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Flames invite top draft prospects to Calgary

Jun 18, 2014, 11:02 PM EDT

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The Calgary Flames are prepping for the NHL Draft, equipped right now with the fourth overall selection.

So, why not bring in a few of those top prospects – including Sam Bennett, Aaron Ekblad and Sam Reinhart, the top three North American skaters based on NHL Central Scouting’s rankings – who might have their named called by Flames management on June 27 into Calgary for a visit. You know, get to see the place.

“We’ve seen players at other times, too,” Flames general manager Brad Treliving told the Calgary Herald.

“A lot of it is scheduling . . . for a lot of these kids, it’s a busy time for them. They have commitments. In some cases, school . . . we spent time with other players, too, whether it be at their homes leading up to the draft.

“Really, in a lot of cases, it’s selfishly for me to scout them. I’ve talked to a lot of these kids. I get 10, 15-minutes that they’re scheduled (at the NHL combine). For me, it’s getting a little more time in not such a rushed environment, just to chat and learn more about them.”

Last year at the draft, the Flames selected center Sean Monahan with the sixth overall pick. He made the team last year, scoring 22 goals and 34 points as a 19-year-old rookie in the league.

It provides at least a little optimism for Flames fans after some down years.

  1. hauger88 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    They also have gaudreau and agostino. They are on the right track

  2. atwatercrushesokoye - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Nice backhanded compliment at the end, I guess it’s always good to put your little spin on it, but the truth is Flames fans don’t see “a little optimism” we’re actually very optimistic with the direction of the team, there’s a pretty good base of young players either coming or already here, they had a goalie who outside of the first month of the season played pretty well the rest of the way and looks like he could be a number 1 for them, they’ve got a captain who played at a level that likely would have gotten him Norris consideration if he played on the East Coast or hadn’t missed 18 games with a broken ankle, they’ve got a massive amount of cap room, and let’s not forget how well the team played after the Tortorella brawl. Teams openly talked about how tough it was to play the Flames this past season, if they can keep that going while adding a little more skill then the future is bright.

    The Flames will compete for a playoff spot this year (probably won’t quite make it) be in the playoffs in 2015-16 and be a legitimate Cup contender the year after. And the second best part is that the Oilers will still suck at that point!

  3. dueman - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:25 AM

    I think that you are reaching a bit with the “and be a legitimate Cup contender the year after.” line. I do think that Calgary fans should be optimistic though, as the team is definitely building in the right direction.

  4. luz56 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Sam Bennett should be the guy

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