Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Flame On

At times last season the Calgary Flames looked to be one of the top teams in the league, let alone the Western Conference. As the season wound down, many factors hampered their success in the playoffs. By mismanaging the salary cap, trading depth for Olli Jokinen, an injury riddled defense corps and a tired goalie lead to the round one defeat in the playoffs. There are many questions moving ahead, but the core group of players will remain intact and will lead the Flames to another winning season next year.

Jarome Iginla – One of the best and most durable players in the league, Iginla is a true leader and a premiere player. He is a consistent player and is an above a point per game. He should be taken in the top 10 players in the league and has more value because he is a winger.

Michael Cammalleri – A UFA this summer, Cammalleri will be able to pick where he wants to play the next few season. He had 82 points in 81 games last year and owners should expect more of the same wherever he signs. Cammo should be looked to be drafted in the top 5 rounds after the top tier players are gone.

Olli Jokinen – There are many questions surrounding Jokinen. Many people see him a great player a leader. Never having played in a true hockey market until his trade to Calgary, Jokinen disappeared in the last games before the playoffs. Because he is in Calgary, he may have a lot more perceived value than he truly does. Buyer Beware on this one.

Daymond Langkow – Bouncing between the top two lines last year cost Langkow in the point department. Owners grew frustrated as they thought he was going to have a career year and ended up on the waiver wire on most leagues. He may be looked at as a sleeper now but he doesn’t look to be on the top line anymore, draft him accordingly.

Craig Conroy – Merely a depth player at this point, Conroy will put up points depending on the line he end up on. Consider him a waiver pickup in all formats.

Dion Phaneuf – Even though he only had 47 points in 80 games, Phaneuf is looked at as one of the top young dmen in the league. Owners should not shy away that he had an average season last year. Phaneuf should be drafted in the top 2 rounds in any format.

Todd Bertuzzi – With 44 points in 66 games many would say that he had a successful season. Bertuzzi does have a natural ability to play the game but his best years are behind him. A UFA this summer, he may be willing to take a pay-cut to stay in Calgary. Draft him with caution or pass entirely. Bertuzzi will never play another full season as he has too many long lasting injury problems.

Rene Bourque – An exciting young player, Bourque had 40 points in 58 games. When healthy he adds an element of speed and skill to the wing. Bourque has the ability to turn into a keeper and should be drafted in mid rounds.

Curtis Glencross – His first full season in the league was a success. With 40 points in 73 games, Glencross is a depth player at this point in his career. Fantasy owners should look for Glencross for depth in deeper leagues as he scores in bunches.

Miikka Kiprusoff – Returning to form last year, Kipper played in all but 6 games last year. It appeared as if he looked tired towards the end of the season and was unable to rebound. Kipper is still a top 5 goalie in the league and will play every night unless he is ill. Draft him accordingly and owners will be rewarded.


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