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Prospect Report: NCAA

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames



BILL ARNOLD - CENTER - BOSTON COLLEGE

The Flames fourth round (108th overall) pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft has already set the career-high's he set as a freshman with Boston College in 23 games played this season. Bill Arnold is sitting second in team scoring with 12 goals and 22 points - just three points shy of overall leader Chris Kreider.

Arnold was also named to the the USA's World Junior squad this year. While the Americans had a disappointing tournament, Arnold was one of the few bright spots. While normally regarded for his defensive play, he turned heads with his offensive prowess in the six games he played in. He scored three goals and six points in the tournament.

The pivot is in the midst of his second season with Boston College. Prior to joining the Eagles, Arnold played for the U.S. National Development Team of the USHL where he scored eight goals and 23 points in 26 games.

JOHN GAUDREAU - LEFT WING - BOSTON COLLEGE

John Gaudreau's size - 5-foot-6 and 137 lbs. -  has caused many to doubt him throughout his career but his skill and speed have proven all of them wrong. The raw talent the Carneys Point, NJ product possesses has awed coaches, scouts and teammates and wowed Flames fans who attended this summer's development camp.

The diminutive forward transition from the USHL's Dubuque Fighting Saint's to Boston College has gone extremely well. Gaudreau has notched eight goals and 17 points in 25 games this season and has been dealt just four penalty minutes all year. He is currently sitting at eighth in team scoring.

Gaudreau was selected by the Flames in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

NICK LARSON - LEFT WING - NOTRE DAME

The Apple Valley, MN native has flourished in the checking role he's been given with Notre Dame but Nick Larson has shown he play a power forward role as well.

The winger has an extremely hard shot and a quick release that can handcuff a netminder and he has been known to use his size to bulldoze the opposition out of the way while he's charging to the net. Last season, he scored 10 goals and 19 points through 43 games thanks in large part to his aggressive play in the offensive zone.

His offensive production has dropped slightly this season (three goals and six points in 23 outings) but he has maintained his physical play and currently sits second on the team in penalty minutes with 57.

Larson was the Flames fourth round (108th overall) draft pick in 2008.

JOHN RAMAGE - DEFENCE - UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN

Prior to the 2011-12 campaign staring, John Ramage informed Flames management that he felt he had more to accomplish at the University of Wisconsin and wanted to continue to help the Badgers. The decision once again showcased Ramage's maturity and character - something he has been lauded for throughout his career.

The St. Louis, MO native has incredible hockey sense and plays a very responsible game in all three zones. Known as a stay-at-home defenceman, Ramage has chipped in offensively this season with one goal and five points in 24 games. He regularly plays against opponents top forwards and will continue to be counted on by his coaching staff to provide that shutdown role.

The Flames selected Ramage in the fourth round (103rd overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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