The Calgary Flames
have claimed forward Blake Comeau
off waivers from the New York Islanders
"Blake is a smart, committed, two-way hockey player who kills penalties, is responsible defensively and can score some goals as well," Flames general manager Jay Feaster said. "We have liked this player for a long time, and our scouts and staff are convinced a change is going to be good for him. We are excited to add him to our club without having to give up an asset."
Comeau hadn't recorded a point and was minus-11 this season in 16 games for the Islanders, but is coming off career highs in goals (24), assists (22), points (46), and games played (77) last season. In addition, he notched 5 power-play goals and 3 game-winners.
The 25-year-old native of Meadow Lake, SK, has played 261 career games, all with the Islanders, recording 121 points. Drafted by the Islanders in the second round of the 2004 NHL Draft (No. 47), Comeau played four seasons with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL, capturing a Memorial Cup championship in 2004.
He also represented Canada at the World Junior Championships in Vancouver, where he helped the team to the Gold Medal with 3 goals and 7 points in six games to lead Canada in scoring.