Quick hits from 2017 development camp

During the hustle and bustle of Calgary Flames development camp, we had the chance to briefly chat with a few players where the chats weren’t quite meaty enough to merit a full article here. That said, there were three chats that did result in a few notable quotes or nuggets of information. We’ve captured those morsels here.

Adam Ollas-Mattsson

Calgary’s sixth round selection in 2014, Ollas-Mattsson finished out his contract with Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Hockey League in the spring and made the jump to North America on a tryout with Stockton. He ended up dressing in nine AHL games and had a goal and an assist in that span.

So what’s the plan for 2017-18? Well, that’s up in the air. Ollas-Mattsson indicated that he has no contract anywhere for next season and his future will be decided in the next few weeks. In his chat with the media at the end of camp, Flames general manager Brad Treliving noted that they’d like Ollas-Mattsson to stay in North America – where he can work on his skating, something Treliving noted needed improving – and that the two sides would chat “in the next few days.” The Flames retain his rights through until June 1, 2018 – though signing him to an entry-level deal would make that point moot.

Eetu Tuulola

Calgary’s sixth round selection in 2016, Tuulola spent last season with the Western Hockey League’s Everett Silvertips but is headed back to his native Finland to fulfill the final year of his contract with HPK this coming season. That means he’ll get a chance to play professional hockey in a pretty good league, a challenge which he seemed very excited for when chatting with the media. Specifically, he cited the opportunity to play a lot and improve in different game situations.

Tuulola also noted that he’ll be headed to the World Junior Summer Showcase in late July to vie for a spot on Team Finland’s World Junior entry.

Kayle Doetzel

A veteran of four seasons with the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels, Doetzel went pro last season with the Stockton Heat and ended up playing 56 of Stockton’s 68 games. Playing primarily with Oliver Kylington, the right-shot blueliner was a very solid contributor on the backend for the Heat. It’s probably not terribly surprising to learn that he’ll be back for 2017-18 on an American League deal.

“After the season, I thought I had a pretty solid year, definitely,” said Doetzel. “Then after, I knew it was a good fit. I loved playing there; great people, great coaching staff, great everybody. As soon as I had the opportunity to go back, it was a pretty easy decision to say yes.”

  • SoCalFlamesFan

    I’m interested in the new “bigger” players drafted by the Flames Adam Ruzicka, Zach Fischer, and Josh Healey. I have been very disappointed by the “bigger” choices the Flames have made the last few years and want to see if these guys truly have and speed and skill to be more than 4th line plugs in the AHL. I do hope that these guys can become bottom rotation skilled agitators on the big club. Josh Healey in particular intrigues me as I remember the “tunnel” in the old days and how hard other teams had to play to get in scoring position.

    • everton fc

      Flames From 80 Feet has good things to say about Fischer. And Healey. I think both will play here someday. Ruzicka is no “agitator”, though.

      In the photo of Ollas-Mattsson, that looks like Phillips trying to defend. If “so”, Phillips may be way too small for the NHL. Here’s hoping I’m dead wrong…

      • SoCalFlamesFan

        I read that too at Flames From 80 Feet. Ollas-Mattsson does seem to be maturing into a good player, but can a good skating coach and a refined workout be enough to increase his foot speed? There does seem to be either your fast or your not. When I hear that comment from Treliving about A O-M’s speed I kind of lost hope that he will amount to anything in the NHL as I can’t recall someone improving that much.

        • Jumping Jack Flash

          Yes, I was waiting for Hayne’s article recapping the rookie camp….and he did not disappoint. I love reading people’s opinions on prospects but some opinions are much more informed. AOM is an intriguing prospect from the little I have seen and read. His skating seems to be holding him back but I have seen some monumental improvements in skating….Tavares, Benn, and Draisaitl come to mind . I also realize that these players were still effective without explosive skating… but it has put them over the top. Heavy footed players that play at an elite level need to demonstrate high hockey IQs with an ability to think a couple steps ahead of the competition. These player may rarely win a foot race but have an innate ability to not put themselves in those type of positions.

  • freethe flames

    After watching AOM this year and last year I think the Flames should use a contract on him; they might not be able to improve his foot speed significantly but a good coach can help improve his angles ect and I think the rest of his game is good enough for the AHL and with time he could surprise.