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Jakob Pelletier's competitive spirit convinces Flames at draft

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22.06.2019

A quick gander at the left side of the Calgary Flames offence suggests it’s the last position that needs bolstering, thanks to Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk, Sam Bennett and Andrew Mangiapane.

However, the drafting of left winger Jakob Pelletier wasn’t about filling holes on the current roster or trying to predict a future weakness.

It was about picking the best player available when the Flames picked 26th overall.

And if there was ever a doubt the undersized sophomore with the Moncton Wildcats wasn’t made up of the type of stuff the Flames were looking for, it was erased during a recent interview with the club.

“We’ve gotten to know him a lot and what we love about him is his competitive spirit,” said Flames GM Brad Treliving from the draft floor in Vancouver’s Rogers Arena.

“We asked, ‘why you,’ and he said, ‘because I’m going to win the Stanley Cup.’”

Fair enough.

Confidence is key, but Flames scouts liked most that it comes with a package of skill balled up in a five-foot-nine, 161-pound frame that just doesn’t quit.

Although the 18-year-old scored 39 goals and........

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