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07-06-2012, 09:01 AM
The No Kool-aid Zone
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Going through these rankings should give Flames fans some pause to realize help is on the way. There are some good players to pick through. Only one is a bluechipper, but there are still some good prospects in the mix. Looking at the list I think there are two ways to look at it. One is to say who has the highest upside. The second is to say who has the highest potential to make it to the NHL and play on the Calgary Flames. I think both lists, a bakers dozen of each, should look like this, recognizing that Brodie has already graduated to the NHL.

Highest potential

1. Bartschi
2. Gaudreau
3. Jankowski
4. Reinhart
5. Irving
6. Granlund
7. Horak
8. Arnold
9. Ramage
10. Ferland
11. Nemisz
12. Sieloff
13. Bouwma

Most likely to play in NHL

1. Bartschi
2. Bouma
3. Irving
4. Reinhart
5. Nemisz
6. Horak
7. Ferland
8. Ramage
9. Sieloff
10. Wotherspoon
11. Howse
12. Gaudreau
13. Jankowski

There are a lot of things that prevent players from getting to the NHL and that is what makes the difference in the lists. Size, style of play, needs of the team, economics, training habits, and pure desire make or break players. I think the Flames have a very interesting group of prospects, way better than many of the talking heads like to admit, and the future is a lot brighter than we imagined, no matter which way you look at it.

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