I know you've heard that before -- like back in mid-April when Niklas Backstrom and Patrick Sieloff were still with the organization and leading Calgary to victories (victory) -- but this time I mean it.
|WinSport was the backdrop for the scrimmage. (Photo by Rob McMorris)|
Before a packed house Thursday morning at the Joan Snyder Arena at WinSport, three days on the ice for Flames prospects culminated in the ever-popular scrimmage.
Now it wasn't an actual game in many ways:
- Played two halves of 30 minutes instead of three periods
- It was running time
- Manpower kept cycling from 5-on-5 to 4-on-4 to 3-on-3
- Shootout followed each half
In only his second trip to Canada and first to Calgary, Tuulola was very satisfied with his body of work this week.
"It just came into my mind and I tried to score a goal like that. It's a little funny and I almost scored with that so that's real funny," he said with a smile. "I have tried it a few times in games but it's never gone in. All the times the same thing, I almost get it into the goal but some defender or goalie takes it away from me."
Developing More Than Just Hockey Skills
|Eetu Tuulola heads up ice. (Photo by Rob McMorris)|
Nutrition and cooking was one of the many off-ice classes conducted during the four-day camp intended to give players not just an orientation to the organization but to being a good pro. Media training, social media, how to properly workout, how to live healthy -- all were topics covered.
Shape up, or May Not Ship Out
Still only 17, Dube has lots of time to build up his strength.
|Mark Jankowski is all business pre-game. (Photo by Rob McMorris)|
- Hunter Smith had a rough game. He's big and he's got lots of enthusiasm but he seems to get too focused on punishing guys. Heck, he clobbered the referee early in the game after missing his target. In a loud collision of two trains meeting, he went down heavily on a check by invitee Justin Doucet. Later, he had quite a physical battle with Kenney Morrison on a shift, which culminated in Smith going hard into the end boards and cutting his face.
- Big Keegan Kanzig had two breakaways. He didn't score on either, however. His north-south skating seems not bad but one still wonders about his lateral movement.
- Austin Carroll had a few chances for himself including a couple goal posts.
- Brandon Hickey is just solid all-round. Not flashy but moves the puck well and is really thickening up too.
- Matthew Phillips had the crowd oohing and aahing after a slippery deke move in the first half shootout that twisted poor Mason McDonald into a pretzel. (Watch a GIF of it, via Reddit)
- David Rittich had a disappointing day giving up five goals in his half of hockey. Of course he struggled on this day because it was yesterday that Jordan Sigalet was heaping praise on the Czech goaltender. I saw Siglet post-game and we had a chuckle because that's how it works sometimes -- good old Murphy's Law. "He'll be just fine," said the Flames goalie coach.
- Stepan Falkovsky - The seventh rounder and the only one of the nine 2016 draft picks not in attendance did not arrive due to visa issues. Treliving added that while the Belarusian played with Ottawa (OHL) last year, he's not sure where he'll end up playing this fall.
- Pavel Karnaukhov - Was not in attendance beause the 2015 fifth rounder has left the Calgary Hitmen to join CSKA in the KHL. "From our standpoint if you had asked me, I would have preferred, obviously, him playing for the Hitmen. He made a decision. He felt he was best served to go back and play with men and from a development standpoint that he'd be better served doing that. You give him your side of the story, ultimately these young guys can make their own decisions. We retain his rights."
- Matt DeBlouw - Drafted in the seventh round of 2012 and recently graduated from Michigan State, he was not in attendance at the camp either and Treliving said earlier in the week that the Flames would not be offering him a contract. He will become a free agent on Aug. 15.
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- Dev Camp 2016: A Check-in on Day 2 Plus Gulutzan Unveils the Rest of his Staff - Eight takeaways from day 2 on the ice including David Rittich impressing everyone, Matthew Phillips' tie to Dave Lowry, and more on NY-born defenceman Adam Fox. (July 6, 2016)
- Dev Camp 2016: Lots of Physicality as Prospects Hit the Ice for the First Time - Eight observations from rinkside including Jon Gillies finally pain free, Brett Pollock settles into his new team, the local kids, and non-stop punishment from Adam Ollas Mattsson. (July 5, 2016)
- Dev Camp 2016: Eight Prospects to Watch - A primer on development camp -- who is attending, who isn't, etc. Also, eight prospects I'll be keeping an eye, a list that includes first rounder Matthew Tkachuk and diminutive Calgary kid Matthew Phillips. (July 3, 2016)
- They Said It: Eight Quotes to Note After the Flames Two Free Agent Signings - Round-up of other topics from Friday including Brouwer gushing about Elliott, Treliving on Colborne, importance of big game experience, and who helped recruit Brouwer. (July 2, 2016)
- FA Frenzy: Flames Strike Quickly and with Precision to Address Two Positional Needs - It didn't take long for Brad Treliving to reel in the two pieces he was looking for as free agency began. Thoughts on/from both additions plus a look at the Flames cap situation. (July 1, 2016)