2015 Development Camp Preview

Hockey fans, your first chance to set eyes on the Calgary Flames prospects in 2015 is almost upon you!

The 2015 edition of Flames development camp kicks off Monday with fitness testing and Tuesday on the ice. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening when, who is here, and who isn’t.

THE SCHEDULE

Monday Fitness Testing (8am-3pm)
Tuesday Skill Development
Groups A & B (10:30am)
Groups C & D (12:15pm)
Wednesday Skill Development
Groups A & B (11:30am)
Groups C & D (1:15pm)
Thursday Scrimmage (9:30am)
Friday Skill Development
Groups A & B (9am)
Groups C & D (10:15am)

Everything takes place at the Markin MacPhail Centre at Winsport. The Flames have the Joan Snyder rink booked all week, which is otherwise known as Rink B, the one closest to the front of the complex if you park where most of the parking is by the Canada Sports Hall of Fame.

Particularly for Thursday: there is limited seating by the Snyder rink, so show up early if you want a good spot.

THE ROSTER

There are 42 players in camp. The notables?

  • First round picks: Sam Bennett, Mark Jankowski, Morgan Klimchuk & Emile Poirier
  • Second round picks: Mason McDonald, Rasmus Andersson, Oliver Kylington, Patrick Sieloff & Hunter Smith

All five of Calgary’s 2015 draft picks are here, as is Jakub Nakadal (who is attending to get familiar with the organization).

Notably absent among those eligible to participate: 2011 picks Tyler Wotherspoon and Markus Granlund, as well as 2013 pick Tim Harrison. I would wager that since Wotherspoon and Granlund have been to a bunch of these things now, the organization felt they wouldn’t really benefit from another run-through. And Harrison? Maybe he’s in a similar situation as Matt Deblouw was in last year; Deblouw stayed at school to refocus on the next season. That approach worked, and Deblouw had a much better year and is back at this year’s camp. Rushan Rafikov is also not here, but that was expected.

THE TRY-OUT GROUP

There are a bunch of players – 17 by my count – who aren’t Flames property and are attending the camp as invites. Here’s the nitty-gritty on ’em.

  • G Adam Clark: An AJHL and BCHL graduate from Sherwood Park currently playing at University of New Hampshire. Numbers weren’t great (.893 save percentage). 1993 birthday.
  • G Rylan Toth: Red Deer Rebels goalie, became the team’s starter in his first season in the WHL last year. All things considered, his numbers were pretty decent. Could be a late-bloomer. 1996 birthday, he has to go through the draft one more time before he’s a free agent.
  • D Chris Dienes: A teammate of Kenney Morrison’s at Western Michigan. He’s got decent size and okay numbers, but seems like a depth addition. 1993 birthday.
  • D Scott Dornbrock: Miami (of Ohio) University defender. He’s big, but doesn’t produce much offense. 1993 birthday.
  • D Carter Foguth: Minnesota State University defender. He’s big, but doesn’t score much. He’s slated to be the captain of his team next year. Previously captained his USHL team before heading to college. 1992 birthday.
  • D Jason Fram: Spokane Chiefs captain. He’s got size. He’s right-handed. He’s put up really good numbers for a defender in the WHL. And he went through the draft unclaimed once again, so he’s eligible to be signed by the Flames as a free agent. 1995 birthday.
  • D Jonathan Jutzi: Another Minnesota State defender who doesn’t score very much. 1991 birthday.
  • D Phillipe Myers: Big blueliner from the QMJHL team in Rouyn-Noranda. Offensive numbers really tiny, but he’s big and young, so he may develop that a bit. 1997 birthday.
  • C Tyson Baillie: Kelowna Rockets star. Scored at nearly a point-per-game in the WHL over the past couple seasons, but unclaimed in the past two drafts. He’s not physically large, and seemingly consistency has been an issue as he goes cold from time to time. Still, easily most interesting of the forward invitees. Late 1995 birthday, so he has to go through the draft one more time before he can be signed.
  • RW Brandon Hawkins: Bowling Green forward. He’s not huge (“only” 5’11”) but put up good numbers as a rookie. Had 30 points in 39 games and was named to his conference’s all-rookie team. 1994 birthday.
  • LW Ryan Lomberg: Headed to Miami (of Ohio) University next year. He’s an odd one: he played in Muskegon of the USHL as a 17-year-old, went to the University of Maine at 18 and 19, then went back to the USHL to play at Youngstown as a 20-year-old. Had good numbers in the USHL, but he was also 20. 1994 birthday.
  • LW Mason Marchment: Bryan Marchment’s son. Big (6’3″, 195). Jumped to OHL as a 20-year-old and had decent numbers (26 points in 54 games). Probably headed back to the OHL as an overager. Maybe he’s a late-bloomer? 1995 birthday.
  • C Josh Pitt: Another Kenney Morrison teammate from Western Michigan. He’s big, but has so-so offensive numbers. 1992 birthday.
  • LW Julien Proulx: Big kid from the QMJHL’s Victoriaville Tigres. Very little offense, many penalties. 1996 birthday.
  • C Tomas Soustal: A Czech import playing with the Kelowna Rockets. He’s got good size, is a right shot, and had okay numbers offensively. Interestingly, he played in both the Ivan Hlinka Tournament and the Memorial Cup in the same season, and lost in the championship game in both tournaments. 1997 birthday.
  • C Sam Studnicka: Teammate of Andrew Mangiapane’s from Ottawa. Fairly big guy with okay-ish offensive numbers. 1995 birthday.
  • LW Matt Wilkins: Josh Jooris’ teammate from Union College from a few years back and a former Brooks Bandit. AJHL champion in 2012 and NCAA champion in 2014. 1991 birthday.

