The 2012 edition of Calgary Flames development camp finished off on Friday morning with a mixed session, comprising a 45 minute scrimmage followed by more focused drills. The scrimmage itself was a fairly low-scoring affair, either due to the early hour or to an increased focused on defense. Nevertheless, the morning wasn’t without a bit of action.
As with Thursday afternoon’s scrimmage, the session pitted Group A (minus Pat Sieloff and Chris Breen, but plus Group B’s James Martin) against Group B. Throughout the scrimmage, Abbotsford head coach Troy Ward served as ringmaster and referee, directing traffic and changing situations (and personnel) as was appropriate. With the two sides alternative man-advantages, it was a bit appropriate that Team White won 3-0, with two goals scored by NCAA sophomore Johnny Gaudreau and the other by NCAA graduate David Eddy.
As usual, some players stood out more than others. In short-handed situations, both Sven Baertschi and Mark Jankowski created offensive chances for Team Red – although Jankowski went the wrong way on a dangle and was dumped with a very nice, very clean hip-check from Brady Lamb. Lamb also stood out for utilizing his speed on offensive rushes, including one early in the session where he cut in on several Team Red defenders. Team White’s goal-scorers, Eddy and Gaudreau, were amongst their most energetic players all session. Other players that showed some flash during the session were Ryan Culkin, Matthew Deblouw and Carter Bancks.
With development camp now officially over, the prospects will go their separate ways to prepare for the rest of their summer. That is, except for four players: Laurent Brossoit represents Team Canada in the Canada-Russia Challenge in early August, while Jon Gillies, Johnny Gaudreau and Patrick Sieloff head to USA Hockey’s summer evaluation camp in mid-August.