– pic via D. Mahoney
I didn’t get to see any of the Flames kids at the recent WJC development camp tournament, but Hockey Prospectus‘ Corey Pronman took in every second of play (or close anyways). So in oreder to buttress Christian’s insights from earlier today, I contacted Pronman and asked him to weigh on how the Calgary kids performed.
Kent Wilson: Although their individual performances during the season will go a long way to determining who will make the cut, was there one guy who stood out to you as a near lock after watching the exhibition games?
Corey Pronman: Sieloff, Monahan and Gillies are all locks if Monahan isn’t in the NHL. Monahan didn’t stand out but it’s a fairly safe assumption.
Mark Jankowski was a "surprise" invite to camp this summer. How did he fare? What would you say his chances of making Team Canada are?
Jankowski was below-average. He had some flashes, like a scoring chance per game, and while he skates well and has skill he was well behind the quick pace that is U20 hockey. His chances of making the team are low.
Emile Poirier appeared to get some reps in a scoring role for Team Canada. How did he perform?
I thought Poirier was average in the first game, but he was good in the second. Showed good speed, nice work ethic pressuring defensemen and some nice passes setting up a few chances.
Jon Gillies is almost guaranteed to be the Americans starter this year. How did he look?
Gillies didn’t play a ton, mostly I think because USA already knows what they’re getting with him, but the full game he played versus Canada he was outstanding. His athletic skills are great but his technical aspects have really developed in the last 12 months.
I know you are profiling Pat Sieloff for ESPN so you can’t talk to much about him but…do you think he makes the club as a top-4 defender?
Sieloff is clearly in their top 4, and may even play on the top pairing when it’s all said and done. Mind you the USA U20s aren’t strong this year so read that statement with that in mind.
Overall, who were the best players in the exhibition tournament (Flames prospects or otherwise)?
Teuvo Teravainen (CHI) was the most impressive player there. Other standouts were Andre Burakowsky and Connor Carrick (WSH), Sebastian Collberg and Artturi Lehkonen (MTL), Gustav Possler (BUF) and Connor McDavid (2015).
Thanks to Corey for his observations. You can follow him on twitter here.