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Old 04-15-2021, 09:54 PM   #1
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Hockey News Future Watch Issue is out! Highlights:

Flames rank 26th in the league with a grade of C, up from last year's rank of 29th.

1)Ottawa A
2)NYR A
3)LA A
4)Anaheim A-
5)Montreal A-
6)Colorado A-
7)Detroit B+
8)NJ B+
9)Buffalo B+
10)Florida B+
11)Chicago B+
12)Dallas B+
13)Carolina B
14)Vancouver B
15)Winnipeg B-
16)Vegas B-
17)Philly B-
18)Columbus B-
19)Toronto C+
20)Minny C+
21)E=NG C+
22)Nashville C+
23)Washington C+
24)St.Louis C+
25)NYI C
26) Calgary C
27)Boston C
28)Arizona C
29)TB C-
30)SJ C-
31)Pittsburgh D+

Top 5 Prospects were 1)Zegras (ANA) 2)Byfield (LA) 3)Drysdale (ANA) 4)Raymond (DET) 5)Seider (DET)

The only two Flames to make the top 100 were Zary(42) and Pelletier(43). Flames top 10 in order were: Zary, Pelletier, Mackey, Gawdin, Pettersen, Wolf, Zavgorodniy, Kuznetsov, Ruzicka, Poirier.
Heineman was 9th on the Panthers list.

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Wow, Gawdin is far too high on that list. No Phillips? No Kinnvall?

I do not understand their criteria at all.
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I actually agree with their ranking of Gawdin.He's not flashy, and may not have as high a ceiling as some other guys, but his floor may be higher. I think he will definitely be in the NHL some day, albeit most likely in a bottom-6 role.

I agree wholeheartedly about Phillips and Kinvall. I've been heaping praise on Kinvall since we signed him. I think he has star potential, and may make an impact as early as next year, when he's slated to come over. Phillips may or may not have the deck stacked against him, being that it's Darryl's team now, but I still see potential in him.
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Based on this list, you wonder if Heineman would be considered a top 5 prospect for the Flames at this point which would be cool.

There is no trophy for having the best prospect base but this team has to make building through the draft a greater priority. You just can't be bad on the big league level while not having strong prospects either.
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Based on this list, you wonder if Heineman would be considered a top 5 prospect for the Flames at this point which would be cool.

There is no trophy for having the best prospect base but this team has to make building through the draft a greater priority. You just can't be bad on the big league level while not having strong prospects either.
To me the Flames have a clear top 4 which are:
Zary
Pelletier
Wolf
Mackey

Then you get into a next group which would include:
Petterson
Phillips
Gawdin
And maybe a couple others (Kuznetzov? Ruzicka? Kinnvall?)
To me he's in that group. In the 6-10 range.
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I wonder if Wolf was drafted in the 2nd round instead of the 7th if he’d crack the top 100. For what he’s accomplished so far it’s kind of ridiculous he’s ranked so low. I’m guessing they think his size is the issue but it hasn’t hurt him so far.
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To me the Flames have a clear top 4 which are:
Zary
Pelletier
Wolf
Mackey

Then you get into a next group which would include:
Petterson
Phillips
Gawdin
And maybe a couple others (Kuznetzov? Ruzicka? Kinnvall?)
To me he's in that group. In the 6-10 range.
What puts Gawdin in your second group at this point? Particularly ahead of Ruzicka?
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I see all those guys in the same grouping. But yeah given his year Ruzicka should probably be ahead. I have a bit of a negative perception of the guy b/c of past laziness observed.
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To me the Flames have a clear top 4 which are:
Zary
Pelletier
Wolf
Mackey

Then you get into a next group which would include:
Petterson
Phillips
Gawdin
And maybe a couple others (Kuznetzov? Ruzicka? Kinnvall?)
To me he's in that group. In the 6-10 range.
I'd say Zary and Pelletier are in their own group.

To me, Wolf and Mackey are different because of two big factors.

Wolf - while his play and credentials put him in the top group, his size is a big asterisk. He'd have to overcome some odds but can't deny his upside
Mackey - He'll be 25 at start of next season. If he were playing instead of Stone, he'd actually be our 3rd oldest defenseman. So upside is probably limited.

But I agree they are ahead of the next group, who may not have an NHLer in the bunch. Ruzicka might be my favorite there, maybe Kinnvall too. And maybe this new guy.
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