ST. LOUIS, MO -- While Blake Comeau officially hails from Meadow Lake, SK, when he was told he had been claimed by the Calgary Flames, he felt like he was heading home.
"My mom and dad live there. My wife has family from there and she's from out west. And my sister's in Edmonton so actually all my family is really close," he told CalgaryFlames.com "I have been out on the east coast for so long that it's going to be a great feeling to come back and be able to play close to my family."
The winger is also quite familiar with head coach Brent Sutter. Comeau was coached by the Flames bench boss in the 2006 World Junior Championships in Vancouver. Canada won the gold medal that year with Comeau potting three goals and seven points through six games and led the team in scoring.
"Having had Brent coach me before, I know the expectations he has and obviously he wants his players to work hard and be competitive.
"That's something I feel like I have in my game and that I will be able to bring to the team."
While Comeau is coming off a 24-goal, 46-point campaign, he has struggled during the 2011-12 season. In 16 games with the New York Islanders, he has no points and a minus-11 rating. His shot total has also dropped drastically, hitting just 20 this year compared to the 47 he had in his first 16 games of the 2010-11 season.
Flames general manager Jay Feaster firmly believes Comeau needs a new setting to kick-start his offensive production and the winger concurred with that statement.
"I think I still have a lot to offer. I'm only 25 years old and I feel like I'm still developing and growing as a player. Sometimes I guess a change of scenery just sparks something."
"Sometimes things just don't pan out the way you plan or the way maybe it did the year before but I'm letting the past be the past. I'm excited to move forward with Calgary."
Both Feaster and Sutter are adament players earn their ice time by merit rather than seniority or salary and the general manager sees top-six potential in Comeau. That belief is a source of motivation for the forward and he wants to prove to the team he can be a consistent contributor for them.
"I'm really excited. It's great to know that a team wants you to be there," he said "I definitely want to come and make an impact right away."