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Flames All-Time Countdown Chapter LXXI: 184-181

Get reacquainted with four more Flames, including left winger Nigel Dawes, centers Sean Monahan and Jamie Lundmark, and defenseman Bill Plager.

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184. Nigel Dawes

Dawes is a 5’9" left winger from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was a fifth round selection of the New York Rangers in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, 149th overall. He played four WHL seasons with the Kootenay Ice before turning pro, scoring 159 goals and 113 assists in 245 contests.

Born on February 9th, 1985, Dawes made his first professional appearance with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, playing with the team through his first four seasons (excepting eight games with the Rangers in 2006-07, when he scored one goal and posted a minus-4 rating). As a member of "the Pack," he totaled 86 goals with 95 assists in 166 contests. Later, he totaled 24 goals and 24 assists in 113 games for New York. He also played in 12 games for the Phoenix Coyotes, earning two assists.

The Flames claimed Dawes off waivers during the 2009 offseason. He scored two goals on October 24th in a 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers. On November 7th, he assisted on each of Calgary’s markers in a 3-1 victory against his first team, the Rangers. On November 25th, he broke a 1-1 tie with six minutes left in regulation to earn a 2-1 Flames victory over the Phoenix Coyotes. He averaged 14:32 per appearance over 66 games, ranking fourth on the Flames with 14 goals on 96 shots for a team leading 14.6 shot percentage (minimum 10 shots on goal). He also had 18 assists, a plus-1 rating and 18 penalty minutes.

Dawes signed a contract with the Atlanta Thrashers during the offseason. In addition to his time in Atlanta (nine games, one assist), he also played with the Chicago Wolves (AHL, 47 games, 27 goals, 17 assists), the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL, 19 games, 14 goals, 14 assists), the Montreal Canadiens (four games), and Astana Barys (KHL, 157 games, 62 goals, 53 assists). He’s signed with Astana through the 2014-15 season.

All-Time Statline: 66 games, 14 goals, 18 assists, plus-1 rating, 18 penalty minutes, 3.58 point shares.

183. Jamie Lundmark

Lundmark was a 6’, 197 lb. center from Edmonton, Alberta. Born on January 16th, 1981, he got his start in 1998-99 with the WHL’s Moose Jaw Warriors, when he scored 40 goals with 51 assists and 121 penalty minutes in 70 games. The New York Rangers chose him in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft in 1999, with the ninth overall pick.

Lundmark played another season with Moose Jaw (37 games, 21 goals, 27 assists) before playing one last WHL season with the Seattle Thunderbirds (52 games, 35 goals, 42 assists). He made his professional debut in 2001-02 with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack (79 games, 27 goals, 32 assists) before splitting the next year between the Wolf Pack (22 games, nine goals, nine assists) and the Rangers (55 games, eight goals, 11 assists).

In 2003-04, Lundmark spent the whole season with the Rangers (56 games, two goals, eight assists), playing the next year between the Wolf Pack (64 games, 14 goals, 27 assists) and Bolzano HC (Italy, 14 games, nine goals, nine assists).
2005-06 would see Lundmark score a goal in three games for the Rangers. He also played with the Phoenix Coyotes (38 games, five goals, 13 assists) and the San Antonio Rampage (AHL, four games, one goal, two assists). On March 9th, the Coyotes traded him to the Flames for a draft pick (Doug Rogers).

Lundmark scored four times on 16 shots in 12 games for Calgary to close out the 2005-06 campaign. He played 12:32 per game with six assists, a plus-2 rating, and 20 penalty minutes. On March 23rd, he tallied three helpers in a 7-2 win over the St. Louis Blues. On April 7th, he scored the game winner in a 2-1 win against the Minnesota Wild. He had an assist in four playoff matches against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

2006-07 would see Lundmark total four assists in 39 games, playing 8:37 per contest. He posted a minus-4 rating and 31 penalty minutes while taking 28 shots on goal. The Flames traded him to the Los Angeles Kings on January 29th with two draft picks (Dwight King, Mitch Wahl) for Craig Conroy.

