Calgary Flames prospect update: RW Spencer Foo

WINNIPEG, MB - APRIL 5 2018: (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)
WINNIPEG, MB - APRIL 5 2018: (Photo by Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images) /

It’s time for another Calgary Flames prospect update! Let’s check out how RW Spencer Foo did in his first season going pro.

What an exciting year it’s been for the undrafted forward. After playing for Union College in the NCAA for three seasons, Spencer Foo was found in the middle between four NHL teams. Two years ago, the free-agent had no NHL teams offer contracts. Then a year later, four showed heavy interest for the highly touted Hobey Baker finalist. And while he grew up in Edmonton, who also offered him a contract, he chose their rivals, the Calgary Flames.

Opting out of playing in his final season for Union College, he went pro and played a season with the Stockton Heat. While his numbers weren’t overly impressive, having 20 goals and 39 points in 62 games, he was still a dependable winger. He has great speed and great ability at controlling the puck. So it was exciting for him when he got the call-up in late March to play in the NHL.

He played four NHL games and had two goals. He could have definitely had more by the way he played and he alongside Johnny Gaudreau were a fun duo to watch. His first goal came from a deflection off his skate. So not the prettiest of goals, but that kids is why you go to the net. His second goal came in the Flames final game of the season in a 7-1 win over the Vegas Golden Knights, with everyone at the ‘Dome chanting “Fooooooooo” whenever he had the puck.

In just those four games, Foo had 16 shots and a CF% of 55.8%. I know it was only four games, but he’s been fun to watch and seems like he could do well this season if he makes the final cuts at training camp. Nothing against Garnet Hathaway (that’s not entirely true), but Foo definitely deserves to be in the NHL over him.

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Do you think that a year ago, Spencer Foo would have predicted hearing a bunch of fans chanting his name at an NHL game less than a year later?