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Crzydrvr last won the day on November 14 2016

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  1. Gotta remember some scouts will fudge their rankings a bit to "hide" prospects who they like a lot, especially the less-well-known ones. Guys who are universally considered 1sts but are NDs are plugged in to push certain guys down, which misconstrues the TSN rankings. Bob's lists are still the best, but because they rely on the teams themselves who have no incentive to be 100% transparent, there's always a few guys here and there that deserve to be ranked higher but are not and vice-versa.
  2. Not a fan. I think he's a very junior-esque player, he is a talented goal scorer with great hands but his skating isn't that close to elite, his spacing defensively is off, and his problems are exacerbated by his lack of all-around effort (a.k.a. only gives a crap in the offensive zone). To put it mildly, he's a bit of a *****. Insert whatever 5 letter swear you like. Kids like that can turn it around in theory, but from my experience those types of prospects don't ever turn around for you. Kids who don't already have a heart and balls of steel need a kick in the Hash Rate to get it, and usually that ends up being a trade after a few years of struggling. He's a perfectly normal and even likable guy otherwise, but by the time players like that turn into quality assets they've already moved to another team and you don't even see the benefit. Kaliyev isn't the worst in this draft by any stretch in that regard but even in a world where draft prospects who have warts or problems with consistent effort tend to have that ignored in favor of skills among the public eye, Kaliyev is noticeably not an energetic player. Things like that are innate traits and habits aren't easy to get rid of, and a guy who is willing to bail on a puck battle often finds it a slippery slope because the moment you are OK with losing once, what's the difference in losing another? What's the difference between this corner scrum and the last one? I could be wrong, but I'll take a kid with fire to go along with the skill, because it's not like his level of talent is so high I'd live with the rest of his game. Give me the kid who would rather die than quit on this play, every play. To be honest, that's partly why I'm not a huge fan of Suzuki either. You don't have to be big or strong to be a pain in the Hash Rate to play against, so guys who play a perimeter game or expect others to do the work are huge pet peeves with me. I don't ask for much but you better be willing to try and do everything you ask of your linemates yourself or else you're a selfish player.
  3. I do like Hoglander and he'd be a guy I'd look at for sure, but I honestly don't think he makes it to 26. If I had a say, I would be gunning hard for a high-reward forward to drop to us. If any of Hoglander, Newhook, Tomasino, Nikolayev or Suzuki fall that far it'd be hard to pass up one of them even with their individual warts. Of course things change quickly and if a similarly high-potential D drops like York or Soderstrom falls as well then I'd be hard-pressed to pass one up (BPA above all else), but there's enough open-endedness with the guys from 10-30 that I think at least one of those forwards is available.
  4. It isn't wrong at all to put your best foot forward. Organizational influence and culture is important and you have to gauge what is most important to you at the given moment, it's too easy to say that one way or another is better when reality is much more nuanced than that. At the time, the Flames decided that a no-quit mentality was worth more than a higher spot in the draft, and given that the 5th overall pick was Elias Lindholm who didn't break out until this season, it's pretty safe to say that the end result would be basically the same because at that point it would have been very difficult to move into that top 4 that late in the season. I get into this with my coworkers a lot, whether you can draft superstars with late picks and whether that's a sustainable way to build a winning team. It's not impossible and yes you see the odd 4th rounder turn superstar, especially in Calgary. But it is much much harder because while you can find superstars late in the draft, those are rare enough that if you are reliant on late picks solely in order to become a contender you end up relying on lady luck a lot more. High picks aren't valuable because of the reward, they're valuable because of the (lack of) risk. You're almost always guaranteed a capable NHL player if you're drafting in the top 5, and a good GM and coach is able to turn that into success on a more consistent and reproducible basis than teams that miss on their high picks or trade them and end up having to try and find top 6 and top 4 players with 3rds, 4ths and 5ths. Right now the Flames have a couple of glaring holes as a result of being the latter, rather than the former. One is that the picks they do have aren't really that impressive in the grand scheme of things. Monahan, while a good 6th overall pick, has had his overall development stunted and isn't a great all-around player. Bennett has been a disappointment relative to draft position. They didn't have a pick in 2015 because they traded it for Dougie Hamilton. 2011 was Baertschi, 2010 was traded for Jokinen, 2009 was Erixon who left and then busted and 2008 was Greg Nemisz who also busted. Between 2008 and 2015, the Flames drafted exactly 1 top 6 NHLer with a 1st round pick, and some of those were real good picks to work with. That is the core of this current team and that's a big reason for why this team has, up to this season, struggled to put together consistent depth options up front and on the backend without trading for or signing older/established NHL players. Bring that up to 2018 and the number goes up to 2 with Tkachuk and a possible 3rd in Valimaki. The Flames have to decide what they are going to be, and whether or not they can win with this group. I think they're closer than this team has been in almost 30 years, but there's also a gap between the Flames' best players and the league's best players, and all of the Flames' top players have some sort of flaw that needs addressing before you can really look at them and say "I'm comfortable in believing they are favorites to win the big one". That was my thought before the season and I don't think that changes because of the Flames' regular season. Again, you don't need to tank to draft a star, just look at Mathew Barzal out of the Islanders who went mid-first or David Pastrnak of the Bruins who went late 1st, but you need to be lights out with the opportunities you get and the Flames haven't done so. I do believe that the players this team is built around are capable of being key players on a contender, but I didn't see the 100% confidence, poise and buy-in needed to do so at any point this season (Johnny floating around and being the last man in on your TV screen in the playoffs, for example, has been happening all year to some extent). The disappointment comes from raised expectations which is somewhat unfair, because our playoff result is basically what we were expected to do before the season began. Colorado is also a better than 8th place team who suffered a horrendous stretch of games. What the Flames DO need is a star player in a different mold than a Monahan or Gaudreau, someone who is capable of taking some of the offensive and defensive load away from the other core players. I had hoped that Bennett would be that guy but with what we have now the only thing the team can do is knock this upcoming draft pick and next year's pick out of the park. This team can win and a lot of it will come down to summer development and good trades. Also, let me end with this: I don't regret winning the games ever. Where the Flames have shorted themselves is using the assets they have, not missing out on the assets they didn't get. MacKinnon is a huge favorite of mine but he wasn't making it here; he's just very very useful as a measuring stick for what the team is trying to build talent and character-wise.
  5. Nope, because that just shows the gap between the Flames and a Cup winner is 3 whole wins in a series. Seems easy, but those 3 wins are an overall massive gap and won't be made up without contributions from everyone in the lineup. There were too many passengers and not enough real gamebreakers on this team to make it work. I remember watching MacKinnon destroy the CHL in the playoffs in 2013 and thinking if he brought half of what he showed there consistently in the NHL playoffs he'd live up to his billing as one of the best gamebreakers drafted in the 21st century, and here we are.
  6. Hello 2018! Hope everyone's doing well!

