Flames Top 15 Prospects 2013: #2 Sven Baertschi

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June 28 2013 11:08AM

Sven Baertschi debut

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Or Sven Baertschi. Or Svenderson. Or Sven Butenchon. Or SVENNNNNNNNNNNNNNN. Or....

We're going with Sven.

Yes, hockey fans, Switzerland's greatest son, Sven Baertschi, falls in at number TWO on our Top 15 Prospects list, and maybe to some of you, it's a surprise that he's not number one. Granted, at this point you've probably done the math and figured out who number one IS, and it makes a bit more sense now.

But hey, I fully expect Sven to occupy the top spot on this list barring the Flames somehow drafting Nathan MacKinnon in but a few days time, so let's just talk about our adorable little friend and all his upside now, because hey, he's Sven, we love him, and I especially like talking about him.

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It was a tale of two Sven's this past season, at least as far as his work playing with your Calgary Flames is concerned. Despite the fact that it made all the goddamned sense in the world, the Flames coaching staff opted not to put the Baertsch on a line with Jiri Hudler and Roman Cervenka, nor did they elect to put him on Mikael Backlund's wing all that often. There were glimpses of what these partnerships could have been, as well as any indication that there was an inkling of knowledge on how to utilize a player of Sven's pedigree, but such moments were fleeting. A dream never to be realized.

Instead, Sven floundered on the third and fourth lines for a good portion of his first real stint with the Flames, which wasn't even that bad at first, as he was matched up with Book Of Loob favourite Blair Jones, who eventually inexplicably found himself in the dog house, leading Baertschi to put up with goon minutes on the fourth line.

Needless to say, it did not go well. A hip flexor injury that caused him to miss 11 games, and a demotion back to Abbotsford (where Sven started the season thanks to greedy NHL owners and suffered a concussion that derailed a promising looking season) jilted the young prospect's confidence, but in reality, it was the breath of fresh air the Langenthal native needed.

in 32 games with the Heat in 2013, Sven notched 10 goals and 26 points, for an NHLE of roughly 29. That is pretty good, with the caveat being that NHLE does not really mean anything. Still, it's indicative of a guy with a good degree of offense on his stick, and it's why many early prognosticators thought Sven may have challenged for the Calder Trophy before the season began.

Hell, if they knew how to use him and he stayed healthy, maybe he would have.

After the worst day in history, the day Jarome Iginla was traded to Pittsburgh (I don't want to talk about it), Sven was recalled to take his rightful place on the throne as "Face Of The Flames", and boy howdy, did he ever demonstrate that it's probably going to be his seat going forward.

Sven finished off the season on a 7 game point streak, in which he registered 3 goals and 9 points over that span. Small sample size, for sure, but he demonstrated some of the flash and nose for the net Flames fans were hopeful they were getting when Jay Feaster drafted him 13th overall in 2011.

His underlying numbers look only okay, but when you consider how abysmally the season started for him, the fact that he managed to regulate the entire thing with his late season run is really pretty spectacular.

Whether this is something he can do more consistently as time goes on remains to be seen, but there's every reason to believe he's got the entire toolbox to do it if he can stay healthy.

Conclusion

Get excited, Flames fans (EL KABONG!)

Sven is a special kid, with what could promise to be elite level talent if he ever learns to harness his potential (like Spider-man, or something!)

It's too early to tell if he'll be the focal point of the team's rebuild and any impoending success as the years go by, or if he'll be a VERY GOOD complement to an elite level talent that falls into the Flames laps one way or another (Hello, Connor McDavid), but it's a safe bet to assume that Sven is a very important cog in the Flames machine, and he's going to have to be good if the path out of the basement is going to be successful.

Given that he's one of many unproven youngsters sure to be given a chance to thrive on the Flames next season, it's probable that he'll take a big step in his development, helping ensure he can reach that horizon. It should be fun to watch.

At this point, we're all just really happy that he's already outperformed Greg Nemisz.

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#1 RKD
June 28 2013, 11:16AM
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Or Sven Baertschi. Or Svenderson. Or Sven Butenchon. Or SVENNNNNNNNNNNNNNN. Or.... I still like mine better Svengali!

Interesting tidbit, he's only the second player in NHL history named Sven.

I hope he gets top 3 minutes and I'm sure he'll get it with the departures of Iginla and Tangs and possibly Cammy. Maybe he'll be playing with a Lindholm or Monahan come October.

