Well, I have not posted an article/blog on this site for a while, and am returning. I figured why not return by answering a short question/answer forum.
I asked people via twitter to send in some questions, and I will answer here.
@ChrisBowenYYC asks: "What do you think the make up of the blue line will be come opening night"
- Well its tough to tell right now. Jay Bo, as many know is being shopped, and has drawn interest from many teams. Interest fact, however, is that Jay Bo will likely not be traded to a western-conference team, and he want's to go east.
- That being said, provided no one is traded:
Jay Bo / Wideman
Giordano / Butler
Brodie / Sarich (or Babchuck)
Brodie will get regular NHL time all year.
@CCasement asks: "If job is dealt, what would we be looking for/to get"
- Well, for Jay Bo, Feaster wants' a top 6 forward. Although many Flames' fans think he isn't worth that - he is. He is a great defensive D, with bar-none skating and a long reach. His offensive game can be lethal as well. A top 6 forward is not out of the question.
@JesFlames asks: "Everyone likes to criticize him, but how much better would jaybo be playing on his natural side like he was in florida"
- Several times this season, he rotated sides. Has nothing to do with it. It's system. Sutter implemented a defensive system, that did not utilize his skating ability. Bob Hartley has an up-temp system that goes perfectly with Jay bo's style. If he remains a Flame, look for him to have a great season.
@JustinBeatty777 asks: "Will Sven Baertschi make the team next year?"
- I think he'll definitely get his 9 games in the NHL to start. I also think he'll be given every opportunity to make the big club, and yes I can see him staying the entire year in a third line role, with PP time.
@Nstock_95 asks: "What do you think about the Flames' prospects? And how well do you think they will do next season?"
- Flames' have a weak prospect pool according to many. However, although I do not think it is a strong pool, I do not think that it is weak at all. The Flames' have many under-the-radar prospects' such as Gaudreau and Ferland, that are mph well-known. Laurent Brossoit made a big leap last year, and jumped up the Flames' depth chart. Markus Granlund has shown flashes of brilliance, and several prospects' have impressed.
I think that the majority of the Flames' prospects will have good years, with Leland Irving needing a big season. He needs to show that he can be stable AHL starting goaltender, and jump to the NHL level. Mitch Wahl also needs a big season, as his development has stagnated. This can easily be the make or break season for his career.
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