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Big Nemisz is Flames first round pick

by Mike Board / Calgary Flames
OTTAWA -- The Calgary Flames lost a player from the Windsor Spitfires when Mickey Renaud, the Spitfires captain and a Flames draft pick, passed away suddenly during the hockey season.

They regained a Spitfire player and teammate of Renaud when they drafted Greg Nemisz, a six-foot-three, 197-pound centre with the 25th pick overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft Friday in Ottawa.
Greg Nemisz Profile
Played in his second season with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, scoring 34 goals and 67 points. Has size and a big shot and likes to play in the tough areas in front of the net. Nickname is Nemo and he patterns his game after Mats Sundin...The Flames chose Nemisz 25th overall after making a number of deals on the draft floor Friday.

Born: June 6, 1990, Courtice, Ont.,
Pos: C
Ht: 6-3
Wt: 197
Shts: Right

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The chosing of Nemisz capped a busy day for the Flames who worked a three-way deal to acquire centre Mike Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings for their original pick, 17th overall.

They then traded forward Alex Tanguay to Montreal to get a first round pick back and used it to take Nemisz, whom some believe could have been a top 10 pick in a draft that wasn't as rich in talent as this one.

In his second season with Windsor, Nemisz tallied 34 goals and 33 assists for 67 points in 68 games.  He cycles the puck well and, because of his size, is tough to knock off the puck. Some scouts project him as a effective power forward.

Nemisz, who is coached by former NHL player and Flames Bob Boughner, said he doesn't mind the hard work in front of the net or along the boards.

"I like to go to the scoring areas. I don't score very many pretty goals," he noted.

General manager Darryl Sutter said the Flames had seen Nemisz play a lot because they were also following the Spitfires to watch Renaud.

"He's a big kid. He's got good hands and he likes to go to the net," said Sutter. "We're looking forward to seeing him develop and, hopefully, sooneer than later, see him playing for us."

Nemisz said he had no idea where he might be drafted or by which team but was thrilled to be drafted by one of the Canadian teams.

"It's amazing, staying in Canada. Watching them (Calgary) play on TV, it's a great atmosphere out there," said Nemisz, who likes to pattern his game after Mats Sundin.

And he feels honoured to be drafted by the team that drafted Renaud.

"Mickey will always be a part of me," he said. "It's special to get drafted by the same team as him. I'll just try and carry on his tradition."

Central Scouting describes Nemisz as a big player with hands.

"Greg is a big player that goes to the net, he's not overly physical but he doesn't get knocked around either. He is good on the power-play, in the sense that he sets himself at the front of the net, he's hard to move and he bangs in a lot of rebounds from there. He has a good shot, especially his one-timers. At his best, he is a power-forward type of a guy, a team guy, a two-way guy who plays on the top two lines in Windsor as well as the power-play and penalty kill," said central scouting scout Chris Edwards.

Nemisz finished third on the Spitfires with 34 goals and tied for the team lead with 15 power-play goals in 2007-08 – won Windsor's award for Dedication and Determination.

He also participated in the 2008 Under-18 IIHF World Championships as a member of Team Canada and was selected to the 2008 CHL Top Prospects Game.

Altough he has never been to Calgary, he will be visiting the city Sunday and Monday as part of Hockey Canada's ring ceremony for gold medal teams. Nemisz will be here as part of the under-18 team. Ironically, his parents used to live in Calgary and his brother was born in Calgary before the family moved back tot eh Oshawa area east of Toronto.
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