Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving looks to draft 'right people'

Sam Reinhart, of Team Cherry, lines up for the ceremonial face-off against Aaron Ekblad, of Team...

Sam Reinhart, of Team Cherry, lines up for the ceremonial face-off against Aaron Ekblad, of Team Orr, during the CHL Top Prospects game at Scotiabank Saddledome earlier this year in Calgary. Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images-AFP.

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:03 PM ET

The skill of a prospect? In addition to reports from an army of amateur scouts, you can find all sorts of stats online.

The size of a prospect? Well, it’s tough to trick a scale and a measuring tape.

Perhaps the biggest challenge for the Calgary Flames — and 29 other squads — in the buildup to the 2014 NHL Draft is calculating character. There’s no exact equation for that.

“The type of people is just as important as the type of player,” stressed Flames GM Brad Treliving. “We want to make sure we’re bringing good character people here. We’re just at the start of bringing a lot of young people into our organization, and as much as you want leadership on the ice in terms of production and play and those type of things, the personality, the people, the character of the individuals that we bring in here is critically important to lead that path.”


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