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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Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's covered the Flames and the NHL since 2010. His work can also be found at The Hockey Writers and The Wrestling Observer.
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#1 SmellOfVictory
September 05 2013, 03:05PM
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I don't particularly like Sven being stuck with two slow skaters.

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#2 Clyde
September 05 2013, 03:36PM
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Hi guys. How can we get the game? Thanks

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#3 Kent Wilson
September 05 2013, 03:39PM
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@Clyde

Here: http://flames.nhl.com/index.html

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#4 Clyde
September 05 2013, 03:45PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Here: http://flames.nhl.com/index.html

Thanks Kent

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#5 Parallex
September 05 2013, 03:53PM
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SmellOfVictory wrote:

I don't particularly like Sven being stuck with two slow skaters.

Knight is slow? I haven't seen him in person but all reports I've read say average speed.

Considering that Knight and Sven stand a good chance at being linemates I like that they'll get a early jump on playing together.

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#6 BurningSensation
September 05 2013, 04:00PM
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@Kent Wilson

Any chance you have a link that works with iPads?

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#7 Kent Wilson
September 05 2013, 04:18PM
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@BurningSensation

Talk to the Flames for that one.

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#8 BurningSensation
September 05 2013, 04:24PM
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@#$#%^

Oh well. Please let us poor Apple users know if Keegan Kanzig liberates an Oiler from his senses.

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#9 Demetric
September 05 2013, 04:36PM
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I am sure you will hear it where ever you are located, a big earth shattering KABOOM

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#10 They're $hittie
September 05 2013, 04:38PM
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Haha,Sven on the fourth line. Looks like Burke already knows his max potential.

All kidding aside, are any of the young kids going to be able to score on the oil Defense. if you some how get by them it should be an easy one on Bunz.

more trashes please

Kent needs a new Flames Burke Jersy

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#11 They're $hittie
September 05 2013, 04:46PM
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I believe there are flash player emulators these days for IOS systems. I had one for a Black berry a while ago when they didnt support flash.

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#14 Demetric
September 05 2013, 04:50PM
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http://video.flames.nhl.com/videocenter/console?catid=616&id=443053&lang=en&navid=DL|CGY|home

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#15 exsanguinator
September 05 2013, 05:00PM
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Finally! A hockey game! :D

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#16 FireOnIce
September 05 2013, 05:02PM
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Oh noez, Baertschi lost the ceremonial puck drop! TRADE THE BUM!

Go Flames.

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#17 FireOnIce
September 05 2013, 05:05PM
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PP looks like crap. TRADE MONAHAN!

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#18 FireOnIce
September 05 2013, 05:07PM
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Max Power! 1-0 CGY.

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#19 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 05:08PM
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Kanzig doesn't look like a no talent bum yet. Yay!

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#20 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 05:09PM
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Is it going slow for you guys? Mine is cutting out a bit.

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#22 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 05:10PM
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Nurse looks terrible. Yay!

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#23 FireOnIce
September 05 2013, 05:10PM
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Yeah it's a bit choppy here and there. If there were 1000+ people at the development camp, imagine how many are watching the game right now. Probably just as many.

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#24 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 05:11PM
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Culkin has always reminded me alot of Brodie.

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#25 exsanguinator
September 05 2013, 05:15PM
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I like Kanzig so far. Haven't seen him play until tonight.

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#26 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 05:16PM
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Reino looks, unsurprising, better than the majority of the kids out there.

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#27 FireOnIce
September 05 2013, 05:19PM
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Really haven't seen much of Baertschi or Knight. I wonder if their line isn't playing much because these two are already penciled in for the opening night NHL roster.

Sucks for Coda Gordon if so, he still definitely needs to prove himself.

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#28 bezer
September 05 2013, 05:20PM
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Looking forward to seeing our prospects.. somewhat interested to see one of the Oilers prospects by the name of Jujhar Khaira.

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#29 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 05:23PM
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Really? Sven and Knight spend about 90% of their shifts in the Oilers zone.

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#30 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 05:24PM
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Jeebus. What a bad penalty by Houck. That was a dangerous hit.

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#31 Lober
September 05 2013, 05:28PM
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Wish I could say I have liked Kanzig's play but I can't :( Have liked Granlund so far though :D

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#32 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 05:28PM
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Bahaha. Suck it Nurse!

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#33 exsanguinator
September 05 2013, 05:29PM
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What a shot.

Also, lol at Nurse.

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#34 Kent Wilson
September 05 2013, 05:30PM
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Weak goal on Bunz there.

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#35 Lober
September 05 2013, 05:30PM
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And just like that Granlund PP goal!

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#36 Lober
September 05 2013, 05:33PM
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Annnnnnnnnd Granlund with his 2nd goal

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#37 Kent Wilson
September 05 2013, 05:33PM
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Granlund gets another one after a nice tic-tac-toe.

Oilers kids are completely overmatched.

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#38 Tony
September 05 2013, 05:34PM
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@#$#%^

Oh well. Please let us poor Apple users know if Keegan Kanzig liberates an Oiler from his senses.

You can download the Oilers tablet app and watch the stream there. It works, I'm using it now.

Then of course delete it, and scrub your iPad with holy water to get rid of the stench.

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#39 MangoTanker
September 05 2013, 05:35PM
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Granlund!!!

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#40 RexLibris
September 05 2013, 05:36PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Granlund gets another one after a nice tic-tac-toe.

Oilers kids are completely overmatched.

Looks like an AHL team against a CHL scrimmage squad right now. No cohesiveness amongst the Oiler kids and the Flames all seem to know where the other is going to be.

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#41 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 05:37PM
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Uh. Hello Markus Granlund. When did your skating get so much better??

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#42 jeremywilhelm
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One period, I know, but Monahan doesn't look special to me. Then again, RNH looked like butt his first Prospects tournie as well.

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#43 Jeff In Lethbridge
September 05 2013, 05:39PM
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Knight seems to remind me of Tanguay - looking for the pass when it's time to shoot!

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#44 schevvy
September 05 2013, 05:40PM
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Remember when the Flames kids were always overmatched in these tournies? Nice for it to be quite different now.

Btw, who's coaching the prospect team?

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#45 exsanguinator
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Remember when the Flames kids were always overmatched in these tournies? Nice for it to be quite different now.

Btw, who's coaching the prospect team?

Troy Ward

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#46 RexLibris
September 05 2013, 05:52PM
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Plan the parade now, eh schevvy?

;-)

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#47 Baalzamon
September 05 2013, 05:52PM
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Sigh. With my luck I missed the best part of the game. 3 goals? awesome.

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#48 Jeff In Lethbridge
September 05 2013, 05:54PM
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definitely plan the parade...

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#49 Baalzamon
September 05 2013, 05:55PM
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Liking Elson.

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#50 Lober
September 05 2013, 05:56PM
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Kanzig just got in a fight, yay?

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