Flames Announce Rookie Camp Roster & Schedule

Amidst the snow and sleet of today’s blustery conditions, the Calgary Flames brought some light and warmth, in the form of their rookie camp roster and schedules.

Yes, hockey is almost here.

The club today announced the 29 players that will represent the Flames in Penticton for the Young Stars Classic, as well as in the traditional one-game exhibition with the U of C Dinos men’s team.

THE ROSTER

Emile Poirier and Tyler Wotherspoon won’t be playing due to injury – they’re both recovering from shoulder surgery, I believe.

Goalies (3)

  • #37 Joni Ortio – Technically not an entry-level player, but eligible because he hasn’t played a lot of North American games.
  • #70 Matt Mancina – A try-out. Back-up goalie for the Guelph Storm.
  • #72 Mason McDonald – Second round pick this year. The probable starting netminder for the Charlottetown Islanders. Tall.

Defense (9)

  • #50 Patrick Sieloff – Second-year pro who played 2 games last year. So he’s basically a rookie. Hasn’t played very much hockey in last year and a half.
  • #55 John Ramage – Second-year pro. Didn’t do much in the AHL last year, will be looking to have better camp.
  • #61 Brett Kulak – First-year pro after strong tenure with the Vancouver Giants. He impressed in short stint with the Abbotsford Heat last season.
  • #67 Ryan Culkin – First-year pro after splitting last year between the Quebec Remparts and Drummondville Voltigeurs.
  • #73 Keegan Kanzig – Towering Flames prospect. Stuck around camp until late last season to work with Flames coaches and trainers. He’s in incredible shape.
  • #75 Carl Neill – A try-out. Big 18-year-old plays with awesomely-named Sherbrooke Phoenix in the Q.
  • #80 Jason Gedig – A try-out. Just finished up four years with Ohio State University. He’s big.
  • #84 Eric Roy – Likely headed back to Brandon, Roy’s got good offensive skill but isn’t amazing in own zone.
  • #85 Jason Fram – A try-out. Assist machine for the Spokane Chiefs. Just 19.

Forwards (17)

  • #45 David Wolf – Coming over from Europe. He’s big and mean, but hasn’t had to deal with travel or almost-NHL-ready talent.
  • #46 Bill Arnold – First-year pro. Played a game in NHL last year after strong NCAA stint.
  • #47 Brandon Magee – A try-out. Small, speedy, plays with Carroll & Kanzig in Victoria.
  • #48 Bryce van Brabant – First-year pro. Big guy. Looked okay in late-season NHL stint.
  • #51 Kenny Agostino – First-year pro. Came over from Penguins in Iginla trade.
  • #52 Morgan Klimchuk – Strong two-way junior player. Played a bit in Abbotsford, looked fine.
  • #53 Johnny Gaudreau – Never heard of him. Apparently he’s good or something.
  • #60 Markus Granlund – Second-year pro. Had strong season with Abbotsford as a rookie.
  • #62 Austin Carroll – Late-round pick from Victoria. He’s big.
  • #63 Sam Bennett – Drafted 4th overall in June. Good, but 180 pounds.
  • #64 Garnet Hathaway – A try-out. Signed to an AHL deal with the Baby Flames. Decent college player.
  • #65 Turner Elson – Second-year pro. Workhorse, but doesn’t have NHL talent.
  • #68 Pavel Padakin – A try-out. Signed with KHL team in Ukraine but arena burnt down. Plays with Hitmen.
  • #71 Hunter Smith – Chosen with the pick they got for Reto Berra. He’s gigantic.
  • #79 Michael Ferland – Second-year pro. Knee injury derailed last season after a strong start.
  • #86 Josh Jooris – Second-year pro. Bottom-six fixture on Heat, but probably lacks much upside.
  • #89 Brendan Bell – A try-out. Captained the Ottawa 67s.

THE SCHEDULE

Games! Lots of games!

  • On Friday the Flames kids play the Winnipeg Jet prospects at 5pm MT in Penticton
  • On Saturday the Flames play the Edmonton Oilers prospects at 8:30pm MT in Penticton
  • On Monday the Flames play the Vancouver Canucks prospects at 6:30pm MT in Penticton
  • And next Wednesday (the 17th), the Flames play the U of C Dinos at 7pm MT at Father David Bauer Arena at the University of Calgary
  • Brownblazer

    I’ll be there for games 1 and 2. So looking forward to it – esp. Johnny hockey. I made it a point because this will be his first and only young stars camp.

    Rooting for Ferland. Met him in the Timmy’s lineup in between games, super good guy, down to earth, has learned a few things and wants to work hard to impress. Too bad about his injury last year to de-rail his season. Hoping this year is much different.

    • Truculence

      Janko and Gillies will be with Providence – they can’t play in this tourney. Excited to see Magee from the Royals. I’ve watched him lots… definitely small but hard working and skilled. He’s not afraid to muck it up ala Brendan Gallagher. Good invite!

  • Bring Back Brathwaite

    I feel a lot better about the Flames’ goaltending with Ortio in there. Though it’s likely McDonald will get 2 games in (Brossoit played 2/3 last year).

