Flames draft pick Tyler Wotherspoon is headed to Russia with the Team Canada for the world junior hockey championship. (STUART DRYDEN/QMI Agency)
CALGARY - Hockey Canada’s recent world junior team selection camp helped draw attention to what may amount to a Christmas Miracle courtesy of the Calgary Flames scouting staff.
In short, the group that has botched drafts for the better part of the last two decades may actually have gotten things right a few years back.
And for that they deserve rare praise.
As it stands, all five picks from the Flames 2011 draft class are performing at significantly high levels.
While it’s still early in their pro careers, the fact all five appear to be progressing rapidly may just provide the first sign the club’s dedication to pouring more resources into scouting may actually be paying off.
Either that or head scout Tod Button is finally being listened to, which is what we are hearing.