Lundmark played 29 games for the Kings (seven goals, two assists), later playing with the Lake Erie Monsters (51 games, 13 goals, 20 assists). He signed a free agent contract during the 2008 offseason with the Quad City Flames, where he scored 15 goals and 37 assists in 54 AHL contests. He also made his way back to Calgary, scoring eight goals on 50 shots in 13:59 per game. He added eight assists, a plus-2 rating and 17 penalty minutes. On March 12th, he scored twice with an assist in a 6-5 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings. On the 23rd, he had a goal and a helper in a 5-3 win against the Wings. He repeated the trick on the 28th, as the Flames set down the Minnesota Wild, 3-2.

In 2009-10, Lundmark played in 21 games for the Flames, scoring four times on 36 shots with five assists, a minus-6 rating and four penalty minutes in 15:22 per game. On November 27th, he had a goal and an assist in a 3-0 win against his favorite opponent, the Red Wings. The Toronto Maple Leafs picked him off waivers from Calgary in February.

Lundmark played with the Leafs (15 games, one goal, two assists), the Milwaukee Admirals (34 games, six goals, 12 assists), Timra IK (Sweden, 18 games, three goals, seven assists), Riga Dynamo (KHL, 47 games, eight goals, eight assists), and Klagenfurt AC (88 games, 41 goals, 45 assists). He’s signed with Klagenfurt AC through the 2014-15 season.

All-Time Statline: 99 games, 16 goals, 23 assists, minus-6 rating, 72 penalty minutes, 3.64 point shares.

182. Sean Monahan

Monahan, a 6’2", 185 lb. center, was born on October 12th, 1994 in Brampton, Ontario. He played three seasons with the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s starting in 2010-11, scoring 84 goals with 119 assists in 185 contests. The Flames drafted him with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Monahan has yet to appear in the NHL’s series of minor leagues, and probably never will. He played in 75 contests with the Flames, and ranked second on the club with 22 markers, scored on 140 shots. He added 12 assists and ranked pretty low on the club with a minus-20 rating, earning eight penalty minutes on the season. He placed eighth in the end of the year voting for the Calder Trophy, given annually to the NHL’s Rookie of the Year. He started out his career with nine points in his first eight games, all before his 19th birthday. This included a five game point streak to start the season. He scored his first goal in the season’s second contest, a win over the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3. On the 9th of the month, he recorded a goal with a helper in a 3-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens. On March the 1st, he put up his first two goal game, in a 2-1 triumph over the Edmonton Oilers. Monahan is signed with the Flames through the 2015-16 season.

All-Time Statline: 78 games, 22 goals, 12 assists, minus-20 rating, eight penalty minutes, 3.71 point shares.

181. Bill Plager

Plager, a 5’9" defenseman from Kirkland Lake, Ontario, was born on July 6th, 1945. He played three seasons with the OHA’s Peterborough Petes (123 games, six goals, 29 assists) before playing two seasons in the CPHL with the Houston Apollos (51 games, four goals, 13 assists) and the Memphis South Stars (30 games, zero goals, seven assists). He also appeared with the Minnesota North Stars (32 games, zero goals, two assists), the St. Louis Blues (127 games, two goals, 18 assists), the Kansas City Blues (42 games, one goal, four assists), the Buffalo Bisons (48 games, two goals, 28 assists) and the Denver Spurs (eight games, zero goals, five assists). The Flames picked him up in the Expansion Draft.

In 1972-73, Plager joined the original team. He played in 76 games for Atlanta, scoring a pair of goals on 60 shots with 11 assists, a minus-18 rating and 92 penalty minutes. The North Stars picked him up after the season in an "Intra-League Draft."

Plager went on to play with the New Haven Nighthawks (179 games, 13 goals, 74 assists) as well as the North Stars (28 games, zero goals, three assists) and the Erie Blades (NAHL, 64 games, five goals, 25 assists).

All-Time Statline: 76 games, two goals, 11 assists, minus-18 rating, 92 penalty minutes, 3.73 point shares.