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 third full 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, the Wrestling Observer and Tough Talk MMA.
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#51 Jeff In Lethbridge
September 08 2013, 08:00PM
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sharks weren't so good, but boy did we look bad...

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#52 Skuehler
September 08 2013, 08:06PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

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

Seems to have a tendency of cuddling oppposing players rather than finishing his checks.

Totally different game tonight. Sharks are forechecking and clogging lanes. Flames haven't been able to play their game. Brossoit is not lookin solid even though two of the goals were re-directs. Witherspoon is playing a pretty solid and stable game. Vey calm and strong. Keegan is mean.

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#53 Baalzamon
September 08 2013, 08:16PM
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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.

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#54 Baalzamon
September 08 2013, 08:20PM
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This is how the Flames looked before Granlund scored. Much improved.

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#55 Baalzamon
September 08 2013, 08:44PM
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Well, they didn't win, but I'm happy with the way they responded in the third. Particularly Sven.

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#56 Jeff In Lethbridge
September 08 2013, 08:45PM
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maybe its just my imagination, but it seems there were times when Sven was standing apart from his team, and then also the first one to leave the ice leaving the rest of the team out there... was I seeing things?

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#57 piscera.infada
September 09 2013, 10:38AM
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@BurningSensation

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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#58 everton fc
September 09 2013, 04:55PM
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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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