With the National Hockey League’s season winding down, the Calgary Flames once again find themselves on the outside looking in when it comes to the playoff picture. It’s an all-too-familiar sight for fans of the Flames in recent years.
A first-round exit, or missing the post-season entirely, has been the trend since Calgary’s exciting playoff run ended unfavorably in 2004. One reason the Flames haven’t been able to make any drastic improvements on the ice is because of their inability to draw internally from a deep prospect pool.
Recently, entry drafts have not been an area where the Flames have done very well.
Calgary is hoping that the tables will turn with their new crop of up-and-comers, and by the looks of who they selected in 2011’s draft, the Flames have done just that.
With players like Sven Baertschi and John Gaudreau prospering on their respective teams, the Flames talent pool doesn’t appear as bleak as before.
Let’s take a look at the Calgary Flames’ top seven prospects.
(I did not rank players like TJ Brodie, Roman Horak or Lance Bouma, who have spent most of their season with the Flames.)