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Flames All-Time Countdown Chapter XXVII: 400-396

Today, we look back at Rik Wilson, Dave Reierson, Rick Lessard, Corban Knight, and Kenny Agostino.

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400. Rik Wilson

Wilson was a 6', 195 lb. defenseman from Long Beach, California. Born on June 17th, 1962, he played in 67 games with the OHA's Kingston Canadians in 1979-80, scoring 15 goals with 38 assists and 75 penalty minutes. The St. Louis Blues selected him in the first round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft with the 12th overall pick.

Wilson played the next season and a half with Kingston, now part of the rebranded OHL, scoring 39 goals with 80 assists and 146 penalty minutes in 84 games. He then played in parts of six seasons in various levels of the Blues organization, mostly with St. Louis (235 games, 21 goals, 60 assists, 214 PiM). He added four assists in 22 playoff games, also earning 23 penalty minutes.

The Blues traded Wilson to Calgary on February 1st, 1986 with Joe Mullen and Terry Johnson for Eddy Beers, Charlie Bourgeois, and Gino Cavallini. While part of the Flames organization, he played in eight contests for the Moncton Golden Flames, scoring three goals and three assists. He also took three shots on goal over two games with Calgary, earning a plus-2 rating. The Flames traded him to the Chicago Blackhawks on March 11th for Tom McMurchy.

After playing in 14 games with the Blackhawks (four goals, five assists), Wilson went on to play in the AHL, the IHL, and in Austria. He retired following the 1992-93 season, in which he played two games for the Fort Wayne Komets.

All-Time Statline: Two games, zero goals, zero assists, plus-2 rating, zero penalty minutes, 0.10 point shares.

399. Dave Reierson

Reierson, a native of Bashaw, Alberta, was a 6', 185 lb. defenseman. Born on August 30th, 1964, he was chosen in the second round of the 1982 NHL Entry Draft by the Flames, with the 29th overall pick. Instead of reporting directly to the Flames organization, he elected instead to commence his college education at Michigan Tech. In four collegiate seasons, he played in 151 games, scoring 18 goals with 72 assists and 242 penalty minutes for the Huskies.

After graduating with the Class of 1986, Reierson joined Canada's National Team for the next year and a half, playing in 93 games and scoring three goals with 25 assists. Halfway through the 1987-88 season, he left Canada's team and joined Calgary's IHL affiliate, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles. He played for most of the next season and a half with the club, lighting the lamp for 17 goals and assisting on 65 others. He played his first NHL game with Calgary on February 18th, in a 4-3 loss to the Boston Bruins, posting a plus-1 rating and taking a single shot on goal. Four days later, he played his last NHL game, a 4-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. His only impact on the final line was his two minutes in the penalty box.

Reierson spent the next 10 seasons all over the place, including time spent with Finnish, French, and German teams, and another hitch with Team Canada.

All-Time Statline: Two games, zero goals, zero assists, plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes, 0.10 point shares.

398. Rick Lessard

Lessard is a 6'2", 206 lb. defenseman from Timmins, Ontario. Born on January 9th, 1968, he played four seasons with the OHL's Ottawa 67's beginning in 1984-85. He totaled 13 goals, 103 assists, and an impressive 757 penalty minutes in 248 games. The Flames selected him in the seventh round of the 1986 NHL Entry Draft, with the 142nd overall pick.

In 1988-89, Lessard joined the IHL's Salt Lake Golden Eagles for most of the season, scoring 10 times with 42 assists in 239 penalty minutes in 76 contests. He was called up to Calgary for six games near the end of January. On February 5th, he earned his only point of the season, an assist in a 5-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks. He also earned a two minute minor and posted a minus-2 rating.

1989-90 would see Lessard score three times with 18 assists and 169 penalty minutes in 66 games. He made one more start in Calgary, earning an assist in a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings. He remained in Salt Lake the next year, earning 272 penalty minutes in 80 games. He also had eight goals with 27 assists that season.

During the 1991 offseason, Lessard was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the expansion draft. He had two more assists in eight more NHL games with San Jose before getting sent back down. His career would see him play with the Kansas City Blades (47 games, three goals, 16 assists, 117 PiM), the Providence Bruins (six games), the Hamilton Canucks (52 games, 17 assists, 157 PiM), the South Carolina Stingrays (five games, one goal, 10 PiM), the Golden Eagles (31 games, one goal, two assists), and the Rochester Americans (eight games, one goal, two assists).

All-Time Statline: Seven games, zero goals, two assists, minus-3, two penalty minutes, 0.10 point shares.

397. Corban Knight

Knight is a 6'2", 200 lb. center from High River, Alberta. Born on September 10th, 1990, he played two seasons with the Okotoks Oilers in the AJHL, making 38 assists with 35 goals in 65 games starting in 2007-08. The Florida Panthers selected him in the fifth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft with the 135th overall pick.

Knight didn't turn pro right away, instead attending the University of North Dakota for four seasons of college level hockey. He had 52 goals and 94 assists in his 161 matches for the Fighting Sioux. After graduating with the Class of 2013, the Panthers sent him off to the Flames for a fourth round draft choice (Michael Downing).

The 2013-14 season, Knight's official rookie season as a professional, would see him play most of the year with the Abbotsford Heat (70 games, 18 goals, 26 assists, 50 PiM). He was called up for his first exposure to the NHL on March 5th, skating just under eight minutes per game over seven contests. He scored his only NHL goal to date on March 12th, in a 7-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. He would total four shots on goal and a minus-1 rating. He is signed with the Flames through the end of the 2014-15 campaign.

All-Time Statline: Seven games, one goal, zero assists, minus-1 rating, zero penalty minutes, 0.10 point shares.

396. Kenny Agostino

Agostino is a 5'11", 195 lb. center from Flanders, New Jersey. Born on April 30th, 1992, he was drafted in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft with the 140th overall pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins out of high school. He didn't turn pro right away, instead playing for the Yale Bulldogs for four seasons in college, graduating after the 2013-14 season. In 134 collegiate matches, he scored 56 goals and 76 assists.

While he was still a junior, Agostino, along with Ben Hanowski and a first round pick (Morgan Klimchuk) were traded from the Pens to the Flames for Jarome Iginla. He joined the Flames for eight of their last 13 games of the season, playing 11 minutes per night and totaling 12 shots on goal. His first career point came on April 4th, a goal in the second period of a 2-1 win over the Florida Panthers. On the 9th, he tabbed an assist in a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Kings. He is also signed through next season.

All-Time Statline: Eight games, one goal, one assist, minus-2 rating, zero penalty minutes, 0.10 point shares.

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