Flames announce development camp roster



Next week, Calgary Flames prospects and invitees descend upon Winsport for the team’s annual development camp. The camp allows Flames fans their first look at many of the team’s best and brightest, including the 2012 draft class. All of the club’s 2012 draft picks will be in attendance for the five-day camp, but there are also several notable camp invitees and a handful of prospects that won’t be in attendance.

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Notables who are CBA eligible to attend the camp but aren’t on the roster include forwards Roman Cervenka, Lance Bouma, Bryan Cameron, Mitch Wahl, Bill Arnold and Nick Larson, and defenseman T.J. Brodie. It should be noted that all of these guys save for Cervenka have attended these camps in the past, most of them twice.

Meanwhile, the Flames continue to go hard with NCAA players for these camps. Twelve players are invited to the camp, including seven from the NCAA and one from the USHL.

  • Goalie Dan Bakala: Calgary-born netminder currently playing at Bemidji State University
  • Goalie Jared Coreau: Perth, Ontario product playing for Northern Michigan University; posted a great 2.22 GAA last season
  • Defenseman Connor Hardowa: Edmonton-born blueliner playing for Hockey East’s University of New Hampshire. Previously played for Spruce Grove in the AJHL
  • Centre Eric Robinson: Foxboro, Mass product; playing for Dartmouth College, scored 24 points in 33 games last season
  • Right wing Carter Rowney: Sexsmith, Alberta born, played junior for the Grande Prairie Storm, had 33 points in 42 games last season for the University of North Dakota
  • Right wing Tim Schaller: New Hampshire boy, playing for Providence College; had 21 points in 26 games last season
  • Winger Garrett Thompson: a Michigan native playing for Ferris State
  • Winger Frank Vatrano: another Mass boy, he scored 18 points in 24 games for the U.S. National Development Team, but was passed over in the draft.

Joining these guys are four players from other junior teams, including:

  • Ottawa 67s blueliner Sean Callaghan, who had 5 points in 61 games last season
  • Moncton Wildcats forward Ross Johnston, who made the team as an injury call-up mid-way through the season and stuck around
  • Erie Otters forward John McGuire, who amassed 163 penalty minutes last season in 48 games.
  • Penticton Vees foward Wade Murphy, who notched 91 points in 60 games in the BCHL

Murphy is perhaps the most interesting name here. He garnered just 16 points as a rookie for Victoria the year before and then exploded for the Vees this past year for whatevever reason.

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A full roster and schedule for the camp can be found on the Flames website.

  • beloch

    I remember Bakala was an invitee last year. Interesting that he’s back.

    why wasn’t Arnold invited? Maybe the Flames feel like they have a good enough read on him already?

  • ChinookArchYYC

    Never mind Arnold where’s Gaudreau?

    EDIT** just looked at the full list. Gaudreau will be there with Grandlund, and Ferland, plus most of the 15 players FN listed as the Flames top prospects.

  • Colin.S

    I’m hoping Arnold is just scheduling conflicts or they feel they are comfortable with what he is doing so he doesn’t need to attend the camp. Because if its other reasons thats a little disconcerning for his development and where the Flames see him.

    Cameron is no surprise and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him play his whole season next year in the ECHL.

    Wahl is a bit of a surprise though, maybe he’s still trying to recover from injuries and doesn’t want to risk agrevating something.

  • I'm Just Sayin'

    I would say the clock has run out on Wahl and Cameron as far as prospect status. They both have to make some noise this year to stick around Abbotsford.
    It’s hard to say what the Baby Flames will look like this year. The Defence will be sound with all the veterans still here, but the forward group will be young if they don’t sign some veteran AHL guys to fill out the team.
    As long as the young guys are given the important minutes this year, it does no good to have Krys Kolanos leading the team in scoring if we are going to develop Howse, et al.

  • beloch

    Most of the Flames` prospects (e.g. Gaudreau) play in leagues that give a decent indication of their progression. I think the most interesting thing about this year`s prospect camp will be to see the Flames new first-round pick in a setting where we can make sense of what the heck it was the Flames scouts saw in him. Hopefully Jankowski impresses!

  • I'm Just Sayin'

    Would really like to know where Arnold is. The Americans spent 8 days here getting ready for the World Jr and even played an exhibition. I took my team to see the things they worked on. He was outstanding in the practices and game. He even stuck around to move nets for the rink guys. He has more offense than advertised too. The Flames may have a real gem here.

  • I'm Just Sayin'

    Even if this is simply a development camp, Jankowski could do a lot to silence fans’ fears about him not panning out with a good camp here. By the way, out of curiosity, we won’t be signing Jankowski to an ELC this year since we don’t envision him playing in three years time, or is that wrong to think so?

    • SmellOfVictory

      There’s no need to sign a player to an ELC unless a) their window is closing (eg almost out of junior/college in Jankowski’s case) or b) the team is particularly concerned with locking the player up. ELC doesn’t kick in until the first season of AHL or NHL play.

      So for Jankowski the most we can say for sure is the Flames management thinks he’s at least a year out from the pros. But your 3 year statement is likely pretty close to accurate as well.

  • SmellOfVictory

    Big thing to remember regarding Arnold is that NCAA players have to entirely pay their own way for these camps. I presume he’s already been to two of them, so this time around he might be focusing in other things that don’t require him paying out of pocket to get to Calgary.

  • SmellOfVictory

    So no teams could try and sign him out from underneath us? I guess by that I mean he is our property until he plays in the AHL/NHL, for which he would require an ELC?

    • SmellOfVictory

      since Jankowski is going the NCAA route, he’s Flames property until the July 1 after he leaves college (I think)

      it’s a moot point, anyway, since NCAA prospects can’t be signed until they leave college. NCAA eligibility rules prohibit pro contracts and players who’ve played in Major Junior.

  • SmellOfVictory

    Have to say that the lack of non-drafted CHL players on the list surprises me especially in light of Tod Button’s post draft comments that the Flames would be working their list of non-drafted payers. I don’t know if the likes of Max Iafrate, Dane Fox, Brandon Magee, Myles Bell, etc. were on that list.

  • I’m filing stuff from Vegas, so I’m unable to harass my usual sources, but I imagine the desire to [a] bring more invitees and [b] keep the group size down to a manageable level is what led to Arnold, Cervenka, etc not coming. Everyone but Cervenka has already been through a few of them. Heck, Bouma and Brodie have been to them since 2008, so the “need” to develop them (or Cervenka) is diminished.

  • TyFlames

    Hello FN

    I have been reading articles here for a longtime and just decided to sign up. I really like what I see here and will try to add my 2 cents when I feel like I actually have something to say!

    The upcoming camp is a downer for me, I used to go to every one and now that I no longer live in calgary. I miss it.

    Just wondering how much coverage will be available on the nation and wondering if there will be any video? Should be a really interesting camp to watch the kids and maybe more interesting to see the new coaching staff!

  • Franko J

    For a team who garners plenty of criticism for having a lack of “blue chip” prospects I’m just fine with what is in the cupboard.

    Although it is still too early to gauge this past draft, this prospect development camp will provide an early indication of how Calgary did with their prospects.

    Like last year not too many knew what to expect from the likes of Baertschi, but this is a great springboard for these young guys know how seriously close or far away from playing in the big leagues one day for the Flames. As well the camp provides insight into “what it takes” to get there.

    I think both groupings have each a strong core of skill, however, but what stands out to me is the character and leadership with each grouping.