Michael Stone, Defence
21 GP, 2 G, 2 A, 4 Pts, 6 PIM, -1
55.13 CF%, -0.94 CFRel%, 56.19 xGF%, -2.63 xGFRel%
MGMacGillivray: C I haven’t been a supporter of Stone over the years, ever since BT decided to sign him to that really questionable contract which cost the Flames an extra draft pick and was obviously going to be bought out. However this year Stone was quite impressive after starting the year playing with Stockton. He worked his way into the Flames lineup and was nothing if not solid back there. He seemed to do a much better job of eliminating lapses defensively which we had seen in past seasons. The only reason Stone was even with the club really was the creation of the taxi squad, but he worked his way from that all the way to a regular in the lineup, major props to him. I wouldn’t have an issue if the Flames chose to re-sign him on another league minimum deal as a 6/7 dman this season.
MarkParkinson14: D- Look, I know Stone has his supporters within this fanbase, but I just don’t see it. He’s not spectacular, he’s not terrible, he just takes up a roster spot. And that spot should have been Oliver Kylington’s to develop, so maybe part of my issue with him. Stone has never been a real point producer from the blueline and he wasn’t this season in limited time. He only played in 21 games, producing four points in 2021. For some reason Calgary keeps coming back to Stone, despite having only playing in 68 games over the last three seasons with the Flames. Thankfully for the Flames Stone is a UFA and is no longer under contract, but it wouldn’t shock me if he signed a $700,000 deal to come back, which would make my head explode.