After a lengthy, lengthy summer, the Calgary Flames are about to play meaningful hockey again. The road to the 2016-17 season opener on October 12 begins with prospect camp and the 2016 Young Stars Classic Tournament!
Featuring players with fewer than 100 North American pro regular season (and playoff) games or fewer than 25 NHL appearances, the Penticton tournament has been the first chance for fans to see youngsters in live hockey action! Who will be suiting up for the Flames during this year’s affair in Penticton? The Flames have released their roster for the event.
|32||Jon Gillies||22||Stockton Heat (AHL)||2012 Draft||Left||6’6″||223|
|70||Nick Schneider||19||Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)||Signed as free agent||Right||6’2″||170|
|72||Mason McDonald||20||Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL)||2014 Draft||Right||6’4″||200|
|80||Tyler Parsons||18||London Knights (OHL)||2016 Draft||Left||6’1″||185|
|53||Kenney Morrison||24||Stockton Heat (AHL)||Signed as free agent||Right||6’2″||208|
|54||Rasmus Andersson||19||Barrie Colts (OHL)||2015 Draft||Right||6’1″||214|
|58||Oliver Kylington||19||Stockton Heat (AHL)||2015 Draft||Left||6’0″||183|
|67||Ryan Culkin||22||Adirondack Thunder (ECHL)||2012 Draft||Left||6’2″||200|
|73||Keegan Kanzig||21||Calgary Hitmen (WHL)||2013 Draft||Left||6’7″||247|
|76||Roman Dyukov||20||Yunost Minsk (Belarus)||Invite (AHL contract)||Left||6’1″||190|
|80||Stepan Falkovsky||19||Ottawa 67’s (OHL)||2016 Draft||Left||6’7″||224|
|92||Aaron Hyman||18||Calgary Hitmen (WHL)||Invite||Right||6’5″||224|
|98||Riley Bruce||19||North Bay Battalion (OHL)||2015 Draft||Right||6’7″||212|
|19||Matthew Tkachuk||18||London Knights (OHL)||2016 Draft||Left||6’2″||202|
|45||Morgan Klimchuk||21||Stockton Heat (AHL)||2013 Draft||Left||6’0″||185|
|47||Matthew Phillips [C]||18||Victoria Royals (WHL)||2016 Draft||Right||5’7″||140|
|56||Ryan Lomberg||21||Adirondack Thunder (ECHL)||Invite (AHL contract)||Left||5’9″||190|
|59||Dillon Dube [C]||18||Kelowna Rockets (WHL)||2016 Draft||Left||5’11”||183|
|60||Brett Pollock||20||Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)||Trade with Dallas||Left||6’3″||195|
|62||Austin Carroll||22||Stockton Heat (AHL)||2014 Draft||Right||6’3″||212|
|71||Hunter Smith||21||Stockton Heat (AHL)||2014 Draft||Right||6’7″||231|
|77||Mark Jankowski [C]||21||Providence College Friars (NCAA)||2012 Draft||Left||6’4″||202|
|78||Justin Doucet||19||Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)||Invite||Left||6’6″||229|
|82||Eetu Tuulola||18||HPK (Jr. SM-Liiga)||2016 Draft||Right||6’2″||224|
|87||Mathieu Sevigny||18||Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)||Invite||Left||6’1″||175|
|89||Andrew Mangiapane||20||Barrie Colts (OHL)||2015 Draft||Left||5’10”||184|
|94||Brayden Burke||19||Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)||Invite||Left||5’10”||165|
|95||Mikkel Aagaard [C]||20||Sudbury Wolves (OHL)||Invite||Left||5’11”||180|
|96||Dennis Kravchenko [C]||22||U-Mass Amhearst (NCAA)||Invite||Left||5’9″||176|
Not Attending: Rushan Rafikov (Europe), Adam Ollas Mattsson (Europe), Adam Fox (college), Brandon Hickey (college), Pavel Karnaukhov (Europe), Linus Lindstrom (Europe), Mitchell Mattson (USHL), Tim Harrison (college), Daniel Pribyl (eligible but recovering from surgery), and a few Flames farmhands (such as David Rittich, Emile Poirier and Brett Kulak) who are technically eligible but probably wouldn’t get much out of the experience.
At first blush, the Flames have invited far fewer players to their camp from outside the organization than they have in previous years. This year’s invites are:
- Big-bodied defender Aaron Hyman of the Calgary Hitmen. He’s big and right-handed, which are two things the organization loves. His offensive game isn’t amazing (yet), but he split sixth-defender duties with Jakob LaPointe last season and basically played half the time. He’s led the Hitmen in scoring during the pre-season for what that’s worth.
- AHL signee Roman Dyukov.
- AHL signee Ryan Lomberg, who was at this tournament last year.
- Denmark-born OHL center Mikkel Aagaard, who has scored impressively but may be looking for a new home (given he’s both an overager and an import player, and junior teams typically don’t keep guys like him).
- Big-bodied forward Mathieu Sevigny, who was also invited to development camp.
- Small-bodied forward Brayden Burke, who was also invited to development camp.
- Small-bodied forward Dennis Kravchenko, who was also invited to development camp.
- Big-bodied forward Justin Doucet, who was also invited to development camp.
The youngsters gather in Calgary on Thursday for medical testing. After that, it’s off to scenic Penticton, British Columbia for the annual Young Stars Classic Tournament!
- On Friday (September 16), Calgary plays the Winnipeg Jets at 5 p.m. MT
- On Saturday (September 17), Calgary plays the Edmonton Oilers at 8:30 p.m. MT
- On Monday (September 19), Calgary plays the Vancouver Canucks at 4:30 p.m. MT
The games will be streamed on the Flames website.