September 18 2010 12:27PM
Training camp is officially underway at the Saddledome with on ice sessions starting Saturday morning. Group A skated in the early session and consisted of mostly veterans with a few prospects mixed in. The second group was the opposite with most prospects and a few vets sprinkled in.
September 18 2010 09:42AM
Now that the kids have been sorted, the real thing can begin this week. The Flames have posted their A and B rosters featuring 24 skaters each and 5 goalies total. The team designations are meaningful, as group A features mostly NHLers and veteran AHLers (including Cam Cunning and Mikael Backlund). Group B, on the other hand, is all kids and hopefuls, including new guys Steffan Meyer (D), JP Lamoreaux (G) and try-out Giffen Nyren (D).
September 17 2010 07:15PM
It's not understating it to say Flames prospect goalies Leland Irving and Matt Keetley are both entering the most important season of their young pro careers. A consistent and positive year for either or both players would obviously raise their stock within the organization. However, another campaign similar to last year will bring them to a crossroads with the only pro organization they've ever known. For both tenders, now is the time to impress.
September 17 2010 12:16PM
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.
September 16 2010 04:33PM
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.