Flames trim camp roster by eight

In advance of tonight’s game against the Winnipeg Jets (and other roster moves expected afterwards), the Calgary Flames have reduced their training camp roster by eight bodies.

None are particularly shocking cuts.

Headed to the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat are defensemen Rasmus Andersson and Roman Dyukov, and forwards Hunter Smith, Andrew Mangiapane, Ryan Lomberg and Austin Carroll. Headed back to the Ontario Hockey League’s London Knights is goalie Tyler Parsons. Headed elsewhere is forward Luke Adam, who has been released from his professional tryout agreement.

The moves leave the Flames with 41 bodies in camp: four goalies, 15 defensemen and 22 forwards. More moves are expected later tonight or early tomorrow as Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan tries to get the roster down to a manageable number somewhere in the high 20s.

Who’s Left?

With the roster further reduced, here’s a glance at who is left in training camp:

Goalies (4):

  • #1 Brian Elliott
  • #31 Chad Johnson
  • #32 Jon Gillies
  • #40 David Rittich

Defensemen (15):

  • #3 Jyrki Jokipakka
  • #5 Mark Giordano
  • #6 Dennis Wideman
  • #7 T.J. Brodie
  • #8 Nicklas Grossmann [PTO]
  • #15 Ladislav Smid (injured)
  • #26 Tyler Wotherspoon
  • #27 Dougie Hamilton
  • #29 Deryk Engelland
  • #48 Colby Robak [PTO]
  • #53 Kenney Morrison
  • #55 Mikhail Grigoriev [PTO]
  • #58 Oliver Kylington
  • #61 Brett Kulak
  • #63 Ryan Culkin

Forwards (22):

  • #10 Linden Vey
  • #11 Mikael Backlund
  • #17 Lance Bouma
  • #18 Matt Stajan
  • #19 Matthew Tkachuk
  • #20 Chris Higgins [PTO]
  • #21 Lauri Korpikoski [PTO]
  • #23 Sean Monahan
  • #25 Freddie Hamilton
  • #28 Emile Poirier
  • #36 Troy Brouwer
  • #38 Matt Frattin
  • #39 Alex Chiasson
  • #45 Morgan Klimchuk
  • #49 Hunter Shinkaruk
  • #52 Brandon Bollig
  • #64 Garnet Hathaway
  • #67 Michael Frolik
  • #74 Daniel Pribyl (injured)
  • #77 Mark Jankowski
  • #79 Micheal Ferland
  • #93 Sam Bennett

There’s also Johnny Gaudreau, who isn’t counted on the current camp roster because he is without a contract and is not presently in camp.

    • beloch

      The biggest surprise (in terms of what I expected before Penticton) is that Kylington has managed to stick longer than Andersson this season. Andersson was the guy who played a more mature defensive game and looked closer to being NHL ready last fall, but it seems that playing in the AHL has been just what Kylington needed!

      It will be interesting to see how these two players compare a year from now. Will Andersson catch up this season? Will Kylington get some NHL games and pull ahead? Will one, or both, of these two promising young defenders stick in the NHL next season?

      Kylington and Andersson are looking like great picks!

      • everton fc

        I think Kylington will be a better player than Andersson.

        As for the PTO’s, Higgins is the only one with any remote value. They should keep him around until the last cut; he could be “filler” if injuries riddle our forward ranks. Grigoriev should also be kept a bit longer – but only if he gets ice-time.

        • KiLLKiND

          I think Andersson’s speed is holding him back, and he really needs to work on tht to excel in the NHL. The NHL has a noticeable increase in speed almost every year, and while playing a very smart and positionally sound game is great he needs to increase his acceleration and have quicker starts to keep up in the NHL.

          I do agree that Kylington will be better in the long term, hell I was willing to take Kylington 3rd overall in the draft not 60th. I think once Kylington learns a little more on how to be a solid defensive presence that is when is offensive ability and his skating will truly shine as he will feel confident enough that he will be able to recover from a mistake.

          I am a fan of Grigoriec and think he will have a legitimate shot at cracking an NHL roster in a few years.

          • Primo

            Andersson lost a grand total of 2 pounds after being called out by the GM. That is 2 consecutive years that he has reported out of shape. He will never be an NHL’er with the Flames….also if you would have drafted Kylington 3rd overall than you will never be my GM….

      • PTOs are cheap and are fine for forcing competition among camp roster spots. Nakladal would be a very good re-signing, but that Gaudreau deal is likely going to nix his return. There are internal options to substitute, for what it’s worth. Kylington could make the team in a season or two, which would signficantly strengthen the top-4.

        • freethe flames

          This is untrue; they have the money and the ability with correct paper pushing to sign Johnny and Nakladal as long as they don’t overpay for either. The amount of relief they get from Smid being on LTIR is dependent on how close they get to the cap. If they want the maximum relief they need to get Johnny signed and I would argue Nakladal signed and then send Bollig down and possibly one paper transaction down to get cap compliant and then get the cap relief for Smid.