What do you think of Elias Lindholm? One of my friends recently got into the Flames and likes him, and now I’m trying to learn more about him and the Flames.
He’s a really good player. He never really managed to figure it out in Carolina, but in Calgary, he sort of walked into the perfect situation for himself. He gets to play on the top line, along with two other very talented players in Gaudreau and Monahan. The consistency is what made things come together for him this year, I think, more than anything else. He had some good linemates in Carolina as well, but was constantly playing with different guys. In Calgary, he’s been able to develop a ton of chemistry with his linemates because they aren’t being changed game to game. He’s a big part of why that line was so dominant this year. Having him and Monahan there to take faceoffs from their respective strong sides gives them a real edge. The only unfortunate thing for him is he signed his new contract last year and not this year. Now he’s a bargain for the Flames. Less than $5 million a season for the next 5 years for a guy who looks like legit top-line forward.