Calgary Flames Top 20 Prospects


The dog days of summer are finally here for hockey fans. All the excitement of the draft has finally evaporated and Free Agent Frenzy has passed. As of now, NHL teams are holding their prospect development camps to get an idea of how their new shiny toys stack up versus their other prospects.

October appears to be a light-year away. Fortunately for you, Frozen Futures has you covered. Each day we will be going over the Top 20 Prospects for a team in the NHL. From Anaheim to Winnipeg, we have you covered. This post is the Calgary Flames Top 20 Prospects

We will consider all players who have played in 65 NHL games or less before the age of 24  as prospects.

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The Calgary Flames are at an interesting cross-road. They were bad enough to receive two top 10 draft picks in 2013 and 2014, and now they have managed to turn themselves into a respectable team after trading making the playoffs and trading for defenseman Dougie Hamilton.

Leading the Flames prospect system is center Sam Bennett. Bennett was drafted fourth overall in the 2014 NHL Draft. He effortlessly slid into the Flames roster in the playoffs and should become a mainstay in their top 6 for years to come.

Feb 24, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Calgary Flames left wing Emile Poirier (57) loses the puck in between New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) and defenseman Dan Boyle (22) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Emile Poirier is the second best Flames prospect due to his offensive potential. He adds to the young Flames by being able to do everything at a lightning quick pace.

Goaltender Jon Gillies has extremely high potential. He was lights out in the NCAA with Providence College and will be with the Stockton Heat in the AHL this upcoming season.

Rounding out the top five is Morgan Klimchuck, an intelligent, gritty left winger and also playmaking center, Mark Jankowski.

The Calgary Flames are in an interesting position with respect to their system. Right now at the NHL level, there have enough young, skilled forwards. As you’ll see below, their defenseman cupboards are becoming more and more stocked for the future. Also, three goaltenders make their top 20 prospects, which is unheard of.

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Next: Carolina Hurricanes Top 20 Prospects

Come back tomorrow for the Chicago Blackhawks Top 20 Prospects rankings!

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