Flames Today: 07.09.13
Notes from the Flames practice in Penticton, BC
"Always when you score, it's a good thing," Granlund said after practice. "That really boosted (my) confidence."
Granlund was selected in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft. He has spent the last two seasons with HIFK Helsinki (SM-liiga).
JOORIS FITTING RIGHT IN
Watching Josh Jooris in Thursday and Friday's games at the 2013 Young Stars Classic, it would appear the pivot is a seasoned veteran within the Flames system.
He has meshed well with his linemates, has logged a lot of minutes, has played in all situations and has registered two points in two games at the tournament.
However, Thursday and Friday's games were his first two outings in a Flames jersey as Jooris signed his first pro contract earlier this summer.
"I feel pretty good," he told CalgaryFlames.com. "It's quite surreal putting that jersey on. It's what I've dreamed about since I was a little kid. It's been pretty cool.
"The coaches have been really good. I've just been getting the basics these past few days. They're leaving the hockey sense part to us but they've definitely done a good job giving us guidelines to rely on."
The pivot's first experience with the Flames came a couple of months ago when he was invited to the Flames development camp. Jooris had caught scouts attention with his play at Union College (ECAC), where he spent the last three seasons. He helped guide the Dutchmen to back-to-back ECAC Championships (2011-12, 2012-13), playing a top-six role for Union.
Flames hockey operations members were extremely impressed with Jooris' performance at camp and signed the Burlington, ON product to a two-year entry-level contract on July 30.
"Josh is a right shot center with size and skill," said Flames general manager Jay Feaster said after inking the forward. "During our recent development camp he played an aggressive, up-tempo style and displayed good grit and a high compete level."
Abbotsford Heat head coach Troy Ward, who is coaching the Flames prospects at the tournament, has liked what he has seen from Jooris at the Young Stars Classic.
"You saw Jooris protect the puck and he had some separation, meaning he can get away from people and has some time to make some plays."
Jooris wants to build off his strong play against the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks and make a push for a roster spot during main training camp next week in Calgary.
"I'm really looking forward to the rest of camp, going out there and giving 100 per cent."
"They both have matured significantly as people. I think they're very comfortable in our surroundings in Calgary ... the Flames organization, the people, the coaching and it's showing on the ice. I think they feel at home now." - Ward on Granlund and Joni Ortio
The Flames play their final game at the Young Stars Classic on Sunday at 6:30 PM MT, taking on the San Jose Sharks. The game, brought to you by SportChek, will be streamed live on CalgaryFlames.com with commentary from Sportsnet's Rob Kerr.
Ward has yet to decide which netminder will play in tomorrow's tilt with the Sharks.
"Game 3 here is a little bit of a work in progress based on performance and based on some gut feel."