Calgarypuck Draft Coverage
2nd Round - Tim
June 21st, 2003
overall - Dion
overall - Tim
After taking a strong, menacing, physical
defenceman with their first overall pick at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, the
Calgary Flames opted for a dash of skill with Swiss blueliner Tim Ramholt in the
"You can never have enough defencemen,"
Flames GM Darryl Sutter said a few weeks ago as his scouting staff geared up for
the big day in Nashville and Calgary has certainly been following through,
selecting blueliners with their first and second picks.
Sutter, via his predecessor Craig Button, spent
the final months of the last season auditioning, acquiring or experimenting with
getting more speed and offence from his backline.
was interviewed by
Calgary's Fan960 shortly
after his selection, and
seemed quite pleased to
be coming to the
happy to be picked by
the Calgary Flames, I
have been in Calgary and
I love the city."
played in the Mac's
Tournament a number of
years ago, an experience
that left a lasting
impression. "I was
thee for two and half
weeks and it was a great
love to play hard. Rough
game on the small rink.
I play an offensive
style but I also love to
love it. (gritty
was interviewed by a
number of teams but was
hoping to be drafted by
I can, I will come to
the (Flames) camp 100%
Ramholt also fits the profile of a Tod Button
scouted team, of decent size at 6-1 and 194, probably filling out to 210 lbs or
215 in about five years but also well above average skating.
Given those parameters, Ramholt appeared to be
just as obvious a pick in the second round as Phaneuf might have been in the
first, The Hockey News describing him as "a big, strong physical defenseman
"with "blazing speed."
He's a skill player and "he's really
competitive" according to one director of player personnel quoted
anonymously in The Hockey News.
"He has good mobility, good size and great
hands," added a scout. "He works his butt off."