July 27 2012 08:56AM
Closing out FlamesNation's lengthy prospect interview series is a guy with a familiar name to Calgary hockey fans – Dustin Sylvester.
A native of Kelowna, and older brother of Calgary Hitmen forward Cody Sylvester, Dustin racked up 252 points in 308 games with the WHL's Kootenay Ice. Undrafted and looking to play pro, he headed to Europe to suit up for EHC Freiburg of Germany's secondary league. He put up 60 points in 48 games and earned a look-see from the Flames organization in the form of a camp try-out in Abbotsford.
July 25 2012 11:31AM
Image by Resolute via Wikimedia Commons
As we tumble head-long towards the month of August, there are a handful of moving parts to bear in mind as training camp gradually approaches. Here's a brief look at them, sorted by position.
July 24 2012 05:29AM
Not traditionally known for drafting Europeans or Quebec players under the previous regime, the Flames' new management has diversified quite a bit. Case in point? Blueliner Ryan Culkin, taken in the fifth round of the 2012 Entry Draft from the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. He's the first defender from the Q taken by the Flames since Adam Pardy in 2004 (and the first player overall since Hugo Carpentier in 2006).
Culkin took the time to chat with another Ryan, FlamesNation's Ryan Pike, during Flames development camp this week.
July 23 2012 09:27AM
With their final pick in the 2012 Entry Draft, the Flames chose forward Matthew Deblouw of the USHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks. A two-way center, Deblouw is committed to join Michigan State University in the fall, following in the footsteps of NHLers Duncan Keith, David Booth and former Flame Jason Muzzatti.
Deblouw spoke with FlamesNation's Ryan Pike during development camp this week.
July 20 2012 08:09AM
Just a year and a half after retiring from playing hockey, Craig Conroy remains just as visible as he was as a player. The former Flames captain retired in February 2011 and joined the management side of the business as assistant to then-interim general manager Jay Feaster. Now he's part of a hockey operations brain-trust that includes assistant general manager John Weisbrod and a handful of others who influence decision-making when it comes to key events such as the trade deadline and the NHL Draft.
A few weeks removed from the 2012 edition of the draft, Conroy reflected on the draft weekend experience and the development of some of Calgary's prospects with FlamesNation's Ryan Pike at Flames development camp.