Originally posted on Beyond The Benches  |  Last updated 6/17/14
#483379453 / gettyimages.com The Calgary Flames finished last season with a 35-40-7 overall record and missed the playoffs. The Flames ranked 23rd in goals per game last season and come in at 24th in power play percentage out of 30 NHL teams. The Flames leading scorer last season was 30 year-old center Jiri Hudler. Hudler scored 17 goals and had 37 assists for 54 points. But Calgary has been building for the future and has acquired a lot of young talent on the roster with 21 players on the team are under 25-years-old. We are counting down the top five Calgary Flames under 25. 5. Center Joe Colborne. Colborne, 24, completed his fourth season in the NHL. He began his career with Toronto where he played in 16 games over three seasons. Last year, Joe’s first with Calgary, he played in 80 games and scored 10 goals and has 18 assists for 28 points. Look for him to improve in his second full season with an NHL team. 4. Center Paul Byron. Byron, 25, played in only 47 games for the Flames last season as he split time between the NHL and AHL. In those 47 games he scored 7 goals and had 14 assists for 21 points. Those numbers are good enough to earn him the number 12 spot on the Flames leading scorers list. Look for Byron to be suited up for more games next season. 3. Defenseman T.J. Brodie Brodie, 24, just completed his fourth year in the NHL and played in 81 games last season. As a defenseman Brodie scored 4 goals and had 27 assists for 31 points. At 6’1” and only 182 pounds Brodie is undersized but he makes up for his size with his speed. Look for him to improve next season and become even more of an offensive threat from the blue line. 2. Center Mikael Backlund Backlund, 25, played in 76 games last season, the most he has played in his six year career. In those 76 games Backlund scored 18 goals and had 21 assists for 39 points, also a career high. Backlund was the Flames fourth leading scorer last season. Look for him to continue to improve next season. 1. Center Sean Monahan Monahan, 19, played in 75 games last season, which was his first season in the NHL. In those 75 games Monahan scored 22 goals and had 12 assists for 34 points. His 22 goals is the second most on the team behind only center Mike Cammalleri who scored 26. Monahan did finish with a -20 rating, but if he can improve his defensive play he has the talent to become one of the Flames young stars in upcoming seasons. The post Calgary Flames Top Five Players Under 25 appeared first on Beyond The Benches.
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