August 31-in-31: Calgary Flames

Joel Henderson

2019-08-05

 

Hello!

Whether you’re a big Flames fan or a dedicated Fantasy owner, there is a lot to know about the depth of Flames prospects. Since Calgary has not had many draft selections in the first three rounds the last while, it means there might be more opportunity for a later drafted prospect to snag an NHL job one day. Here you can find a depth prospect chart, risers and fallers, and more.

 

If you want a preview for this August 31-in-31, you can check out the July write up on the Flames, signings, and development camp news HERE. Otherwise…. LETS GOOOOOOO

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Players Graduating Levels

 

To Stockton (AHL) we go!

The Flames were fairly busy this offseason and Stockton could see quite an influx of youth talent into the fold after they chose to let some vets walk. Since the Heat won’t have the services of Spencer Foo (KHL), Curtis Lazar, Kerby Rychel, and Tyler Graovac in the top-six, it means that Buddy Robinson, the returning Alan Quine, alongside second-year efforts from Matthew Phillips and Glenn Gawdin will be guiding the ship. 

Earlier in the spring, Calgary signed Luke Philp from a Canadian University. He’s had 45 points in 24 games; dominating the league. This would seem quite strange except Flames already have Derek Ryan on their roster who worked his way up from the CWUAA before. Luke should be a jack of all trades and find offense on multiple different lines. He could be a staple on the third line, or be first line and first PP. It’s tough to know at this point. 

 

Stockton is getting two big-bodied forwards in Adam Ruzicka from the OHL and Martin Pospisil from the USHL. They each showed quality development and use their body to drive the net and maintain possession. With the Heat having quite a few undersized forwards, it might boost them up the lineup earlier than they deserve. You can expect them to have their struggles as they learn how to be a good pro. 

 

They are also finally getting the services of Eetu Tuulola from Finland. Don’t be surprised if Eetu becomes the glue that drives many of the lines as he fills a much needed RW slot. If you are in deeper fantasy leagues, Tuulola’s adjustment to the AHL could be important to see if he’s a true sleeper prospect especially in ROTO formats. 

 

Stockton also is getting the services of defenseman Alexander Yelesin and goaltender Artyom Zagidulin. Both of these players have to surpass depth in order to really have fantasy value. Watch Stockton’s crease. The Flames future in net is still up in the air and if Zagidulin