FlamesNation chats with Coda Gordon

Ryan Pike
July 16 2012 03:05PM

 

- picture via Shawn Mullins Swift Current Broncos Blog. He has his own interview with Gordon here

In the sixth round of last month's NHL Entry Draft, the Flames chose Calgary resident Coda Gordon, a winger with the WHL's Swift Current Broncos. Ranked fairly highly by NHL Central Scouting, Gordon scored 30 goals in his only full WHL season but his production tailed off a bit towards the end of the season. He chatted with FlamesNation's Ryan Pike at this week's Flames development camp.

Ryan Pike: What was it like to be drafted by your hometown team?

Coda Gordon: It was pretty good. I wasn't sure when I was gonna go, so I was thinking I was going to go somewhere, but to be drafted to your hometown is even better. You don't have to go anywhere. It's just exciting and I always grew up watching the Flames and they were my favourite team as a little kid, so it's been a great experience with them.

RP: Are you making any adjustments to how you're approaching next season?

CG: No, not really. I'm just going to continue working out with my trainer. I mean, if the Flames have anything extra that they think I need to work on, I'll definitely do that and adjust with that, but overall I'm probably going to stick to what I did and do some power-skating stuff and work with my trainer.

RP: You started off strong last season but tailed off a little bit. How are you working on consistency looking to next season?

CG: It was kind of just got mixed up with [Adam] Lowry getting injured and stuff like that, but that's just part of the game and I've got to adjust to that. So I'm just looking forward to hopefully get back with him and get some more chemistry and just continue to improve. Now that I'm stronger and used to the game now, the pace of the WHL, I think I'll be able to fit in more.

RP: There are a lot of veteran WHL players at this camp. Have you learned anything from them?

CG: A little bit. I more just kind of watch, see what they do, because they're pretty much pros so I try to take tips from that and learn the game and how they play and take little things from their game and work it into my game.

RP: With the draft and this camp, it seems like you have a really short off-season before WHL training camp starts.

CG: I'm going right after this, I'm going out to Kelowna to see this power-skating guy at a camp that he works. And then I've got another week where I'm gonna go on vacation and other than that, just train with my trainer here and kind of work for the training camps.

 

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Now in his fourth season covering the Calgary Flames and the NHL, Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's trying to keep his head up, his stick on the ice and is giving it 110% every shift. You can also find his work at The Hockey Writers and the Wrestling Observer.
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#1 SmellOfVictory
July 16 2012, 04:24PM
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I have a good feeling about this dude. He's one of the younger prospects drafted, and his name is hockey as hell. I wouldn't be surprised to see a notable jump in production next season.

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#2 McRib
July 16 2012, 07:41PM
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Gordon's got great offensive instincts to come into the WHL last year and immediately produce it obviously shows the kind of offensive talent he has, surprised he was still on the board in the sixth round. Obviously when you put up points like he did as quick as he did teams had time to critique other aspect of his game and probably wanted to see more from him in other areas to be considered a top prospect.

Still he is kind of like Mark Jankowski in a way where he needs to bulk up and is younger than other draft eligible players, so its expected. Once he fills out should play more in traffic which will take game to another level.

Still a SOLID sixth rounder where in the past years the Flames might not have been aware of a talent like this that late in the draft.

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#3 Baalzamon
July 16 2012, 08:17PM
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@McRib

as much as I liked the Gordon selection, I was slightly disappointed that they didn't spend their 6th rounder on a goalie for the 4th year in a row. Disappointed solely because it was just an odd coincidence, of course.

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#4 BurningSensation
July 17 2012, 11:13AM
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I'm just happy not to be ashamed of Flames drafts anymore.

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#5 wolfe
July 18 2012, 04:44PM
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If you think "CODA" is a good hockey name.. Try his middle name.. "STANLEY"

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