Flames All-Time Countdown Chapter L: 285-281

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Today, check out right wingers Blake Comeau and Sergei Krivokrasov, goaltender Curtis Joseph, left winger Gary McAdam, and center Jim Dowd.

285. Blake Comeau

Comeau first gained notoriety as a member of the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets, playing five seasons starting in 2002-03. He totaled 60 goals and 117 helpers in 253 contests with the club. The New York Islanders selected him in the second round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, with the 47th overall pick.

A 6’, 195 lb.  right winger from Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, Comeau was born on February 18th, 1986. In 2005-06, he made his professional debut with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, appearing in seven playoff games and earning three assists. He would remain in the Islanders organization most of the next six seasons, splitting his time between the Tigers (113 games, 20 goals, 61 assists) and New York (261 games, 56 goals, 65 assists). The Islanders waived him on November 25th, 2011, and the Flames picked him up.

Comeau appeared in 58 games for Calgary through the 2011-12 season, scoring five times on 117 shots with 10 assists, 24 penalty minutes, and an even rating in 16:06 per contest. On December 1st, he scored his first Flames goal and collected an assist in a 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. On January 21st, he scored a goal and two assists with a plus-4 rating in a 6-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

In 2012-13, Comeau played in 33 games for the Flames, scoring four goals on 44 shots with three assists. He played 12:17 per game, posted a minus-9 rating, and earned 14 penalty minutes. On March 6th, he tabbed the game winner in a 4-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks. Calgary traded him to the Blue Jackets on April 3rd for a fifth round pick (Eric Roy).

Comeau finished out the 2012-13 season, then stayed with Columbus through the next season. He has played 70 games with the club and has scored seven times with 14 assists.

All-Time Statline: 91 games, nine goals, 13 assists, minus-9 rating, 38 penalty minutes, 1.08 point shares.

284. Sergei Krivokrasov

Krivokrasov was a first round draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft, 12th overall. The Angarsk, Russia native was born on April 15th, 1974. A 5’10", 183 lb. right winger, he played with CSKA Moscow for two seasons before his selection (77 games, 14 goals, eight assists).

Krivokrasov spent the first six seasons of his North American career in Chicago’s organization, between the Indianapolis Ice (169 games, 71 goals, 79 assists) and the Blackhawks (225 games, 42 goals, 41 assists). He also played in parts of two seasons with the Nashville Predators (133 games, 34 goals, 40 assists). On March 14th, 2000, the Predators traded him to the Flames for Cale Hulse and a third round pick (Denis Platonov).

Krivokrasov played in a grand total of 12 games for the Flames, playing an average of 13:22 per appearance. He scored in 10 of his 12 contests, including a seven game point streak to close the season. He earned two assists on March 19th in a 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. He scored his only goal on March 31st, accounting for all of Calgary’s offense in a 3-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes.

The Flames left Krivokrasov unprotected in the Expansion Draft during the 2000 offseason, where the Minnesota Wild picked him up. After his time in the Wild (63 games, eight goals, 16 assists), he appeared with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks (17 games, one goal, two assists) and the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (15 games, three goals, five assists). Later, he played for Russian clubs Khabarovsk Amur (90 games, 30 goals, 32 assists, 226 PiM), Omsk Avangard (19 games, four goals, seven assists), Cherepovets Severstal (26 games, seven goals, nine assists), CSKA Moscow (50 games, 15 goals, five assists, 102 PiM), Moscow Dynamo (18 games, two goals, two assists), and Novokuznetsk Metallurg (79 games, 22 goals, 17 assists, 131 PiM).

All-Time Statline: 12 games, one goal, 10 assists, plus-2 rating, four penalty minutes, 1.09 point shares.

283. Curtis Joseph

Joseph, also known as "Cujo," was a 5’11", 193 goaltender from Keswick, Ontario. Born on April 29th, 1967, he went unnoticed and undrafted after posting a 21-11-5 record with a .919 save percentage for the University of Wisconsin in 1988-89. The St. Louis Blues signed him to a contract through free agency at the start of the 1989 offseason.

Joseph played six seasons for the Blues, posting a 137-96-34 record with a 3.04 goals against average and a .907 save percentage. He led the NHL in 1992-93 with a mark of .911. Later, he would find playing time with the Edmonton Oilers (76-76-20, .902, 2.90), the Toronto Maple Leafs (138-97-28, .910, 2.49), the Detroit Red Wings (50-29-9, .911, 2.46), and the Phoenix Coyotes (50-52-5, .898, 3.04).