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#3 Rockmorton65
June 28 2013, 11:38AM
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Svensational!

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#4 Clearly Not Thinking Right
June 28 2013, 11:46AM
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I'm missing who is #1?

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#5 seve927
June 28 2013, 11:53AM
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Clearly Not Thinking Right wrote:

I'm missing who is #1?

Think guys that aren't really prospects anymore, but are still under 23.

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#6 Kmp
June 28 2013, 11:58AM
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Sven is why I like signing Lecavalier, he could really take off playing with a top line center.

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#7 PerpetuallyPineapple
June 28 2013, 12:00PM
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Svenomenal!

I am really excited for the upcoming season, finally get to see our youth play and gain some valuable experience, if Backlund can stay healthy and get some meaningful time with Sven then I think we might have the makings of a top line in the near future.

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#8 Tony
June 28 2013, 12:23PM
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Clearly Not Thinking Right wrote:

I'm missing who is #1?

Here's last years list.

list

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#9 mk
June 28 2013, 12:33PM
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Kmp wrote:

Sven is why I like signing Lecavalier, he could really take off playing with a top line center.

Except I wouldn't call Lecavalier a top line center anymore...

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#10 BJ
June 28 2013, 12:35PM
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@Tony

ohhhh... i think the confusion is because when these blogs were started Brodie was said to have been lect off be ause he had graduated from prospect to full time NHLer... I thought you guys were reserving #1 for whomever we drafted this Sunday.

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#11 lionlager
June 28 2013, 12:48PM
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Sven. So hot right now. Sven.

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#12 SmellOfVictory
June 28 2013, 01:05PM
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I like you Latin spelling of "impending" in the conclusion.

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#13 MC Hockey
June 28 2013, 01:07PM
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Congrats to Paul Byron on being #1 prospect LOL

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#14 Justin Azevedo
June 28 2013, 01:14PM
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@BJ

we changed that this year: http://flamesnation.ca/2013/5/7/the-flames-fifteen-returns

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#15 mk
June 28 2013, 01:20PM
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MC Hockey wrote:

Congrats to Paul Byron on being #1 prospect LOL

I think you meant Gaelan Patterson, right? :)

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#16 MC Hockey
June 28 2013, 01:24PM
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mk wrote:

I think you meant Gaelan Patterson, right? :)

No Ben Walter actually

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#17 Seancharles
June 28 2013, 03:27PM
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All Feaster doubters:

10 of these top 15 were drafted by him or traded for by him. Not to mention 2 of the top 3, which are arguablly on all our fav prospects lists..

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#18 BurningSensation
June 28 2013, 03:45PM
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Any chance we can get some regulars at Flames games to post a banner with 'SVEN' on it that we add an 'N' to every time he scores?

Back in the day we had this with 'Loob' where we added an O for every goal, and it was pretty sweet.

Also. I am old. Hey you kids, get off my lawn!

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#19 JOE
June 28 2013, 05:43PM
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Seancharles wrote:

All Feaster doubters:

10 of these top 15 were drafted by him or traded for by him. Not to mention 2 of the top 3, which are arguablly on all our fav prospects lists..

True, but the previous regime drafted Greg Nemisz as a first rounder. Not too difficult to beat that :)

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#20 Stevil
June 28 2013, 05:56PM
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ummm... I think someone made a mistake. Should'nt it have been Corban Knight for all 15...

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#21 Tommynotsohuge
June 28 2013, 05:59PM
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I totally just ordered my got loob? Shirt. I can't wait to strut that around Edmonton

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#22 Kent Wilson
June 28 2013, 07:14PM
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@Stevil

Corban Knight transcends lists and rankings.

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#23 Kurt
June 28 2013, 08:06PM
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BurningSensation wrote:

Any chance we can get some regulars at Flames games to post a banner with 'SVEN' on it that we add an 'N' to every time he scores?

Back in the day we had this with 'Loob' where we added an O for every goal, and it was pretty sweet.

Also. I am old. Hey you kids, get off my lawn!

Awesome.. Love the adding O memory. I'm old too, and appreciate the throwbacks.

