The Calgary Flames open their season on the road against the Vancouver Canucks. Eight players from last season are no longer a part of the organization, and seven players will make their official Flames debut.

Ryan Pike of FlamesNation wrote an article about how the opening roster has changed from previous years, and this season boasts arguably one of the most exciting opening rosters in recent memory.

This new-look team hopes to play a strong season with meaningful hockey deep into the spring months of 2019. What went into the composition of this iteration of the Flames, and where did the ex-players go?

2018-19

Gaudreau-Monahan-Lindholm
Tkachuk-Backlund-Frolik
DubeRyanNeal
Bennett-Jankowski-Czarnik

Giordano-Brodie
Hanifin-Hamonic
Valimaki-Stone

Smith
Rittich

2017-18

Gaudreau-Monahan-Ferland
Tkachuk-Backlund-Frolik
Versteeg-Bennett-Hathaway
GlassStajanBrouwer

Giordano-Hamilton
Brodie-Hamonic
Bartkowski-Stone

Smith
Lack

The Ins

The Outs

The puck drops at 8 pm MT. It is definitely October and hockey is definitely back.

Header photo courtesy of Derek Wills.

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