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Calgary Flames: 5 Bold Predictions For 2014-15 Season

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Calgary Flames: 5 Bold Predictions For 2014-15 Season

Calgary Flames 2014-15 Season
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Ten Games into the 2014-15 NHL season the Calgary Flames are 5-4-1. They are doing better than expected, considering the six-game road trip they had to go through early on. Some of the biggest stories in Calgary include the play of their goaltenders, Jonas Hiller and Karri Ramo, as well as TJ Brodie’s hot start offensively. Here are five bold predictions for the rest of the Flames’ season.

5. Devin Setoguchi Will Have a Bounce-Back Year

Devin Setoguchi Calgary Flames 2014-15
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5. Devin Setoguchi Will Have a Bounce-Back Year

Devin Setoguchi Calgary Flames 2014-15
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Ever since his 65 point season with the San Jose Sharks in 2008-09, Setoguchi has not been able to re-create that kind of point production. After splitting the last three seasons with the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild, Setoguchi is now in Calgary, on a young team. Giving Setoguchi more responsibility may be just what he needs to rekindle his offensive game. Look for him to improve upon the 27 points he put up last year with Winnipeg.

4. Johnny Gaudreau Will Have a 30+ Point Season

Johnny Gaudreau Calgary Flames 2014-15
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4. Johnny Gaudreau Will Have a 30+ Point Season

Johnny Gaudreau Calgary Flames 2014-15
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Last season's Hobey Baker Award winner (top collegiate ice hockey player), Gaudreau is now in his first full NHL season. At 5-foot-9 Gaudreau has been doubted time and time again based on his size. However, the small winger has the foot speed and stick handling ability to compete in the NHL. He won't have the 2 point per game pace that he had in the NCAA, but 30 or more points isn't out of the question for Gaudreau.

3. Sean Monahan Will Not Suffer From the "Sophomore Slump"

Sean Monahan Calgary Flames 2014-15
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3. Sean Monahan Will Not Suffer From the "Sophomore Slump"

Sean Monahan Calgary Flames 2014-15
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The “sophomore slump” refers to the struggles a player goes through after having a great rookie season; some players go through it, others don’t. Flames fans won’t have to worry about Monahan going through such a slump. Monahan will be playing more minutes this season and will have plenty of opportunity to at least match his impressive 34 point rookie campaign.

2. TJ Brodie Will Have at least 45 Points

TJ Brodie Calgary Flames 2014-15
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2. TJ Brodie Will Have at least 45 Points

TJ Brodie Calgary Flames 2014-15
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One of the biggest stories in Calgary through ten games, Brodie already has 7 points. Pairing alongside Mark Giordano, as well as getting plenty of power-play time, Brodie is poised for a career year. As the season continues, Brodie will develop even more chemistry with Giordano and the rest of his teammates, and could easily have a 45 point season.

1. Curtis Glencross Will Be Traded

Curtis Glencross Calgary Flames 2014-15
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1. Curtis Glencross Will Be Traded

Curtis Glencross Calgary Flames 2014-15
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It’s no secret that the Flames are rebuilding their team. In a draft year that has been touted to be one of the deepest drafts in recent memory, it would be a smart idea to acquire another first round pick for the 2015 draft. Curtis Glencross would be the smartest move to make. He’s not a cornerstone of your franchise like Mark Giordano or Sean Monahan, also after five full seasons with the Flames Glencross may want to waive his no trade clause.