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A NAME FOR HIMSELF

NHL Draft prospect Ryan Suzuki has heard the comparisons, but he wants the world to know and he and his brother Nick are completely different players

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

Ryan Suzuki has a brother to thank for helping push him to this point.

But as far as the comparisons go?

In his mind, they don't even apply.

"I definitely get asked a lot about my brother," Ryan said of his older bro Nick, was drafted 13th overall by the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017, and is currently a prospect of the Montreal Canadiens. "Basically, the same questions.

"Ever I got drafted into the OHL, it's always been a comparison. It's the easiest one to make. We're both brothers and a lot of people want to know what's going on between us and how I compare to him.

"But I think we're two different players, [albeit] with a similar (foundation). We both rely on our hockey sense and that kind of gets us around."

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THE CASE FOR MONY

A career year helped Monahan join the elite; now, the Flames' No. 1 centre looks to bring home his first NHL award

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

Mark Giordano and Sean Monahan are set to walk the red carpet at the 2019 NHL Awards this Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Giordano, the odds-on favourite after a stellar 2018-19 season, is nominated for both the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman, as well as the Mark Messier Leadership Award, which is given to the "player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, and plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey."

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LEGENDARY BLOODLINES

No. 37-ranked Nolan the first of the Foote men to make noise at forward

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

With a name like that, the rugged, stay-at-home sort immediately comes to mind.

That type tends to run in the family.

"Never played D," Nolan Foote, the No. 37-ranked North-American skater, laughed of the family bloodlines.

"Nah.

"I always wanted to score goals."

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THE CASE FOR GIO

Mark Giordano was dominant last year, and after setting records and new career highs, no one is more deserving of the Norris Trophy and Mark Messier Leadership Award

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

Mark Giordano and Sean Monahan are set to walk the red carpet at the 2019 NHL Awards this Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Giordano, the odds-on favourite after a stellar 2018-19 season, is nominated for both the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman, as well as the Mark Messier Leadership Award, which is given to the "player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice, and plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey."

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'BOLD' MOVES

USNTDP skater Matthew Boldy earns praise for 'silky-smooth' hands

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

You play the way you practice.

If the legendary Pop Warner could see his words in action with the U.S. National Team Development Program more than a century later, he'd certainly be proud.

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FLAMES SIGN EETU TUULOLA

Forward inks three-year, two-way entry level contract

by CALGARY FLAMES STAFF @NHLFlames / CalgaryFlames.com

Calgary, AB - The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed forward Eetu Tuulola to a three-year, two-way entry level contract.

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'I WANT TO WIN'

Breakout season helped No. 11-ranked Thomas Harley rocket up the charts

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

A player's draft year is often a story of rapid ascension.

Some, more than others, just happen make noise along the way.

But when you break out like this - and this fast - turning the tools into real-life acclaim, the proverbial glass ceiling doesn't stand a chance.

Thomas Harley is evidence of that.

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DRAFT Q&A - NOAH HANIFIN

The defenceman reflects on being selected fifth overall in 2015

by ALEX MEDINA @alex_medina5 / CalgaryFlames.com

What do you remember most from your draft journey?

It was a special day. I didn't know what was going to happen and that's was a fun part of the draft, not knowing where I was going to end up and what city I was going to call home. It was a fun experience overall, there were a lot of nerves going through as I sat there with my family and I'll always remember sharing that moment with them because it was a big day for them too.

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NO SMALL FEAT

5-foot-7 Cole Caufield draws comparisons to Gaudreau, DeBrincat, and looks to bring all-star scoring prowess to the pros

by RYAN DITTRICK @ryandittrick / CalgaryFlames.com

Standing out on that team was no small feat.

There was Jack Hughes and Alex Turcotte.

Trevor Zegras and Matthew Boldy.

Cameron York and more.

And yet, on this - a 'generational' version of the U.S. National Team Development Program - Cole Caufield did something no one else in that star-spangled crew can lay claim to.

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