June 23, 2012
Flames add D-men through draft
By RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency
The need for defencemen was the focus of the Calgary Flames in Day 2 of the NHL draft.
The Flames, who selected lanky centre Mark Jankowski in the first round the 2012 affair, opened Day 2 by nabbing physical blueliner Patrick Sieloff with the 42nd pick.
Sieloff, a 6-foot, 192-lb. defenceman who skated for the U.S. Under-18 squad last season and is pegged to play for the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires next season and isn’t the biggest skater you’ll see but loves to play with an edge.
“I like to get under peoples’ skin but be clean about it. That might come with a big open-ice hit,” said the Ann Arbor, Mich., product. “I like playing against top two lines and shutting them down.”
The Flames kept the focus on the blueline by grabbing Brett Kulak of the WHL’s Vancouver Giants in the fourth round, 105th, and Ryan Culkin of the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts in the fifth round, 124th.
The Flames drafted 6-foot-4 goalie Jon Gillies in the third round.
Gillies, who hails from Maine, spent last season with USHL Indiana and is expecting to play for Providence College of the NCAA next season.
In the sixth round, the Flames went to local product, Cochrane’s Coda Gordon of the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos. Gordon scored 30 goals in his WHL rookie season.
Their final pick was used to grab Matthew DeBlouw, a 6-foot centre from USHL Muskegon.
DeBlouw, who scored 11 goals and 34 points in 54 points, intends to go to Michigan State University next season.
As for other local products: the Edmonton Oilers drafted Mitch Moroz 32nd overall; Mike Winther of Trochu, who plays for Prince Albert of the WHL was chosen 54th by the Dallas Stars; and Rhett Holland, who played for AJHL Okotoks, was taken 102nd by the Phoenix Coyotes.
The WHL Calgary Hitmen had three players drafted. Goalie Chris Driedger was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the third round, 76th, defenceman Kenton Helgesen was taken 187 by the Anaheim Ducks and defenceman Jaynen Rissling was chosen 197th by the Washington Capitals.
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