Flames All-Time Countdown Chapter XLIX: 290-286

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Chapter 49 brings us defensemen Doug Mohns and Brad Schlegel, right winger Tim Jackman, goaltender Philippe Sauve, and left winger Ville Nieminen.

290. Brad Schlegel

Schlegel was a 5’10", 188 lb. defenseman from Kitchener, Ontario. Born on July 22nd, 1968, he played three seasons with the London Knights (193 games, 19 goals, 99 assists) in the OHL starting in 1985-86.

After he racked up 76 points in 66 games in 1987-88, Schlegel was a seventh round selection of the Washington Capitals, 144th overall in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. He didn’t report to the Caps, electing instead to join the Canadian National Team for three seasons (191 games, 17 goals, 67 assists). For two seasons starting in 1991-92, he began to split his time between the Baltimore Skipjacks (63 games, three goals, 21 assists), the Capitals (22 games, zero goals, two assists) and Team Canada (nine games, four goals, 20 assists).

During the 1993 offseason, Washington traded Schlegel to the Flames for a seventh round pick (Andrew Brunette). He earned an assist in his first game, a 7-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets on November 15th. He scored his only NHL goal on January 26th, as the Flames dropped a close one to the Dallas Stars, 3-2. He totaled one goal on 24 shots, dropping in six assists, four penalty minutes, and a minus-4 rating. Also during 1993-94, he played with the Saint John Flames (21 games, two goals, eight assists) and the Team Canada (12 games).

Schlegel went on to play with Hannover EC (Germany, 26 games, one goal, 17 assists), Villach VSV (Austria, 216 games, 26 goals, 112 assists), the Schwenningen Wild Wings (Germany, 56 games, 12 goals, 16 assists), VSV EC (Austria, three goals, one assist), the Cologne Sharks (Germany, 224 games, 35 goals, 112 assists), and the Hannover Scorpions (51 games, seven goals, 14 assists).

All-Time Statline: 26 games, one goal, six assists, minus-4 rating, four penalty minutes, 0.97 point shares.

289. Tim Jackman

Jackman, born on November 14th, 1981, was a 6’4", 220 lb. right winger from Minot, North Dakota. He played two collegiate seasons with Minnesota State University at Mankato, scoring 25 goals with 28 assists and 178 penalty minutes in 73 contests. The Columbus Blue Jackets selected him in the second round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft with the 38th overall pick.

Before joining the Flames for the 2010-11 season, Jackman played with the Syracuse Crunch (214 games, 46 goals, 41 assists), the Blue Jackets (19 games, one goal, two assists), the San Antonio Rampage (50 games, seven goals, 13 assists), the Phoenix Coyotes (eight games, 21 PiM), the Manchester Monarchs (87 games, 21 goals, 17 assists), the Los Angeles Kings (five games, 10 PiM), the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (56 games, 21 goals, 22 assists, 102 PiM), and the New York Islanders (159 games, 10 goals, 15 assists, 310 PiM).

Flames signed on as a free agent for the Flames during the 2010 offseason. He was one of four players to appear in all 82 games for Calgary, and led the team with 86 penalty minutes. He scored 10 goals on 131 shots with 13 assists and a plus-4 rating in 9:49 per game. On New Years’ Eve, he tabbed an assist and scored the game winning goal in a 3-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche. On January 22nd, he had a goal and an assist in a 4-3 shootout victory against the Vancouver Canucks. In a 5-2 win over the Ottawa Senators, he scored two goals on five shots. It was his best season by far. In fact, using the point share metric, he earned a 2.3 through the season. His other nine seasons have totaled -1.1 point shares.

In 2011-12, Jackman appeared in 75 games and played 9:07 per contest. He scored a goal on 103 shots with six assists and a team leading 94 penalty minutes. He finished the season with a team-worst-tying minus-21 rating. On October 28th, he earned two assists in a 3-1 win against the St. Louis Blues.

2012-13 would see Jackman score a goal on 42 shots with four assists in 42 games. He earned four assists, a team leading 76 penalty minutes, and a minus-9 rating in 7:36 per contest. Last season he scored a goal on nine shots in 10 games, with 41 penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating in 6:23 per game. On November 21st, 2013 the Flames traded him to the Anaheim Ducks for a sixth round pick. He currently has one season left on his current contract, for $637,500.

All-Time Statline: 209 games, 13 goals, 23 assists, minus-27 rating, 297 penalty minutes, 1.03 point shares.

288. Doug Mohns

Mohns, a 6’, 185 lb. defenseman, was a native of Capreol, Ontario, and the oldest player on the countdown. Born on December 13th, 1933, he first gained notoriety in 1951-52 with the Barrie Flyers. He played two OHL seasons with the club, totaling 74 goals and 78 assists in 109 contests.

Mohns first found success at the NHL level with the Boston Bruins in 1953-54, and would spend a total of 11 seasons with the club (710 games, 118 goals, 229 assists, 671 PiM). He later played with the Chicago Blackhawks (415 games, 116 goals, 163 assists, 367 PiM) and the Minnesota North Stars (162 games, 12 goals, 48 assists, 148 PiM).