Calgary signed Joseph through free agency on January 17th, 2008, where he backed up incumbent netminding force-of-nature Mikka Kiprusoff. On April 5th, he limited the Vancouver Canucks to one score on 28 shots in a 7-1 win for the Flames. He would post a 3-2-0 record in nine appearances for the Flames, stopping 90.6% of opposing shots-on-goal and restricting the other team to 2.55 goals per 60 minutes on the ice.

His brightest moment as a member of the team probably occurred in the first round of the playoffs, when Kiprusoff allowed three goals on five shots in the opening four minutes of the first period. Joseph came on in relief and stopped all 22 shots as Calgary charged back to earn a 4-3 win over the San Jose Sharks. The Flames led the series two-games-to-one afterward, but were eliminated in seven contests.

Joseph rejoined the Maple Leafs in 2008-09, and went 5-9-1. After not appearing through the first half of the 2009-10 season, he announced his retirement on January 12th, 2010.

All-Time Statline: Nine games, 3-2-0, 181 shots faced, 164 saves, 2.55 goals against average, .906 save percentage, 1.14 point shares.

282. Gary McAdam

McAdam was a third round selection of the Buffalo Sabres in the 1975 NHL Entry Draft, 53rd overall. A 5’11", 175 lb. forward, he was born on New Years’ Eve in 1955. The product of Smith Falls, Ontario scored 68 goals with 98 assists in 193 OHA contests between the Ottawa 67’s and the St. Catharines Black Hawks.

Before joining the Flames via trade in 1981, McAdam played with the Sabres (223 games, 39 goals, 45 assists) the Pittsburgh Penguins (140 games, 27 goals, 40 assists), and the Detroit Red Wings (40 games, five goals, 14 assists). Detroit traded him with a fourth round pick (John Bekkers) to the Flames for Eric Vail on November 10th, 1981.

McAdam appeared in 46 games for Calgary, scoring 12 times on 72 shots with 15 assists, a minus-6 rating, and 18 minutes in the penalty box. He also played in three playoff games for the Flames.

McAdam is the guy in the white jersey:

Just before the 1982-83 season, McAdam signed on with the Sabres for a second tour, which lasted just four games and resulted in one goal. He later played with the Washington Capitals (24 games, one goal, five assists), the New Jersey Devils (42 games, 10 goals, seven assists) and the Toronto Maple Leafs (15 games, one goal, six assists). He took over as the head coach of the Deering High School hockey club in 1997.

All-Time Statline: 46 games, 12 goals, 15 assists, minus-6 rating, 18 penalty minutes, 1.14 point shares.

281. Jim Dowd

Dowd was a four year letterman at Lake Superior State University, where he totaled 91 goals and 183 assists in 181 games, including a two points-per-game season in 1989-90. He graduated with the Class of 1991, then joined his hometown New Jersey Devils organization.

Dowd was a 6’1", 190 lb. center from Brick, NJ. Born on Christmas Day, 1968, he was an eighth round selection of the Devils in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, 149th overall. His first four and a half professional seasons were spent at various levels in the Devils hierarchy. He played 156 games with the Utica Devils (44 goals, 87 assists), the Albany River Rats (58 games, 26 goals, 37 assists), and New Jersey (55 games, 10 goals, 23 assists).

Between his time in New Jersey and his time in Calgary, Dowd played with the Vancouver Canucks (38 games, one goal, six assists) and the New York Islanders (three games). The Flames signed him as a free agent before the start of the 1997-98 season.

While in Calgary’s organization, Dowd played with the Saint John Flames (59 games, 13 goals, 41 assists), the Utah Grizzlies (48 games, 10 goals, 21 assists), and Calgary. He played in 48 games with the Flames, totaling six goals on 58 shots with eight assists, a plus-10 rating, and 12 penalty minutes. On October 30th, he earned two assists in a 4-2 Calgary win over the Phoenix Coyotes, his only multi-point effort while with the club. He scored his first goal on November 13th, as the Flames dropped a 4-2 decision to the Carolina Hurricanes. After the season, the Flames traded him to the Nashville Predators for "future considerations."

Dowd had a long post-Calgary career, appearing with the Oilers (70 games, five goals, 18 assists), the Hamilton Bulldogs (51 games, 15 goals, 29 assists), the Minnesota Wild (283 games, 32 goals, 89 assists), the Montreal Canadiens (14 games, three goals, two assists), the Hamburg Freezers (Germany, 20 games, four goals, nine assists), the Chicago Blackhawks (60 games, three goals, 12 assists), the Colorado Avalanche (18 games, two goals, one assist), the Devils (66 games, four goals, four assists), and the Philadelphia Flyers (73 games, five goals, five assists).

All-Time Statline: 48 games, six goals, eight assists, plus-10 rating, 12 penalty minutes, 1.14 point shares.

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