After waiting a few rounds, the Calgary Flames made their second selection of the 2022 NHL Draft. In the fifth round, at No. 155, they selected big winger Parker Bell.
Bell is a September birthday, born just 11 days past the 2021 NHL Draft deadline, so he’s one of the oldest and most mature kids physically available. He’s listed at 6’4″ and 200 pounds, and he’s a left winger.
A native of Campbell River, British Columbia, Bell played two and a half seasons with the Western Hockey League‘s Tri-City Americans. In 2021-22, he had 18 goals and 49 points in 64 games with Tri-City.
Bell was ranked 261st overall by FC Hockey. They noted that he’s blessed with the size of the NHL and uses it well, and is a spirited player who throws himself into competition within games.
Based solely on the fact that he has the size and work ethic to be a low factor, he may be able to become a physical presence type role player in the bottom six.
The Flames don’t have a ton of big bodies in their system, so this selection makes sense in that regard. But there were probably players available with a more attacking advantage. (Maybe they think they had enough offensive-minded guys and wanted something different.)
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