Another year and another rookie tournament in the Penticton Young Stars Classic is in the books with the Flames finishing the weekend going 1-2, falling to Edmonton and Winnipeg to bookend a decided victory over Vancouver on Sunday.
A lot of attention was on some of the bigger names at the camp, including Heat leading scorer from a season ago Mark Jankowski, who once again turned heads and impressed the Flames brass, but so too did recent NCAA free agent signing Spencer Foo, who had a pair of goals during Sunday’s win over the Canucks.
Of the goaltenders it’d be Nick Schneider who led the Flames to victory while both Tyler Parsons and Mason McDonald would end up on the wrong side of the scoreline. Schneider is approaching his final year in junior hockey, traded in the offseason from Medicine Hat to the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. Schneider impressed in Stockton during the inaugural season, playing 9 games for the Heat after his junior season ended and nearly helped lead the Heat to the playoffs.
Rasmus Andersson was another name at the tournament that seemed to be continuing to show why he’d deserving a look from the Flames for the bottom pairing job that is open and should see a few familiar names competing for that job in Tyler Wotherspoon and Brett Kulak to name a couple.
The Flames also mic’d up the Swedish defenseman during the game against the Vancouver Canucks.
Next up for the Flames is their actual training camp, where the Flames will get their prospects and their incumbents together on the ice and begin sifting through the players to find the best combination of players to compete for a Stanley Cup. The club’s next game will be a split squad game against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, September 18.