Flames Sign Mason McDonald & Hunter Smith To Deals

Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving seemed to really enjoy signing players yesterday, because he’s kept at it today. The Flames announced that they’ve inked goaltender Mason McDonald and right wing Hunter Smith to entry-level contracts. Both were second round selections at the 2014 Draft.

Based on each player’s age and the terms of the CBA, the deals are three-year pacts.

McDonald, 19, is a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was chosen by the Flames in the second round of the 2014 Draft, 34th overall, and was the first goalie selected – setting off a flurry of goalie picks in the second round. He’s tall and “toolsy,” in that he’s still pretty raw skills-wise but has good position. He started 56 games for the QMJHL’s Charlottetown Islanders last season after playing 55 in the prior two seasons combined. He seemed to progress, posting a .906 save percentage – second-best in a junior league hardly known for defensive play. He suffered a knee injury that ended his playoff run early, but he’s expected to be fully recovered for the beginning of training camp by all accounts. McDonald will be back in the Q this season and can’t go to the AHL yet due to his age, so his deal will slide a year and not count against the 50 contract limit.

Smith, 19, is a native of Windsor, Ontario, and just a massive human being at 6’6″ and over 215 lbs. He was selected as a second-year draft eligible by the Flames in the 2014 Draft, 54th overall. He was one of the youngest players eligible for the 2013 Draft, and was actually just a few days away from the cut-off for the 2014 class. The year made a big difference, as he had 40 points in 64 games prior to the 2014 Draft after having 1 point in 30 games before the 2013 Draft. His selection seems smart in retrospect, as he was one of the Oshawa Generals’ key players in their Memorial Cup win, including succeeding in his line’s assignment to shut down Connor McDavid in the OHL Championship series. Smith turns 20 in September and is expected to turn pro this season, though he is eligible to return as an overage player.

With the pair of signings, the Flames have signed four of their six 2014 picks – Sam Bennett, Austin Carroll, and now McDonald and Smith. Only college defender Brandon Hickey and Swedish blueliner Adam Ollas Mattsson remain unsigned.

The Flames are now at 36 active contracts for 2015-16 (plus McDonald’s sliding deal and 10 restricted free agents).

  • Cool Story, Brodie!!!

    Nice, I’m rooting for both of these guys. Mostly because people were hating on both of these picks when they happened and overcoming adversity is what makes the flames so awesome

    • MattyFranchise

      Agrred. Particularly with smith. Players who are ‘coke machines’ with ‘no skill’ simply don’t shut down mcdavid in a playoff series.

      You know, I’m beginning to think that this new flames management might know a thing or two about drafting.

      • The GREAT Walter White

        RW do not shut down C. Smith gets too much credit for that series IMO.

        I was ok with his being drafted at the time, but I have a hard time seeing his skating and offence being strong enough to make it in the NHL.

        We’ll see what he can do in the minors, returning to junior would be pointless.

        • BurningSensation

          That’s a lot of sucking and blowing at the same time.

          If he and his unit had been a disaster against McDavid it would certainly count against him. That he and his unit were dedicated to shutting him down, and did so better than any other unit speaks at an equal volume.

          If his skating etc are poor, then why not slow track him another year in junior to see if it can be fixed further? There is no hurry to have him play at a level higher than his skating can keep him.

          • BurningSensation

            Not really, it’s two separate issues.

            Given his position, he would not have primary responsibility in shutting down
            McDavid.

            Given his age and size, junior really won’t help him develop.

  • The GREAT Walter White

    Had a good chat with BT. With Connie too at the poker tournament.
    You losers should really get out and talk to the people you criticize on this blog……

    Out of respect I won’t even share their thoughts……

    Go get a life….

    WW

    • MattyFranchise

      I’m not going to doubt you based solely on your claims because I’ve played with Glencross in the Innisfail Open golf tournament. And he did have some interesting things to say.

    • piscera.infada

      Funny you mention losers criticizing Flames management on this blog. You’ve talked more $hit and thrown daggers at the Flames 2014 draft selections by management and signing guys like Backlund than anyone in the history of FN.

      Are you drunk again, bi-polar or just in denial Walter…or the more likely 4th option, which is all of the above

  • The Last Big Bear

    Can we trade Walter White to Panthers Nation, or Zagreb Medvecak Nation or something?

    I’d be happy with “future considerations” in return.