28 Sep 2020 11:50 AM +00:00

NHL 19: Calgary Flames Player Ratings, Roster & Top Prospects

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After a crushing end to the 2017/18 season, the Calgary Flames are determined to push for the playoffs in this campaign. With a veteran goaltender, two elite-level young forwards, many other youngsters breaking into the team, and one of the best defensive corps in the league, the Flames, with a little luck, could go deep in the playoffs this season.

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Johnny Gaudreau, Left Wing, 90 OVR

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Age: 25Role: Left Wing SniperHeight: 175cmWeight: 71kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 95 Deking, Puck Control, Discipline 

Johnny Gaudreau personifies the new-age style of play in the NHL; speed and skill are taking over the league. Having scored 24 goals and 84 points in 80 games last season, Gaudreau has proven that size doesn’t matter, demonstrating his ability and shrewd talent for scoring over and over again. This season, at the 26-game mark, he joint-led the high-flying Flames with 29 points – tied with Matthew Tkachuk – helping his team to the top of the Pacific Division.

Mark Giordano, Defenseman, 86 OVR

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Age: 34Role: Two-Way DefensemanHeight: 183cmWeight: 90kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 90 Defensive Awareness, Stick Checking. 89 Shot Blocking, Endurance, Body Checking 

In a team filled with young guns, a cooler, experienced head is needed to keep them grounded and lead the way, which is exactly what captain Mark Giordano does in every game. Despite his age, Giordano is still a top-class defenseman who is as effective in the defensive end as he is the offensive end. Last season, he played all 82 games and tallied 38 points and a neutral rating – a good rating for a minute-munching player on a team that conceded an average of three goals per game. This season, he’s stepped up again to tally 24 points at the 26-game mark with a +14 rating.


Mike Smith, Goaltender, 85 OVR

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Age: 36Role: Hybrid GoaltenderHeight: 193cmWeight: 97kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 90 Puck Playing Frequency, Passing. 89 Breakaway, Stick Low. 

Mike Smith was somewhat hit and miss last season behind a team that also struggled for form. This season, he seems to have lost a lot of confidence, with his usual knack for collecting and playing the puck failing to come off. He has, however, also had some games where he’s next to unbeatable. But, through 26 games, he’s ceded 11 starts to 26-year-old David Rittich, who boasts a .924 save percentage and 2.21 goals against average to Smith’s .885 save percentage and 3.13 goals against average.

NHL 19 Calgary Flames Roster

From the Day 1, September 13 update, this is how the Calgary Flames’ first lines start. Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau create a perfect duo in this line, despite Monahan being underrated at 87 overall. The defensive line is strong at both ends of the ice, with Travis Hamonic complimenting the two-way play of Mark Giordano nicely. James Neal brings a dose of physicality to the line while also boasting a tremendous shot.

Johnny Gaudreau (90) – Sean Monahan (87) – James Neal (84)Mark Giordano (86) – Travis Hamonic (83)Mike Smith (85)

Name Overall Rating Position/Role Height Age Shoots Best Stats
Sean Monahan87Two-Way Center191cm23Left90 Offensive Awareness, Passing, Puck Control
James Neal84Right Wing Power Forward188cm31Left91 Slap Shot Power. 90 Wrist Shot Power, Hand-Eye
Mikael Backlund84Two-Way Center185cm29Left89 Stick Checking, Defensive Awareness. 88 Acceleration, Agility, Speed
T.J. Brodie84Two-Way Defenseman185cm28Left90 Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Passing, Puck Control
Noah Hanifin84Two-Way Defenseman191cm21Left88 Slap Shot Power, Passing, Defensive Awareness, Shot Blocking, Stick Checking
Matthew Tkachuk83Left Wing Power Forward188cm20Left90 Aggressiveness. 89 Body Checking. 88 Balance
Travis Hamonic83Defensive Defenseman188cm28Right90 Stick Checking, Shot Blocking. 88 Defensive Awareness, Balance, Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Strength
Elias Lindholm83Right Wing Playmaker185cm23Right88 Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Deking
Michael Frolik81Two-Way Right Wing185cm30Left90 Discipline. 88 Stick Checking, Speed
Michael Stone80Two-Way Defenseman191cm28Right87 Strength, Balance. 86 Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Endurance, Body Checking
Mark Jankowski79Two-Way Center193cm24Left85 Strength, Durability, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Agility, Acceleration, Balance, Stick Checking
Derek Ryan79Playmaker Center180cm31Right88 Deking. 87 Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Curtis Lazar78Two-Way Right Wing183cm23Right85 Strength, Aggressiveness, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Speed, Balance, Agility, Acceleration, Stick Checking
*Brett Kulak78Two-Way Defenseman188cm24Left87 Shot Blocking. 85 Stick Checking, Acceleration, Agility, Balance, Endurance, Speed, Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Durability, Strength, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power
Sam Bennett77Two-Way Center185cm22Left87 Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Logan Shaw76Two-Way Right Wing191cm25Right87 Balance, Strength. 86 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power
Garnet Hathaway75Right Wing Grinder188cm26Right88 Aggressiveness. 87 Strength, Body Checking
Austin Czarnik75Playmaker Center175cm25Right85 Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Viktor Svedberg71Defensive Defenseman203cm27Left89 Balance, 88 Strength, 87 Body Checking
Jon Gillies77Hybrid Goaltender198cm24Left85 Agility, Speed. 84 Recover, Vision

*Brett Kulak traded to the Montreal Canadiens on October 1.


Tyler Parsons, Goaltender, 68 OVR

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Age: 20Role: Hybrid GoaltenderHeight: 183cmWeight: 84kgShoots: LeftPotential: Starter med

He’s not quite ready to be Mike Smith’s replacement, but in a few seasons, Tyler Parsons will be able to step up to the NHL crease and provide a trusty presence in the net. His 83 for speed and agility is already very promising, while his 80s for passing and puck playing frequency has him shaping up to be a like-for-like replacement to Smith, but in a more condensed package.

The Calgary Flames boast many exciting prospects who could challenge for an NHL place over the next couple of seasons, or fetch a fair price in the trade market. Defenseman Rasmus Andersson headlines to prospect pool and could make the jump into the stacked defensive corps of the Flames at the start of the game. Juuso Valimaki will soon be knocking on the door for a place in the NHL lines, as will Oliver Kylington – both of whom are defensemen. 

NHL 19 Calgary Flames Top Prospects

Name Overall Rating Position/Role Height Age Shoots Potential
Dmitri Zavgorodny58Playmaker Center175cm18RightBottom 6 med
Milos Roman62Two-Way Center180cm18LeftTop 9 med
Juuso Valimaki70Two-Way Defenseman188cm19LeftTop 4 med
Adam Ruzicka63Two-Way Center193cm19LeftTop 9 med
D’Artagnan Joly61Right Wing Power Forward188cm19RightAHL Top 6 high
Dillon Dube65Two-Way Center178cm20LeftTop 6 med
Linus Lindstrom60Two-Way Center183cm20LeftAHL Top 6 med
Matthew Phillips64Playmaker Center168cm20RightTop 6 low
Glenn Gawdin65Two-Way Center180cm21RightTop 9 med
Rasmus Andersson78Two-Way Defenseman183cm21RightTop 4 med
Zach Fischer61Right Wing Grinder188cm21RightAHL Top 6 med
Oliver Kylington70Offensive Defenseman183cm21LeftTop 4 med
Mason McDonald63Hybrid Goaltender193cm22RightBackup med
Nick Schneider61Hybrid Goaltender188cm21RightAHL Starter med