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The Calgary Flames young forward Sam Bennett had what many described as a frustrating and disappointing regular season.  With only 13 goals and 13 assists many in Calgary were wondering what was wrong with the young star. Many thought this would be a breakout season for the young prospect.  The 20-year-old was drafted fourth overall by the Flames in 2014.  Expectation are high for Bennett.

Hockey insider Elliotte Friedman sparked up the conversations on Bennett earlier this week when he brought up that the Anaheim Ducks have interest in the young Flames forward.  Friedman stated on Calgary Radio, FAN960 “I’ve heard that the Ducks like Sam Bennett. I’ve heard there’s people in that organization who like him. So, I could see the possibility of something being there.”  He went on to say, “But I think a lot of teams are interested. (in a Anaheim defenseman) and I think Calgary would be interested. You know Brad Treliving is looking for another Top 4 defensemen and those guys would certainly qualify.”

Would the Flames trade Bennett to the Ducks for a defenseman, or would the Flames have to give up more than Bennett.  I just question if the Ducks would trade a key defenseman to a division rival, and would the Flames do the same?

Well, Flames President of Hockey Operations, Brian Burke may have just squashed the idea of this happening on TSN Radio show “Off the cuff with Chris Nilan.”  Burke stated that he felt the Flames have the strongest top-5 prospects in the league….

Calgary Flames

Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monohan – Matthew Tkachuk – Sam Bennett – Dougie Hamilton

With Bennett being part of this list, I highly doubt that the Flames would deal him without extreme compensation.

So is Burke crazy do the Flames have the best prospects in the league – well here is some other teams top-5 prospects — you be the judge!

Edmonton Oilers

Connor McDavid – Leon Draisaitl – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Oscar Klefbom – Adam Larsson

Toronto Maple Leafs

Auston Matthews – Mitch Marner – William Nylander – Morgan Rielly – Nazem Kadri

Winnipeg Jets

Nikolaj Ehlers – Patrik Laine – Mark Scheifele – Jacob Trouba – Josh Morrissey

Brad Burud the owner/editor of the Inside Edge Hockey News. I am a huge fan of hockey, from youth hockey, to junior hockey, and of course professional hockey. I have played, coached, worked as statistician, and watched hockey all of my life. Hockey is not just a game, it is a lifestyle and family. The game of hockey is great! It can bring you nights of great enjoyment. It also brings nights where you feel like your team will never win. I am proud to be a journalist for the greatest game in the world. I have a degree in Business Administration, Psychology from Minot State University. I also have a Hockey General Manager and Scouting, and Sports Communications/Journalism degree from Sports Management Worldwide. I am also a member of the Sports Executives Association. Most of all I am a fan. Hockey is a huge part of my life and my families life.

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