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2013 Flames Training Camp Guide: Kids Crusade

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

  • KIDS CRUSADE
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  • KIDS CRUSADE

    They comprise the future of the Calgary Flames and they'll be given every opportunity to contribute on the basis of meritocracy, and pushing the veterans will be the role Calgary's youth will play this year, both in training camp and throughout the season.

    Boasting as deep a pool to draw from as at any point in club history, there is plenty of opportunity for the kids to push veterans out of the picture and earn a spot on the Flames' roster when the puck drops on the 2013-14 season.

    CALGARYFLAMES.COM 3 PLAYERS TO WATCH


    Sean Monahan
    Center  - CGY
    2012-13 - Oshawa Generals (OHL)
    GP: Goals: 31 | Assists: 47 | Pts: 78
    Sean Monahan - Drafted sixth overall in the 2013 NHL Draft after a 31-goal, 78-point season with the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League, Monahan has the chance to earn a lengthy nine-game audition before the Flames have to decide whether or not to burn the first year of his freshly-inked entry-level contract.

    He certainly has the looks of one that will earn such an audition. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound rookie stood out for all the right reasons at the Young Stars tournament in Penticton and is expected to carry that momentum into his first professional camp.

    Should the mature Monahan prove to be worthy of sticking around, the 18-year-old will add valued depth down the middle on a team that has been lacking just that.


    Markus Granlund
    Center  - CGY
    2012-13 - SM-liiga (Helsinki)
    Goals: 10 | Assists: 20 | Pts: 30
    Markus Granlund - Inking a three year entry-level pact in April, Granlund confirmed he would be coming to play in North America for the first time in his career.

    The 20-year-old is coming off a successful final stint with HIFK Helsinki in which he put together a 10-goal, 30-point campaign -- finishing second in team scoring and a share of 40th league-wide.

    Granlund's biggest obstacle could come in adjusting to the North American game, though he showed no signs of struggle when representing Calgary at the Young Stars tournament in Penticton, pacing the Flames with a tournament-best three goals and one assist in three games.


    Michael Ferland
    Left Wing  - CGY
    2012-13 - WHL (Brandon/Saskatoon)
    Goals: 9 | Assists: 22 | Pts: 31
    Michael Ferland - After recommitting himself to his conditioning, Ferland has proven to re-invent himself after a trying campaign a year ago.

    The 21-year-old struggled to earn ice time with the Abbotsford Heat and ended up returning to the Western Hockey League for his overage season following a demotion to the ECHL. He spent 2012-13 between three leagues and four different teams.

    Fast-forward to training camp and Ferland is 24 pounds lighter, noticeably quicker and a candidate to make noise in Calgary's training camp. His first step towards earning serious consideration came with his performance at the Young Stars tournament in Penticton, where the former fifth round pick from 2010 showed he was serious about redefining himself.


    Keep an eye on: After concluding his four year stint at the University of North Dakota, High River, AB product Corban Knight is set to embark on his first year of professional hockey. The former Florida Panthers fifth rounder signed in Calgary as a free agent and hopes to help bolster Calgary's depth down the middle…Ben Hanowski, acquired as part of the deal that sent Jarome Iginla to the Pittsburgh Penguins, scored in his brief stint last season and will look to earn another audition.

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