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September 13, 2010
It's day three at the Young Stars Prospect Tournament. The Flames prospects gathered at the rink for a 10:45 am practice as they get ready to play in a battle of Alberta Tuesday night in Penticton. Game time is 8:30 pm MTN. Scratches for the Flames tonight are Patrick Holland (RW), Max Reinhart (C) and defenseman Joey Leach. Leland Irving will get the start between the pipes tonight for the Flames. Look for players such as Carter Bancks, Bryan Cameron and Mitch Wahl to keep their game rolling from last night as well as Lance Bouma, Mikael Backlund and Jon Rheault to keep the points flowing.
As for the opposition, super-star Oiler trio Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi will be watching tonight's battle of Alberta from the sidelines as coaches decided to sit them out alongside Milan Kytnar, Johan Motin, and Jeremie Blain.
Nyren looking to make a mark
Former Hitmen defenseman Giffen Nyren has a slightly different story than the handful of other junior players at this year's camp. Nyren's season with the Hitmen went quite a bit longer than everyone elses. Nyren just wrapped up his last eligible season in the WHL with the Hitmen and currently sits undrafted.
As the summer started to speed by, Nyren had still not received a phone call for an invite therefore began making other plans for himself to play on another team. It was the first couple days into July when Nyren got the call from the Flames with an invite to attend the 2010-11 rookie camp on a tryout status. Without a blink of an eye, here he is at the Young Stars Tournament trying to make a good impression and hopefully earn himself a ticket to the pros.
"I just kept thinking that everything will look after itself," said Nyren. "I went to the gym every day and trained hard to give myself a good chance to make it to the next level."
Since Nyren has been at camp he comments that the game is a lot faster and tougher. Everyone is at the top of their game and fighting hard for a contract. At the same time, everyone has something they can work on and keeping that in the front of your mind is key to stay motivated to get to that next step.
"Everyone has a different mentality, everyone is at the next level," said Nyren. "I know that beyond the red line I have a lot of offensive abilities that are at a high level and I think that in my own zone I need to get a better understanding and improve in that area."
Looking back to Nyren's junior days which only ended at the end of last May, there are many things that he says have helped him get to where he is today. Coaching and the organization has a lot to do with developing as a player and as a man.
"My experience in Calgary helped me a lot," said Nyren. "They are a top class organization. They push their players to get to the next level and I think I am a good example of that now. Also playing in a professionial arena and seeing the pros come in every day to the rink and being able to watch what they do all plays a part in the development."
Feeling loose at camp
Carter Bancks is one of a handful of drafted CHL players who had a brief glimpse at pro-level hockey at the end of last season. The quick stint up with the Abbotsford Heat has enabled Bancks to get his feet wet and get a taste of what it's like to play the faster, stronger and tougher game.
“It's a lot faster and stronger," said Bancks. "It was good for me to see that and learn how a smaller player has to play in that league. I have to get stronger to be able to be successful in that league. It was great to be able to have the opportunity to work with Rich Hesketh because he knows where you need to get to."
In preparation for the Flames training camp, Bancks was fortunate to get in and skate with some NHL'ers over the past few weeks.
"I got to skate with Calgary and a few other teams which was pretty cool," said Bancks. "To see how good they are and just what the next level is like. It was a great experience all together."
Bancks has kicked things off strong so far at the Young Stars tournament. In last night's game he found himself with a Gordie Howe hat-trick. A goal, an assist and a fight to top things off. Bancks is not known to be a fighter as a 5-foot-11", 180-pound forward, however he held his own Monday night in the tilt against Jake Carrick.
"I wouldn't say I'm a fighter," Bancks smirked. "I try to play hard and agitate and I am definitely willing if someone calls me out or if you have to defend a teammate but at my size I don't think I'd make it as a fighter."
So what does Bancks have to do to make a mark for himself and land a spot on the Abbotsford squad next season?
"I have to work hard and have a good training camp and I'll do everything I can to make the team in Abbotsford. I'd like to maybe play some penalty kill and contribute that way, be physical and try to get under people's skin."