Once again, the Calgary Flames chose pedigree over perspective and selected Kootenay Ice center Maxwell Reinhart with their first pick (64th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The son of former Flame defenseman Paul Reinhart, Maxwell was ranked as the 179th in the NHL’s mid-term analysis of prospects and made considerable strides to climb the ladder to make the top-75 in the rankings.
The Vancouver, BC native collected 21 goals and 51 points with the Ice during the 2009-10 campaign, a 24-point improvement on the 27 points he registered as a WHL freshman in 2008-09.
There will be considerable debate among Flame fanatics as to the quality of this selection since other established names, such as Jordan Weal and Kirill Kabanov were still available. However, all reports suggest that Reinhart is a capable playmaker and a relentless worker who has shown improvement in every season he has played and has a solid understanding of the game, even if his physical skills haven’t been the equal to his mental strength.
Obviously satisfied with the wares the Ice have to offer, the Flames decided to stay within that organization and selected Wadena, Saskatchewan defenseman Joey Leach.
A rugged, defensively-responsible blueliner who can toss the mitts and show some grit, he collected 26 points and 77 penalty minutes in his first full season in the WHL in 2009-10 while compiling an impressive +33 on the plus/minus ledger.
With their first selection in the fourth round (103rd overall), the Flames nabbed continued to keep it all in the family, nabbing defenseman John Ramage, son of former NHL blueliner Rob Ramage.
A graduate of the US-Under 18 development program, the junior Ramage spent the 2009-10 season with the University of Wisconsin, collecting 12 points in 41 games, impressive statistics for a freshman defender.