FGD: The (Prospect) Battle of Alberta

Ryan Pike
September 05 2013 02:44PM

 

Hockey's back, in the form of the Battle of Alberta from Penticton's YoungStars Tournament! The puck drops at 5pm MT and can be experienced via webcast from the Flames website.

Can the Flames start off the prospects tournament on a winning note against the team their kids have (hopefully) been conditioned to hate the most? We can only hope.

THE LINE-UP

Via our pals at the Flames site, here's the prospective line-up (presented in no particular order):

  • Andy Taranto – Max Reinhart – Josh Jooris
  • Michael Ferland – Markus Granlund – Ben Hanowski
  • Turner Elson – Sean Monahan – Emile Poirier
  • Sven Baertschi – Corban Knight – Coda Gordon
  • Keegan Kanzig – Tyler Wotherspoon
  • Ryan Culkin – John Ramage
  • Patrick Sieloff – Brett Kulak

Laurent Brossoit gets the start in net, with Joni Ortio backing him up. On the roster but scratched are blueliners Eric Roy and Zach Davies and forwards Dylan Smoskowitz and Linden Penner. Ryan Howse (suspended) and Morgan Klimchuk (injury) obviously aren't gonna play.

The Elson-Monahan-Poirier line should be fun to watch, as should the Sven-Knight-Gordon line. And I have to admit, that defensive group seems pretty solid. But the Reinhart and Granlund lines seem a bit odd. That said, it's impossible to know just how long these combos will stick together.

THE OPPOSITION

The prospective Baby Oilers are fielding these lines, as per the Flames site.
 

  • Kale Kessy – Andrew Miller – Marco Roy
  • Austin Fyten – Jujhar Khaira – Greg Chase
  • Jackson Houck – Travis Ewanyk – Cameron Abney
  • Brandon Baddock – Chase Schaber – Ty Bilke
  • Oscar Klefbom – Darnell Nurse
  • Ben Betker – Martin Marincin
  • Martin Gernat – David Musil
  • Tyler Bunz

Lots of connections with Flames kids here. Jackson Houck and David Musil are current and former teammates of Brett Kulak on the Vancouver Giants. Several of the Oilers here (Travis Ewanyk, Mitch Moroz, Martin Gernat, David Musil, and Brandon Baddock) also played with Laurent Brossoit on the Oil Kings.
 
That top D pairing is very good, while the forwards are a bit of a dog's breakfast. That said, Tyler Bunz was an excellent WHL goaltender who had a disappointing first pro year, spending the majority of it with ECHL Stockton and generally not doing great. He'll be hard-pressed to have a strong showing here to create some momentum for himself in his sophomore pro campaign.

SUM IT UP

The world may seem all topsy-turvy with Brian Burke being part of the Flames organization, but like a cozy blanket, hockey is back to snuggle us all back to sanity. And better yet, it's the Battle of Alberta – albeit with the Oilers depth players against the not-quite-Flames.
 
You have to start somewhere, I guess.

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Now in his third full season covering the Calgary Flames and the NHL, Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's trying to keep his head up, his stick on the ice and is giving it 110% every shift. You can also find his work at The Hockey Writers, the Wrestling Observer and Tough Talk MMA.
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#101 beloch
September 05 2013, 09:13PM
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@BurningSensation

Like I said, if you're happy then keep being happy. Just don't go around saying everything else sucks or you'll sound like a fanboy.

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#102 BurningSensation
September 05 2013, 09:20PM
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beloch wrote:

Like I said, if you're happy then keep being happy. Just don't go around saying everything else sucks or you'll sound like a fanboy.

Fair enough.

I can say that my IT guys/team are ALL Linux guys.

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#103 Primo
September 05 2013, 11:30PM
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I'm at the tournament in Penticton...tonight most outstanding player involving both games was no question Bo Horvat. This kid really stood out with size, speed, quickness and soft hands. He is the real deal!

