Bryce Forbes: Players To Watch At Development Camp
RETO BERRA - GOALTENDER
The oldest player on the development camp roster will also likely have the biggest spotlight on him when camp opens up. That’s what happens when general manager Jay Feaster calls you one of the two best goalies outside of the NHL after he traded for you in the Jay Bouwmeester deal. The development camp will be the first chance for Flames fans, or any other North American for that matter, to get a chance to see the Swiss goalie in person.
Berra will be in Group A, sharing the net with Jon Gillies and Brody Hoffman, who is attending on a try-out agreement.
TIM HARRISON - RIGHT WING
It’s almost a Catch-22 when it comes to Harrison. Being a sixth round draft choice just two weeks ago, not a whole lot should be expected from him in his first development camp. But by being a unknown draft commodity, this will also give everyone the first chance to set their eyes on the 6-foot-3, 175-pound 19-year-old winger who will start next season with Colgate University.
Harrison is amongst the 14 forwards in Group A.
MORGAN KLIMCHUK - LEFT WING
It’s a homecoming of sorts for the Calgary native, as this will mark the first time he pulled on a Flames jersey on the ice as a member of the organization. The Regina Pats product was one of three first round draft selections by the Flames just two weeks ago, and people have high hopes Klimchuk will help replenish the prospect pool as the team rebuilds. Although likely at least a season or two from cracking the full time roster, fans want to see the winger who will play a major role going forward.
The winger has been placed in Group A at development camp.
KEEGAN KANZIG - DEFENCE
He’s the man that will literally stand out among the crew. Likely the largest player on the ice, the 18-year-old is already an astounding 6-foot-7, 241 pounds defensive prospect. The current Victoria Royals defenceman already has the size, grit and intimidation that most teams love to see on their back-end.
The hulking rearguard is slated for Group B this week.
TYLER WOTHERSPOON - DEFENCE
When the Flames drafted him in the second round two years ago, they hoped to find a Top 4 defenceman for the next decade. Based on his development since the 2012 draft day, he’s likely already ahead of schedule. He played key minutes for Team Canada at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship, spent his WHL season as Seth Jones’ defence partner on the Portland Winterhawks and recently finished one game away from a Memorial Cup victory. With his junior career likely finished, this camp gives Wotherspoon his first chance to prove he belongs with the big squad.
Wotherspoon will skate in Group B at camp.