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 fourth 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 and the Wrestling Observer.
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#101 Lober
September 05 2013, 05:56PM
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Kanzig just got in a fight, yay?

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#102 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 06:04PM
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Ramage looks better than I thought he would.

I'm sad we are almost halfway done the game.

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#103 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 06:07PM
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Weak.

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#104 FireOnIce
September 05 2013, 06:11PM
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Who scored for EDM?

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#105 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 06:13PM
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Gernat

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#106 RexLibris
September 05 2013, 06:21PM
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That's going to hurt.

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#107 BurningSensation
September 05 2013, 06:26PM
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So the answer to the question 'how do I stream the game live on my iPad' is;

$4.99 for the 'Photon' browser app.

So far so good, I got to see the Flames score on themselves! Whoo-hoo! Ugh.

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#108 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 06:28PM
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@BurningSensation

Did you try the free Penguin Browser?

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#109 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 06:37PM
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@BurningSensation

Did you try the free Penguin Browser?

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#110 exsanguinator
September 05 2013, 06:47PM
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Baalzamon wrote:

Indeed. Saw #73 on the replay for Granlund's second goal and thought "Is that Kanzig?" Showed some decent puck skills on that one.

You can see why the Flames took a chance on him. Needs better skating but he mans the point well and has a fairly quick shot.

I'm still trying to figure out how he only got 7 assists for his team last year.

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#111 Baalzamon
September 05 2013, 06:52PM
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jeremywilhelm wrote:

Ramage is making me a fan.

I had the same reaction watching that first dev camp scrimage. Of course, I always liked Ramage, but he showed some real jump. He's showing the same today. Fitting, for the oldest defenseman out there (I think).

It's weird, though, because he always looks so tiny.

Oo, Poirier scored. Back to the game!

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#112 BurningSensation
September 05 2013, 06:53PM
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jeremywilhelm wrote:

Did you try the free Penguin Browser?

After reading about a dozen reviews of different products I called my buddy who works in IT and he straight up told me to not screw around and just spend the $5 on Photon.

So I did.

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#113 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 06:53PM
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Weeeeeeeee!

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#114 FireOnIce
September 05 2013, 07:01PM
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Holy crap, 5-2. Poirier scored, who was the 5th?

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#115 BurningSensation
September 05 2013, 07:04PM
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RexLibris wrote:

Paying $5 rather than downloading Oilers' software. Stick to your principles.

;-)

It was also a matter of utility, the only frustrating thing about the iPad is that you can't play Flash. The Oilers app would solve that issue for this game, but not for anything else moving forward.

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#116 Clyde
September 05 2013, 07:13PM
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Should poirier start wearing 23. Reminds me of gelinas

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#117 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 07:14PM
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Jeebus. How do you call that as interference?

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#118 BurningSensation
September 05 2013, 07:48PM
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RexLibris wrote:

Yeah, Apple's proprietary protections have cause a lot of headaches, flash included.

Frustrating.

I was an IBM man for two decades and finally switched to Apple last year. The difference was almost life altering. No more virus updates, or time consuming software updates, or constant rebooting, or blue-screen-of-death.

I can easily live with the Flash/software issues Apple has.

To quote the alternate universe Ryker; "I'm not going back!"

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#119 FireOnIce
September 05 2013, 08:11PM
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@beloch

Also, Sven will (hopefully) have better teammates this season. He might play with Corban Knight, who wasn't too shabby tonight (def. pass first mentality), but his other linemate won't be Coda Gordon. And his D-men will be players like TJ Brodie and Mark Giordano.

Don't get hurt in this tournament, and then he can shine once he's in the big show.

I'm pretty sure Sven's point streak continues from last season as well.

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

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#121 everton fc
September 06 2013, 10:52AM
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backburner wrote:

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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#122 Primo
September 06 2013, 11:34AM
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everton fc wrote:

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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#123 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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#124 insvenwetrust
September 06 2013, 01:24PM
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@backburner

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

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#125 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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#126 insvenwetrust
September 06 2013, 01:35PM
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@backburner

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

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#127 insvenwetrust
September 06 2013, 04:26PM
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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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