliber. Should add strength and defensive positioning/IQ.