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 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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#102 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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#103 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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#104 exsanguinator
September 05 2013, 05:41PM
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schevvy wrote:

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

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#106 Baalzamon
September 05 2013, 06:01PM
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Wotherspoon is such a great passer.

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#107 Baalzamon
September 05 2013, 06:13PM
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@FireOnIce

Jujhar Khaira. Tip in from Martin Gernat.

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

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#109 FireOnIce
September 05 2013, 06:20PM
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Wow, Flames. Culkin scores on his own team.

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

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#111 RexLibris
September 05 2013, 06:23PM
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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

But Burke doesn't believe in fancy stats, so where does that leave the gritchart?

So confused...

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

Did you try the free Penguin Browser?

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#113 RexLibris
September 05 2013, 06:32PM
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BurningSensation wrote:

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.

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

;-)

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

Did you try the free Penguin Browser?

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#115 Baalzamon
September 05 2013, 06:54PM
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So apparently Marc-Olivier Roy decided his name was "Marco".

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#116 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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#117 Baalzamon
September 05 2013, 07:09PM
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@BurningSensation

Marincin has always reminded me of Babchuk. I remember a young stars game from a few years ago where I didn't notice him at all until the third period when he made a series of tremendously terrible decisions with the puck (and blasted a few howitzers eight feet wide of the net). Then he was named second star. I was baffled until I looked at the game sheet and saw that he had somehow managed to score three points.

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#118 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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#119 backburner
September 06 2013, 10:29AM
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Anyone else think that Ferland looked good?

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#120 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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#121 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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#122 Baalzamon
September 06 2013, 11:39AM
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@everton fc

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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#123 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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#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
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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#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
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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