Goalie Nick Schneider went undrafted, but he’s not going without a contract.
The Calgary Flames apparently were impressed enough with Schneider during training camp that they handed him an entry-level deal on Wednesday.
“It’s a surreal feeling right now,” Schneider told the team site. “I’m really excited to be a part of this organization. I don’t know how to describe it. It’s an incredible feeling.”
The 18-year-old generated rave reviews from Flames assistant GM Brad Pascall, who seemed especially enthusiastic about “his work ethic, his compete.”
(You have to love how “compete level” keeps getting drilled down to its most basic elements. Some day coaches will be saying “Great comp on that kid, great comp.”)
The Flames are crowded as far as NHL-ready goalies go, yet Schneider provides some organizational depth.