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Calgary Flames Qualifying Round Report Card

Grading each of the Flames players from their first round series



Well, one qualifying round has come and gone and it featured the Calgary Flames emerging with a 3-1 series victory over the Winnipeg Jets. Calgary is still awaiting their next opponent, the winner of the Blues-Stars game. With a few extra days to look back at the qualifying round, I wanted to grade each of the Flames players and their performances during the series.

I chose to go with the Excellent, Very Good, Satisfactory, and Needs Improvement grading system rather than the letter grading as I feel it’s a better indicator of a short sample size. There’s a number of players who I put in the very good class who we could argue (quite fairly so) were excellent so I decided to limit it to the elite of the elite.

Here are my grades:

Excellent: Sam Bennett, Mikael Backlund, Matthew Tkachuk, Cam Talbot

Very Good: Dillon Dube, Andrew Mangiapane, Milan Lucic, Rasmus Andersson, T.J. Brodie, Elias Lindholm

Satisfactory: Mark Jankowski, Noah Hanifin, Erik Gustafsson, Derek Forbort, Mark Giordano, Sean Monahan, Tobias Rieder, Johnny Gaudreau

Needs Improvement: Derek Ryan, Zac Rinaldo

Ryan: I’ve been a big Ryan fan and I just think he can do better. I understand being bumped down to the fourth line affected his play and his numbers are skewed by an ugly first couple games. I fully expect him to bounce back.

Rinaldo: Love the energy, but they need all the 5v5 strength they can get and he was a black hole in limited minutes against Winnipeg.

by Michael MacGillivray