Flames sign five more junior prospects

Tuesday, 22.05.2007 / 6:03 PM / News
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Flames sign five more junior prospects
2005 draft class brings prospect signings to nine this year

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced Tuesday the signing of four prospects from the 2005 NHL Entry Draft and one free agent. Defenseman Matt Pelech (Belleville – OHL, 1st Rd), defensemen Gord Baldwin (Medicine Hat – WHL, 2nd Rd), goaltender Matt Keetley (Medicine Hat – WHL, 5th Rd), forward Brett Sutter (Red Deer – WHL, 6th Rd), and free agent defenseman Brad Cole (Saskatoon – WHL), have all signed entry level contracts with the Calgary Flames.

With Tuesday’s announcement, the Flames have signed seven players drafted at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Forward Daniel Ryder (Plymouth – OHL, 3rd Rd), forward J.D. Watt (Vancouver – WHL, 4th Rd) and goaltender Kevin Lalande (Belleville – OHL, 5th Rd), were all signed earlier this season along with goaltender Leland Irving (Everett – WHL, 1st Rd 2006).

Keetley, Baldwin, Ryder and Watt are currently competing for the 2007 Memorial Cup in Vancouver, BC.

Bios and stats for Tuesday's prospect signings:

Matt Pelech, a native of Toronto, ON, concluded the season with the OHL’s Belleville Bulls after being acquired from Sarnia before the 2006-07 season.

Defence 6’4 224 lbs. Shoots: R
Birth date: September 4, 1987
Drafted: 1st round (26th overall) 2005 NHL Entry Draft

Season

Club

Lea.

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2002-03

Vaughan

GTHL

44

3

13

16

113

-

-

-

-

-

2003-04

Sarnia

OHL

62

4

6

10

39

5

0

1

1

12

2004-05

Sarnia

OHL

31

1

5

6

74

-

-

-

-

-

2005-06

Sarnia

OHL

18

0

2

2

59

-

-

-

-

-

 

London

OHL

34

1

7

8

80

19

0

0

0

48

2006-07

Belleville

OHL

58

5

30

35

171

12

0

3

3

22

 

TOTALS

OHL

203

11

50

61

423

36

0

4

4

82


Gord Baldwin, a native of Winnipeg, MB, is currently competing with fellow Flames prospect Matt Keetley with the Medicine Hat Tigers at the 2007 Memorial Cup.

Defence 6’5 211 lbs. Shoots: L
Birth date: March 1, 1987
Drafted: 3rd round (69th overall) 2005 NHL Entry Draft

Season

Club

Lea.

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2003-04

Wpg. Thrashers

MMHL

39

5

16

21

66

-

-

-

-

-

2004-05

Medicine Hat

WHL

66

3

8

11

73

13

2

2

4

8

2005-06

Medicine Hat

WHL

71

4

20

24

119

13

0

9

9

22

2006-07

Medicine Hat

WHL

53

7

19

26

70

23

2

6

8

32

 

TOTALS

WHL

190

14

47

61

262

49

4

17

21

62


Matt Keetley, a native of Medicine Hat, AB, is currently competing in the 2007 Memorial Cup after guiding the Medicine Hat Tigers to a WHL Championship as the league’s playoff MVP.

Goaltender 6’1 187 lbs. Catches: R
Birth date: April 27, 1986
Drafted: 5th round (158th overall) 2005 NHL Entry Draft

Season

Club

Lea.

GP

W

L

T

MINS

GA

SO

GAA

GP

W

L

MINS

GA

SO

GAA

2003-04

Medicine Hat

AMHL

-

7

4

2

813

48

-

3.54

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

 

Medicine Hat

WHL

3

0

1

0

72

5

0

4.17

2

0

0

15

1

0

4.00

2004-05

Medicine Hat

WHL

32

21

5

3

1846

51

6

*1.66

3

1

0

103

8

0

4.66

2005-06

Medicine Hat

WHL

62

42

13

6

3741

130

6

2.09

13

9

2

864

30

0

2.08

2006-07

Medicine Hat

WHL

55

42

11

1

3258

119

6

2.19

23

16

7

1407

51

4

2.18

 

TOTALS

WHL

152

105

30

10

8917

305

18

2.05

41

26

9

2389

90

4

2.26


Brett Sutter, a native of Viking, AB and captain of the Red Deer Rebels, just wrapped up the 2006-07 season by finishing 3rd on the team in scoring.

Centre 6’0 191 lbs. Shoots: L
Birth date: June 2, 1987
Drafted: 6th round (179th overall) 2005 NHL Entry Draft

Season

Club

Lea.

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2003-04

Kootenay

WHL

44

5

7

12

26

4

0

0

0

4

2004-05

Kootenay

WHL

70

8

11

19

70

16

1

2

3

16

2005-06

Kootenay

WHL

16

8

7

15

21

-

-

-

-

-

 

Red Deer

WHL

57

9

26

35

80

-

-

-

-

-

2006-07

Red Deer

WHL

67

28

29

57

77

7

3

4

7

11

 

TOTALS

WHL

254

58

80

138

274

27

4

6

10

31


Brad Cole, a native of Miniota, MB, finished his junior career with the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL, and led all defensemen on his team in scoring with 41 points.

Defence 6’4 200 lbs. Shoots: L
Birth date: October 21, 1986
Signed as a free agent on May 22, 2007

Season

Club

Lea.

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2003-04

Seattle

WHL

6

0

0

0

12

-

-

-

-

-

 

Kootenay

WHL

52

0

1

1

39

4

1

0

1

2

2004-05

Kootenay

WHL

39

1

2

3

35

8

0

1

1

2

2005-06

Kootenay

WHL

16

1

2

3

20

-

-

-

-

-

 

Saskatoon

WHL

56

3

12

15

64

9

1

0

1

23

2006-07

Saskatoon

WHL

63

16

25

41

83

-

-

-

-

-

 

TOTAL

WHL

232

21

42

63

253

21

2

1

3

27