Thirty-two Flames prospects and two invitees (Former Hitmen D Giffen Nyren and the Oil Kings' G Cam Lanigan) will hit Saddledome ice this afternoon for the organization's annual week-long development camp in hopes of leaving a lasting impression on Flames management and coaching staff. Camp is limited to players who are on their first entry level contract with the club--and the roster certainly includes some intriguing names this year. Flames fans will get their first look at 2010 draftees Bill Arnold, Michael Ferland, Patrick Holland, Max Rienhart, and Joey Leach as well as the usual must-sees in Tim Erixon, John Negrin, John Armstrong, Greg Nemisz and Mikael Backlund. This year, Mitch Wahl, Bryan Cameron, Ryan Howse, T.J. Brodie, and goalie Joni Ortio likely make that list as well, at least for me. Here's the full roster for this week's festivities, as well as the schedule. I plan on hitting the 'Dome early on my days off this week--tomorrow, Thursday, and maybe Saturday--so let me know if you're going to be around and maybe we can take in some drills together.
Links to everything you need to prepare for the week ahead after the jump!
FlamesNation preps you for this week's events with Pat Steinberg's list of players to watch at development camp, and just when you didn't think the Flames' off season could get any more bizarre, they've hired a mental development coach for next season.
After battling through the challenges of an injury-plagued rookie season in Abbotsford, defenceman John Negrin is ready to get back to work and get healthy [The Calgary Herald]
Over at Hit the Post, WI discusses why development camp is her favourite time of the year and re-discovers her love for the Flames and of course, blogging
Did Darryl Sutter and Miikka Kiprusoff's contract pave the way for the Kovalchuk saga, and potentially the next NHL lockout? [4th Line Blog]
Domebeers chronicles the existence of the NHL's first mascot in volume one of the Life And Times Of Harvey The Hound
After a lengthy hiatus, Matt Fenwick lays out his thoughts on Kovalchuk and more at the Battle of Alberta
Say, ever wonder what former Flames first round pick Brent Krahn is up to? ESPN Dallas catches up with the journeyman 'tender
Derek examines some possible destinations for Sheldon Souray at The Copper & Blue, including bringing the defenceman back to Edmonton after he cleared waivers earlier this summer
From the Rink takes a look at some of the more interesting names still floating around on the free agent market
SBN's Devils blog In Lou We Trust reacts to the news that the NHLPA has filed a grievance regarding the league's rejection of Ilya Kovalchuk's contract, and since the Kings failed to land the Russian sniper, what exactly have they been up to this summer? [Puck Daddy]
Happy Monday everyone, and I hope to run into some of you in the familiar confines of the Saddledome this week!