Prospect Profile: Nolan Flamand

Name: Nolan Flamand 

Team: Saskatoon Blazers (SMHL)

Position: Forward

Hometown: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Height/Weight: 5’7 137lbs

Hand: Left

WHL Draft: 

DraftGeek Rank: 16


 

Areas of Strength

  • Offensive IQ
  • Quick Decisions
  • Versatility

Areas of Weakness

  • Skating
  • Size
  • Finishing Abilities

Report: Regarded as the top prospect coming out Saskatchewan, Flamand moved up to play Midget hockey as a 14-year-old this past season. Flamand suited up for the Saskatoon Blazers of the SMHL, one of the best Midget teams in Western Canada, producing 27 points over 41 regular season games. The struggle for Flamand came from playing on such a strong team, his minutes were limited and he didn’t get the usage he would if he had spent the season playing Bantam AA. His team was at the Macs tournament around winter time so he didn’t get to go to any of the Sask First games not only in December but missing the tryouts made him unable to go to the Top 80 camp in February. So unlike Derenewsky who we got to see play against his peers this year, Flamand is a bit of an enigma to scouts as he has yet to see him play with his own age where he has dominated for many years previous. Flamand is an intuitive two-way center with loads of offensive upside. Skating wise he possesses a short choppy stride with quick straight line movement, although inefficient he is able to timely get up ice and affect the play. The cake to Flamand’s game is his hockey sense, Flamand’s ability to quickly process the game and make his decisions swiftly with the puck is hard to defend. Elite level vision and elite level playmaking abilities, Flamand makes quick one touch passes to the open man in the offensive zone is rare and unique for a player his age. Cerebral and proactively surveilling the ice before receiving. Although his skating doesn’t create separation, his smarts and skill allow him to fend off pressure. Got the confident and poise to control the puck with his head up and maintain possession through spin off moves. Sneaky in nature, locating open space in support of the puck both in the offensive and in transition that go unnoticed by the opposition and allow the puck carrier a quick relief option. Flamand owns those unteachable qualities with how smart he is and how good of a feel he possesses for the game. An uber-skilled pivot who possesses all the tools and smarts of a top ten pick but his skating is currently holding him back from that position. Expected to be a first rounder, Flamand is likely to become a top six center at the WHL level. Raw physical abilities at this age.