Although I was on board initially with the Poirier selection, tonight he was rather invisible. Hunter Shinkaruk really stood out for the Canucks with speed and assertiveness. He was all over the ice and played the tough areas effectively. His presense was obvious. This was the first time I observed both players and Shinkaruk won this battle hands down.

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#104 beloch
September 05 2013, 11:39PM
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So, Poirier was invisible, except when he was scoring, and you came to a thread about a Flames-Oilers prospect game to say that your two favorite prospects of the night were both Canucks who played in a completely different game? All-righty then.

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#105 jeremywilhelm
September 06 2013, 12:22AM
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Poirier was in invisible? Lulz.

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#106 jeremywilhelm
September 06 2013, 12:25AM
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I think Knight will be the third line center this season. Kid was very impressive tonight.

Monahan looks like he needs another year of junior.

Of course. It's only one game.

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#107 Todd
September 06 2013, 12:39AM
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Hopefully Flames fans enjoyed this meaningless prospect exhibition game, cause it might be the highlight of their entire season.

I'm not going to shed one tear this year after the ridicule they've hurled our way for 4 years and I truly hope Burke runs your team into the sewer you belong in (but hopefully stay good enough to continue to miss out on drafting true impact players). Enjoy the rebuild Flamers.

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#108 FireOnIce
September 06 2013, 12:40AM
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I think Primo's point was that Shinkaruk (who the Flames passed up in favour of Poirier) was the better player tonight.

Poirier either scored twice, or scored once and assisted on a Monahan goal. Either way, if you watched the feed, Poirier's name came up a bunch for his play. In a positive light. So, Primo, I don't agree with you at all.

Didn't bother to watch the Canucks game. I would hope Bo Horvat stands out as one of the best players, considering the Canucks traded their (arguably) #1 goalie for him. Good for them. Shinkaruk got passed on for reasons other than his goal scoring (that's not in doubt) - maybe he's a coke-addicted d-bag?

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#109 FireOnIce
September 06 2013, 12:50AM
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Todd wrote:

Hopefully Flames fans enjoyed this meaningless prospect exhibition game, cause it might be the highlight of their entire season.

I'm not going to shed one tear this year after the ridicule they've hurled our way for 4 years and I truly hope Burke runs your team into the sewer you belong in (but hopefully stay good enough to continue to miss out on drafting true impact players). Enjoy the rebuild Flamers.

YES. Welcome back Todd. Your trolling has been sorely missed. Some may try, but they fail miserably.

Now, what ridicule has been hurled over the last 4 years? I've hurled all sorts of ridicule at the Canucks for WAY longer than 4 years. Ditto for the Oilers and Leafs. What changed in the last 4 years? We've always hated your team. Get over it.

In regards to Flames fan getting all uppity because of one game, let's not forget the snobbery of Canucks and Oilers fans regarding their prospects.

*Ahem*

"OMG, HODGSON AND SHIROKOV! FL4MERS FANS SUXX0RS!! HAHA!"

or

"HAI GUYZ, WE GOT TAYLOR HALL AND RNH, WE'LL BE AWESOME ONE OF THEEZ DAYS"

Troll on, you crazy diamond.

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#110 insvenwetrust
September 06 2013, 01:16AM
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i was at both games and the player that stood out was granlund

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#111 insvenwetrust
September 06 2013, 01:41AM
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shinkaruk was amazing if we were judging a snow angel contest because he spent most of his time laying on the ice

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#112 insvenwetrust
September 06 2013, 01:45AM
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The oilers don't need a Nurse...they need a doctor.. cuz they are hurtin..

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#113 jeremywilhelm
September 06 2013, 01:53AM
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Bo Horvat looked really really good in the Canucks game.

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#114 KetchupKid
September 06 2013, 02:57AM
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Tyler Bunz? TYLER BUNZ?!? I'm sorry guys but I just found my new favourite goalie.

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#115 MessyEH
September 06 2013, 03:05AM
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FireOnIce wrote:

YES. Welcome back Todd. Your trolling has been sorely missed. Some may try, but they fail miserably.

