2016 development camp runs July 4-7 at Winsport

Just as surely as the 2015-16 season has finished up, we’re about to begin with the 2016-17 hockey calendar. The annual Calgary Flames development camp, a rite of summer for the youngest members of the Flames organization, has just been officially announced by the club and is the first major event of the new hockey year.

The camp runs July 4-7 (this coming Monday through Thursday) at Winsport over at Canada Olympic Park, and the roster features a few fairly big names such as 2012 first round pick Mark Jankowski and 2016 first round pick Matthew Tkachuk.


The camp is largely the same format as last year, meaning lots of skill development and drills and not a lot of flashy scrimmages. (If you’re a minor hockey coach, it’s a good idea to come down for a day and jot down some drills for your kids to try out.)

  • Monday, July 4 is just fitness testing, with no on-ice activity scheduled.
  • Tuesday, July 5 and Wednesday, July 6 have sessions running at 9am, 10:15am, 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm. All are skills development and power skating.
  • Thursday, July 7 is the main event, with a scrimmage scheduled for 9:30am followed by some power skating drills at 11:15am.

All of the action is taking place on the NHL-sized ice surfaces at Winsport, not the big international-sized sheet.



    No. Player Ca. 2015-16 Club Acquired
    32 GILLIES, Jon L Stockton Heat (AHL) 2012 third round pick
    72 McDONALD, Mason R Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)
    Team Canada (WJC)
    2014 second round pick
    82 PARSONS, Tyler L London Knights (OHL) 2016 second round pick
    36 RITTICH, David L BK Mlada Boleslav (Extraliga) Free agent signing
    70 SCHNEIDER, Nick R Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)
    Stockton Heat (AHL)
    Free agent signing


    No. Player Sh. 2015-16 Club Acquired
    54 ANDERSSON, Rasmus R Barrie Colts (OHL) 2015 second round pick
    98 BRUCE, Riley R North Bay Battalion (OHL) 2015 seventh round pick
    63 CULKIN, Ryan L Adirondack Thunder (ECHL)
    Stockton Heat (AHL)
    2012 fifth round pick
    83 FOX, Adam R U.S. National Development Team (USHL)
    Team USA (U18)
    2016 third round pick
    85 HEALEY, Josh L Ohio State University Buckeyes (NCAA) Invite
    50 HICKEY, Brandon L Boston University Terriers (NCAA)
    Team Canada (WJC)
    2014 third round pick
    73 KANZIG, Keegan L Calgary Hitmen (WHL)
    Stockton Heat (AHL)
    2013 third round pick
    58 KYLINGTON, Oliver L Stockton Heat (AHL)
    Calgary Flames (NHL)
    2015 second round pick
    53 MORRISON, Kenney R Stockton Heat (AHL) Free agent signing
    68 OLLAS MATTSSON, Adam L Djurgardens IF (SHL)
    Team Sweden (WJC)
    2014 sixth round pick
    92 WILSON, Jared L RPI Engineers (NCAA) Invite


    No. Player Sh. 2015-16 Club Acquired
    84 ALDWORTH, Thomas R Quinnipiac University Bobcats (NCAA) Invite
    86 BOWLES, Brad L Portage Terriers (MJHL) Invite
    94 BURKE, Brayden L Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) Invite
    62 CARROLL, Austin R Stockton Heat (AHL) 2014 seventh round pick
    78 DOUCET, Justin L Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL) Invite
    59 DUBE, Dillon L Kelowna Rockets (WHL)
    Temm Canada (Hlinka)
    2016 second round pick
    95 FOO, Spencer R Union College (NCAA) Invite
    97 HARRISON, Tim R Colgate University Raiders (NCAA) 2013 sixth round pick
    77 JANKOWSKI, Mark L Providence College Friars (NCAA)
    Stockton Heat (NCAA)
    2012 first round pick
    96 KRAVCHENKO, Dennis L University of Massachusets Minutemen (NCA) Invite
    81 LINDSTROM, Linus L Skelleftea AIK (J20 SuperElit)
    Skelleftea AIK (Allsvenskan)
    Team Sweden (U18/Hlinka)
    2016 fourth round pick
    91 MATTSON, Mitchell L Grand Rapids High School (USHS)
    Bloomington Thunder (USHL)
    2016 fifth round pick
    47 PHILLIPS, Matthew R Victoria Royals (WHL) 2016 sixth round pick
    60 POLLOCK, Brett L Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
    Stockton Heat (AHL)
    Trade with Dallas
    89 REMPAL, Sheldon L Nanaimo Clippers (BCHL) Invite
    87 SEVIGNY, Mathieu L Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL) Invite
    71 SMITH, Hunter R Stockton Heat (AHL) 2014 second round pick
    19 TKACHUK, Matthew L Barrie Colts (OHL) 2016 first round pick
    75 TUULOLA, Eetu R HPK (Jr. Liiga)
    HPK (SM-Liiga)
    Team Finland (U18/Hlinka)
    2016 sixth round pick

    Andrew Mangiapane and Daniel Pribyl will be there, but won’t be on the ice due to injury.


