Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades 2021: Calgary Flames

Ian Gooding

2021-08-23

For the last 18 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 19th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer…er, winter. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.

Enjoy!

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Gone Mark Giordano, Derek Ryan, Josh Leivo, Dominik Simon, Nikita Nesterov, Joakim Nordstrom

Incoming Blake Coleman, Tyler Pitlick, Trevor Lewis, Nikita Zadorov, Dan Vladar

Impact of changes – The Flames have a nice core that looks better on paper than it performs in reality. So as long as Johnny Gaudreau remains unsigned, there will be rumblings that they will try to make a major move, such as trading for Jack Eichel. The Flames could make a smaller move, like trading Sean Monahan. Matthew Tkachuk hasn't signed long-term either, so moving him isn't outside of the realm of possibilities either. So this offseason it's less about what has happened and more about what could happen. 

As far as the changes that have already occurred, the most significant departure is that of Giordano, their captain who once again led the team in