FGD: Swimming with the Sharks (Prospects)

Ryan Pike
September 08 2013 02:19PM

 

 

The Calgary Flames have had a nice trip to Penticton, having won both of their games. Now they have the chance to run the table when they face the winless San Jose Sharks. Game-time is 6:30pm MT and you can experience all the action via streaming video on the Flames site or on Sportsnet 960 The Fan.
 
The Sharks lost to the Canucks 3-2 on Thursday and the Jets 5-3 on Friday, while the Flames beat the Oilers 5-2 on Thursday and the Canucks 4-1 on Friday. Can the Flames keep their foot on the proverbial gas on Sunday evening?

THE LINE-UP

Through two games, seven Flames have two or more points: Markus Granlund, John Ramage, Sean Monahan, Max Reinhart, Eric Roy, Michael Ferland and Josh Jooris. That's a sign that a few things are clicking right now. Via Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald and Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960, lines for tonight:

Sven Baertschi – Josh Jooris – Coda Gordon
Michael Ferland – Markus Granlund – Dylan Smoskowitz
Turner Elson – Corban Knight – Ben Hanowski
Andy Taranto – Sean Monahan – Emile Poirier
 
Patrick Sieloff – John Ramage
Keegan Kanzig – Brett Kulak
Tyler Wotherspoon – Eric Roy

Brossoit starts. Taking the night off are Zach Davies, Ryan Culkin, Max Reinhart and Linden Penner. Part of me wonders how a Ferland/Granlund/Baertschi line would fare in pre-season. The rest of me really likes those defensive pairings.

THE OPPOSITION

Only two Sharks have more than one point – D-man Konrad Abelthouser and forward Rylan Schwartz. Goalie Troy Grosenick has played four periods and has both losses, while J.P. Andersson may see the brunt of the workload against the Flames.
 
After two losses in two days, the Sharks had the day off yesterday and are probably – hopefully for them – focused on walking away from this tournament with a win to show for their efforts. As it stands, the Sharks and the Oilers have zero wins thus far, and the Sharks will not want to be known as the worst team to show up.
 
That said, the Flames have momentum on their side and they're dressing a fairly strong line-up.

SUM IT UP

Calgary has traditionally shown up at the YoungStars tournament and done fairly poorly. Not so this year. They're poised to go undefeated and are facing a desperate, winless Sharks team that will be hard-pressed to come out of this weekend with a win.
 
With a bunch of young players looking to continue to make a statement – that they should be on the NHL roster come October 1 – expect another strong showing from the Flames. However, don't expect the Sharks prospects to roll over without a fight.

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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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#51 Skuehler
September 08 2013, 08:49PM
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Interesting that Jooris was out there creating chances At the end of the third. Says a lot about his surprising play through the series

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#52 Baalzamon
September 08 2013, 09:00PM
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@BurningSensation

No doubt. He was fantastic. I hope he carries this play going forward, because he could really be something. This is the offensive drive we've been waiting to see from Roman Horak for a few years now.

Just think: the Heat might actually score some goals this season. That's almost unheard of.

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#53 Clyde
September 08 2013, 10:28PM
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I think Kanzig will have plenty of opportunity to develop this year. Can't see too many guys wanting to engage him

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#54 BurningSensation
September 09 2013, 10:26AM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Roy's definitely interesting. If he figures out his own end, he could end being a major steal.

I was just looking over the THN Draft Preview and Eric Roy was rated in the low 50s (54?). 'Some scouts question his hockey sense' was the major red flag, along with his -3 hundred thousand plus minus stat.

So the question then is; what do we think of his hockey sense in this tournament?

I watched the three games, and decision making didn't seem to be an issue to me, and his assets (speed, PP), stood out.

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#55 piscera.infada
September 09 2013, 10:38AM
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I find it interesting you note his speed. I'm not too sure about the player, as I haven't seen much of his work outside of this tournament. The one thing that stood out to me (especially in last night's game) outside of his gifted offensive ability, was the fact that he was slow to recover when caught out of position.

I know he's a fairly talented skater - as is evidenced by his ability to rush up ice and pinch in the offensive zone - so I wonder if it's an effort thing with him.

One play really stood out to me last night when there was an intercepted pass as the D pair was trying to change, it led to a 3 on 1, and Roy ended up just casually coasting in to the zone behind the play, even though he could have at least caught the trailer. It was a little disconcerting for me. However, I'm not sure if this is something he's known for. Anyone?

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#56 Baalzamon
September 09 2013, 11:16AM
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It struck me suddenly late yesterday how Markus Granlund looks more like Bastian Collberg every time I see him. In the WJC (and into dev camp) it was the shot and quick release; in Young Stars it was the skating and the willingness to engage, especially around the net. He's definitely a natural goal scorer.

I know, I can't stop raving about the guy.

@piscera.infada

Roy is widely known for being less-than-impressive defensively. That was the big knock on him all along; his own-zone play. Honestly, he was better in his own end than I was expecting in this tournament, though as you say, there were a few plays where he really didn't seem to be on top of things. For me, the worst moments were when he was under pressure. He has a habit of running around a little (though Kulak was actually worse for that last night).

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#57 everton fc
September 09 2013, 04:55PM
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BurningSensation wrote:

I was just looking over the THN Draft Preview and Eric Roy was rated in the low 50s (54?). 'Some scouts question his hockey sense' was the major red flag, along with his -3 hundred thousand plus minus stat.

So the question then is; what do we think of his hockey sense in this tournament?

I watched the three games, and decision making didn't seem to be an issue to me, and his assets (speed, PP), stood out.

I've been paying attention to Roy (and Ferland) the past few seasons. Roy will figure it out, me thinks. He's got a good head on his shoulders. Decent kid, whose going to be easy to coach. Again, my opinion. If (when?) he adds 10 lbs of muscle, he'll be interesting. I'd like to see him w/Kanzig, but not sure they're compatibale. Remember, he's only 18-19 years old. I think he'll figure it out, and actually skates a lot better than a bigger kid should. He's actually known for having a good work ethic.

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#58 McRib
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Michael Ferland with two more goals tonight against U of C!! How good has this guy been!!!!! He is a different player after loosing that weight he just gets in on the forecheck much quicker. Always had great hands, size but everything else has come together because of increased speed. He easily could stick with the big club this year if he keeps it up.

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