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Flames opt for big-bodied forwards at 2022 NHL Draft

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Ryan Pike
5 months ago
The Calgary Flames made three selections at the 2022 NHL Draft. They ended up leaving Bell Centre with three forwards, the smallest one being listed at 6’2″, and the common thread in addition to size was two-way play.
Following the event, Flames director of amateur scouting Tod Button broke down the picks.
Second round, 59th overall: Topi Ronni:
He’s a probably, we call, a middle-six centre. He’s really responsible positionally and we’re hoping he gains a little more confidence in making plays offensively to add that to his toolkit. But our Finn lives in the city that he plays in, so we feel we knew him really well. He played a lot with the men’s league and we saw him mostly with his national team. We like him. Potential to be a middle-six, 200 foot centre.
(We think Button’s referring to their Finnish scout, Ari Haanpaa, who lives in Tampere.)
Fifth round, 155th overall: Parker Bell:
Personally I didn’t see Parker play, but our western guys, they really like him. He’s a big kid, really works hard. They think he’s got a huge ceiling, in regards to that he hasn’t really trained a lot as a young kid. And they think when he gets exposed to that at a higher level and he commits to it, they think he has a lot of room to grow.
Seventh round, 219th overall: Cade Littler:
And then we took the coach’s son. Bliss Littler’s son, Cade, in the seventh round. He’s another kid. He’s a big, strong, positional centre. He’s going to go to Mankato State in two years, we believe he’s going to Wenatchee again next year. And again, two-way, positional. He’s a long runway guy, but we have time on him.
(Stick-taps to FlamesTV for posting the scrum video.)

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