It’s been a bit of a quiet stretch for hard Calgary Flames news, but at the tail-end of Flames development camp we’ve gotten a bit of a juicy tidbit from our local media pals:
#Flames GM Brad Treliving says they plan to have invitee Tyson Baillie attend the prospects camp and Penticton tournament.
— Randy Sportak (@SUNRandySportak) July 10, 2015
The Penticton tournament runs in early September and features top prospects from the Flames, Jets, Canucks and Oilers in a round-robin match-up to see which team has prospect dominance. Generally-speaking, you only see unsigned junior prospects, pros just beginning their entry-level deals, and try-out kids hoping to get on an NHL team’s radar.
Baillie had an excellent season with the WHL Champion Kelowna Rockets, putting up 37 goals and 76 points. He’ll be 20 in November and is most likely headed back to Kelowna for another year.
FYI: Regarding Tyson Baillie, Kelowna C at dev camp on an invite. Since he’s been thru the draft, any NHL team can sign him up until Aug 25.
— Darren Haynes (@DarrenWHaynes) July 6, 2015
Granted, the Penticton camp is after August 25, but Baillie could also possibly be signed to an AHL deal, as my understanding of the CHL transfer agreement is he’d need to be 20 by December 31 – which he would be. We’ll probably get more clarity on Baillie and his status as the summer wears on, but he’s definitely on Calgary’s radar now.
In addition to Baillie, I’d be shocked if the Flames didn’t give Jason Fram a long look at rookie camp as well.