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2012 Heat Training Camp Guide

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

The Abbotsford Heat 2012 training camp on-ice sessions kick off on Saturday, Sept. 29 and the coaching staff are going to have several tough decisions to make with 44 players jostling for roster spots in the 2012-13 season.The Heat have several members of the 2011-12 roster - which put together a franchise-record 42 wins - attending camp but there are also 19 newcomers looking to snag a spot in the lineup.

The battle between forwards will be particularly interesting as the Heat need to boost their point production if they want to top last year's record. They finished 11th in goals scored in the 15-team AHL Western Conference with only Krys Kolanos surpassing the 20-goal mark. Rookies like Sven Baertschi, Max Reinhart and Michael Ferland are in the hunt to land a top-nine role with the club but there are several Heat regulars, who are looking to rebound from their subpar production last year, they'll have to best in order to gain them.

There are question marks on the blueline as well. The Heat have several players coming into their first year with the organization and no one is sure where they fall on the depth chart. Rookie Brady Lamb impressed the Flames brass at development camp this summer but he will be facing stronger competition in Abbotsford. TJ Brodie will likely take on big minutes with the club after spending the bulk of the 2011-12 season in the NHL. 29 year-old Joe Callahan, 27 year-old Zach McKelvie and 26 year-old Nick Tuzzolino all signed AHL deals with the team this summer, giving them more depth.

In the crease, AHL veterans Danny Taylor and Barry Brust will be squaring off against Leland Irving - a late addition to the training camp roster.

Watch for daily updates from Abbotsford on throughout the week!

30 Taylor, Danny
31 Rollheiser, Grant
5 Fritsch, Jamie
6 Breen, Chris
16 Callahan, Joe
22 Cowan, Dave
29 Brodie, TJ
38 Tuzzolino, Nick
40 Isherwood, Mark
7 Estoclet, Adam
9 Street, Ben
10 Bouma, Lance
15 Nemisz, Greg
17 Walter, Ben
20 Horak, Roman
26 Ruegsegger, Tyler
27 Howse, Ryan
28 Aliu, Akim
32 Patterson, Gaelan
47 Baertschi, Sven
48 Olson, Brett
33 Brust, Barry
35 Evin, Alex
2 Lamb, Brady
3 Martin, James
4 McKelvie, Zach
18 MacKenzie, Drew
29 McCarthy, Steve
42 Merth, Peter
43 Piskula, Joe
44 Urban, Dennis
8 Kolanos, Krys
11 Laing, Quintin
12 Byron, Paul
14 Wahl, Mitch
19 Sylvester, Dustin
23 Cameron, Bryan
24 Eddy, David
25 Reinhart, Max
34 Bancks, Carter
36 Ferland, Michael
39 Mouillierat, KAEL
46 Kremyr, Jordan
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