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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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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#1 BurningSensation
September 08 2013, 08:47PM
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Granlund is a bit of a revelation. I had hoped he might have a good showing at these games, but I never expected him to be the best player on the team, let alone in the tournament.

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#2 Kent Wilson
September 08 2013, 02:33PM
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Here's hoping Baertschi can put together a good game.

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#3 KetchupKid
September 08 2013, 07:47PM
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Lesson of the day: Don't punch coke machines.

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#4 Kent Wilson
September 08 2013, 08:39PM
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Sven finally coming alive in the third here.

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#5 thymebalm
September 08 2013, 04:15PM
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I really liked the Ortio storyline last game. Not sure what narrative to cheer for tonight.

I guess I'm rooting for Josh Jooris. Everyone likes an underdog.

I was watching the interviews on the Flames site and Ftorek dropped a little gem about Ward helping players with their off ice lives as well as their hockey game. I think that's probably the thing that Ward does best. Teach the guys how to be men and focus on being professionals. I hope he has a strong team this season to work with.

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#6 Baalzamon
September 08 2013, 05:06PM
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thymebalm wrote:

I really liked the Ortio storyline last game. Not sure what narrative to cheer for tonight.

I guess I'm rooting for Josh Jooris. Everyone likes an underdog.

I was watching the interviews on the Flames site and Ftorek dropped a little gem about Ward helping players with their off ice lives as well as their hockey game. I think that's probably the thing that Ward does best. Teach the guys how to be men and focus on being professionals. I hope he has a strong team this season to work with.

He certainly seems to have gotten through to Ferland. What a difference.

I'm eager to see if Ferland, Granlund, and Poirier can continue to impress me (as well as Kanzig, from whom I've yet to see a poor performance).

I'm also eager for Kulak to finally step out of Culkin's shadow, especially considering he never should have been there in the first place.

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#7 Scott
September 08 2013, 05:43PM
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Personally I'm excited to see Roy. He has 2 points in 1 game (i believe he wasn't playing vs the oilers) and his goal the other night was a beauty so im interested to see if he can carry that success into his second game. He certainly has some offensive skill.

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#8 Kent Wilson
September 08 2013, 06:57PM
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Granlund with another goal. Probably the best player in this tourney so far.

Flames haven't gotten anything else going though. Can't seem to sustain any pressure.

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#9 Kent Wilson
September 08 2013, 07:34PM
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Gift of a goal for Knight. About 30 seconds before that he made a an awful turn over in the neutral zone resulting in a Sharks chance.

I expected to see more from Knight in something like this given his age and college experience, but he's been pretty underwhelming

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#10 Baalzamon
September 08 2013, 07:44PM
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So Bigos just got mauled by Kanzig.

Best line of the night: "Big stroking right!" ... Oh, Rob Kerr. That was awkward as all hell.

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#11 BurningSensation
September 08 2013, 08:38PM
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Kanzig seems to have poor balance. He falls a lot.

Makes sense, I suppose, given how high his center of gravity is.

When Chara was younger he had similar issues. He became a freakish work out machine (he went bike riding with Alfredsson who quit after 'only' four hours), and bulked his lower body up to get as powerful a base on the ice as possible.

It's not fair to compare Kanzig to Chara though. Chara had the big shot early on, and was always a better skater.

On the plus side, Kanzig has his own reputation for being a weight room junkie, so he may yet be able to correct the balance issue.

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#12 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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#13 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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#14 Jeff In Lethbridge
September 08 2013, 07:11PM
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kinda reminds me of the flames of the last couple years... come out slow and disorganized, trying to figure out whats going on. ;-)

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#15 Jeff In Lethbridge
September 08 2013, 07:20PM
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The feed is really choppy for me tonight, anyone else?

me too a bit... why don't they televise these games... surely it would work in Canadian markets. they could bump one of the 20 storage wars episodes that seem to run continually on every channel

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#16 If Only HIs Name Was Olli Postandin
September 08 2013, 07:35PM
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That color commentator has a very annoying habit of humming and murmuring while Kerr is talking.

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#17 If Only HIs Name Was Olli Postandin
September 08 2013, 07:44PM
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Kanzig just schooled a guy 6 years older. He`s bloody scary already.

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#18 Stockley
September 08 2013, 07:46PM
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Is Kanzig always that overwhelming in fights? Haven't seen much of him. From what I've seen he looks like an absolute beast.

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#19 If Only HIs Name Was Olli Postandin
September 08 2013, 07:47PM
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Baertchi is pretty damn effective running that powerplay.

