Development Camp: Players To Watch
KEEGAN KANZIG - DEFENCE
It’s not hard for Keegan Kanzig to stand out amongst the crowd. The 6-foot-7 defenceman is the tallest player in camp, sharing the honour with newly drafted Hunter Smith. Kanzig’s presence extends well beyond his size, though. The 19-year-old Victoria Royals blueliner had a lengthy spin in Calgary’s training camp last September and was among the fittest prospects to participate.
Kanzig, a product of Athabasca, AB, had three goals and eight points in 63 games with Victoria in 2013-14.
DAVID WOLF - LEFT WING
David Wolf will be hard to miss, too. The rough-and-tumble free agent signing from May will be making his Flames debut at development camp. A physical forward, Wolf won’t waste any time making a first impression in Calgary. He needs to, too. At 24-years-old, the Duesseldorf, Germany native is the oldest skater in camp as he adjusts to North American ice.
Wolf, who stands at 6-foot-3, 220-pounds, had 14 goals and 40 points along with 152 penalty minutes in 48 games with the Hamburg Freezers in 2013-14.
PAT SIELOFF - DEFENCE
To call Pat Sieloff’s recent run a difficult time would be an understatement. The 20-year-old was sidelined with a staph infection for the strong majority of last season -- an ailment that completely eliminated any physical activity for the 6-foot-1, 210-pound rearguard. Now cleared for full contact, Sieloff will have the opportunity to get back on track in development camp.
Sieloff’s season was limited to just two games last season.
MARK JANKOWSKI - CENTRE
Though he’s making his third appearance at Flames’ development camp, Mark Jankowski will be looking to leave a lasting impression on his new general manager. At 6-foot-4, the Providence College standout won’t be hard to miss in line, but it’s the performance, not the size, that will be of particular interest for the former first round pick from 2012.
Jankowski, who will enter his junior season with Providence, had 13 goals and 25 points in 39 games in 2013-14.
ADAM OLLAS MATTSSON - DEFENCE
Calgary’s development camp will mark the first time Adam Ollas Mattsson will participate in a National Hockey League camp after being selected by the Flames in the sixth round, 175th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft last week. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound blueliner will certainly be looking to make an impression on his new bosses in what will amount to be his first action in North America.
Ollas Mattsson, who represented Sweden at the 2014 IIHF World Under-18 Championship, had one goal and nine points in 33 games with Djurgardens in 2013-14.