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05-08-2012, 11:28 AM
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You cannot possibly think that group (which is rated bottom 5 by everyone from THN to HF btw) is remotely close to Karlsson, Cowen, Lehner, Zibanejad, Silferberg and crew. Everyone except Flames fans agree that that's a terrible group of young players. You know who have a good group of young players? The Oilers and the Senators, the Flames group can't even be mentioned in the same breath as these two.
Much of those rating were made at the beginning of last year, and punished Calgary for having no top end offensive talent. Things have changed a lot during the last year.
Baertschi has emerged as arguably the best player in North American juniors. The Flames have acquired Cervenka. Irving, Holland, Brodie, and Ferland all took huge steps forward.
At the beginning of the year it looked like the Flames would be relying on Wahl and Nemisz, and, yes, things looked pretty hopeless. A lot has changed in the last year and the Flames don't need to blow it up anymore.
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