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S16 - Flames look to the future [WB2]


The Calgary Flames are severely lacking in the prospect pool these days boasting only 4 prospects in total. Three defence men and one right winger are the entirety of the Flames prospect pool. At one point in the off season, the Flames did have 6 prospects, but they traded away defense man Alex Gologoski and RW Steve Bernier as part of the deal to bring in Brad Richards and Jere Lehtinen.

Eric Fehr is the only forward prospect in the group, and is currently rated a 3.0 by central scouting, and was drafted in the second round 38th overall in year 14. Fehr had 17 goals and 36 points last season in junior, and the Flames management really hopes he can improve his game. The Flames were excited to see his defensive play improve, as he posted a +25 rating to go along with the 36 points. While things could change, most in the Flames organization are now projecting Fehr to be a career minor league player. He will be given every opportunity, and there is still an outside possibility of him growing into a bottom six forward role at some point in the future.

The Flames used a year 14 late round flyer on defenceman Ivan Baranka. He was selected 102nd overall, and anything Ivan can contribute to the Flames organization will be a bonus. Baranka has turned a few heads with two goals and 23 points in Junior last season. Hopefully he can develop a bit more this season, and he will be able to hang on with the Eagles. Baranka is currently rated a 3 by central scouting.

The Flames did not have a lot of picks in year 15, and after trading away 1 of the year 15 prospects, only one remains. The Flames have high hopes for this prospect, selected fourteenth overall in year 15, this offensive minded defenceman looks to still need some development in the Junior league and possible the minors after that. Mike Green managed four goals and nineteen points last season in junior, but the flames hope he can grow and become the defenceman they saw when they drafted him. Green projects to be a second pairing defenceman, but may need some seasoning in the minors to reach that level of play. Should also become a factor on the power play for the Flames in the future. Hopefully Mike Green can improve upon his central scouting grade and develop into a solid professional player. His current rating is a 3.

The last Flames prospect we have to talk about is the team’s latest first round pick. The Flames only had one pick in year 16, and it ended up sitting in the twentieth overall slot. The Flames were really hoping for a forward to fall to them at 20, but it was not to be. The best player available at pick twenty was defenceman Keith Yandle. Hopefully with a few more years of junior under his belt, Yands can develop into the Soooonnkkk! Machine we all know and love. He is currently ranked as a 3 by central scouting, making a clean sweep for the Flames prospects.


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