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Meet the newest prospects

Flames draft picks arrived in Calgary Wednesday to meet with media

Wednesday, 30.06.2010 / 6:47 PM / News
By Kristi Hennessy
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Meet the newest prospects
Four of the seven newest Calgary Flames additions arrived at the Saddledome on Wednesday afternoon for a meet and greet with Calgary media as well as finally handed their new named red sweaters.

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
played hockey in this building at one point or another. Maxwell Reinhart and Joey Leach are both members of the Kootney Ice, a division rival of the Calgary Hitmen. They have had more than their share of the 'Dome experience and both admit it is a great place to play with an amazing atmosphere.

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
third round. He defensman is known to be a good shutdown guy who plays well on the penalty kill.  He is a player who went unranked by Central Scouting mid-way through the season but by the end was sitting at 120th spot.

“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
Hitmen eliminate his Brandon Wheat Kings team in round three of the WHL playoffs.

"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
Patrick Holland from the Tri-City Americans, another player who has been a part of the Saddledome atmosphere. The Tri-City Americans faced the Calgary Hitmen in the WHL finals last season and lost in the Saddledome in game 5 in front of over 15,000 fans. Holland was rated at 180th spot by Central Scouting.

“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.