The Calgary Flames don’t have much in the way of good fortune this year. They are the second-worst team in the Western Conference and are in the bottom five of the NHL.
However, there are bright spots in their lineup. Sean Monahan has proved to be a great pick and will only get better. Their goaltending hasn’t been horrible this season, although Karri Ramo hasn’t come as advertised. However, the biggest surprise in this lineup has been Kris Russell.
Russell was acquired from the St. Louis Blues last July for a fifth-round pick. With that type of return, Russell probably wasn’t expected to light the world on fire. While he hasn’t done that, he sure has exceeded expectations.
To that point, the Calgary Flames have signed Russell to a two-year deal worth $5.2 million. He will make $2.6 million in each year of the contract.
In 44 games with the Flames this season, Russell has scored 4 goals and added 16 assists for a total of 20 points. That puts him on pace to to exceed his career-best totals by a good amount of points.
Originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the third round of the 2005 NHL Draft, Russell seems to have found a home in Calgary after spending two seasons in St. Louis in which he never played a full season.
In 407 career NHL games, Russell has scored 27 goals and added 88 assists for a total of 115 points. Calgary only hopes that he can add to that total in the next two years.