Summer Skate: Calgary Flames

Expectations are low for this rebuilding club, but there are some bright spots

Updated: September 16, 2013, 10:26 AM ET
By Corey Sznajder and Corey Pronman |
Hockey Prospectus

Brian BurkeAP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntoshBrian Burke is taking over a club that doesn't have a lot of talent at the NHL level or in the pipeline.

Using the VUKOTA projection system of Hockey Prospectus, Insider is taking the temperature of key players on every NHL team, continuing with the Calgary Flames. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.

Note: Because of the lockout, GVT scores for the 2013 season are prorated from 48 to 82 games.

Summer Skate: Calgary Flames

Brian Burke, newly hired president of hockey operations for Calgary, has his work cut out for him. It's hard to find a team with lower expectations this season than the Flames. They were on pace for a lottery finish around the trade deadline, dealt two of their best players for low returns and ended up getting hot at the end of the season to play themselves out of a top-5 draft spot.

Things look even worse for the Flames this season, as they have a pretty weak roster, not much to speak of in terms of prospect depth and a dicey goaltending situation. They could surprise some people, but right now, they don't size up well in this new Pacific Division. It appears likely that 2013-14 will be another rebuilding season, unless a few of their players can shatter expectations.

Trending up: F Sven Baertschi
Last season: 4.3 GVT | VUKOTA projection: 9.5

Corey Pronman is ESPN's NHL Draft and Prospects analyst. He provides analysis on the top draft-eligible players, prospects drafted by NHL teams and all other relevant prospect information. He lives in New York.