CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames development camp kicks off tomorrow with fitness testing, followed by three days of on-ice sessions at WinSport.
37 players (five goalies, 11 defencemen, and 21 forwards) will be attendance. Eight of those players were drafted in 2016 (Matthew Tkachuk, Tyler Parsons, Dillon Dube, Adam Fox, Linus Lindstrom, Mitchell Mattson, Eetu Tuulola, and Matthew Phillips) and five players are coming off their first full professional season (Austin Carroll, Hunter Smith, Oliver Kylington, Kenney Morrison, Jon Gillies).
10 of the players taking part in this week's sessions are attending on try-out agreements: Thomas Aldworth (RW), Brad Bowles (C), Brayden Burke (LW), Justin Doucet (LW), Spencer Foo (RW), Josh Healey (D), Dennis Kravchenko (C), Sheldon Rempal (RW), Mathieu Sevigny (LW), Jared Wilson (D).
This year's camp will feature one scrimmage, being held on Thursday morning at WinSport at 9:30 AM.
All on-ice sessions are open to the public. Please note that if you are intending on attending the scrimmage, seating is limited so aim to arrive early.
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FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH
Matthew Tkachuk - Left Wing - #19
The sixth overall selection will have plenty of eyes on him throughout the course of development camp. After rattling off 107 points in 57 regular season games and 40 points in 20 playoff skates, he capped off his 2015-16 campaign by scoring game-winner in OT in the London Knight's Memorial Cup victory. His next goal? Making the Flames opening night roster.
"It’s good when they give the young guy a shot, and that’s what you want. You want to play sooner than later, so I guess it’s a good thing," Tkachuk said at the draft. "But they don’t just give you the opportunity, you have to earn it, and I’m going to do everything in my power to try and earn a spot."
Tkachuk's On-Ice Sessions: 1:00 PM (skill development) and 2:30 PM (power skating) on Tuesday, 1:00 PM (skill development) and 2:30 PM (power skating) on Wednesday, 9:30 AM (scrimmage) and 11:15 AM (power skating) on Thursday.
Mark Jankowski - Centre - #77
Mark Jankowski got a taste of the AHL at the end of the 2015-16 season, playing eight games in Stockton after his collegiate career at Providence College came to a close. That test run with the Heat and this week's camp serves as preparation for his first full professional season.
"I think the main thing for me was every game I was getting more comfortable, more confident," Jankowski said of his cup of coffee in Stockton. "I think that was big. The first game there was a little bit of jitters and a little bit of nerves. Every game just getting more confident and being able to make plays.
"I’ll take everything I learned in these eight games and use that for the summer and have a good summer of training and get ready for training camp."
Jankowski's On-Ice Sessions: 9:00 AM (power skating) and 10:15 AM (skill development) on Tuesday, 10:15 AM (skill development) and 11:45 AM (power skating) on Wednesday, 9:30 AM (scrimmage) and 11:15 AM (power skating) on Thursday.
Matthew Phillips - Right Wing - #47
Matthew Phillips has been producing points at every level he has played at. In bantam, he put up 77 points in 33 games with the Calgary Bisons Bantam AAA team. In two years with the Calgary Buffaloes Midget AAA squad, he averaged more than a point-per-game each season and put up a whooping 33 goals and 73 points in 34 games in 2014-15. This past season, he was named the WHL's Rookie of the Year after scoring 37 goals and 76 points in 72 skates.
"A guy with a lot of skill, a smaller guy, but that’s worked out for us before," Tod Button said of Phillips. "So we’re not going to stop trying to find those guys whenever we can in the draft."
Phillips' On-Ice Sessions: 10:15 AM (skill development) and 11:45 AM (power skating) on Tuesday, 9:00 AM (power skating) and 10:15 AM (skill development) on Wednesday, 9:30 AM (scrimmage) and 11:15 AM (power skating) on Thursday.
Jon Gillies - Goaltender - #32
Jon Gillies' first professional season didn't go the way he envisioned. Due to hip surgery and the lengthy recovery period that followed, he was limited to seven appearances in Stockton. He posted a 2.31 GAA, a .920 save percentage, and two shutouts in that short stint -- an impressive feat for a rookie netminder.
This week's camp will be a springboard for Gillies, who started skating approximately 14 weeks ago, as he heads into his second professional campaign.
Gillies' On-Ice Sessions: 9:00 AM (power skating) and 10:15 AM (skill development) on Tuesday, 10:15 AM (skill development) and 11:45 AM (power skating) on Wednesday, 9:30 AM (scrimmage) and 11:15 AM (power skating) on Thursday.
Adam Ollas Mattsson - Defence - #68
With Adam Ollas Mattsson playing in Sweden since being drafted by the Flames in 2014, fans haven't had many opportunities to see the defenceman in action. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound blueliner spent the 2015-16 campaign with Djurgårdens IF in the Swedish Hockey League, scoring one goal and four points in 22 appearances. He also played for Sweden at the 2016 World Junior Championship, netting one goal and two points in five contests.
"Adam Ollas Mattsson is just an unbelievable character kid," Button said after the 2014 NHL Draft. "We project him out as a bottom-pairing guy who can play against the third and fourth lines, heavy guys. The biggest issue with Adam is his footwork and he knows that. He’s working on it. He’s just got to get his feet a little better.
"We took him for his compete, his leadership, and the ability to play against bigger, stronger forwards."
Ollas Mattsson's On-Ice Sessions: 10:15 AM (skill development) and 11:45 AM (power skating) on Tuesday, 9:00 AM (power skating) and 10:15 AM (skill development) on Wednesday, 9:30 AM (scrimmage) and 11:15 AM (power skating) on Thursday.