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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#51 Jeff In Lethbridge
September 05 2013, 05:54PM
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@RexLibris

definitely plan the parade...

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

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#53 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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#54 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 06:07PM
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Weak.

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

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#56 FireOnIce
September 05 2013, 06:22PM
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As a side note, I'm pretty sure Burke already has a contract drawn up for Keenan Kanzig after that fight earlier. 3 years, max ELC. TRUCULENCE!

#gritchart

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#57 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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#58 exsanguinator
September 05 2013, 06:42PM
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That was a beauty.

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#59 Clyde
September 05 2013, 06:43PM
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FireOnIce wrote:

As a side note, I'm pretty sure Burke already has a contract drawn up for Keenan Kanzig after that fight earlier. 3 years, max ELC. TRUCULENCE!

#gritchart

Kid has an assist and is playing pretty darn well for an 18 year old third rounder.

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#60 Baalzamon
September 05 2013, 06:45PM
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Clyde wrote:

Kid has an assist and is playing pretty darn well for an 18 year old third rounder.

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

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#61 exsanguinator
September 05 2013, 06:47PM
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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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#62 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 06:49PM
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Ramage is making me a fan.

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#63 Baalzamon
September 05 2013, 06:52PM
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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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#64 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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#65 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 06:55PM
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Ramage's agility is very nice. I'm impressed with his play in the offensive zone. A bit eye opening.

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

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#67 Baalzamon
September 05 2013, 07:04PM
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@FireOnIce

Poirier was 5th, Monahan was the 4th goal.

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

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#69 Baalzamon
September 05 2013, 07:14PM
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@Clyde

Reserved for Monahan. And I think Max Reinhart is second in line.

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#70 RexLibris
September 05 2013, 07:18PM
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@BurningSensation

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

Frustrating.

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#71 beloch
September 05 2013, 07:55PM
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@Craig

Sven had a couple of decent chances, but he didn't exactly dazzle. Still, he doesn't really have anything to prove by beating up on the other prospects. Besides, even good NHL'ers don't show up to every game. Sven would have to sleep with Burke's daughter to not make the team this year, and it's what he can do with a full season of ice-time that will be interesting to see.

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#72 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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#73 jeremywilhelm
September 06 2013, 12:22AM
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@Primo

Poirier was in invisible? Lulz.

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#74 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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#75 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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#76 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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#77 jeremywilhelm
September 06 2013, 01:53AM
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Bo Horvat looked really really good in the Canucks game.

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#78 insvenwetrust
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@backburner

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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#79 Parallex
September 05 2013, 03:53PM
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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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#80 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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#81 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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#82 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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#84 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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#85 exsanguinator
September 05 2013, 05:00PM
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Finally! A hockey game! :D

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#86 FireOnIce
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Max Power! 1-0 CGY.

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#87 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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#88 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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#90 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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#91 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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#92 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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#93 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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#94 jeremywilhelm
September 05 2013, 05:23PM
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@FireOnIce

Really? Sven and Knight spend about 90% of their shifts in the Oilers zone.

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#95 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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#96 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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#97 Kent Wilson
September 05 2013, 05:30PM
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Weak goal on Bunz there.

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#98 Lober
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And just like that Granlund PP goal!

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

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

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