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These Calgary Flames are stoking the fire

Goalie Karri Ramo of the Calgary Flames gets congratulated by teammate Sean Monahan after a win...

Goalie Karri Ramo of the Calgary Flames gets congratulated by teammate Sean Monahan after a win over the San Jose Sharks at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary Monday March 24, 2014. (STUART DRYDEN/QMI Agency)

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:20 AM ET

If the Calgary Flames led the league in one thing this year, it was the number of players who elevated their status from start to finish.

Despite finishing 27th this NHL season, the team had every right to feel good about the direction of the organization based on a work ethic that saw nearly half the roster’s players improve their play over the last seven months.

Question is, which players took the biggest steps in their development?

Which players can look back now, at season’s end, and be the proudest of how far they were able to elevate their game with the increased responsibilities heaped on them in Year 1 of a rebuild?

To follow is a list of the Top 10 Flames players who made the biggest strides this season:

10. Brian McGrattan

McGrattan went from pure enforcer to team leader who not only had a major impact on the culture of the club but also responded well to increased responsibility on the ice. As big a fan favourite as the club has now.


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