FlamesNation prospect interview round-up

Ryan Pike
July 30 2012 12:55PM

After a scant few weeks, we've now completed our series of interviews with Calgary Flames prospects. Big thanks to the Flames staff for being so accommodating, and to the players themselves for the interviews.

If I were to characterize the new draftees, it would be "polite." Every 2012 draftee introduced themselves with a firm handshake and answered questions with a "heck yes" enthusiasm. The earlier draftees that seem to be finding success in the organization right now also seem to have that quality, so it'll be interesting to see if that kind of "rising to meet challenges" mentality continues to permeate the professional ranks.

For now, here's a sorted listing of all the interviews. 

THE 2012 DRAFT CLASS

THE 2011 DRAFT CLASS

THE OTHERS

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Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's covered the Flames and the NHL since 2010. His work can also be found at The Hockey Writers and The Wrestling Observer.
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#1 Bean-counting cowboy
July 30 2012, 01:21PM
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Enjoyed all the interviews. Good stuff Ryan.

So do you think there will be anything else for FlamesNation to talk about in August during the doldrums?

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#2 Baalzamon
July 30 2012, 01:42PM
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Jankowski's heading for NCAA next season.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=638856

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#3 RexLibris
July 30 2012, 01:49PM
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Here are a few topics, off the top of my head:

Who are the best Flames celebrity lookalikes?

If they made a movie of the '89 cup, who would play Lanny MacDonald's moustache?

Should Theoren Fleury's ice-slide be the next Winter Olympic trial sport?

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if that woodchuck had played a season with Iginla?

Which Canadian team, aside from the Flames, would you be least loathe to see be the next Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup?

What is the over/under on the number of times Mikka Kiprusoff breaks a smile this season?

Should Cervenke wear the #2 for the Flames, allowing for the obvious play on words "Dos Cervenkas por favor"?

Should Kent follow in Lowetide's footsteps and sprinkle pictures of "the fairer sex" in with his articles on PDO, QualComp, RelCorsi, Fenwick and Vukota?

How's that for a start?

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#4 Bean-counting cowboy
July 30 2012, 02:01PM
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@ Rex

As to your CDN team question my preference would be as follows:

Winnipeg Ottawa Edmonton Toronto Montreal Vancouver

However there is a sharp drop off between teams 2 and 3 :)

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#5 Bean-counting cowboy
July 30 2012, 02:08PM
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@ Baalzamon

I'm glad Janko is going college route. Speeds up his development timeline. We can more easily get a read on where he's at NHLE wise next year as well.

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#6 McRib
July 30 2012, 02:17PM
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@Baalzamon

Broke this on the previous article four hours ago. Gotta love twitter.

Looks like he is having quite the summer training with the likes of John Tavares, Matt Reid, Matt Moulson, P.K. Subban, Ryan Strome, etc. NCAA seems like a minor step when thats who he is playing with currently. Haha.

Everyone freaking out that he was such a long term prospect may have been all for not, as he could easily be in Calgary in less than 3 years if all goes accordingly. Personally give him two years to put on weight in college and thats it thats all, IMO. Watched Jankowski play Edge this year after they had recently played Shattucks top progam, considering Shattuck's Teodors Blugers went in the second round he looked like half the player Jankowski was.

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#7 McRib
July 30 2012, 02:25PM
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@Bean-counting cowboy

We also don't risk loosing him to the Justin Schultz/Blake Wheeler rule of four years between being drafted and leaving college when your 22 or older, you can become a free agent.

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#8 McRib
July 30 2012, 02:25PM
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@Bean-counting cowboy

We also don't risk loosing him to the Justin Schultz/Blake Wheeler rule of five years after being drated you become a free agent.

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#9 McRib
July 30 2012, 02:38PM
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Betweem the U18 Canada Summer Evaluation Camp, the World Juniors and watching all but three Calgary Hitmen home games I was able to watch all but one of the First Round Pick from the 2012 Draft (Hampus Lindholm)

To say Jankowski is going to be better than most from this summers draft is an under statement!

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#10 Vintage Flame
July 30 2012, 02:58PM
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Baalzamon wrote:

Jankowski's heading for NCAA next season.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=638856

Yup.. We have that coming up actually. As well as some more stuff.

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#11 Vintage Flame
July 30 2012, 03:36PM
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Great work on all the interviews Ryan!

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#12 Danger
July 30 2012, 05:03PM
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Who are the best Flames celebrity lookalikes?
I don't know of any celebrity lookalike agencies who employ NHL player impersonators - what kind of party are you planning anyway that you want Flames impersonators there? ;)

If they made a movie of the '89 cup, who would play Lanny MacDonald's moustache?
Lanny's whiskers would obviously have to be CGI, but sadly the technology is not quite there yet. They've got the colour and texture figured out with that Brave movie, but the size, complexity and majesty of that soup-strainer are just too much for modern computers to handle. Side note: I would start growing a Lanny-stache myself right now, but sadly my marriage contract has a full NMC (no moustache clause) and I haven't been able to convince her to waive it.