On June 12th, 1973, the one-season old Atlanta Flames claimed Mohns from Minnesota via Intra-League Draft. Then already 40 years old, he skated in a total of 28 games for Atlanta, tabbing three assists, 10 penalty minutes, taking 25 shots on goal, and finishing with a minus-7 rating. The Flames traded him to the Washington Capitals for cash after the season.

Mohns proved to have a little left in the tank for his last season of organized hockey, scoring twice with 19 assists in 75 games for the Caps. He was frequently involved in charity after his retirement until his passing on February 7th, 2014.

All-Time Statline: 28 games, zero goals, three assists, minus-7 rating, 10 penalty minutes, 1.04 point shares.

287. Philippe Sauve

Sauve was a 6’, 188 lb. goaltender from Buffalo, New York. Born on February 27th, 1980, he was a second round selectee of the Colorado Avalanche in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, 38th overall.

Sauve racked up a 71-63-9 record while in the QMJHL between the Rimouski Oceanic, the Drummondville Voltigeurs, and the Hull Olympiques. In 2000-01, he joined the Hershey Bears, with whom he spent most of the next four seasons (71-65-19). He also enjoyed an NHL debut with the Avalanche in 2003-04, earning a 7-7-3 record with a 3.04 goals against average and a save percentage of .896.

During the 2004-05 work stoppage, Sauve played in the ECHL with the Mississippi Sea Wolves (13-4-4, .923, 2.59). Before play resumed for the 2005-06 season, the Avs traded him to the Flames for "future considerations."

Sauve appeared in eight games for Calgary between October 2005 and January 2006. On November 21st, he stopped 33-of-35 shots in a 3-2, shootout win over Colorado. He turned aside 31-of-32 Devils shots on December 7th, in a 4-1 victory against New Jersey. In total, he appeared in eight games, racking up a 3-3-0 record and an .891 save percentage. On Groundhog’s Day, the Flames traded him with Steve Reinprecht to the Phoenix Coyotes for Brian Boucher and Mike Leclerc.

Despite his abbreviated time with the club, Sauve gave us this moment to remember:

Sauve went 0-4-0 with Phoenix, and never again earned an NHL victory. He later played with the San Antonio Rampage (4-5-0, .883, 3.80), the Providence Bruins (10-11-1, .890, 2.83), the Boston Bruins (0-0-0, .826, 5.80), the Hamilton Bulldogs (2-3-0, .916, 2.40), the Iowa Stars (5-5-0, .855, 4.25), and the Hamburg Freezers in 2007-08 (9-3-0, .905, 2.91).

All-Time Statline: Eight games, 3-3-0, 202 shots faced, 180 saves, .891 save percentage, 3.28 goals against average, 1.06 point shares.

286. Ville Nieminen

Nieminen is a 6’1", 200 lb. left winger from Tampere, Finland. Born on April 6th, 1977, he played parts of three seasons with Tappara Tampere, scoring 10 goals and 14 assists with 128 penalty minutes in 69 games. The Colorado Avalanche drafted him 78th overall, in the third round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

Nieminen joined the Hershey Bears in 1997-98, and would play most of the next four seasons there (243 games, 69 goals, 82 assists, 314 PiM). After his time with the Avalanche (104 games, 24 goals, 22 assists, 68 PiM), he would play with the Pittsburgh Penguins (88 games, 10 goals, 14 assists, 101 PiM) and the Chicago Blackhawks (60 games, two goals, 11 assists, 40 PiM). On February 24th, 2004, Chicago traded him for Jason Morgan and a sixth round pick (Joseph Fallon).

Nieminen played in 19 regular season games for the Flames to close out the season. He had a four game point streak from March 7th through the 13th, with three goals and two assists, including one of each in a 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on the 11th. He played 14:36 per game, scoring three times on 27 shots with five assists, a plus-6 rating, and 18 penalty minutes. He would have more impact in the playoffs, scoring four goals and four assists with 55 penalty minutes in 24 contests for the eventual Western Conference Champions.

When the 2004-05 season was cancelled, Nieminen joined Tappara Tampere for the first time in eight seasons, scoring 14 times with 13 helpers in 26 games. When he returned, he joined the New York Rangers (48 games, five goals, 12 assists), later joining the San Jose Sharks (52 games, four goals, five assists), the St. Louis Blues (14 games), the Malmo Redhawks (Sweden, 34 games, nine goals, 15 assists, 124 PiM), Tappara (217 games, 65 goals, 77 assists), Novosibirsk Sibir (KHL, 53 games, 12 goals, 23 assists), Orebro HK (Sweden, 15 games, four goals, five assists), Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik (KHL, six games, one goal), and Riga Dynamo (16 games, one assist). He spent last season with Tappara Tampere.

All-Time Statline: 19 games, three goals, five assists, plus-6 rating, 18 penalty minutes, 1.08 point shares.

Thank you for continuing to tune in throughout the offseason. Join us tomorrow for the historic 50th chapter of the Flames' story, including a guy they called, "Cujo."

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