August 01 2013 12:10PM
The last 18 months have been full of ups and downs for Vancouver Giants defenseman Brett Kulak. His team made the playoffs in 2011-12, firmly in the middle of the WHL's Western Conference pack but were upset by Spokane in the first round. Kulak was then drafted by the Calgary Flames in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft and he was able to compare himself against the team's other defensive prospects at development camp. The NHL lockout eliminated the chance to play in any pre-season games, but instead he returned to the Giants.
July 30 2013 10:53AM
If there's one draft pick fans were anxious to see at Flames development camp early this month, it was Keegan Kanzig. The third round selection of the Flames in the 2013 Draft is gifted with immense physical size – he's roughly 6-6 and about 240 pounds – but because he plays for the Victoria Royals, fans don't know quite as much about him as they do WHL teams that come through Calgary more often.
July 29 2013 08:11AM
A year ago, Mark Jankowski entered Calgary Flames development camp as an enigma. Who was this lanky kid and how was he going to turn into Joe Nieuwendyk and save the franchise? A year later, Jankowski is no longer quite as lanky and is slightly less of a kid after a year in college. He's also filled out a bit and he's celebrated his 18th birthday – and is closing in on his 19th birthday in mid-September. When speaking to the assembled media during development camp, he noted he felt much more comfortable there this time around.
July 26 2013 12:04PM
Turner Elson's got a great hockey name and a great hockey story. Originally from New Westminster, BC, Elson took the non-traditional approach to the NHL. He was a star in midget but had unspectacular numbers in bantam, so he wasn't grabbed in the WHL's Bantam Draft. So he walked onto the Red Deer Rebels and became a regular player and eventually team captain.
July 24 2013 08:26AM
Let's be honest - the Calgary Flames have had a pretty rough time drafting and developing goalies over the past 10 to 15 years (or since Mike Vernon if you want to get technical). 2006 first round pick Leland Irving has quietly departed the organization, while recent history has names like Kevin Lalande, Matt Keetley, James Spratt, Curtis “McBackup” McElhinney and Andrei Medvedev as painful reminders of their inability to home grow netminders.