The Calgary Flames have added a solid two way forward to their roster. The Flames have successfully agreed to terms with free agent forward Devin Setoguchi on a one year $750,000 contract.
The 27 year old Setoguchi tallied 27 points for the Jets last season. I believe this is an excellent signing for the Calgary Flames. This team has been rebuilding and reshaping its roster over the past couple of seasons.
New Team, New Opportunity
Devin Setoguchi has been with several teams throughout his career so far. His best point tally came in the 2008-09 season when Setoguchi accumulated a career high 65 points with the San Jose Sharks. Since then, he’s seen his numbers decline and has played for the Minnesota Wild and Winnipeg Jets.
The goal is that Setoguchi will provide the Calgary Flames with some secondary scoring. This will also give Setoguchi a chance to re-ignite his career and get back to scoring goals consistently. This guy has size, speed and isn’t afraid to shoot the puck from anywhere. And at 27, Setoguchi still has a lot of potential to improve his game and help the younger Flames players improve their skills as well. This new Flames roster has plenty of young talent eager to make their mark in the NHL this season.
Devin Setoguchi may have the opportunity to be the set up man for young players like forwards Sean Monohan, Mikael Granlund and Brandon Bolig this season. Or he may be placed on a line with forwards Mason Raymond and Matt Stajan. I really hope he gets placed on one of the team’s young gun lines at some point in the season.
The Calgary Flames management staff has been very open and honest about having to lean heavily on their younger players in the upcoming season. I believe the team’s success this season will depend on whether or not Sean Monohan and recently acquired goalie Jonas Hiller have excellent seasons this year. Monohan tallied a total of 34 points for the Flames last season and will easily score 30 goals or more this season in my opinion.
However, I’ll be very surprised if this team is able to make the playoffs. I believe the Flames are still a couple of seasons away from challenging for a playoff spot. Regardless, the signing of Devin Setoguchi is a steal in my opinion and I can’t wait to see how long it will take for him to score his first goal as a member of the Calgary Flames.