Ryan Pike

A native of the Stampede City, Ryan Pike has covered the Calgary Flames extensively since 2010 as a Senior Writer for The Hockey Writers and as Managing Editor of FlamesNation.ca.

Recent Articles by Ryan

Mikael Backlund has made an immediate impact on the Flames' lineup since returning from an injury, and fantasy managers should definitely consider adding the forward. (Icon SMI)

Unheralded Trio Driving The Flames Playoff Push

When the Calgary Flames returned from the All-Star Break, head coach Bob Hartley decided to do a little line shuffling. Having had some success together in the previous game against […]

by · February 20, 2015 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames
Steve Montador passed away on Sunday at the age of 35.
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Steve Montador Was The 2004 Calgary Flames

He was never supposed to be there. Undrafted, unheralded and largely unknown, Steve Montador was 24 years old when the Calgary Flames made their miracle run to Game 7 of […]

by · February 18, 2015 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames
Jack Eichel (Maya Devereaux, Flickr)

2015 NHL Draft Alternate Rankings – February Edition

Winter is almost over. Spring is looming. The World Juniors and the Top Prospects Game are firmly in our rear-view mirror, and both collegiate and major-junior clubs are preparing for […]

by · February 12, 2015 · 4 comments · NHL Entry Draft, Prospects
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Johnny Gaudreau Joins the USHL Invasion

At first blush, the ascendance of Calgary Flames rookie Johnny Gaudreau doesn’t seem to be anything terribly out of the ordinary. Sure, he’s a college star who’s made the jump […]

by · February 11, 2015 · 1 comment · Calgary Flames, USHL
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The Other Guy: A Look At Barclay Goodrow

The 2014-15 National Hockey League season has been notable for the quantity of quality rookie players entering the league. While names like Aaron Ekblad, Michael Hutchinson, Filip Forsberg and Johnny […]

by · February 8, 2015 · 0 comments · San Jose Sharks
Lance Bouma (Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)

Don’t Call It Overachieving: The Flames Aimed For Playoffs

Last season, the Calgary Flames took an important step forward. Formerly a rudderless group of veterans without much direction or identity, the group coalesced under second-year head coach Bob Hartley. […]

by · February 4, 2015 · 1 comment · Calgary Flames
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The Calgary Flames: Building A Foundation

Rebuilds are tricky things. The goal is to avoid the mistakes of the past while throwing together, often on the fly, some semblance of a plan. And one of the […]

by · January 30, 2015 · 2 comments · Calgary Flames
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Playoff Chase Forges Flames Young Core

This has been a strange year for the Calgary Flames. In Year Two of the team’s rebuild, the club went young, often dressing as many as a half-dozen players aged […]

by · January 22, 2015 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames
Reid Gardiner (Thomas Porter/WHL)

Recent NHL Drafts Give Over-Agers Hope

Heading into the weekend of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia, Reid Gardiner probably felt pretty confident. The Prince Albert Raiders, his team, made it into the WHL’s playoffs […]

by · January 14, 2015 · 0 comments · NHL Entry Draft, Prospects
Morgan Klimchuk (Brad Watson/WHL)

No Pressure for Flames Pick Morgan Klimchuk

Life can be full of pressure for a young hockey player. Doubly so for a first round draft pick. Particularly if the franchise that drafted you hadn’t had a first […]

by · January 13, 2015 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames, Prospects
Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Bollig - Photo Credit:   Andy Martin Jr

Bruising Bollig Looking To Cement Himself In Calgary

Since his arrival, one of the major refrains from president of hockey operations Brian Burke is that the Calgary Flames need to get bigger. That’s not to say that the […]

by · January 12, 2015 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames
Sean Monahan and Jiri Hudler (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

Youthful Flames Search for Faceoff Success

When forward Mikael Backlund returned to the Calgary Flames line-up on January 7 – after an absence of 29 games – the club dispatched Markus Granlund to the American Hockey […]

by · January 8, 2015 · 0 comments · Calgary Flames