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Flames 2008 Draft Rewind

Monday, 06.21.2010 / 12:26 PM MT / News
By Kristi Hennessy
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Flames 2008 Draft Rewind
Two Ontario Hockey League players and three Western Hockey League players made up most of the draft picks from the Calgary Flames in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The Flames pulled 25th selection and chose Greg Nemisz from the back to back Memorial Cup Champion Windsor Spitfires of the OHL. Nemisz is coming off an impressive major junior career posting 70 points in 51 regular season games for the Spitfires.

Following Nemisz came anohter offensive threat Mitch Wahl from the 2008 Memorial Cup Champion team, the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League. Wahl recorded 96 points in 72 games in the 2009-10 season.

Part four 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 2008 has been up to since their draft day.

Drafted in 2008, 25th overall

Video: Development Camp '09
Video: Prospect Profile Part 1
Video: Prospect Profile Part 2

Greg Nemisz, Flames 2008 first round pick is coming off of back to back Memorial Cup Championships with the Windsor Spitfires.
Greg Nemisz joined the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League back in 2006-07 and recorded 34 points in 62 games in his rookie year. The following season Nemisz improved significantly posting 67 points in 68 games. The strong season led to the Calgary Flames selecting Nemisz in the first round, (25th overall) at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

In his third season with the Spitfires he improved yet again and had a career high season. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound forward finished with 36 goals and 77 points in 65 games and added another 20 points in 20 playoff games helping his team capture the OHL Championship title. He then helped the Spitfires become the Memorial Cup Champions contributing a goal and six assists.

Nemisz attended the Flames training camp that summer but was sent back to Windsor for one more successful season. He posted 70 points in just 51 games during the 2009-10 season.  The Spitfires marched all the way to their second OHL Championship title earning them another berth at the Memorial Cup in which they defeated the host Brandon Wheat Kings to lift their second straight CHL title.

Nemisz also made his first appearance at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championships held in Saskatchewan in January.

“He’s Calgary’s first round pick and he’ll be playing at the pro level,” said Spitfires Head coach Bob Boughner. “He’s a big guy. He’s still growing into his body. He can be so effective when he’s playing the game right way. I think he’s going to have a long career.”

Drafted in 2008, 48th overall

Video: Development Camp '09
Video: Prospect Profile
Video: Development Camp '08

Mitch Wahl
Mitch Wahl grew up a stone’s throw away from the beach in Seal Beach, California. The LA kid is coming off of his fourth full season with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League.

He has dressed in 44 WHL playoff games. He played a big role in capturing the 2008 Memorial Cup by putting up 14 points in 21 games. He finished the regular season with 20 goals and 73 points.

Wahl’s strong season led him to be selected in the first round (48th overall) by the Calgary Flames in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. After attending the Flames prospects camp later that summer, he was returned to the Spokane Chiefs for one last year in the WHL.

The 6-foot, 200-pound centre had an exceptional career-high season with the Chiefs recording 30 goals and 96 points in 72 games. After the Chiefs were eliminated in the second round of the WHL playoffs, he joined the Flames farm club Abbotsford Heat (AHL) line-up for their Calder Cup playoff run. He posted six points in 12 games.

Wahl will be assessed at prospect camp again this summer to see where the best fit for him is. If he does not have a spot on the Flames roster, he will likely play with the Abbotsford Heat and continue his development.

“I’m going to go home and work out a lot and try to get bigger and stronger,” Wahl said.  “I think that’s the biggest thing for me is to improve my body size.”

Drafted in 2008, 78th overall

Video: Prospect Profile

Lance Bouma
The Vancouver Giants captain was drafted by the Flames in the 3rd round (78th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Bouma is coming off of his fourth full season with the Giants looks to be ready to take on the next challenge of playing professional hockey. 

He recorded 14 goals and 43 points in 57 games with 134 penalty minutes and added 17 points in 16 playoff games with 47 penalty minutes.

After the Giants were eliminated in the third round of the WHL playoffs, Bouma joined the Abbotsford Heat where he dressed in five playoff games and recorded his first professional goal.

The Provost, Alberta native was born March 25, 1990, which still technically allows him to play one more season in the WHL as an over-ager. However, it is more than likely that he will join the Calgary Flames farm club, the Abbotsford Heat for the 2010-11 season.

“Lance is a real strong young man, strong on the puck, and is a powerful skater,” said Vancouver Giants head coach Don Hay. “He’s going to be a real good player on the fore-check. I think that’s his strength. He’s physical and he can fore-check and get on top of people.”

Drafted in 2008, 114th overall

Video: Prospect Profile

Tj Brodie
Brodie, a native of Chatham, Ontario, spent the past three seasons as a member of the Saginaw Spirit accumulating 16 goals and 68 assists for 84 points in 151 games.

In the 2009-10 season, Brodie began with the Spirits as their #1 defender and scored at a better than point-per-game pace through the first 19 games (4 goals, 23 points).

At that point he was acquired by the Barrie Colts (OHL) and took on a more defensive role with his new club. That didn't stop him from posting career best totals in terms of assists (49), points (55) and plus/minus by the end of the year though (+33).

For the second straight year, Brodie finished inside the top 10 in OHL scoring by defenders, this time finishing sixth.  He added 15 points in 17 playoff games with the Colts.

The 6’1” 173 pound defenseman will look to make more of an impact at this summer’s Flames prospect camp in hopes to secure a roster spot. If he is cut from the Flames line-up, he is expected to play for their farm club, the Abbotsford Heat, next season.

Author: Kristi Hennessy