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Flames to sign NCAA free agent Spencer Foo

The Calgary Flames have given up a lot of draft picks in trades as of late. Travis Hamonic, Mike Smith, Curtis Lazar, Michael Stone – all were acquired at the expense of draft lottery tickets.

Draft picks tend to be important because, well, a lot of teams build through the draft. The Flames are no exception to that – look no further than Mikael Backlund, T.J. Brodie, Sean Monahan. Johnny Gaudreau, Sam Bennett, and Matthew Tkachuk, for example – to create a team they hope to turn into a contender.

And while it’s true the Flames have built up their prospect pool as of late, it never hurts to have more. So how does one add to their pool when they’re fast running out of draft picks? By picking up young, undrafted free agents, of course.

Like Spencer Foo, the latest addition to the Flames.

The Flames were reportedly one of four teams in the running for Foo, and it appears they’ve won. He can be officially signed on July 1.

Foo is coming off of an explosive 62-point season over 38 games for Union College. He scored 25 points his previous two years, but the 23-year-old appears to have turned a corner in his junior year. By signing with the Flames, he will forego his senior year, and likely play for the Stockton Heat.

That said, Foo is a right-shooting right winger, and if he’s able to even further build off of his impressive final college season, it’s entirely possible he could force the Flames’ hands into finding room for him on the NHL roster sooner rather than later. After all, a reason he picked the Flames is probably because he sees an opportunity for him that other teams can’t provide, and it is true the Flames are rather shallow on the right wing.

The last time the Flames saw Foo was at their 2016 development camp, and it appears the next time they’ll officially see him will be at the 2017 edition – this time with a contract in hand. Where he goes from here remains to be seen, but it never hurts to add more talent, so this is a win for Calgary.

  • L.Kolkind

    Finally, Treliving makes a good move! He had a pretty good draft, but his trades I haven’t been a fan of. I didn’t like the Stone trade especially now that we already replaced him. I am neutral on the Lazar trade, he could turn it around, or be a decent scoring RW. I hate the Smith trade. I think we overpaid for Hamonic and he isn’t as good as advertised. Signing Foo is his best move this year. Drafting Valimaki was good, but he had so many great options it wasn’t hard to make a good pick.

    • McRib

      “But his trades I haven’t been a fan of”

      You weren’t a fan of the Dougie Hamilton trade? Which is turning out to be one of the most positively lopsided trades for us in Flames history.

  • Lucky 13

    I don’t know if you can read into this but suggestions on SB Nation indicated he would be in the lineup barring any complications. Do you think he was guaranteed a spot and thus the signing?
    I’m asking… and if so doesn’t that change the whole dynamic of our lineup?

  • TheRealPoc

    Within the span of a week, Flames added Smith, Hamonic, Valimaki and Foo to the fold, and BT didn’t need to give up a single roster player or prospect under contract to do so. That’s putting in some work. No GM is perfect but we’ve got a pretty damn good one, folks.

    I’ll say this much about Foo – if he’s good enough, he’ll probably get to play sooner rather than later. Good fit for both sides.

  • Stu Cazz

    This signing takes some of the sting from the drafts choices given up for Hamonic….Hamonic/Foo/4th rounder for 1st rounder and two 2nd’s…I’ll do that trade any day!

  • Puckhead

    If you make the assumption that the core group of players is in place, there will not be a lot of room for prospects in the foreseeable future. The competition for vacant roster spots is going to be fierce. It’s a strange feeling to see the team in a position where they could have more players than roster spots. I guess that’s called $ in the bank for Tre to play with.

    Tre! Tre!! Tre!!! Tre!!!!

  • Atomic Clown

    Just an observation. FlamesNation and OilersNation make up 80% of all the traffic on Nation network. CanucksArmy makes an additional 15%, and the all the rest are just tumbleweeds. Thank God there’s.passionate fans here lol

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    Here is some food for thought(couldn’t do it). Spencer Foo’s brother Parker was just drafted in the 5 th round by Hawks. He played on the power house Brook bandits, who boasted the 4th overall selection (Makar). I am assuming that a player like Makar brought a lot of attention from scouts bringing exposure to other players.

    Spencer also played in the AHL but not on a powerhouse team, the brothers scoring stats in the first 2 years of Junior are almost identical with Spencer having a slight edge , Parker is listed at 6’1″ 180lb while Spencer is listed at 6’0″185 lb. So, why wasn’t Spencer drafted? Perhaps he wasn’t this size in his draft year and players at 6’0″4 or 5 years ago were considered small. There is a very good chance that Spencer’s exceptional Junior year at Union worked in his brother’s favour.

  • freethe flames

    In just over a week we will have a much better idea of how good young Mr Foo is; development camp. I vaguely remember him from last year but ET stole the camp. Is he going to be the next Vessy? I have no idea. Good luck to him.

    • piscera.infada

      As much as I like snide jabs like that. They work so much better if you have the mental capacity to actually place the reply correctly in the string of comments… It’s really not that difficult to figure out–there is a ‘reply’ button after all.

  • jakethesnail

    Let’s face facts Flame fans, Foo signed in Calgary because quite frankly was the easiest place to break into the NHL. Just like Versteeg did last year. Chiarelli told him there was no guarantee he would play in the top six, so off to Calgary. Smart move ,for Foo.