CALGARY, AB -- Eetu Tuulola
came a long way to leave a lasting impression.
And he didn’t disappoint.
Tuulola had a hat-trick to help pace Team McDonald to a 6-1 win against Team Nieuwendyk in a scrimmage to close out Calgary Flames development camp at Joan Snyder Arena at Canada Olympic Park’s WinSport on Thursday.
“It’s really nice. I know I played good,” Tuulola said. “I hope the coaches and the general manager all see a good player, and they see something in me because they drafted me and wanted me here. I hope they liked it. I enjoyed my time playing with the guys.”
Tuulola, 18, was drafted in the sixth round (No. 156) in the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, NY just two weeks ago.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound winger spent the majority of the 2015-16 season with HPK U20 in the Jr. A SM-liiga in Finland.
“You kind of go ‘Ooooh … that seems like a pretty good sixth round pick,’” Flames GM Brad Treliving said. “Our guys were talking about him, our Finns were raving about him all year. He was at the Under-18’s and had a pretty good tournament.
"The one thing with him that stands out is he’s a big man … there’s still some conditioning he needs to work on, but there’s an interesting package there. He’s got soft hands. He can shoot the puck. He has a little snarl to him. Those are interesting traits.”
Dillon Dube had a goal and an assist, and Mason McDonald and Nick Schneider combined to make 25 saves in the win.
Camp invites Spencer Foo and Sheldon Rempal exchanged goals in the opening 10 minutes of the scrimmage before Tuulola found the back of the net for his first goal.
Skating 4-on-4, Tuuola ragged the puck up along the boards to give his linemates time to change before regaining the puck in the slot and shooting over the glove of Team Nieuwendyk goaltender David Rittich to give Team McDonald a 2-1 lead at 20:45.
Dube scored five minutes later in a 3-on-3 format, looking off Mitchell Mattson on an odd-man rush and snapping a shot by Rittich from 20 feet out.
“It was nice to get my feet under me right away and I think the biggest thing was the 5-on-5, there’s big bodies out there so it’s kind of tough for me to move around,” said Dube, drafted in the second round (No. 56) in 2016. “Once it cut down a little bit I was more confident with the puck and able to move it around a lot better.
“This shows me what I need to do to make the next step. There’s a lot of guys in here … they’re men already. I’m still a young guy. To see what they do off the ice and how professional they are is a big thing for me to take away.”
Tuulola added his second of the game on a penalty shot with 2:32 remaining in the opening half of the scrimmage, deking Rittich before sliding the puck through his five-hole to give Team McDonald a 4-1 lead.
Adam Ollas Mattsson scored with two seconds remaining in the half to push the lead to 5-1, and Tuulola scored the lone goal in the game's second half.
Parked behind the net, Tuulola scooped up the puck on his stick blade and tried to spin out and shovel the puck by goaltender Tyler Parsons but was denied, but he corralled and shot over Parson’s shoulder to complete the hat-trick with 6:12 remaining in the game.
“It was just kind of on my mind. I tried to score a goal doing that,” Tuulola said. “It’s a little funny. I almost scored with it. It’s really funny. I’ve tried a few times in games before but it’s never gone in. All the time, it’s the same. I almost get it in the goal, but usually the goalie takes it away from me.”
McDonald finished with 14 saves, and Schneider finished with 11 saves for Team McDonald; Rittich made seven saves, and Parsons finished with 10 saves in the game for Team Nieuwendyk.
“This was my first time in Calgary,” Tuulola said. “I enjoyed my time here. It’s a nice city and a good organization and good team here. I enjoyed my time here. I don’t know really anything about Calgary or what they do in their camp. I didn’t have expectations.
“I was a little bit nervous. After the first day they were gone.”
1st Half (30:00)
27:34 – Team McDonald - Spencer Foo (Unassisted) (G – McDonald)
20:14 – Team Nieuwendyk - Sheldon Rempal (Dennis Kravchenko) (G – Rittich)
9:15 – Team McDonald - Eetu Tuulola (Unassisted) (G – Rittich)
4:53 – Team McDonald - Dillon Dube (Mitchell Mattson) (G – Rittich)
2:32 – Team McDonald - Eetu Tuulola (Penalty Shot) (G – Rittich)
0:02 – Team McDonald – Adam Ollas Mattsson (Dillon Dube) (G – Rittich)
2nd Half (30:00)
6:12 – Team Mcdonald - Eetu Tuulola (Dillon Dube, Rasmus Andersson) (G – Parsons)
Team McDonald - 6
Team Nieuwendyk - 1
Team McDonald - 26
Team Nieuwendyk - 24
Mason McDonald - 14 saves on 15 shots
Nick Schneider - 11 saves on 11 shots
David Rittich - 7 saves on 12 shots
Tyler Parsons - 11 saves on 12 shots