Flames All-Time Countdown Chapter XXXIII: 370-366

Rich Lam

A review of left wingers Johnny Gaudreau and Brett Carson, centers Josh Green and Lance Bouma, and defenseman Keith Hanson.

370. Brett Carson

Carson, born on November 29th, 1985 in Regina, Saskatchewan, is a 6'3", 225 lb. left winger. He played five seasons of junior hockey in the WHL between the Moose Jaw Warriors (34 games, one goal, four assists, 28 PiM) and the Calgary Hitmen (234 games, 27 goals, 78 assists, 176 PiM) starting in 2001-02. The Carolina Hurricanes selected him in the fourth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft with the 109th overall pick.

Carson was in the Hurricanes system for most of the next five seasons, between the Albany River Rats (223 games, 13 goals, 75 assists, 92 PiM), the Charlotte Checkers (38 games, four goals, 16 assists, 14 PiM) and the Canes (72 games, two goals, 10 assists, 20 PiM). On February 28th, 2011, the Flames claimed him off waivers.

Carson played in six games for Calgary to close out the 2010-11 season, registering a plus-2 rating. The following season would see him play 34 games for the Abbotsford Heat, scoring twice with six assists. He also went minus-2 in two games for the Flames.

In 2012-13, Carson played in 26 contests for the Heat, lighting the lamp six times with five helpers. He was called up to Calgary for 10 games late in the season. He would earn his only NHL point on April 19th, an assist in a 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks. He totaled 13 shots on goal at hockey's top level.

Last season would see Carson play for the Swedish team, AIK, scoring three times with seven assists in 49 games.

All-Time Statline: 18 games, zero goals, one assist, minus-1 rating, zero penalty minutes, 0.20 point shares.

369. Keith Hanson

Hanson was a bruising 6'5", 215 lb. defenseman from Bemidji, Minnesota. Born on April 26th, 1957, he played two seasons in the Midwest Junior Hockey League with the Austin Mavericks (93 games, 22 goals, 60 assists, 186 PiM). After the 1976-77 season, the Minnesota North Stars selected him in the ninth round of the NHL Draft, 145th overall.

Hanson did not report to Minnesota, deciding instead to join Northern Michigan University for four seasons of college level hockey. As a Wildcat, he scored 34 times with 66 assists and 303 penalty minutes in 148 games, graduating with the Class of 1981.

Hanson played with the IHL's Toledo Goaldiggers for 82 games in 1981-82, tallying seven goals and 37 assists with 185 penalty minutes. The following season would see him play with the CHL's Birmingham South Stars (69 games, four goals, 21 assists, 187 PiM). Minnesota traded him during the 1983 offseason with Mike Eaves to the Flames for Steve Christoff and a second round pick (Frantisek Musil).

1983-84 would see Hanson split his season between the Colorado Flames in the AHL (39 games, five goals, 21 assists, 64 PiM) and Calgary. He took 19 shots on goal in his only action at the NHL level through 25 games, earning two assists (both on shorthanded goals). He also posted a minus-13 rating and spent 77 minutes in the penalty box. He played in 70 games with the Moncton Flames (five goals, 17 assists, 145 PiM) in 1984-85 to close out his professional career.

Maybe these Hanson's were a little bit better known:

All-Time Statline: 25 games, zero goals, two assists, minus-13 rating, 77 penalty minutes, 0.20 point shares.

368. Josh Green

Green is a 6'3", 215 lb. center from Camrose, Alberta. Born on November 16th, 1977, he played junior hockey for five seasons starting in 1993-94 in the WHL between the Medicine Hat Tigers (228 games, 97 goals, 102 assists, 223 PiM), the Swift Current Broncos (28 games, 19 goals, 16 assists, 42 PiM) and the Portland Winter Hawks (26 games, 26 goals, 18 assists, 27 PiM). The Los Angeles Kings selected him in the second round of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft with the 30th overall selection.

After graduating from juniors, Green spent 1997-98 with the Fredericton Canadians (43 games, 16 goals, 15 assists). The following season would see him make his NHL debut with the Kings (27 games, one goal, three assists) while also playing 41 games with the Springfield Falcons, scoring 15 goals with as many assists.

