The Flames added another defenseman to the organization today, as they signed NCAA free agent Josh Healey to a 2 Year Entry Level Contract. The contract will kick in next season. Healey also signed an amateur tryout deal with the Stockton Heat, which allows him to join the Calgary farm club for the duration of this season.
Josh Healey's 2-year ELC now done with CGY. Kicks in next season. Heads to Stockton this week on an ATO.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) March 25, 2017
The 22-year-old from Edmonton spent the last 4 years playing in the NCAA with Ohio State University. He is coming off a season in which he posted 4 goals, 21 assists and 70 penalty minutes in 35 games. The Flames have had their eye on him for awhile as he attended their development camp this past summer, while there had been rumours that he would sign with the Flames once his NCAA season was over.
He plays the left side and likely tops out as a third-pairing defender at the NHL level, if he can make the jump. He has some offensive ability and it is probably fair to say that he plays with a bit of an edge...
Some savage hits there. In fact, in Elliotte Friedman’s recent 30 Thoughts column, he noted that he was suspended 5 separate times since November 2015 for hits to the head. He definitely likes to make his presence felt and you can see why the Flames would be interested in such a physical player, with their main d-core (Giordano, Hamilton, Brodie) and their top prospects (Andersson, Kylington, Fox) not being known for physicality.
Healey did not cost them anything and could pan out into a serviceable player. Or he could go the way of Kenney Morrison and never show enough to make the next step. Always a move worth making if the organization feels like he could have a shot.