July 18 2012 09:09AM
Since last year's draft, it's been a series of highs and lows for Sven Baertschi. The lows, thankfully, weren't particularly low – Baertschi missed several games due to injury and failed to make a huge impact at the World Juniors in Calgary.
However, the rest of Baertschi's season was rather impressive. He racked up a stellar 94 points in just 47 games and added 34 points in 22 playoff games as he lead the Portland Winterhawks to their second consecutive berth in the WHL finals. He also was summoned to Calgary on an emergency recall when the Flames were riddled with injuries and, despite being the youngest player on the club, scored three goals in five games.
July 17 2012 01:22PM
A few years ago, you could be forgiven if you followed hockey but didn't know who Laurent Brossoit was. A product of Surrey, British Columbia, he toiled as a back-up to Edmonton Oil Kings starter Jon Groenheyde during the 2010-11 season. He posted respectable numbers and was drafted by the Calgary Flames in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
July 17 2012 07:34AM
Max Reinhart played an awful lot of hockey last year.
After a regular season slightly shorted by an injury and a trip to Hockey Canada's World Junior try-out camp, Reinhart took his Kootenay Ice into the WHL playoffs for a fourth straight time. After being eliminated from the playoffs, he jumped to the American Hockey League and joined the Abbotsford Heat in time for their playoffs.
FlamesNation's Ryan Pike chatted with the eldest of the three hockey-playing second-generation Reinharts at Flames development camp.
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.
July 16 2012 06:57AM
Five years ago, the Calgary Flames would not have chosen a guy like Johnny Gaudreau in the NHL Entry Draft.
First of all, Gaudreau is distinctively small. Even though he's put on some size since last season, he was still noticably smaller than every player in Flames development camp save for Dustin Sylvester - I'd guess that Gaudreau may actually be slightly taller, but Sylvester is thicker.
Secondly, Gaudreau has both a distinctive Northeastern accent and a "aw shucks" complete lack of swagger. Despite bursting into a very competitive Hockey East conference as a freshman with a Boston College club that had lofty expectations, Gaudreau downplays his accomplishments and focuses on getting better. Yes, the arguably second-half MVP for Boston College and the guy who tore up the NCAA Frozen Four tournament en route to a national championship thinks he has holes in his game that he needs to fix.