  7. Mock Draft made it in time for the 1st pick! Congrats to Nico Hischier, what a rise for the prospect over the 12 months.

  8. Part 3 of my Final Rankings are up! I wasn't able to finish everything in time, so if you have any questions please ask and I will do my best to answer or respond accordingly!

  9. Part 2 of my Final Rankings has been posted! That's my top 31, with more coming (probably).


    If you have any questions, ask away!

  10. Part 1 of my Final Rankings have been posted! Feel free to fire away....

  11. Left for a few weeks, came back to a WHOLE NEW WORLD


    (yes, you may imagine the scene from Aladdin)

    1. Kulstad


      It's just a Sominex-induced dream.  It will last for approximately 8 years.  Relax and enjoy the ride :-)

    2. Flyerfan52


      It looks a lot different. You missed some not fun stuff.

  12. 2017 Draft Watch List is up!

  13. @Kulstad, I can't login via the Flames forum login button even after changing my password through nhl.com. Right now I can only log in via nhl.com, should I be concerned or will there be some sort of fix for bugs like this as the summer rolls on?

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    2. Crzydrvr


      @FF52 Man I still remember the "old" old boards, back before the switch to the current IPBoard software (I wanna say back in 08, but I'm not sure anymore). The good old days lol

    3. Flyerfan52


      No kidding Crzy. Man we lost some good people after every change. It was funny but right after I joined the Flames board I won a t-shirt & some of the oldtimers were POed that a newbie with my name was 1 of the 1st winners. Then I started predicting the next winners (some right) & it was like "pick me" (lol).

    4. DirtyDeeds


      oh yeah.. we all forget the spammers that made our lives miserable ?

  14. Spent 2 days trying to log into this account before learning I had to reset my PW through nhl.com. Would have been handier to say that instead of "The security code you supplied did not match the one displayed, a new code has been generated, please try again", though.

    1. devilsadvocater


      Thanks! Saved me two days of hardship and hair pulling! I noticed your post entirely by chance though. I couldn't agree more. What kind of diabolical mind thinks up such totally useless error messages? Remind me not to up-vote whomever was responsible for that lunacy?

    2. Kulstad


      that would be NHL.com and MLBAM. I've had the exact same isssue, and just got it resolved yesterday.

  15. Whelp, just had my contract terminated yesterday, so I'll have a bit of extra time on my hands for a few days. Guess it's time to organize my draft lists.

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    2. Crzydrvr


      Haha thanks guys, I needed a pick-me-up. Feels weird having time during the day but I will do my best to have my draft stuff updated as soon as possible.

    3. Flyerfan52


      Sorry to hear it but you were missed here.

    4. jjgallow


      Definitely missed, Better times ahead Crzydrvr!

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