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Flames announce 2018 training camp roster

With most of their big guns in China for the 2018 ORG China Games, the Calgary Flames have announced their training camp roster.

As you’d expect given the circumstances, it’s rather heavy on rookies and players on professional tryout agreements. The roster includes 69 players: seven goaltenders, 24 defensemen and 38 forwards.

Until the China trip is over, the domestic roster includes two on-ice groups.

Here’s the breakdown of the domestic side of the roster:

Professional tryouts (10):

  • G Jeff Glass
  • D Phillip Samuelsson
  • D Viktor Svedberg
  • D Duncan Siemens
  • D Justin Falk
  • D Ryan Sproul
  • F Logan Shaw
  • F Scott Sabourin
  • F Justin Auger
  • F Gilbert Brule

Amateur tryouts (5):

  • D Jake Christiansen
  • D Igor Merezhko
  • D Brayden Pachal
  • D Merrick Rippon
  • F Jordan Ernst

(Goalie Shane Farkas has been cut and returned to Portland of the WHL.)

AHL-contracted players (5):

  • D Adam Ollas Mattsson
  • D Michael Paliotta
  • D Andrew O’Brien
  • F Zach Fischer
  • F Mike McMurtry

The remainder of the players are already Flames property or under NHL contracts. Given the nature of this year’s camp, expect most of these tryout players to stick around until around Sept. 23 when the China group is fully integrated into the domestic camp group.

Looking at the roster compositions, it should be easy for the Flames’ young defenders to stand out. Team Macoun is basically Juuso Valimaki and a bunch of random dudes. Team Berezan features Oliver Kylington, Marcus Hogstrom and a bunch of dudes.

The exciting young forwards are seemingly split 50-50: Dillon Dube and Matthew Phillips on Team Macoun, while Spencer Foo and Andrew Mangiapane are on Team Berezan.

In goal, comparing youngster Tyler Parsons to journeyman Jeff Glass on Team Macoun could also be quite enlightening.

Generally speaking, training camp groupings are kept together for preseason games, so it’ll be interesting to see how things are split up and which players are mixed and matched together over the next few weeks.

The on-ice portion of camp kicks off Friday morning at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The first domestic preseason game is Monday night at the Saddledome against Edmonton.

  • Baalzamon

    Mentioned this in the other thread, but Sproul would be a very good add on a 2-way deal. Could be a right-shot callup if needed, but is a pretty good AHL-level player. Could be exactly what the Heat need with Andersson graduated.

  • freethe flames

    Do we know what time the on ice sessions are?

    I am a bit surprised that they have Dube away from Mangiapane and Foo. Team B: possible first line Mangiapane/Shaw/Foo, Team M Rychel/Dube/Robinson; just wild guesses.

  • DMac

    Three of the PTOs are intriguing, but not that I think they are destined for the roster of the big club.

    Gilbert Brule. Wow! This guy was a highly touted first rounder that just never stuck for some reason. He is 5 years removed from his last NHL gig with the Coyotes. He also didn’t work in Columbus. He also didn’t work in Edmonton (his home town!). Looks like he was mediocre in the KHL. Is this one last kick at the NHL? Or is he a possibility for Stockton as an older pro mentor?

    Duncan Siemens. Another first rounder who has never been an offensive force, even in his WHL days. But a stay at home guy, still only 25 but good for under 10 points a year. Not even known for his toughness but maybe it was being in the Colorado system, not exactly known for their development. I wish him well at getting enough ice time even in camp.

    Justin Falk. Similar to Siemens in that he was with Buffalo last year and isn’t known for offensive capacity or toughness. A fourth rounder that has been in 4 different NHL systems none with any great regular ice time. Again, is there enough ice time in camp for Siemens and Falk when the Flames have young guys like Valimaki, Andersson, Kylington knocking on the door of having a spot on the big club?

    Also not lost on me is that the Flames need ice a team for exhibition games that have ‘NHL veterans’. With the China trip, they might not have enough guys that qualify without pressing some of the regular roster into action early after their return from that jaunt.

  • Zesty14

    I said it when Calgary drafted Dube and I’ll say it again. It was a pleasure watching him in Kelowna. He has the tools to be a full time NHL’r. I will be the first in line to buy his jersey when he makes the flames roster. Tkachuk for president.