Flames picks a family affair

STEVE MacFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:44 PM ET

Bloodlines are the biggest story coming out of the Calgary Flames' 2010 draft.

But what else would you expect from Darryl Sutter, a member of hockey's first family?

Going a little off the grid Saturday afternoon at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the Flames GM added two sons of Flames alumni.

Scooping up centre Maxwell Reinhart -- son of former Flames defenceman Paul Reinhart -- with their first pick of the draft in the third round, Sutter added to the family ties storyline when he took rearguard John Ramage -- son of former Flames blueliner Rob Ramage -- in the fourth.

"I had a feeling it was gonna happen, I just didn't think it was going to be this early," said the 18-year-old Reinhart, a centre with the Kootenay Ice who was alone watching online when the Flames took him. "I was pretty shocked when I heard my name called.

Texts started flowing, and his family came rushing home to share the excitement.

"Pretty cool moment," Reinhart said. "I didn't think any of our family expected me to go that high."

Ramage was at a wedding reception Saturday afternoon when he got the news he'd been picked up by the same team his dad won a Stanley Cup with in 1989.

"I got a bunch of text messages, and my dad called me to tell me. He was on his computer watching it," Ramage said. "Especially with my dad winning a Cup there. I think it makes it even more special.

"I was so pumped."

So was dad.

"He's just really happy for me," Ramage said. "He was thrilled."

Paul Reinhart was a defenceman who, despite chronic back troubles, put up pretty impressive numbers in eight years with the Atlanta and Calgary Flames before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks before the Flames' Stanley Cup season.

His son Max posted some nice numbers in his second season in the WHL, scoring 21 goals and 51 points for the Ice.

Rob Ramage was a solid stay-at-home defender for the Flames in their Cup-winning season, and his son John was touted as a chip off the old block as a freshman at the University of Wisconsin last year.

"We've seen Reinhart a lot and we know Ramage well from our scouts in Chicago and the world junior (championship), and obviously, there is some bloodline factor there," said Flames GM Darryl Sutter, adding Ramage is "a bit of a longshot" and a few more years at school will do wonders for his hockey future. "Reinhart is a really good player. I don't think bloodlines have anything to do with the numbers he puts up.

"Him and Ramage are probably a lot alike, captain-type kids."

Nine spots after picking up Reinhart, Sutter scooped up his teammate Joey Leach -- a big and scrappy defenceman heading into his second full season in the WHL.

While Reinhart will be considered a reach by some, the Flames' second fourth-round pick, Bill Arnold, will be considered a steal after dropping to the 108th overall spot.

Listed at 6-feet and 218-lb., the beefy pivot was ranked 36th among North American skaters by Central Scouting.

Familiar with gritty Brandon Wheat Kings rookie winger Michael Ferland from the WHL playoffs and Memorial Cup, Sutter picked him in the fifth round, and added Tri-City Americans winger Patrick Holland in the seventh.

steve.macfarlane@sunmedia.ca


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