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Calgary Flames 2006 Draft Picks

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
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The Calgary Flames, after taking a goalie in the first round, stuck with skaters with the rest of their picks at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Below is a synopsis of some of the players chosen after the first round by the Flames.

Round Pick Player
Goalie Leland Irving from the Everett Silvertips of the WHL
Traded to Colorado in a deal that brings forward Alex Tanguay to Calgary
Centre-Right Wing John Armstrong from Plymouth of the OHL
Centre Aaron Marvin from Warroad High School in Minnesota
Centre Hugo Carpentier from Rouyn Noranda of the QMJHL
Right wing Jusso Puustinen from the Finnish junior league
Forward Jordan Fulton from Breck High School in Minnesota
Left wing Devin Didiomete from Sudbury of the OHL
Defenceman Pers Jonsson from the Swedish junior league

John Armstrong:

A forward playing for Plymouth of the OHL, Armstrong said he is working on improving his skating. "I think I am a pretty good skater but I am working on my overall strength and my stride. Skating is everything in this game and it has gotten a lot faster," said Armstrong.

The Skinny: Is a good skater with the kind of balance that allows him to work well in crowded areas while being effective in protecting the puck from opponents....has a good wrist shot...has good instincts around the net.

Armstrong had 14 goals and 23 assists in 65 games last season.

"I think I am a playmaker. I like to try and model myself after Steve Yzerman because he is such a good, all-around player and plays both ends of the ice," said Armstrong.

Aaron Marvin:

A forward playing high school hockey in Warroad, Minnesota who was ranked 50th among North American skaters. He played centre this season but some feel he is more comfortable on the wing. He had nine goals and 30 points in 23 games. The Flames would like him to develop as a centre. He won a state championship last season so he has some winning in his blood.

The skinny: Skates in an upright manner with good balance and agility....has a short, quick stride with power and good straight away speed...a good stickhandler who likes to carry the good at moving the puck using crisp passes and has done a good job playing on the power play and killing a high energy of play is most effective along the boards and in the corners....looks to take the body at every opportunity.

Hugo Carpentier:

A left-handed centre wwho had 70 points in 70 games in the Quebec league last season. The Hull native was ranked 95th overall among North American skaters by Central Scouting.

The Skinny:Battles down low, a big player who has offensive upside but needs to work on his skating

Jusso Puustinen:

Collected nine goals and five assists in 29 games in the Finnish jrnior league playing for Kalpa.He was ranked 53 overall among European skaters.

The Skinny: A mobile, smooth skater with fine acceleration speed...a finesse player with good overall skill. A fine passer with good puckhandling skills...a natural scorer with a good selection of shots...

Jordan Fulton:

Had great offensive numbers in high school and will attend Minnesota Duluth in the fall. He tallied 40 goals and 34 assists in just 26 games in high school.

The Skinny: Good hands and a well-rounded player

Per Jonsson

This may be the steal for the Flames as Jonsson played junior B hockey with Farjestad, the team Hakan Loob manages in Sweden. A big defenceman at 6'0 and 180 pounds, he has some upside and will move up the ranks and play in Division 1 while practising with the Elite League players next season.

The Skinny: Logs 30 minutes of ice time a game...Can play both ends of the ice and will rush with the puck

Devin DiDiomete

Forward from the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL who played in 60 games last season, tallying 15 goals and 21 assists and 202 penalty minutes.

The Skinny: Strong left winger who uses his 200 pounds to play a physical game.

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