Starting in 1999-00, Green began spending most of each season at the NHL level, at least for a while. He played 49 games with the New York Islanders (12 goals, 14 assists), 81 games with the Edmonton Oilers (10 goals, seven assists, 64 PiM), four games with the New York Rangers, and 21 with the Washington Capitals (one goal, two assists).

The 2003 offseason would see Green sign a free agent contract to play with the Flames. On December 7th, in his first game with Calgary, he notched his first point with the club, an assist in a 6-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins. On December 18th, he scored his first goal in a 5-0 win over the Boston Bruins. He scored twice with four assists before getting waived by the Flames on February 6th.

Green got the better end of Chartrand in the following video snippet:

After the Rangers picked him off waivers (14 games, three goals, two assists), he also played with the Vancouver Canucks (90 games, six goals, seven assists, 39 PiM), the Anaheim Mighty Ducks (12 games) and the Oilers (seven games, one goal, one assist). He spent last season with Tappara Tampere in Sweden (44 games, 21 goals, 10 assists, 94 PiM).

All-Time Statline: 36 games, two goals, four assists, minus-3 rating, 24 penalty minutes, 0.20 point shares.

367. Lance Bouma

Bouma is a 6'1", 210 lb. center from Provost, Alberta. Born on March 25th, 1990, he played five seasons in the WHL with the Vancouver Giants starting in 2005-06 and totaling 39 goals and 76 assists in 230 games, also racking up 374 penalty minutes. The Flames chose him in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft with the 78th selection overall. He joined the Abbotsford Heat during the 2010 playoffs, and contributed a goal in five games.

In 2010-11, Bouma played 61 games for Abbotsford, lighting the lamp 12 times with eight assists and 54 penalty minutes. The Flames called him up on February 5th, and he made his first NHL point in his second game, an assist in a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks. It would be his only point over 16 games with Calgary, to go along with nine shots on goal, a minus-1 rating, and two penalty minutes in just under six minutes per game.

Bouma split his 2011-12 season between the Heat (31 games, three goals, three assists, 53 penalty minutes) and Calgary. He scored his first NHL goal on February 7th, in his first appearance of the season in a 3-1 win against the Minnesota Wild. He played just over 10 minutes per game, appearing in 27 contests and scoring his goal on 26 shots, along with two assists, a minus-5 rating and 11 penalty minutes.

In 2012-13, Bouma missed nearly the whole season recovering from a knee injury and two associated surgical procedures. He only suited up for three games, totaling one goal.

2013-14 would see Bouma make the club out of camp, and play 78 games for Calgary. He played a career high 12:36 per game, along with five goals on 82 shots, 10 assists, and 41 penalty minutes. He had four points in six games from January 16th through the 28th. Later, he had his first multi-point game, earning two helpers on March 12th in a 7-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks.

All-Time Statline: 121 games, six goals, 13 assists, minus-10 rating, 54 penalty minutes, 0.20 point shares.

366. Johnny Gaudreau

Gaudreau, more widely referred to as "Johnny Hockey," is a 5'6", 150 lb. left winger from Carneys Point, New Jersey. Born on August 13th, 1993, he played the 2010-11 season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints, scoring 36 goals with 36 assists in 60 games and leading the team to the USHL's top honor, the Clark Cup. The Flames chose him in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft with the 104th overall pick. I cannot imagine 103 better players leaving the amateur level in the same year.

Gaudreau earned the Hobey Baker Award to conclude his junior season with the Boston College Eagles as the nation's best college hockey player. He had 36 goals and 44 assists in only 40 games, the highest scoring average for any collegiate player in over 10 years. In total, Gaudreau had 78 goals and 97 assists in 119 contests. He signed with the Flames for three years on April 11th, 2014.

Check out this bio on Gaudreau, and what impact Skittles had on his early development:

Gaudreau joined the Flames without a stop at the AHL level. His debut came during Calgary's season finale, a 5-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Mr. Hockey did pretty well for himself, despite the outcome, scoring the Flames only goal on his only shot of the night and playing just over 15 minutes. The Flames have him signed through the 2015-16 season.

Since his lone NHL appearance, Gaudreau hasn't been up to much, unless you count the two goals and eight assists he tabbed in seven games through the World Championships.

All-Time Statline: One game, one goal, zero assists, plus-1 rating, zero penalty minutes, 0.21 point shares.

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