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Flames 2006 Draft Rewind

Monday, 06.21.2010 / 2:02 PM MT / News
By Kristi Hennessy
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Flames 2006 Draft Rewind
The Calgary Flames drew 26th pick in the first round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft They were in search of a strong young goaltender. It was Leland Irving from the Everett Silvertips in the WHL who stood out.

Irving is expected to challenge for the backup goaltender spot in the 2009-10 season. A couple other noteable players from the 2006 draft included John Armstrong, a member of the Flames farm club, and Aaron Marvin, who is heading into his senior year with St. Cloud State in Minnesota.

Part two of our five part series looking at the Flames at the NHL Draft from 2005 to 2009, takes a look at what the class of 2006 has been up to since their draft day.

LELAND IRVING – G (Video:   )
Drafted in 2006, 26th overall

Leland Irving selected in the first round (26th overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
The Calgary Flames selected Leland Irving from the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League in the first round with the 26th overall pick. Irving was the fourth goaltender to be drafted in the opening round.

Irving had a tough run as a kid growing up in Swan Hills, Alberta.

At the young age of eight, Irving was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer for which he endured 14 months of chemotheraphy.

He was driven to succeed as goaltender and continued his dream into the Western Hockey League. He played for the Everett Silvertips for four seasons before being assigned to the Quad City Flames, the Flames farm club in 2008-09. He started in 47 games in his professional rookie year posting a 2.23 goals-against average.

Last season, Quad City became the Abbotsford Heat where Irving had more competition and was bounced in and out of a starter role. He started in 35 games for the Heat and was sent down to play in the East Coast Hockey League for eight.

Drafted in 2006, 87th overall

John Armstrong
Armstrong, a native of Unionville, Ontario kicked off his major junior career playing for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.

In his second season in the OHL, Armstrong tallied 14 goals and 23 assists in 65 games and was later drafted by the Calgary Flames in the third round of the 2006 NHL draft.

He was traded to the Peterborough Petes midway through the 2006-07 season where he played the remainder of his junior career. He closed out his OHL career on a high note posting 57 points (21G, 36A) in 65 games.

Armstrong was assigned to the Quad City Flames for the 2008-09 season. He produced 20 points in 68 games in his rookie campaign with the AHL club. Unfortunately, the bad luck kept rolling for Armstrong into the 2009-10 season. He played in just 14 games with the Abbotsford Heat before he suffered a season ending injuring to his shoulder that required surgery. He had six points in the 14 games.

Drafted in 2006, 89th overall

Aaron Marvin
Aaron Marvin grew up in Warrod, Minnesota. In his rookie high school year of 2004-05, he led the Warrod Warriors, with 48 points (23G, 25A) in 31 games. The points continued the following year this time with 30 points (9G, 21A) in 23 total games.

Marvin was selected that summer by the Calgary Flames in the third round of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Marvin began playing for St. Cloud State University in Minnesota, (WCHA) in 2007-08. The speedy center pot three goals and had 13 points through 40 games in his rookie campaign and enjoyed a career-high 27 points in 38 games in his sophomore season.

Last year, Marvin’s numbers dropped, posting just 16 points in 39 games. He will look to have a strong senior year in hopes that the Flames will offer him a professional contract.

It has been noted that Marvin uses his 6’2”, 191 pound body, strength and long reach very well. He has great playmaking abilities and great on-ice vision.

Author: Kristi Hennessy