Should Theoren Fleury's ice-slide be the next Winter Olympic trial sport?
I don't know if that sport would be expensive or "xtreem" enough for the Olympics these days - maybe if you made it an equestrian ice-slide...

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if that woodchuck had played a season with Iginla?
Not as much wood as you'd think, unless we're talking about a true #1C woodchuck, and those things don't just grow on trees.

Which Canadian team, aside from the Flames, would you be least loathe to see be the next Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup?
The Quebec Nordiques.

What is the over/under on the number of times Mikka Kiprusoff breaks a smile this season?
2.2, last I checked. The smart money is on the under.

Should Cervenka wear the #2 for the Flames, allowing for the obvious play on words "Dos Cervenkas por favor"?
Works. Other possibilities: #6, #12, #24 (my personal favourite).

Should Kent follow in Lowetide's footsteps and sprinkle pictures of "the fairer sex" in with his articles on PDO, QualComp, RelCorsi, Fenwick and Vukota?
If those sweet, sweet advanced stats aren't already enough stimulation for your senses, then there's just no pleasing you ;) Also I hear that there are already one or two websites that specialize in photos of good-looking people. Not that I'd know.

How's that for a start?
Not bad.

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#13 RexLibris
July 30 2012, 07:37PM
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@Danger

1. I meant celebrities and Flames staff or players who bear a striking resemblance. ie: Darryl Sutter and the Bitter Beer Guy.

2. NMC, No Moustache Clause. Hilarious. Very true and probably secretly written in to most marriage contracts after 1920.

3. Equestrian? All you Calgarians ever think of is "yeah, it's fun, but how do we get a horse involved?" ;-) How about synchronized ice-sliding?

4. lol

5. Again, very nice. Either longing for a past that never happened or waiting for an unlikely future. Very clever way of hedging one's bet.

6. Agreed. Under it is.

7. Hmmm, #12 could be a bit of a problem. I'm sure the current owner would relent when faced with how perfect a joke it would be, though. Besides, then the fans would just have to go out and buy a new jersey with his new number on it.

8. Robert Vollman's articles touch me in places that it would be indecent to describe here.

9. Thanks, I'll keep trying to add fuel to the fire (bonus points for Flames pun) until Kent gets back.

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#14 If Only HIs Name Was Olli Postandin
July 30 2012, 08:39PM
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McRib wrote:

Betweem the U18 Canada Summer Evaluation Camp, the World Juniors and watching all but three Calgary Hitmen home games I was able to watch all but one of the First Round Pick from the 2012 Draft (Hampus Lindholm)

To say Jankowski is going to be better than most from this summers draft is an under statement!

Interesting. Do you really believe he has more upside than the centers and forwards that went before him? Even Yakupov? If so, please expound as yours is a bold assertion.

p.s. I hope you are right, but I have a lot of reservations, especially given some of the talent that went top-12.

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#15 Rude
July 31 2012, 02:07AM
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RexLibris wrote:

Here are a few topics, off the top of my head:

Who are the best Flames celebrity lookalikes?

If they made a movie of the '89 cup, who would play Lanny MacDonald's moustache?

Should Theoren Fleury's ice-slide be the next Winter Olympic trial sport?

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if that woodchuck had played a season with Iginla?

Which Canadian team, aside from the Flames, would you be least loathe to see be the next Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup?

What is the over/under on the number of times Mikka Kiprusoff breaks a smile this season?

Should Cervenke wear the #2 for the Flames, allowing for the obvious play on words "Dos Cervenkas por favor"?

Should Kent follow in Lowetide's footsteps and sprinkle pictures of "the fairer sex" in with his articles on PDO, QualComp, RelCorsi, Fenwick and Vukota?

How's that for a start?

Lanny McD's moustache would be played by it's self. Possibly by Yosemite Sam's if its animated. The woodchuck would score between 50/ 60 points, but Kent will assassinate his character through advanced stats. I saw T.J Brodie after a morning skate once. Wearing sunglasses he was a dead ringer for ROBOCOP and every Baldwin Brother

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#16 Rude
July 31 2012, 02:09AM
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And yes to the ladies!!!!!!!!!

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#17 MC Hockey
July 31 2012, 06:51AM
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No boredom over lack of news or anything eh? well at least we have humor and Ryan's interviews to entertain us. Hilarious stuff by all commentators!!!!

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#18 T&A4Flames
July 31 2012, 08:32AM
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Thanks for all the interviews, Ryan.

I found it interesting that the newest copy of "The Hockey News" gave CGY an 'A' grade at the draft. Something like "Jankowski risky but surrounded by savvy picks from Seiloff to Deblouw."

I'm feeling confidence re: CGY drafting.

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#19 Pakistani And Pakistan
August 01 2012, 01:27PM
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PAk vs ARGENtina hockey olympic 2012 live

http://pakistaniandpakistan.blogspot.com/p/ptv-sports-live.html

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