Anybody worth looking at?

I’d be shocked if the purpose of Jason Fram’s inclusion wasn’t one last look before a potential contract offer. Fram was at last year’s development and rookie camps, but couldn’t be signed. Now that he’s a free agent, there’s no barriers left for the two sides to sign something. I’d also keep an eye on Toth, Marchment and Soustal over the camp to see if they show anything.

Beyond Fram, though, nobody here really seems to fit the bill for what Calgary doesn’t already have in their system.

  • piscera.infada

    The players I am most interested in seeing are Nakladal; does he stand out based upon his pro experience, Jankowski it will be his first camp that he has participated in, the 3 Swedish defenceman and Gilles.

    • loudogYYC

      Jankowski was at rookie camp last year but didn’t really stand out too much. Although we’ll only see 1 scrimmage I expect him to dominate this time around.

      • The GREAT Walter White

        Wrong, he did not skate last year whatsoever at the development camp. I went to every single scrimmage and Jankowski did not get on the ice for one of them

        • loudogYYC

          Thanks for the correction, in that case I saw him at 2013 rookie camp where he didn’t stand out. I’m looking forward to see the progression 2 years later.

          Regarding the Flames getting a compensation 2nd rounder for Janko, it’s only if he rejects a bonafide entry level contract offer. So it’s possible but it will probably all depend on how his senior college season goes. If he’s in the Hobey Baker conversation, Flames will definitely sign him.

    • piscera.infada

      As I recall, he’s been injured for every one. Even still, if he was at the first one, it will be nice to see with my own eyes what progress he’s made progress in three years.

  • The Real Slim Brodie

    I think Jankowski is still at the top of the list of prospects I’m most interested in. If he doesn’t show as well I’d expect to hear that he’s traded before the season starts (probably as part of a package). I believe he can go UFA next offseason since he’s done 4 years in College and if he feels that current management isn’t as big on him as the previous regime maybe he’d rather look at his options. So if Management doesn’t see him in his plans probably prudent to trade him before his value reaches it’s lowest point.

  • The Real Slim Brodie

    I think Jankowski is still at the top of the list of prospects I’m most interested in. If he doesn’t show as well I’d expect to hear that he’s traded before the season starts (probably as part of a package). I believe he can go UFA next offseason since he’s done 4 years in College and if he feels that current management isn’t as big on him as the previous regime maybe he’d rather look at his options. So if Management doesn’t see him in his plans probably prudent to trade him before his value reaches it’s lowest point.

  • loudogYYC

    Studnicka and Mangiapane were not teammates. Lucky plays for the Barrie Colts and Studnicka plays for Ottawa.

    This is where Kylington is going to start proving he fell way too far. He’s quite obviously a better prospect than Jacob Larsson for one thing.

    BTW suggested nicknames: Lucky for Mangiapane obviously. Anderson and Kylington should be Fat Ras and Dazzle.

  • Brainfart, gang. For some reason, Ottawa=Barrie to me. Also, my top players to watch (in drills) are probably Jankowski, Kylington, Andersson, Smith, Fram and Klimchuk.

    I’m really curious to see how Klimchuk stacks up against the rest of the shiny new toys in the organization.

  • Christian Roatis

    I am betting the higher experience level of talented guys like Kulak, Culkin, Poirier, Jankowski, Gillies, Kanzig and Klimchuk is going to be the star of dev camp this year. And of course Bennett who is just on another level.

    Which is what you would hope – a defined instance of development paying off and what to expect from Hickey, MacDonald, Smith, Caroll, Kylington, Fram, Andersson, Ollas-Maattson, and Mangiapane!

    I am also really interested in finding out if Riley Bruce is any good.

    • Christian Roatis

      Had 80 points in 60 games this year which is solid for a 19 year old whose strongest attributes aren’t offensive tools.

      Has a 18.18% PCS%, most successful comparables (from 1990 onward) at this point being Scottie Upshall, Joffrey Lupul and Martin Erat.

  • Shoestring

    Toth wasn’t very good in Red Deer last season. He became the starter because of the tire fire that Burman was. He wasn’t consistant and prone to soft goals on a regular basis. Though he did play very well in the four playoff games against Medacine Hat. Hopefully this camp helps him as Red Deer will need great goaltending in their Mem Cup host year.

  • Burnward

    Is this the same Janko that bested Jack Eichel to win the NCAA title?

    What a bust.

    Has any Flames prospect ever been the subject of more silliness than this kid?