First it was meetings at the NHL Combine, then it was an invite to prospect camp and now the Calgary Flames are taking Cam Lanigan to the Penticton Young Stars Tournament. The Flames have not officially announced the roster of players that they will take to the pre-season prospect event in B.C. but a source has told me that the Edmonton Oil Kings netminder will be along for the ride.
I just mentioned in my last write up that the Oil Kings will have a number of players of interest for scouts this season as the 2011 Entry Draft draws closer. I said that I'd be stunned if Cam Lanigan was passed over again. Well it looks like the Flames might feel the same way and are taking steps to ensure that won't happen.
If Lanigan performs well in Penticton there is a very good chance that Calgary will not wait for the draft but sign him in September instead.
Lanigan's 3.83 GAA and .891 SV% won't get anyone excited but this is a case where the stats don't do the player any justice. There were times last year when Lanigan was stellar between the pipes for the near-last place Oil Kings. The 18-year-old native of Calgary is slotted to be the starter for Edmonton this coming season but will be pushed by promising newcomer Laurent Brossoit.
We said it before the draft and we'll say it again - Lanigan would have made a terrific late round pick and we think a lot of teams will be wondering how they let a quality 6'3 netminder get passed them.