Young Talent Making Calgary Flames A Team To Watch Out For

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The Calgary Flames suffered through one of their worst seasons in franchise history in 2013, as they were forced to trade away Jay Bouwmeester and Jarome Iginla and won 19 games while missing the playoffs for a fourth straight season. Longtime goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff retired at the end of the season, and it was expected that the Flames were looking at years of rebuilding before they’d be a contender again. It may be early in the 2013-14 season, but the Flames have won two games and have taken at least a point from each of their four contests. It has been young talent leading the way, while goaltenders Karri Ramo and Joey MacDonald have done enough to keep the team in close contests.

2013 first round draft pick Sean Monahan has three goals and five points in four games, and is certainly making his case to stick around all season. Sven Baertschi has a goal and two points, while Mikael Backlund has a goal and three points. While Monahan’s hot start is the main story so far, the Flames have been getting an offensive contribution from each of their lines and are averaging nearly four goals per contest. This hot start by no means is an indicator that the Flames will still be in contention in the spring, but it has to at least be reassuring for fans in Calgary to know their young talent is progressing and things will continue to get better.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL featured columnist for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your circles on Google Plus.

 

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