Six guys show Flames have reason for optimism

Calgary Flames rookie Sean Monahan celebrates after scoring in a win earlier this season over the...

Calgary Flames rookie Sean Monahan celebrates after scoring in a win earlier this season over the Phoenix Coyotes. (AL CHAREST/QMI Agency)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:50 PM ET

Does a 27th-place team deserve its own all-star squad? Probably not.

The consensus, however, on the 2013-14 edition of the Calgary Flames is that the just-completed season was highlighted by signs of progress and plenty of positives for the future of the Saddledome-dwellers.

With that in mind, meet the Flames' Ya-Gotta-Believe Team -- three forwards, two defencemen and a netminder who provide the most hope that the rebuild is on the right track. When the Flames climb back into the playoff picture, these guys will likely be big reasons for it.

A credit to the current cast of Flames, these weren't the only candidates.


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