The Calgary flames had another disappointing season, ending with a 19-25-4 record. They had one of the worst defenses and weren’t very good offensively either. With Iginla and Bouwmeester gone, the idea is to rebuild. I don’t see a playoff run this season.
They made a couple good trades this summer, trading the 33 year old Alex Tanguay and the 34 year old Cory Sarich to Colorado, acquiring two younger players in David Jones and Shane O’Brien. Another good acquisition was 25 year old TJ Galiardy, who potentially could score up to 45 points in a full 82 game season. These are good starts to rebuilding the team.
There is potentially a bright future for this team. They had three first round draft picks in the deepest draft since 2003, which was full of star players. They drafted Center Sean Monahan 6th overall; he produced 78 points in 58 games last year in the OHL. LW Emile Poirier, who scored 70 points in 65 games in the QMJHL last season, was drafted 22nd overall. The 28th pick the Flames had went to LW Morgan Klimchuk, who netted 36 goals and assisted 40 times for 76 points in 72 games in the WHL. That will be some tremendous firepower in years to come. Another impressive draft pick was Keegan Kanzig, a 6’7″, 241 lbs defensive defenseman drafted 67th overall. This is an 18 year old, and he’s already almost as big as the powerful Zdeno Chara, possibly still growing.
The Flames will not be a playoff team this season, but they will in the future.