July 13 2012 07:04AM
I had the chance to take in the scrimmage game between Group A and Group B yesterday afternoon for the Flames Prospects Camp. From the events of the past three days I was quite looking forward to see what the kids had to offer.
The first thing that jumped out at me was that the prospects came ready to impress. It wasn’t some half-paced pickup type scrimmage; these kids came with purpose and with something to prove. That being said, it wasn’t a good showing for some, including a few who needed to be showcasing something special if they want to make an impact on an already crowded Flames roster.
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 12 2012 07:45AM
1. The Backlund deal
As you all know I have been hyper-critical of the Flames' contract decisions in this offseason — Wideman, enough said — and while I would love to continue to be outraged over this kind of stuff, frankly, the Backlund deal is very, very good.
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.
July 11 2012 12:02PM
A few items in my head today. First up is yet another defense of Mikael Backlund. Well, sort of -
Backlund's season was pretty poor when you look at the statsline of course - 11 points. When the brain notes "11 points" and "season", it's easy to forget that the kid only appeared in 41 games rather than 82. In addition, "game" is also a somewhat misleading unit of measure - some guys play a lot at both ES and the PP and with better players than others. As a result, a player like Jarome Iginla will get a lot more opportunities - more "iterations" - to work himself out of a dry spell than the Backlund's and the Jackman's of the world.