FlamesNation prospect interview round-up

After a scant few weeks, we’ve now completed our series of interviews with Calgary Flames prospects. Big thanks to the Flames staff for being so accommodating, and to the players themselves for the interviews.

If I were to characterize the new draftees, it would be "polite." Every 2012 draftee introduced themselves with a firm handshake and answered questions with a "heck yes" enthusiasm. The earlier draftees that seem to be finding success in the organization right now also seem to have that quality, so it’ll be interesting to see if that kind of "rising to meet challenges" mentality continues to permeate the professional ranks.

For now, here’s a sorted listing of all the interviews.

 

THE 2012 DRAFT CLASS

THE 2011 DRAFT CLASS

THE OTHERS

  • T&A4Flames

    Thanks for all the interviews, Ryan.

    I found it interesting that the newest copy of “The Hockey News” gave CGY an ‘A’ grade at the draft. Something like “Jankowski risky but surrounded by savvy picks from Seiloff to Deblouw.”

    I’m feeling confidence re: CGY drafting.

  • RexLibris

    @Danger

    1. I meant celebrities and Flames staff or players who bear a striking resemblance. ie: Darryl Sutter and the Bitter Beer Guy.

    2. NMC, No Moustache Clause. Hilarious. Very true and probably secretly written in to most marriage contracts after 1920.

    3. Equestrian? All you Calgarians ever think of is “yeah, it’s fun, but how do we get a horse involved?” 😉 How about synchronized ice-sliding?

    4. lol

    5. Again, very nice. Either longing for a past that never happened or waiting for an unlikely future. Very clever way of hedging one’s bet.

    6. Agreed. Under it is.

    7. Hmmm, #12 could be a bit of a problem. I’m sure the current owner would relent when faced with how perfect a joke it would be, though. Besides, then the fans would just have to go out and buy a new jersey with his new number on it.

    8. Robert Vollman’s articles touch me in places that it would be indecent to describe here.

    9. Thanks, I’ll keep trying to add fuel to the fire (bonus points for Flames pun) until Kent gets back.

  • Danger

    @RexLibris

    Who are the best Flames celebrity lookalikes?
    I don’t know of any celebrity lookalike agencies who employ NHL player impersonators – what kind of party are you planning anyway that you want Flames impersonators there? 😉

    If they made a movie of the ’89 cup, who would play Lanny MacDonald’s moustache?
    Lanny’s whiskers would obviously have to be CGI, but sadly the technology is not quite there yet. They’ve got the colour and texture figured out with that Brave movie, but the size, complexity and majesty of that soup-strainer are just too much for modern computers to handle. Side note: I would start growing a Lanny-stache myself right now, but sadly my marriage contract has a full NMC (no moustache clause) and I haven’t been able to convince her to waive it.

    Should Theoren Fleury’s ice-slide be the next Winter Olympic trial sport?
    I don’t know if that sport would be expensive or “xtreem” enough for the Olympics these days – maybe if you made it an equestrian ice-slide…

    How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if that woodchuck had played a season with Iginla?
    Not as much wood as you’d think, unless we’re talking about a true #1C woodchuck, and those things don’t just grow on trees.

    Which Canadian team, aside from the Flames, would you be least loathe to see be the next Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup?
    The Quebec Nordiques.

    What is the over/under on the number of times Mikka Kiprusoff breaks a smile this season?
    2.2, last I checked. The smart money is on the under.

    Should Cervenka wear the #2 for the Flames, allowing for the obvious play on words “Dos Cervenkas por favor”?
    Works. Other possibilities: #6, #12, #24 (my personal favourite).

    Should Kent follow in Lowetide’s footsteps and sprinkle pictures of “the fairer sex” in with his articles on PDO, QualComp, RelCorsi, Fenwick and Vukota?
    If those sweet, sweet advanced stats aren’t already enough stimulation for your senses, then there’s just no pleasing you 😉 Also I hear that there are already one or two websites that specialize in photos of good-looking people. Not that I’d know.

    How’s that for a start?
    Not bad.

  • McRib

    Betweem the U18 Canada Summer Evaluation Camp, the World Juniors and watching all but three Calgary Hitmen home games I was able to watch all but one of the First Round Pick from the 2012 Draft (Hampus Lindholm)

    To say Jankowski is going to be better than most from this summers draft is an under statement!

    • Truculence

      Interesting. Do you really believe he has more upside than the centers and forwards that went before him? Even Yakupov? If so, please expound as yours is a bold assertion.

      p.s. I hope you are right, but I have a lot of reservations, especially given some of the talent that went top-12.

  • McRib

    @Bean-counting cowboy

    We also don’t risk loosing him to the Justin Schultz/Blake Wheeler rule of four years between being drafted and leaving college when your 22 or older, you can become a free agent.

  • McRib

    @Baalzamon

    Broke this on the previous article four hours ago. Gotta love twitter.

    Looks like he is having quite the summer training with the likes of John Tavares, Matt Reid, Matt Moulson, P.K. Subban, Ryan Strome, etc. NCAA seems like a minor step when thats who he is playing with currently. Haha.

    Everyone freaking out that he was such a long term prospect may have been all for not, as he could easily be in Calgary in less than 3 years if all goes accordingly. Personally give him two years to put on weight in college and thats it thats all, IMO. Watched Jankowski play Edge this year after they had recently played Shattucks top progam, considering Shattuck’s Teodors Blugers went in the second round he looked like half the player Jankowski was.

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    @ Baalzamon

    I’m glad Janko is going college route. Speeds up his development timeline. We can more easily get a read on where he’s at NHLE wise next year as well.

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    @ Rex

    As to your CDN team question my preference would be as follows:

    Winnipeg
    Ottawa
    Edmonton
    Toronto
    Montreal
    Vancouver

    However there is a sharp drop off between teams 2 and 3 🙂

  • RexLibris

    Here are a few topics, off the top of my head:

    Who are the best Flames celebrity lookalikes?

    If they made a movie of the ’89 cup, who would play Lanny MacDonald’s moustache?

    Should Theoren Fleury’s ice-slide be the next Winter Olympic trial sport?

    How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if that woodchuck had played a season with Iginla?

    Which Canadian team, aside from the Flames, would you be least loathe to see be the next Canadian team to win the Stanley Cup?

    What is the over/under on the number of times Mikka Kiprusoff breaks a smile this season?

    Should Cervenke wear the #2 for the Flames, allowing for the obvious play on words “Dos Cervenkas por favor”?

    Should Kent follow in Lowetide’s footsteps and sprinkle pictures of “the fairer sex” in with his articles on PDO, QualComp, RelCorsi, Fenwick and Vukota?

    How’s that for a start?

    • McRib

      Lanny McD’s moustache would be played by it’s self. Possibly by Yosemite Sam’s if its animated. The woodchuck would score between 50/ 60 points, but Kent will assassinate his character through advanced stats. I saw T.J Brodie after a morning skate once. Wearing sunglasses he was a dead ringer for ROBOCOP and every Baldwin Brother

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    Enjoyed all the interviews. Good stuff Ryan.

    So do you think there will be anything else for FlamesNation to talk about in August during the doldrums?