Training Camp Update - September 30th

Pat Steinberg
September 30 2010 02:40PM

OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 20:  25th overall pick, Greg Nemisz of the Calgary Flames poses for a portrait at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place on June 20, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)

 

A number of notes from Calgary Flames training camp on Thursday, as the team gets set for their sixth preseason game on Friday night in Edmonton.  Calgary has reassigned forward Greg Nemisz to Abbotsford of the American Hockey League, while reports suggest defenceman Staffan Kronwall has been placed on waivers.

The assignment of Nemisz leaves the Flames with 33 players in camp, including 20 forwards.  Nemisz wasn't ready for the NHL game and he'll have an opportunity to work on certain things with Jim Playfair in Abbotsford.  Nemisz needs to add size to his frame, along with adding a more assertive nature to his game, according to most observers.

As for Kronwall, the report came this morning from TSN's Bob MacKenzie, and doesn't surprise very much.  He never seemed to be in the plans for the big team right from the very start, as he was practicing with Group B to start training camp, which consisted of younger players who didn't have a chance of cracking the Flames roster.  Teams have until 10 am Friday morning to claim Kronwall.

Both Olli Jokinen and Rene Bourque missed practice on Thursday for what the Flames called maintenance reasons, and both are listed day-to-day.

A couple interesting notes from Calgary's 3-2 win over the Islanders in Saskatoon: I liked the trio of Hagman, Kotalik and Moss playing together, as they seemed to do a nice job cycling the puck.  It was a departure from what we'd seen for most of training camp, with Curtis Glencross on that line instead of Hagman.  Instead, Glencross played most of last night's game with John Armstrong and Jon Rheault.

I also liked the play of Cory Sarich, who I thought was well positioned all night and asserted himself well physically.  We all know this is an important camp and preseason for him.  Adam Pardy played both Tuesday and Wednesday night, and you can tell he's making an effort to be much more aggressive.  He's been one of the more inconsistent players on the Flames blueline to this point.

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#1 Kent Wilson
September 30 2010, 02:53PM
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I'd add that Nemisz still has to improve his skating a non-trivial degree. For all the talk that he made strides in junior, he's still a level or two below your average NHLer.

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#2 John F
September 30 2010, 04:34PM
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I agree with your observation on Sarich-seemed to be the best overall dman on either team.

I also agree that Pardy played a strong assertive game.

Others who looked strong were Glencross, and I hate to admit it but Kotalik's game is starting to grow on me a bit. He has good speed when he keeps his feet moving and is showing some strength on the boards as well as a power move to the net. Hopefully he can keep it going.

One guy who hasn't garnered much attention but who caught my attention last night is StefaN Meyer. he has real good speed and was working hard all night.

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#4 dave
September 30 2010, 07:08PM
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Nemisz will suit up in Abbotsford this year, and gain some valuable experience under the eyes of Jim Playfair. I'm very excited to see him this year in Abbotsford, aswell as Wahl & Bouma. (and maybe TJ Brodie)

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#5 sum1
September 30 2010, 11:02PM
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Sad to see Kronwall go. He'll shine elsewhere, just like Strålman. Mark my words.

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