    Or maybe everyone gets one start. In that case I’d want Ortio to play against Vancouver.

    Losing Reinhart, Poirier, and Wotherspoon hurts, though. A lot.

    • Skuehler

      Yes and no about Reinhart, Poirier and Wotherspoon. It sure would be nice to see them play, but that will come, in time. In their place are some invites who though long shots could be something and this is probably a pretty good venue to get a good look at them.

  • beloch

    I’ve never really gotten a good look at Klimchuk, so I’m looking forward to finally seeing him play. It seems like he gets injured every time he’s about to play a game I’m able to watch!

  • Truculence

    A few weeks ago I said the Flames needed to add a few defencemen to their camp, so we have 3 fresh bodies for rookie camp looking to make the AHL, two NHL vets on PTO’s, and another vet signed for what will be a two way deal and he may spend most of his time in the AHL. Does anyone know anything about the prospects on D over than their size?

  • beloch

    Now lets guess at lines:
    Klimchuk/Arnold/Jooris
    Johnny/Bennett/Smith
    Ferland/Granlund/Paddakin or Carroll
    Agostino or Van B(bambam)/Elson/Hathaway

    With Magee and Bell as subs playing one game.

  • Jeff Lebowski

    JG’s skill is unquestioned. However, is he smart enough to not overhandle?

    Last year Monahan showed, each event (dev, penticton, main), that he wouldn’t get caught being too cute. When it wasn’t there he made the smart play.

    I know JG will be dominant here but is he disciplined?

    • Skuehler

      Depends whether he left school early to play in the show. If so, you’d think he places some pressure on himself. There aren’t many spots open for him, so he has to beat out a lot of other prospects and hope a vet stumbles too.

      Hopefully he just shows up loose and plays his game. Don’t think the other teams will have the luxury of focusing their attention on him. Not with Granlund and Bennet and co.

      Plus with some big boys out there in red, I think he will have a bit of room to ply his trade.
      Should be a very exciting tournament!!

  • Skuehler

    How come no one ever has Johnny on a line with Arnold? Was Billy really holding Ol’ Johnny back that badly that first chance to get Johnny playing with pretty much anyone else?

    • Skuehler

      Actually I have thought of that as a perfect chemistry for something like this tourney however the chemistry with Bennett at development camp was also evident. There would be nothing wrong with an NCAA line of Johnny/Arnold/Jooris, a CHL(going back) of Klimchuk/Bennett(after 9 games)/Smith, an AHL energy line of VanB(bambam)/Elson/Hathaway and a line of Ferland(agostino)/Granlund/Padakin.

      The one thing I look at in this organization is the potential on LW, even in this tourney it is evident: Agostino, Ferland, Johnny, Klimchuk, Van B and Bell(6’2 200 49 points last year with 103pims). Add Sven and Rhino to this and to start the year someone needs to play RW even when Klimchuk goes back to the CHL. Personally I would experiment with Ferland, Agostino and vanBamBam and I would start at this tourney with(they would have known this in the offseason)

      I have been trying to figure out the D pairings but am not sure what I would do. I think I might go with Ramage/Sieloff, Kanzig/Kulak, Culkin/Neille, Roy/Gedeg/Fram but I really don’t know.

  • beloch

    Why BamBam for Bryce van Brabant; one reason his name, two how he played at the end of the season Bam(he will hit you allover the ice)Bam(I honesty think he will stick his nose into the scrums and if need be) Bam (he would go).

    • Victoria Flames Fan

      Virtually no practice time. They have some fitness testing in Cgy then fly to Kelowna and bus to Penticton on Thursday night. As far as I can see they have game day skates and not much else. Sunday is an off day game wise so maybe a proper practice in there somewhere.

      Not sure on coach although isn’t it usually the AHL head coach?

      Watch for a lightweight tilt in the first game. Magee and Petan had a nasty NASTY end to their playoff meeting in round two.

  • Victoria Flames Fan

    I have been wondering if someone was going to give Brandon McGee a shot one these days. He’s arguably been the Royals best player over the past 3 years, but his size has deterred teams taking a chance. Of the three Victoria prospects I see Kanzig having the best shot. He’s really upped his game (and obviously his conditioning).

  • Skuehler

    I think this would be my starting line up for game 1 cause I don’t know much about the invitees. Probably give the D pairs equal ice time to see what we’ve got there.

    Klimchuk/Bennett/Granlund

    Gaudreau/Arnold/Ferland

    Agostino/Elson/Jooris

    van Brabant/Magee/Smith or Carroll

    (Bell, Hathaway, Padakin)

    Culkin/Kulak

    Roy/Ramage

    Seiloff/Kanzig

    (Neill, Fram, Gedig)

    MacDonald vs Win & Edm

    Ortio vs Van

  • Skuehler

    I would like to see Gaudreau/Arnold and Hunter Smith or Ferland – someone with grit and Kanzig and Seiloff on D when those forwards are on the ice….gives Johnny some skating room – no?