July 11 2015 11:00AM
The Calgary Flames have often diversified their prospect base and gone outside the proverbial box. While the team has recently grabbed a bunch of big, big dudes in the NHL Draft, they've also frequently grabbed smaller guys throughout their team's history.
In 1987 it was Theoren Fleury. In 1998 it was college free agent Martin St. Louis. In 2011 it was Johnny Gaudreau. In 2015? OHL sniper Andrew Mangiapane of the Barrie Colts, their sixth round pick in the draft. (For size reference, I'm 5'11" and Mangiapane is the same height as I am when he's wearing skates.)
July 11 2015 10:46AM
There was one guy who really seemed to stand out at the prospect scrimmage. No, not Mark Jankowski - although he had his fair share of moments, too - but one of the newest additions to the Flames organization.
The 5'10, 170 lb. Andrew Mangiapane was working his magic on the ice. Undersized by hockey standards, and with just 51 points over 68 games for the Barrie Colts in his draft year, Mangiapane was passed over. This past season, though, he rocketed up to 104 points over just 68 games, which, even though he was a year older than the rest of the class, earned him a pick.
Meanwhile, Sam Bennett was the shortest of the organization's 2014 picks at 6'1; take him out, and the smallest was the 6'2 Brandon Hickey. A guy under six feet did not seem likely to be taken that year.
Clearly a lot changed over Brad Treliving's first year as general manager, and the differences in drafts reflected that.
July 10 2015 03:52PM
It's been a bit of a quiet stretch for hard Calgary Flames news, but at the tail-end of Flames development camp we've gotten a bit of a juicy tidbit from our local media pals:
#Flames GM Brad Treliving says they plan to have invitee Tyson Baillie attend the prospects camp and Penticton tournament.— Randy Sportak (@SUNRandySportak) July 10, 2015
July 10 2015 02:09PM
The Flames' goaltending was thrown for a bit of a loop when, about an hour before free agency opened, Karri Ramo re-signed with Calgary for a one-year deal. The duo of Jonas Hiller and Joni Ortio suddenly became a trio, just as it had been in the 2014-15 season.
Let's say nothing else changes between now and the start of the season. Let's say the Flames try to find a buyer for Hiller, but ultimately end up keeping him. Let's say Ortio - in his youth and lack of NHL experience - fails to beat both Hiller and Ramo for a spot on the roster.
Let's say Ortio has to go through waivers.
Does he clear?
July 10 2015 11:00AM
You could be forgiven if you hadn't have heard of Brandon Hickey when he was drafted last summer.
The third round selection, 64th overall, of the Calgary Flames in the 2014 NHL Draft flew a bit under the radar as a draft prospect - he ended the year ranked 63rd among North American skaters by Central Scouting. But the Flames, having their ear to the ground in their own backyard, nabbed him from the AJHL's Spruce Grove Saints. A year later, the 19-year-old defender looks like a completely different person. His game has some swagger and he's sporting a beard, a by-product of his lengthy playoff run with the Boston University Terriers.