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Flames announce development camp schedule and roster

The Calgary Flames have announced the schedule and roster for their annual prospect development camp. The camp takes place at Winsport from July 4-7, with a controlled scrimmage taking place on the final day.

The camp roster includes 39 players – five goaltenders, 12 defensemen and 22 forwards.

Broken down by draft class:

  • 2019: Jakob Pelletier, Lucas Feuk, Josh Nodler and Dustin Wolf are all attending, with Ilya Nikolaev unable to attend due to team commitments in Russia.
  • 2018: Demetrious Koumontzis, Emilio Pettersen, Martin Pospisil, Milos Roman and Dmitry Zavgorodniy all attending
  • 2017: Adam Ruzicka and Filip Sveningsson attending. Juuso Valimaki is eligible to attend but isn’t on the roster.
  • 2016: Tyler Parsons, Linus Lindstrom, Mitchell Mattson and Matthew Phillips attending. Dillon Dube and Eetu Tuulola are eligible to attend but aren’t on the roster.

The intention seems to be to keep things to players that aren’t quite knocking on the door for NHL jobs, so Valimaki and Dube have arguably progressed beyond the point where they’re required to attend the camp. It’s also notable that AHL signees Robert Hamilton, Corey Schueneman and Mason Morelli are at the camp, presumably to help them integrate with potential Stockton Heat teammates.

The Flames have invited 14 players to the camp: Tristan Crozier, Ben Freeman, Andrew Fyten, Zach Giuttari, Ronnie Hein, Johannes Kinnvall, David Kope, James Malm, Christopher Merisier-Ortiz, Tommy Miller, Montana Onyebuchi, Chris Rifalk, Jerad Rosburg and Jackson van de Leest. We’ll have more detailed breakdowns of these players on Saturday, but it’s notable to see Calgary Hitmen forward Malm and defenseman van de Leest joining the Flames for the weekend.

    • everton fc

      Yep. Same feelings here.

      Like Onyebuchi. Van de Leest is another interesting one – 6’6″, 222 lbs; anyone here seen him play?

      Rifalik, the goalie… Also interesting.

      • Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis

        I really like the Jackson van de Leest invite because he was always a really good player growing up in Bantam, Midget, but he kept growing to his massive size recently and as a result he has kind of faced some growing pains starting his junior career, but at the end of last year he showed signs of beginning to figure it out, he’s also had a couple nagging injuries and missed a lot of his 16 year old season. For a big defender he actually doesn’t cheat the game like most his age and size as he is constantly involved in the play in all three phases with smart positioning in all areas. He moves fairly well for a big defender and has some puck skills that are starting to really improve of late with some decent passing vision as well.

        He actually kind of reminds me of Tyler Myers at the same age and his numbers are eerily similar. I’m kind of surprised an NHL Team didn’t take a late round flyer on him, but it seems like everyone wants smaller defenders these days. It’s kind of funny looking back when Myers was a first rounder he had 0.29 PPG and Van de Leest had 0.31 PPG last year and he gets completely passed over. Honestly 6’6” defenders don’t grow on trees and if he continues to figure it out he could be a potential homerun down the road. Hoping he does well at camp and that he gets signed, he’s worth a gamble.

        • Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis

          Comparing Jackson van de Leest to another failed Flames pick in Keegan Kanzig. To be honest, I never saw the upside in Kanzig that I see in van de Leest this year and Kanzig was a third rounder (we should have taken Bjorkstrand back then). Most will look at Jackson van de Leest numbers and see this as a “swing for the fences type player” and he is, but honestly I see a lot of upside in him that I think most big “project” defenders don’t show.

          It’s kind of crazy for someone like Kieran Ruscheinski to be drafted who was cut from the tier two AJHL and for someone like Van de Leest who played full time in Major Junior to go undrafted. Van de Leest had 0.31 PPG in the WHL, Kieran Ruscheinski had 0.33 PPG in Midget. If I was Montreal and I was taking a swing for the fences type of big project defender, I would have taken Van de Leest all day.

          • Hockeysense9393

            You definitely peaked my interest on this kid Arthur.
            I’m gonna keep an eye on this name for the next while.

            I for one really like these invites, because it really shows a commitment to always scout beyond the draft for those diamonds in the rust. What can an invite hurt to create a report on those late bloomers. Gawdin is a great example. Sometimes all they need is the little injection of confidence, that a team is keeping an eye on you.

            Calgary has one of the best undrafted success stories in Gio, and if the Flames sign Talbot…that is another.

          • Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis

            Yeah, honestly I don’t disagree that inviting them to camp is a far better play than drafting them, though of all the “big project defenders” that NHL Teams have wasted picks on over the years, I actually think Van de Leest is one that I would have gambled on late (not that I didn’t like all of our drafts picks this year because I really did, getting a goalie with a 0.936 Save Percentage in the 7th Round is crazy).

            When you watch Van de Leest though he is engaged the entire time he is on the ice, which is rare for a big project defender. I honestly see a little bit of Colton Parayko or Philippe Myers (who we invited to camp I believe and then Philadelphia signed him after we didn’t). It’s funny Montreal clearly thought Kieran Ruscheinski could be the “next” Colton Parayko with AJHL ties, but if anyone is going to be that for me in Western Canada this year, it’s Van de Leest by a mile.

