Flames Release the Kids

Kent Wilson
September 17 2010 12:16PM

VANCOUVER - OCTOBER 11: Ben Maxwell #16 of the Vancouver Giants skates against the Kootenay Ice during the WHL hockey game on October 11, 2005 at Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo By Chris Relke/Getty Images)

 

John Down reports today that the Flames have sent many of their junior players back to their respective clubs. Leach, Reinhart, Holland and Bennett all played minor roles in the prospect tournament, which is not uncommon for 18 and 19 year olds. Also goiing back to junior is Cam Lanigan, who was released by the Flames without being inked. That Lanigan didn't stick with the organization is no surprise either after the youngster allowed a few softies against the Vancouver kids.

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Prospect Tournament Post-Game: Haiku

Robert Cleave
September 16 2010 04:33PM

 

OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 20:  25th overall pick, Greg Nemisz of the Calgary Flames talks with the media during the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place on June 20, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

 

 

I only saw about 25 minutes of this afternoon's tilt between the Flames and Canucks, but it bore a striking resemblance to the sort of affairs we'd witnessed earlier in the week, so an expedient summary appears to be in order:

 

Flame skaters get shots,


score a few goals. Goaltending?


Err, not quite that good.

 

And with that, my coverage of this year's prospect tournament is at its end. Thanks for your comments this week. 

 

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Prospect Camp Game Day: Flames vs. Canucks

Kent Wilson
September 16 2010 10:53AM

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 26:  Jordan Schroeder of the Vancouver Canucks poses for a photo after he was selected #22 overall by the Canucks during the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

 

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The baby Flames face-off against the baby Canucks this aft, with guys like Jon Rheault and TJ Brodie looking to build on a couple of strong performances heading into the main camp. Undrafted Edmonton Oil Kings goaltender Cam Lanigan will get the start for Calgary today. The kid had a rough year behind the WHL's worst team last season and was passed over in the draft as a result. The contest will be largely meaningless for a number of folks on both sides, but you can bet Lanigan will have his game face on.

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A Good Spot for TJ Brodie

Pat Steinberg
September 15 2010 04:57PM

OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 21:  114th overall pick, T.J. Brodie of the Calgary Flames poses for a portrait at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place on June 21, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames prospect getting the most buzz coming out of Vancouver's Young Stars tournament seems to be blueliner TJ Brodie.  The 2008 fourth round draft pick has shown an impressive skill set in two games so far, and has done a nice job building on the mild buzz he garnered after a nice OHL season with the Saginaw Spirit and Barrie Colts.  But with a glut of defenceman already signed by the Calgary Flames, his chances of cracking the big roster are slim.  And that's a good thing as he continues to develop.

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Prospect Tournament Post-Game: Shots but no goals? Yes, you are Flame prospects.

Robert Cleave
September 15 2010 12:03AM

 

MISSISSAUGA, CANADA - AUGUST 26:  Mikael Backlund #60 of the Calgary Flames kneels on the ice during the Upper Deck NHL Rookie Debut at the Hershey Centre August 26, 2009 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

 

 

I'll keep this fairly short tonight. There are nights when things just don't quite work out in spite of a decent effort, and for the Heat-in-waiting this evening, that was the type of evening they endured as they dropped a 5-3 decision to the baby Grease in Penticton. A shaky first period and five minutes of serial defensive ineptitude in the second allowed the Oiler kids enough chances to seal matters, despite being out-shot 37-35 by the Flame prospects in a reasonably entertaining tilt for a practice game.

 

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