CALGARY, AB -- Despite not having a first or second round selection, the 2010 NHL Draft was an extremely fruitful event for the Calgary Flames.
The organization drafted Maxwell Reinhart (64th overall), Joey Leach (73rd overall), John Ramage (103rd overall), Bill Arnold (108th overall), Michael Ferland (133rd overall) and Patrick Holland (193rd overall) that year, adding a ton of depth to their prospect pool.
Reinhart's progress over the last two seasons has him on the radar as a prospect that could push for a roster spot this fall. He led the Kootenay Ice in scoring in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, posting 79 and 78 points respectively, while becoming known for his two-way play. He's extremely responsible in all three zones and the coaching staff in Kootenay depended on him in all situations.
In order to further his development, the Flames opted to send Reinhart to Abbotsford after Kootenay's season concluded. Not only was he able to get a taste of the workload he will face as pro next year, he suited up for his first game with the club at the end of the regular season and potted two goals in his debut.
"It was pretty exciting," Reinhart said. "I wasn't too sure what to expect but I got a good couple first shifts and played with some very good players.
"It was just a very good experience overall."
Joining Reinhart in Abbotsford was Ferland. While he didn't dress for any games with the Heat, he did learn quite a bit during his stint in British Columbia.
"It's a lot different," Ferland noted. "Playing first line out in Brandon and then coming here, I'll probably be fourth line guy here, third line hopefully.
"I'm a rookie now, here. I'm not a veteran guy in Brandon anymore. It's a learning experience for me."
Arnold had a career year with Boston College, helping the Eagles win a national championship and playing in the World Junior Championships with Team USA. In 42 regular season games this year, the Needham, MA product scored 17 goals and posted 36 points - both new career-highs.
The University of Wisconsin has benefited from Ramage's play for the last three seasons. The blueliner has seen his responsibilities increase every year and has taken on a leadership role. He plays a very patient game and while he is a stay-at-home defenceman, he can chip in offensively. Ramage scored three goals and 10 points through 37 games this season.
Holland is no longer in the Flames system as he was a component in the trade that brought Mike Cammalleri back to Calgary earlier this year. Being able to use a seventh round selection to help acquire talent like Cammalleri and KHL standout netminder Karri Ramo is a rarity.
On May 30, assistant general manager John Weisbrod announced the team would not be signing Leach as the organization didn't feel the defenceman fit into their long-term plans.