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Flames audition proven snipers

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:58 AM ET

Bryan Cameron led the OHL with 53 goals last season for the Barrie Colts.

Ryan Howse tallied 47 times for the WHLs Chilliwack Bruins.

Maybe the low-scoring Calgary Flames have some future snipers.

At least they have some candidates.

It was always something I was good at, putting the puck past (goalies), said Cameron, who is partaking in the Flames development camp. Im definitely not complaining about it, because its the most fun thing about hockey.

Whether Cameron or Howse even make it as NHL regulars remains to be seen, let alone whether they can be scorers in the bigs.

However, they both have a history of lighting lamps.

Cameron, who was originally drafted 82nd overall by Los Angeles in 2007 but didnt sign and inked with Calgary as a free agent, finished his five-year junior career with 184 tallies in 318 games.

Hes not big 5-foot-10, 185-lb. but the Brampton, Ont., product has a special knack.

He always finds the holes, sort of like Brett Hull used to do, said defence prospect T.J. Brodie, who saw plenty of Cameron while playing against and with him in the OHL. Hed just find the holes on the ice, and if you get him the puck, pretty much every time, its in the net.

Howse, drafted 74th in 2009, made some big strides last season, and not just at putting pucks in the net. He went from a minus-24 in 2008-09 to plus-7 last season.

I knew last year I had to work on my defensive game, and it wasnt up to par the previous two years. I prepared myself to play defence-first and hoped the offence would come. Howse said.


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