    • 2016: Tkachuk, Parsons, Dube, Fox, Lindstrom, Mattson, Tuulola, Phillips (no Falkovsky)
    • 2015: Andersson, Kylington, Mangiapane, Bruce (no Karnaukhov)
    • 2014: McDonald, Smith, Hickey, Ollas Mattsson, Carroll (no Bennett)
    • 2013: Kanzig, Harrison
    • 2012: Jankowski, Gillies, Culkin

    We’ll have a run-down of the 10 camp invitees on Monday for your reading pleasure. It’s a much more diverse group than we’ve seen in the past few years.

      SUM IT UP

      If you haven’t been down to a development camp, it’s usually worth heading down for a day or two. You get to see the Flames most recently-drafted prospects up-close, in a much more relaxed atmosphere than you’ll see at training camp.

        • McRib

          Flames just announced development camp rosters, a very notable Free Agent invite is Lethbridge’s Brayden Burke. How does someone who scored 109 Points in only his second WHL season get completely passed over in the draft? Absolutely baffling (Ranked 78th by Red Line Report). 74% of his primary points came even strength (including 23 of 27 Goals). It’s been a long while since the Flames have invited such a legitimate talent to Development Camp.

          Please Mr. Treliving, sign him to an entry level deal this summer. Kid could be another Tyler Johnson, no need for this organization to let another gem slip through our hands

            • McRib

              Yeah praying he does well, Burke has an extremely High Hockey IQ and creates a ton off of subtitle very intelligent decisions and great offensive zone positioning, which leads to him playing more of a quiet game at first glance. Therefore this setting of mostly practices is maybe not the best setting to fully showcase, so fingers crossed. The Flames did post team line combinations online and it looks like he is playing with some legit talent Jankowski, Carroll, Kylington, Fox, Morrison, etc so they obviously want to see what he has because there is another team in camp with essentially only FA invitees.

              Like I mentioned he really fits into a Tyler Johnson mould at the same age, where scouts always questioned his tool package, but his results in game play spoke for themself and I think he will also just keep getting stronger as he was so underdeveloped the lasts two years like a Johnson. He gained a fair amount of leg strength last offseason and it dramatically improved his skating stride, so hoping he shows up to camp with some more added length strength since his season ended earlier this year. He is a truly elite passer who really speeds out the ice well and knows all his outlets playing with head constantly up on a swivle. I watch the WHL fairly extensively and he is by far the best talent I have seen get passed over at the Draft in at least five years. I mean his NHLe was in the Top. 10 draft eligible forwards out of everyone available last weekend for crying out loud and he gets completely passed over. Hope we sign him!!

            • McRib

              Yeah couldn’t agree more, they both win puck battles using smarts instead of brawn and couple that with tremendous effort. In today’s NHL they are the type of secondary prospects you want to completely surround yourself with going forward. Treliving has shown in past summer camps that he is willing to sign standout invitees that they like (Schneider last year), so hope they get it done again with Burke this year.

        • everton fc

          Keep an eye on Bradley Bowles of Portage. Looking forward to the camp.

          BRAD BOWLES

          “good size … hard to handle down low … very good on the cycle … great puck protection … loves to funnel pucks to the net … wears down opponents in the defensive zone … good skater … smart player”

          45 goals and 102 points in 60 MJHL games. Might be a surprise. For Stockton or Adirondack. We shall see.

        • Prototype369

          Cmon Tkachuk, blow the doors off. As much as i dont want the prototypical oilers treatment where every player picked within the top 100 automatically is guaranteed an NHL spot the following season, i salivate at the idea of a Tkachuk-Bennet-Shinkaruk line. I would probably soil my pants if this line developed real merit and chemistry.

        • freethe flames

          Happy Canada Day everyone; it’s great to live in a country where we have enough leisure time to be able to discuss hockey and other things. Happy FA day and let’s hope that our GM has some good news for us today.

        • freethe flames

          Does anyone know what Mag Pie injury is?

          I’m glad to see the big Swede Ollas Mattsson is back, I thought he showed well last year at development camp.

        • jakethesnail

          Looking forward to seeing Tkachuk in the power skating drills.

          Brayden Burke has 1.23 points per game in the WHL…hope he shows well and gets a contract.