Record: 50-21-11 111p (1st in Pacific)
Playoffs: Lost in Semi-Finals to EDM
F – Johnny Gaudreau (CLB), D – Erik Gudbranson (CLB), F – Calle Jarnkrok (TOR), F – Matthew Tkachuk (Trade – FLA), F – Sean Monahan (Trade – MON)
F – Kevin Rooney, F – Jonathan Huberdeau, D – MacKenzie Weegar, F – Nazem Kadri
After falling in the second round to the Edmonton Oilers the Calgary Flames had a shake up that will either make them falter, or make them better. Gone are Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk, and in are Jonathan Huberdeau, Nazem Kadri, and MacKenzie Weegar. With Huberdeau, his 115 point season will replace Gaudreau’s 115 points, and while Kadri will step into the second line center role he is a slight step down from Matthew Tkachuk. However, in all of the moves that were done, the addition of Weegar to the blue line strengthened the Flames defense.
Jacob Markstrom will look to have another strong season after being nominated for the Vezina Trophy this past season, and Dan Vladar will look to keep the Flames in games when he is in relief. The Flames though will need to be better defensively in front of Markstrom and Vladar as they did take a step back offensively, and they’ll need to be better defensively especially against high scoring teams like the Edmonton Oilers.
The Flames will be a playoff team once again, but the question for them is how will they rebound from losing both Gaudreau and Tkachuk, and how well will Huberdeau, Kadri, and Weegar get acclimated to the Flames locker room to guarantee success in Calgary.