After a 4th place finish in the NHL’s Pacific Division, and a first round exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, many teams would be entering the next season disappointed. While the Calgary Flames likely weren’t happy with their early playoff exit, there is much hype, and a lot of reasons to hope, for better results in the 2017-2018 NHL season.
At the centre of what looks like a contender in the Western Conference, is the Calgary Flames’ defnese corps, including Dresden’s TJ Brodie.
According to NHL.com, the Calgary Flames are “Boasting three high-end defensemen — Dougie Hamilton, TJ Brodie and captain Mark Giordano — the Flames acquired Hamonic in a trade with the New York Islanders on June 24 and signed Michael Stone to a three-year contract on June 30 to give them one of the strongest set of defensemen in the NHL.”
In the eyes of many, there is no team in the NHL with a better 5-deep blueline than the Flames.
Combine that with a revamped crease, and budding offensive stars such as Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, Matt Tkachuk, and Sam Bennett. Throw in a few other youngsters ready to make the jump and contribute, and Calgary looks to be in line with other building teams such as the Edmonton Oilers, and the already strong Nashville Predators, in the Western Conference.
Last season, Dresden’s TJ Brodie played in all 82 regular season, and 4 playoff games for the Flames. He had 36 regular season, and 4 playoff points.
The Calgary Flames kick off their 2017-2018 NHL regular season October 4 against the Edmonton Oilers.