In a move that will likely shock and astound hockey fans throughout the world – or not – the Calgary Hitmen announced yesterday that Keegan Kanzig is staying in town now that the Hitmen season is over. He’ll be joining the Calgary Flames as a black ace and be an extra body for the secondary practice group.
And they didn’t even need to spring for airfare, as he’s moving from just down the hall.
— Calgary Hitmen (@WHLHitmen) May 7, 2015
Kanzig, 20, was Calgary’s third round pick in the 2013 Draft. Likely due to his mammoth size and perceived NHL potential, he was signed to an entry-level contract before the calendar year was out. Standing 6’6″ and weighing in at just a smidge over 240 pounds, Kanzig has a long reach, a mean streak and a pretty good junior resume for a player that never quite achieved dominance at that level.
Given his age and other factors – like how damn many left-handed defenders the team already has on the black aces – it’s extremely doubtful he’ll join in any playoff action, but it’s at the very least a chance for him to get accustomed to the NHL systems and coaching staff before his (presumed) first pro training camp in the fall.