Meet the newest prospects
Flames draft picks arrived in Calgary Wednesday to meet with media
GM Darryl Sutter was in attendance to officially hand them their jerseys and welcome them to the home of the Calgary Flames. Third round pick (64th overall) Maxwell Reinhart, third round pick (73rd overall) Joey Leach, fifth round pick (133rd overall) Michael Ferland and seventh round pick (193rd overall) Patrick Holland went on a tour of the Saddledome including the Flames dressing room and training facilities.
The four young hockey players then met with local Calgary media and Flames staff to talk a little bit about who they are and where they were when their names were called.
One thing that particularily jumps out with all four of these young men is that they have all
|Third round pick (64th overall) Maxwell Reinhart|
Reinhart is the oldest of three hockey playing boys and all three belong to a WHL team. On top of his siblings, he is following in the footsteps of his father Paul, former NHL'er and former Flame.
"I like playing here, it's a great atmosphere. I feel really comfortable here, I've been here countless times and my Mom is from here." said Reinhart.
Reinhart is coming off of his second season with the Kootney Ice of the WHL. Last season he finished with 21 goals and 51 points in 72 games with a plus- 33 on the season.
Joey Leach was selected just nine spots after his teammate Reinhart in the 73rd spot in the
|Third round pick (73rd overall) Joey Leach|
“He’s a guy who just got better and better as the year went on," said Flames scout Tod Button. "The more we went in to watch Reinhart, the more this guy’s name came up. Big guy. Tough kid. He played as the fifth-sixth defenceman there and ended up with 30 points. I wouldn’t call him a puck rusher, but he does follow the play up the ice.”
The 187-pound defemseman had tree goals, 23 assists, 77 penalty minutes in 70 games last season for the Kootney Ice.
Michael Ferland is also very familiar with playing in Calgary as he watched the Calgary
|Fifth round pick (133rd overall) Michael Ferland|
"Last time I was in this building we were beat out by Calgary so it feels a lot better coming into this building today and put on this jersey." said Ferland.
Ferland is coming off of his first full season with the Brandon Wheat Kings posting nine goals and 28 points in 61 games. Although the Brandon Wheat Kings had an early exit out of the WHL playoffs, they were the host city of the Memorial Cup Championships and wound up beating out the Calgary Hitmen in the semi-final game.
Calgary's seventh and final draft pick (193rd overall) on Saturday afternoon was right-winger
|Seventh round pick (193rd overall) Patrick Holland|
“We had him way higher. We weren’t sure we would get him in the seventh round," said Flames scout Tod Button. "We figured he was a little bit under-valued because he was such a late bloomer.”
Last season with the Tri-City Americans Holland tallied 36 points in 59 games and says he's aiming for 70 points next season.
"My playing time should be about the same but I hope to get out more on the power play and penalty kill. I would like to get seventy plus points, but anyone can say that." Holland smiled.