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Closer look at up-and-comers

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

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C MIKAEL BACKLUND

AGE: 20; HEIGHT: 6-foot; WEIGHT: 194 lb.; DRAFTED: 1st round, 24th overall in 2007; SUMMARY: Joined the WHL late last year and took another leap forward in his development.

D JOHN NEGRIN

AGE: 20; HEIGHT: 6-foot-2; WEIGHT: 190 lb.; DRAFTED: 3rd round, 70th overall in 2007; SUMMARY: Steal of a third-rounder who impresses Flames brass with maturity.

D MATT PELECH

AGE: 22; HEIGHT: 6-foot-3; WEIGHT: 220 lb.; DRAFTED: 1st round, 26th overall in 2005; SUMMARY: Earned playing time late last season and jumbo blueliner didn't look out of place.

G LELAND IRVING

AGE: 21; HEIGHT: 6-foot; WEIGHT: 177 lb.; DRAFTED: 1st round, 26th overall in 2006; SUMMARY: Adapted well to the pro ranks last year despite early growing pains.

RW GREG NEMISZ

AGE: 19; HEIGHT: 6-foot-3; WEIGHT: 197 lb.; DRAFTED: 1st round, 25th overall in 2008; SUMMARY: Coming off a Memorial Cup win, he has another junior year to hone strong scoring skills.

C JOHN ARMSTRONG

AGE: 21; HEIGHT: 6-foot-2; WEIGHT: 188 lb.; DRAFTED: 3rd round, 87th overall in 2006; SUMMARY: Impressive camp a year ago stymied by injury. Should be one to watch.

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ROOKIE CAMP

AT SADDLEDOME

ON-ICE OPEN TO PUBLIC

Today: Physicals

Tomorrow: Group A, 9 a.m.; Group B, 11:15 a.m.

ROSTER

GROUP A

CENTRES

Player No.

John Armstrong 75

Jamie Lundmark 45

Gaelen Patterson 71

Mitch Wahl 52

RIGHT WINGS

Player No.

Riley Armstrong 40

Kris Chucko 62

Greg Nemisz 48

LEFT WINGS

Player No.

Cam Cunning 53

Ryley Grantham 73

Brett Sutter 42

DEFENCEMEN

Player No.

Gord Baldwin 67

T.J. Brodie 66

John Negrin 61

Matt Pelech 56

Keith Seabrook 43

GOALTENDERS

Player No.

Leland Irving 35

David Shantz 70

GROUP B

CENTRES

Player No.

Mikael Backlund 60

Hugo Carpentier 74

Jason Jaffray 38

Garth Murray 41

RIGHT WINGS

Player No.

Carsen Germyn 39

Ryan Howse 64

J.D. Watt 69

LEFT WINGS

Player No.

Spencer Bennett 68

Lance Bouma 57

Kyle Greentree 47

David Van der Gulik 59

DEFENCEMEN

Player No.

Keith Aulie 54

Brad Cole 49

Josh Meyers 63

Brett Palin 50

Anton Stralman 44

GOALTENDERS

Player No.

Matt Keetley 36

Daniel Spence 31


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