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Burning desire takes Prust to Flame camp

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

The ink on the contract with the Calgary Flames is dry and now Brandon Prust is ready to shed some blood, sweat and tears.

The 21-year-old London Knights forward, who played a key role in pestering Sidney Crosby and drawing big penalties during his team's Memorial Cup run, confirmed he signed a three-year deal with the NHL's reigning Western Conference champs and wants to be in the big leagues for the length of it.

"I'm reporting to Calgary for rookie camp in a few weeks and my plan is to end up in Calgary at the end of training camp," the six-foot, 200-pounder said. "I know how they feel about me and now it's time to show them what I can do. If I end up on their farm team, so be it, but I'm going there to make the Flames."

Prust, a London native and much-publicized undrafted walk-on with the Knights, received a hefty signing bonus with the NHL club, but didn't speculate on what kind of vehicle he was going to buy.

"I'm going to see where I end up first," he said.

While Prust is locked into a contract, defenceman Danny Syvret will head to Edmonton looking for a piece of paper to sign.

"There's nothing promised to me. I don't know where I'm going to end up. It's possible I could be back in London," the 2004-05 Canadian Hockey League defenceman of the year said. "I'm going to go to Knights camp first and get myself ready before heading out there. It's going to be a great experience."

Syvret will have also something in common with with newly arrived defenceman Chris Pronger in Edmonton: "He was a CHL defenceman of the year, too," he said.

Knights goalie Adam Dennis, who played in the Memorial Cup final, also didn't rule out a return to the Knights this season.

"You never know, that's a possibility. You always hope to move up to the next level, but we'll see what happens."


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