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#24 Vowswithin
June 28 2013, 09:03PM
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I'm getting paranoid now, I have a feeling feaster is going to trade Backlund... Please don't please feaster pleaseee

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#25 BurningSensation
June 28 2013, 09:08PM
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Vowswithin wrote:

I'm getting paranoid now, I have a feeling feaster is going to trade Backlund... Please don't please feaster pleaseee

Depends on the return. If it helps us move up in the draft to get Barkov, I say go for it!

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#26 FireOnIce
June 28 2013, 11:48PM
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What does everyone think of these Flyers/Flames trade rumours?

http://thehockeyguys.net/philadelphia-flyers-and-calgary-flames-in-trade-talks/

Looks like we might be in on Matt Read. Yay or nay? I'm fer it, but wondering what the price will be. Flyers want to move up in the first - do the Flames swap #6 for #11 and Read? Is Read worth it to lose out on potentially Lindholm/Nichushkin?

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#27 Baalzamon
June 28 2013, 11:55PM
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@Vowswithin

Why? Trading the 35 year old Tanguay suddenly means they're going to trade the 24 year old Backlund?

What has changed? I'm obviously missing the crucial detail that enabled you to make that logical leap.

@FireOnIce

"Is Read worth it to lose out on potentially Lindholm/Nichushkin?"

No.

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#28 FireOnIce
June 29 2013, 12:06AM
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Clearly Not Thinking Right wrote:

I'm missing who is #1?

Jankowski's lesser known brother, Gerald. Best draft pick of the 2019 crop.

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#29 aloudoun
June 29 2013, 12:38AM
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If we trade down for our 6th overall I will be very very angry to put it mildly.

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#30 Q
June 29 2013, 03:09AM
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I was completely flabbergasted when Feaster was interviewed yesterday and stated that it wasnt in their best interest to tip-off where they stand as it relates to vinni. Are u freakn serious? Jay actually stated that vinni isnt POST-APEX! What?!!!!? hes actually considering him as a potential centre after dumping old players on Thursday! I will be soooooo mad if this is what their "splash" is with our new-found cap space! Feaster will be burned in effigy if this goes down! What,so are they going to woo Iggy back with that kinda move too? Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!

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#31 gotommygo
June 29 2013, 07:36AM
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I was surprised with that statement too. He claimed that Vinnie 'transcends' the title of 'post-apex'. Who does he think he is, Corban Knight? In any case, it doesn't sound very intellectually honest.

Vinnie has stated that he doesn't want to start on a bottom team again, so he's probably not interested in playing for the Flames anyway.

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#32 BJ
June 29 2013, 08:46AM
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Regardless of what Feaster said about Lecavalier, he isn't coming to Canada. He doesn't want to play here. He'll have tons of options to stay in the states.

Oh and yes that likely means there is no chance we can get up to Barkov. I highly doubt he makes it past Tampa now that they have an opening on the 2nd line. Tampa has no impetus to move their pick now and I can't imagine a deal that would pry Barkov away from them. It would take a huge overpayment like our first round picks this year and next and likely more.

Feaster has said multiple times that the only way #6 is in play is if it to move up. If that is to be believed? Although if there is a deal that can't be turned down I'm sure he'd change his mind. Read alone wouldn't get it done.

Can't see Philly overpaying to move up to 6 when they will have a shot at one of Zadorov, Pulock, Ristolainen, Nurse. One or two of those guys will be there at 11 - likely Zadorov and Pulock.

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#33 BJ
June 29 2013, 08:59AM
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And on Feaster's comments about Lecavalier. He was asked a direct question by the media.... lets have some common sense here.

He isnt going to publicly bad mouth Lecavalier by referring to him as a post apex player. Not only is it classless it is unprofessional.

Also it would tip our hand that we are not interested which Feaster has said time and again he won't do.

You shouldnt be reading anything into it.

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#34 BurningSensation
June 29 2013, 10:13AM
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FireOnIce wrote:

What does everyone think of these Flyers/Flames trade rumours?

http://thehockeyguys.net/philadelphia-flyers-and-calgary-flames-in-trade-talks/

Looks like we might be in on Matt Read. Yay or nay? I'm fer it, but wondering what the price will be. Flyers want to move up in the first - do the Flames swap #6 for #11 and Read? Is Read worth it to lose out on potentially Lindholm/Nichushkin?

I'd say there is exactly ZERO chance that our #6 pick is in play unless the return is something more than just Read and #11.

If Brayden Schenn were part of the package it would work.

It might also make sense to flip #28 to the Flyers for Read.

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