After adding a big, scoring LW in Matthew Tkachuk, a winning goaltender in Tyler Parsons and a speedy 2-way forward in Dillon Dube, the Flames drafted a very intriguing defence prospect in Adam Fox.
D Adam Fox - USNTDP (USHL)
25 GP, 5 G, 17 A, 22 PTS, 2 PIM
Adam Fox is not a big defenceman, listed as 5'10, 185 pounds. He is however, a big producer offensively. Playing on the United States National Development team, Adam Fox was a dynamic producer, putting up 22 points in 25 games played. At the Under 18 World Championships in May, he was the tournament leading scorer among defencemen, posting 9 points in 7 games. Some believe that Fox has very high potential and that down the road the Flames may have gotten a steal with this pick. It had been suggested by some that he could have been a late first round pick, or a second rounder. His offensive game is very strong, his defensive game needs some work. People have compared his style of play to Tyson Barrie and John Klingberg, a couple of players that have done quite well for themselves in the NHL. Fox is a long-term prospect, but as he is heading off to the NCAA to play for Harvard, he will have time to put on size and work on his defensive game. Getting into the third round, picks start to have a lot more uncertainty, so the fact the Flames went for a possible home run selection is exciting and it will be interesting to see how his game progresses in the future.