What’s Up, Tkachuk?: Flames Need Matthew Tkachuk

Back with more RFA talk, let’s turn to the Calgary Flames.

The team has one of their top wingers up for RFA; they need to get it together and re-sign Matthew Tkachuk.

Matthew Tkachuk is a 21-year-old left-winger who has played 224 NHL regular season games while scoring 71 goals and 103 assists for 174 points with a +27 rating. He has a 57.0% Corsi For. The 6’2″, 202 lbs winger has amazing defensive play with 51 blocked shots, 104 hits, 42 takeaways, and 228 PIMs, all while averaging 16:30 on the ice per game.

NHL Standard career statistics
Scoring Goals Assists Shots Ice Time
Season Age Tm Lg GP G A PTS +/- PIM EV PP SH GW EV PP SH S S% TSA TOI ATOI FOW FOL FO% BLK HIT TK GV Awards
2016-17 19 CGY NHL 76 13 35 48 14 105 10 3 0 2 25 10 0 142 9.2 232 1114 14:40 8 15 34.8 22 65 40 27 Calder-7
2017-18 20 CGY NHL 68 24 25 49 -1 61 14 10 0 2 18 7 0 188 12.8 309 1173 17:15 7 10 41.2 16 80 32 34
2018-19 21 CGY NHL 80 34 43 77 14 62 23 11 0 2 30 13 0 207 16.4 344 1408 17:36 6 7 46.2 13 104 42 56
Career 3 yrs NHL 224 71 103 174 27 228 47 24 0 6 73 30 0 537 13.2 885 3695 16:30 21 32 39.6 51 249 114 117
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/30/2019.

 

Tkachuk finished 4th in points on the Flames last season and was on this year’s NHL Network Top 20 Wingers at Number 17. The Flames have a great, developing player in Tkachuk at just 21-years-old.

Last season, the team went on a steady streak and landed at 1st in the Pacific by the end of the regular season. After that they met a swift 5 game defeat in the first round but this off-season they needed to have learned from that and have made changes and trades to push the Flames further into a playoff run.

If they want to have success coming, they need Tkachuk. He is a talented player and can bring this team glory. His teammates want him back as well. Captain Mark Giordano told TSN:

“There’s no question how much he means to our team. Everybody knows that he’s a guy that brings it every night, he battles.” (x)

The Flames still have $7,756,625 in projected cap space and only one other RFA (Andrew Mangiapane) left to re-sign. The Flames need to get on it and resign this kid because he is going to only get better and stronger from here.


Featured Image: Al Charest / Postmedia
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