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#20 Baalzamon
September 08 2013, 08:28PM
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Holy turbo charge, Batman! Poirier is ridiculously fast.

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#21 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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#22 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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#23 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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#24 McRib
September 09 2013, 08:28PM
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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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#25 Kent Wilson
September 08 2013, 06:35PM
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Roy's definitely interesting. If he figures out his own end, he could end being a major steal.

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#26 Baalzamon
September 08 2013, 06:37PM
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Any Hertl tonight?

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#27 KetchupKid
September 08 2013, 06:38PM
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@thymebalm

Maybe it's the hushed room he's in, but Ftorek seems surprisingly candid in that clip. It has the tone of a Barbara Walters interview in spots.

I'm also surprised how old-school his views on boarding and helmets are...

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#28 Brett Martin
September 08 2013, 06:39PM
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All Flames early on. Knight sure works hard in the Offensive zone.

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#29 Baalzamon
September 08 2013, 06:41PM
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Yet another goal caused directly by Michael Ferland. Not sure if he gets an assist on that one, but he caused the turnover.

Markus Granlund with a nice finish.

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#30 walkinvisible
September 08 2013, 06:47PM
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the public animal flames goal song can be downloaded here. tell me what you think: https://www.dropbox.com/s/1s5taasl8d78n2k/PublicAnimal_CalgaryFlamesSong.mp3

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#31 Baalzamon
September 08 2013, 06:51PM
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Why does "Nashville Predators" always sound like "National Predators" when Rob Kerr says it?

Sharks have really responded well after Granlund's goal. Quaking in my seat a little. 1-1.

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#32 Baalzamon
September 08 2013, 06:56PM
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Roy is an excellent skater.

Not the best performance from Kulak so far. He has probably been Calgary's weakest player.

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#33 Brett Martin
September 08 2013, 06:58PM
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While not yet dominant tonight, Baertschi sure has good hands.

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#34 Baalzamon
September 08 2013, 07:02PM
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I think my favourite thing about Monahan is how he instantly adjusts to changing circumstances. It's a little thing, but it can save a team's bacon.

Sven has been much better this game so far.

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#35 Jeff In Lethbridge
September 08 2013, 07:12PM
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Conroy looks to have matured a bit over the last couple of years...

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#36 Craig
September 08 2013, 07:17PM
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The feed is really choppy for me tonight, anyone else?

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#37 Baalzamon
September 08 2013, 07:19PM
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@Craig

Don't worry. you're not the only one.

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#38 Baalzamon
September 08 2013, 07:24PM
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Yeesh. That was fast. 2-1 Sharks, quick turnover, low shot by Matt Nieto.

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#39 ChinookArch
September 08 2013, 07:26PM
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Crap! Internally just tuned in and SJ scored.

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#40 Baalzamon
September 08 2013, 07:31PM
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Corban Knight banks one in off the goalie.

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#41 schevvy
September 08 2013, 07:32PM
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Kerr...wow

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#42 Baalzamon
September 08 2013, 07:35PM
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I really don't like Taranto. He seems incapable of doing much of anything.

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#43 ChinookArch
September 08 2013, 07:37PM
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@schevvy

Are you familiar with any of the guys from the WHL?

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#44 If Only HIs Name Was Olli Postandin
September 08 2013, 07:37PM
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And Kerr is f`ing annoying. Just hit the mute button.

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#45 ChinookArch
September 08 2013, 07:44PM
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Now my feed freezes!

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#46 Baalzamon
September 08 2013, 07:46PM
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Am I the only one who's been really surprised about Granlund's willingness to engage physically?

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#47 If Only HIs Name Was Olli Postandin
September 08 2013, 07:50PM
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Baalzamon wrote:

Am I the only one who's been really surprised about Granlund's willingness to engage physically?

I, for one, am not. Have followed him closely for almost 3 years, and he has always been gritty. Much more so than his brother. Back in Finland, he was always involved in srums and didn`t shy away from the rough stuff. Of course, the Finnish elite league and the NHL are very different beasts. Let`s see how he does relative to his brother.

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#48 If Only HIs Name Was Olli Postandin
September 08 2013, 07:51PM
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The Monahan-Poirier line have not played much at all.

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#49 Baalzamon
September 08 2013, 07:54PM
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That was ugly.

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#50 Kent Wilson
September 08 2013, 07:57PM
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Only 11 shots on goal through 2 periods for Calgary. Offensive pressure has been hard to come by.

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