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.
July 13 2012 11:54AM
The 2012 edition of Calgary Flames development camp finished off on Friday morning with a mixed session, comprising a 45 minute scrimmage followed by more focused drills. The scrimmage itself was a fairly low-scoring affair, either due to the early hour or to an increased focused on defense. Nevertheless, the morning wasn't without a bit of action.
July 13 2012 09:40AM
(FN's Ryan Pike continues his series of interviews with Flames prospect camp attendees)
A product of the Indiana Ice of the USHL, Maine native Jon Gillies brings a strong body of work to the Calgary Flames after being chosen in the third round of the 2012 Entry Draft. He's also got a very, very large body – he stands 6-5 and weighs over 200 pounds. FlamesNation's Ryan Pike chatted with Gillies in-between sessions at the Flames' annual development camp.
July 12 2012 10:34AM
FlamesNation's roving reporter Ryan Pike has been down at development camp all week, checking out the next wave of future Flames. He had the chance to chat with 2012 first round pick Mark Jankowski about the camp, the draft and his future.
Ryan Pike: Considering where you were ranked by a lot of scouting services, were you flattered that the Flames took you as high in the first round (21st overall) as you went and went after you so hard?
July 11 2012 04:48PM
(FN's Ryan Pike managed to talk to a number of the Flames prospects during prospect camp this week. This talk with second round defender Patrick Sieloff is the first of a series of interviews)
Observers at this year's development camp can't help but notice 2012 second round pick Patrick Sieloff. A graduate of the highly-touted U.S. National Development Team (and a gold medalist at the Under-18 World Championships), he's been throwing some big hits and making some plays as he prepares to join the OHL's Windsor Spitfires in the fall. FlamesNation's Ryan Pike chatted with him earlier this week.