Turner Elson
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Turner Elson


St. Albert Alberta

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Free agent signing, 2011


185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D


2008-09: Turner Elson scored 11 goals with 12 assists in 33 games for the St. Albert Raiders midget AAA team in Alberta and was third on the team with 77 penalty minutes. He was scoreless with 2 PMs in the Raiders two playoff games.

2009-10: Elson had a solid rookie WHL season with the Red Deer Rebels scoring nine goals with nine assists and an even rating while taking 94 PIMs (12 fighting majors) in 66 games. The I7-year-old showed his specialty teams skills by scoring three power play goals and four short-handed tallies. In four WHL playoff games, the young forward would be a minus two rating while taking four PIMs and failing to contribute offensively for the Rebels.

2010-11: Elson improved his offensive output in his sophomore season in the WHL with the Red Deer Rebels. He scored 16 goals with 15 assists and a very good plus 27 rating while taking 124 PIMs (12 fighting majors) in 68 games. The physical winger continued to contribute on specialty teams, scoring five power play goals and three short-handed markers. In nine WHL playoff games, Elson generated only four assists along with a plus four rating but took 23 PIMs (three fighting majors) trying to lift the energy level of his team.  Elson went undrafted in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft when the Flames had only five picks at their disposal. He impressed them enough to receive invitations to first, the Flames’ development camp, second, their rookie training camp and Young Stars Tournament, and finally the NHL training camp where the young physical winger was able to play a pre-season game. Elson was assigned back to his junior team, the Red Deer Rebels but not before being signed to an entry level contract.

2011-12: Signed to a free agent contract by the Flames in August after passing through the 2011 NHL Draft without being selected, Elson made his pro debut with AHL Abbotsford in April following his third season with the WHL’s Red Deer Rebels. Elson appeared in one game for the Heat and had no points with 2 penalty minutes. Elson displayed both scoring ability and toughness during the regular season with Red Deer. He was the Rebels’ fourth-leading scorer with 21 goals with 25 assists in 55 games and was minus-seven with 59 penalty minutes. Red Deer missed the WHL playoffs; finishing fifth in the Central Division.

2012-13: Elson joined Calgary AHL affiliate Abbotsford following his fourth WHL season with Red Deer. He was scoreless and -2 in two games with the Heat, who missed the playoffs after finishing fourth in the North Division. Elson was Red Deer’s second-leading scorer as a 20-year-old. He was second on the Rebels with 26 goals, one behind team leader Rhyse Dieno, and had 31 assists; finishing +26 with 60 penalty minutes in 64 games. Red Deer was second in the Central Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Elson scored 5 goals with 4 assists in nine playoff games and was +3 with 6 penalty minutes.

2013-14: Elson split his first pro season between Calgary AHL affiliate Abbotsford and the ECHL’s Alaska Aces. He scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was +1 with 19 penalty minutes in 37 regular season games with the Heat and did not play in Abbotsford’s playoff series with Grand Rapids. He scored 5 goals with 10 assists and was +10 with 18 penalty minutes in 18 regular season ECHL games with the Aces. Alaska finished first in the Mountain Division and rolled through the Kelly Cup playoffs; defeating Eastern Conference champion Cincinnati in the finals. Elson scored 7 goals with 4 assists and was +8 with 16 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games. 

2014-15: Elson provided secondary scoring and some toughness for Calgary AHL affiliate Adirondack in his second pro season. In 59 games for the Flames he scored 17 goals with 13 assists and was +5 with 52 penalty minutes. He suffered a scary injury after falling in a fight with Hamilton’s Bobby Shea in a March 25th game against the Bulldogs but returned to the lineup two weeks later — skating in the final six games for Adirondack. The Flames missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fourth in the North Division. Elson signed a one-year contract extension with Calgary in July 2015.

Talent Analysis

Elson has good hockey sense and can play well in all three zones of the ice. The physical winger plays a high energy, aggressive game and isn't afraid to drop the gloves with anyone. He can play on both the power play and penalty killing units with solid scoring success on either unit. Still developing in terms of his offensive skills, skating speed and physical strength and bulk, he has shown progress at the pro level in his second season.


Elson will challenge for a lower line role with the Flames in training camp before likely starting the 2015-16 season with new AHL affiliate Stockton. The Thunder are one of five California-based teams which will comprise the Pacific Division, making it more convenient for Western Conference teams to keep track of their prospects and make call-ups if necessary. Elson made strides in his second season of pro hockey, playing in a full-time role for the AHL's Adirondack Flames after splitting they previous year between the ECHL and AHL. In terms of NHL potential, he projects as a lower line, energy and supplementary scoring player.

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