Harrison has something to prove

Sunday, 30.06.2013 / 10:10 PM
Aaron Vickers  - CalgaryFlames.com (@aavickers)

NEWARK, NJ -- Tim Harrison had to hit rewind on the remote control.

With 2013 NHL Draft programming cutting to commercial during the 157th overall selection, Harrison had to do a double take when he saw his name on the television.

A quick replay showed the 19-year-old had indeed been drafted by the Calgary Flames.

"I saw a couple guys names that I knew and then it went to a commercial and it came back, I saw my name," Harrison explained. "I said, 'Dad, I'm sure I just saw my name up there'. We had to rewind it. It was an unbelievable feeling. It was really cool to see my name up there. My parents were obviously very proud."

It's a fitting parable for the Dexter Prep standout who was passed over in the 2012 draft. Skipped over a year ago, Harrison got the opportunity to rewind and accomplish the dream of being selected.

He approached 2013 with cautious optimism.

"Obviously I like to be confident and feel like a confident person but going into the draft, I wasn't expecting anything," he said. "If it happened, it happened and if it doesn't it doesn't. It doesn't stop the way I'm going to be working. I'm going to keep trying my hardest to get there. To see my name up there is just an honor."

He had that optimism after National Hockey League scouts began to show interest in the 6-foot-3, 175 pound winger.

"I hadn't really had any contact with any NHL teams last year," he said. "This year I was lucky enough to talk to a couple teams and so I was looking forward looking to it a little bit more than I was last year."

The Flames were one of those teams.

"I had a sit-down conversation with one of the scouts at a tournament," Harrison said. "He was very nice. It was a really good conversation because it wasn't like an interview. It was a conversation and he was telling me some stuff he can improve on and the things I do well."

After being drafted in the sixth round, Harrison had another conversation with the Flames.

This time around, it was general manager Jay Feaster.

"It was a great feeling," he said. "He said that they had a couple scouts in the area that were looking at me and were very pleased by the way I'd been playing and that they decided to make me a pick and they'd love to have me out at the player development camp and they're looking forward to meeting me. I appreciated it and told them 'Thank you very much' and that I'm not going to let them down."

That starts at Calgary's developmental camp in July.

Eager to attend, Harrison is ready to use his first opportunity to show the Flames what he's got up close.

"I think it's a great way to get my name out there and show them that I want to do this, I'm willing to work to make it to the next level, if possible," he said. "I think that would be a good idea for myself to show up and give them my all."

And use the opportunity to ensure he isn't overlooked again.

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