  • freethe flames

    Well the names are finally out but no times on this site. Unfortunately b/c of other commitments on Saturday I will have to miss the scrimmage unless of course they move it to the afternoon. At least it is some news.

    • freethe flames

      Scrimmage is Sunday; unfortunately another commitment. Did a quick look at the D that I did not know; mostly college guys and guys they have signed for the Heat already. Have fun.

  • Baalzamon

    Rifalk might be a nice find. Not sure where the Flames would stick him if they decided to give him a contract though. Maybe the same deal as Lerby (signed, but stays in Europe for a year)?

    I have the same thought about Kinnvall, though it might be nice to have him in Stockton if he feels like coming over. Right-shot offensive defenseman.

  • The GREAT WW

    Pike; you should have ended it with: “and last but not Leest; Jackson Van de Leest….”

    Missed opportunity buddy.

    Super happy this 6’6 monster is getting a try out.
    Get him in the system already, he can learn how to skate later…..


    • Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis

      Honestly he’a actually fairly mobile for his size from my viewings. Feet move under body extremely well with comfortable movement in all directions. I think he could be good. I think we let Egor Zamula slip through the cracks last year in camp, let’s not do it again.

    • Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis

      There is ZERO reason to draft a goalie in the first couple of rounds.

      I’m also surprised Mack Guzda didn’t get drafted as another example. He’s got a great physical tools package for a 6’4” netminded. Didn’t have a great year, but was highly touted going into the season.

      Really happy Florida saved us from ourselves and drafted Spencer Knight way too high. If he is so good why didn’t the USNDP win anything this year with a generation crop of players? He’s going to be a bit stiff. You look at Dustin Wolf, if he was an inch taller he would have been gone by the 60th pick, no reason to draft goalies high when that’s happening.

    • Puck Head

      Why do we need a player like Dzingel? He’s fast with a good shot but his possession numbers aren’t great, he cannot play a 200 foot game, he does not drive play and is not gritty. He’s also 26 and may have peaked already so you could be overpaying for a Czarnik type player who may net you 20 goals. He is not the type of player we need.

  • Em Durp Em Hrudey

    Proof of imposter right there. WW would never flaunt or brag to the nation. Yes he may claim to be Iconic, but the rest pal would never be said by the true WW.

    Go back to your imaginary dream word and let the men talk boy. Get your own identity and post your true thoughts. Oh yeah also Lehner > Talbot.

      • Em Durp Em Hrudey

        Fooled myself I guess. Why would I be imitating the person who made me see the light and become Backlund hater. Also the true WW would not throw out such a blind accusation, the real WW is going to be my neighbor on the island some day. Poser.

    • The GREAT WW

      YEs; we all think the apostrophe WW is the real WW…..??!!

      Are you thick?

      I may give my IT geeks a special project: find me the imposter…..

      I may show up at your door……

      See you soon……


      • Em Durp Em Hrudey

        I would love if the real WW showed up to my door. Fellow Flames fan and hockey geek. It’s not a threat to meet the true WW….which I am not sure who to believe anymore. I have a hard time believing it’s you due to that arrogant post. Not really the WW style. WW is a man of mystery, not a man of self indulgence.

        • Dubble

          both of you talk a lot of sh*t but neither of you know sh*t. Walter was first and now Hrudey follows suit. If you keep howling Backlund eventually he will get too old and make your prophecy’s true. Until then and up until now he has been one of, if not the most, solid all around players we’ve had. Paid too much, doesn’t score blah blah blah. you fools will miss him when he’s gone. 2nd, 3rd or 4th centre.

          • Jon Moxley

            Moxley here,
            Doodle, dabble, Dubloono, it doesn’t matter what your name is! Sweet cream on an ice cream samwich what on earth are you babbling on about boy? You with his Mickey Mouse tattoos and his 33 pound head talking tough on this Flames nation thread. You can’t just come on here flinging your monkey poo around at regular contributors acting like you some super hero! Moxley says, he hits you, he’ll kill you. If he misses, the wind behind the punch will give you pneumonia and you’ll die anyway. Play it straight because as far as Moxley is concerned the only contribution from you is flinging hate and the only description others have given of you is “He was big. He was hairy. He smelled like rotten testicles”. Long story short, don’t hate on others opinions that’s what makes this forum interesting, entertaining and invigorating.
            Moxley out!!!

    • Albertabeef

      Can you give me the lotto numbers for next weeks draw? Probably not eh? I personally think if not this year then next year he will make the NHL team. The team site had a nice write up on him the other day. 38 points as a 20 year old rookie in the AHL is not easy no matter your size. Lazar is 3 years older and only had 3 more points. But then again I am sure Matty is used to being passed up, but I won’t give up on him. He isn’t flashy but he has a way of finding his way onto the scoresheet on a regular basis.

      • Beer League Coach

        Like Brian Sutter once said when he had Marty St Louis as a Flames rookie. “It’s not the size of the bull that counts. It’s how well he is hung.”