Now, what ridicule has been hurled over the last 4 years? I've hurled all sorts of ridicule at the Canucks for WAY longer than 4 years. Ditto for the Oilers and Leafs. What changed in the last 4 years? We've always hated your team. Get over it.

In regards to Flames fan getting all uppity because of one game, let's not forget the snobbery of Canucks and Oilers fans regarding their prospects.

*Ahem*

"OMG, HODGSON AND SHIROKOV! FL4MERS FANS SUXX0RS!! HAHA!"

or

"HAI GUYZ, WE GOT TAYLOR HALL AND RNH, WE'LL BE AWESOME ONE OF THEEZ DAYS"

Troll on, you crazy diamond.

You forgot Eberle, Yakapov,and Justin Schultz.

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#116 Craig
September 06 2013, 04:43AM
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You're on Fire.

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#117 Kent Wilson
September 06 2013, 09:03AM
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Yay! Todd is back!

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#118 backburner
September 06 2013, 10:29AM
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Anyone else think that Ferland looked good?

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#119 everton fc
September 06 2013, 10:52AM
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Anyone else think that Ferland looked good?

Yeah - how was my boy Ferland? And how did Roy look? Did Ferland help Granlund at all, by being on his line? Give him some space?? Help with flow???

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#120 Primo
September 06 2013, 11:34AM
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Yeah - how was my boy Ferland? And how did Roy look? Did Ferland help Granlund at all, by being on his line? Give him some space?? Help with flow???

Agree with your comments....the important thing about Ferland this year is that he has finally reported in great shape. He also appears to have an attitude adjustment for the better. Last night he worked hard, looked quick and used his large frame effectively. His skill and raw talent really showed.

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#121 Baalzamon
September 06 2013, 11:39AM
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Roy wasn't in the lineup, regrettably.

Ferland was fine. Made some nice dangles coming out of corners and off the rush. Nice set up on Granlund's second goal. Generally I noticed Hanowski more, but Ferland did fewer bad things (I don't really recall any). I think Granlund's line was mostly helped by... Granlund. But Ferland did some good things.

I'm honestly surprised he didn't try to do any facepunching, though.

Speaking of facepunching, the interesting thing about Kanzig was whenever he took a penalty, so did one of the Oilers. He wasn't sitting for slashing or cross-checking minors, he was off for fighting and offsetting roughing penalties.

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#122 insvenwetrust
September 06 2013, 01:24PM
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ferland actually fit right in with grandund he looked unstoppable last night.....plus gritty play

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#123 insvenwetrust
September 06 2013, 01:25PM
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lets hope we get even better for the canucks game tonight. My wife and two girls were all wearing our flames jersey which sparked some gentle teasing from a boston scout during dinner because i was wearing iggys. Most of all we were stopped by alot of fans of other teams talking about how good the flames prospects looked this year.. It gives hope for the future.

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#124 Super_Gio
September 06 2013, 01:31PM
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Maybe someone could clear this up but why aren't the NCAA boys in the tourney? or are they?

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#125 insvenwetrust
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ferland actually fit right in with grandund he looked unstoppable last night.....plus gritty play

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#126 Baalzamon
September 06 2013, 02:03PM
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Because they have school.

Also, NCAA prospects have to pay their own way to this sort of thing or it destroys their NCAA eligibility.

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#127 insvenwetrust
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hope ortio can give our team the confidence to light it up offensively

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#128 Captain Ron
September 07 2013, 01:08PM
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Todd wrote:

Hopefully Flames fans enjoyed this meaningless prospect exhibition game, cause it might be the highlight of their entire season.

I'm not going to shed one tear this year after the ridicule they've hurled our way for 4 years and I truly hope Burke runs your team into the sewer you belong in (but hopefully stay good enough to continue to miss out on drafting true impact players). Enjoy the rebuild Flamers.

Oh we are enjoying it don't you worry about us now.

Next team up for rebuilding: the Canucks! Hope you enjoy that while Torts is behind the bench!

Oh and prepare to watch the Sedins blocking shots on the penalty kill!!! HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Have fun with that. You know we will.

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