FGD: In (Prospect) Enemy Territory

 

 

Last night, the Calgary Flames got the YoungStars event off to a wonderful start. How? Well, they beat the Oilers by a 5-2 score and largely out-played their neighbours to the north. The challenge for the boys in red will be to continue that momentum one day later, as they face the Vancouver Canucks prospects at 8:30pm MT. While you can experience the action via a stream from the Flames website (or on Sportsnet 960 The Fan), bear in mind that the BC crowd will probably be cheering on the Canucks.

In other words, the boys are in enemy territory and will have to fight their way out.

THE LINE-UP

Courtesy Sportsnet 960 The Fan’s Pat Steinberg, the lines for this evening:
 

  • Max Reinhart – Josh Jooris – Linden Penner
  • Michael Ferland – Sean Monahan – Dylan Smoskowitz
  • Ben Hanowski – Markus Granlund – Emile Poirier
  • Turner Elson – Corban Knight – Sven Baertschi
  • Keegan Kanzig – Ryan Culkin
  • Zach Davies – Tyler Wotherspoon
  • Eric Roy – John Ramage

 
Joni Ortio gets the start. Sitting tonight are Kulak, Sieloff, Taranto and Gordon. Keep your eyes peeled for the Hanowski/Granlund/Poirier line, as they all had pretty strong showings against the Oilers. The Elson/Knight/Sven pairing also looks to be quite interesting.

Eric Roy gets his first taste of action tonight. The 5th rounder is a high octane offensive defender, so it will be interesting to see how he fares tonight.

Disappointing –  try-out Smoskowitz isn’t playing on the same line as Hanowski.

THE OPPOSITION

The Canucks are coming off a 4-3 win against the Sharks in the late game yesterday but, surprisingly, aren’t making huge changes to their line-up. While no lines are available seemingly anywhere, we’re told (via the Canucks site) that Joacim Eriksson will probably start again after putting up a great showing last night.
 
Keep an eye out for the line of Bo Horvat, Hunter Shinkaruk and Zach Hall up front, while blueliners Frankie Corrado, Evan McEneny, Miles Liberati and forward Alex Friesen will suit up for the first time in the tournament. Notably not playing is Brendan Gaunce, although he’s merely a healthy scratch so fresh bodies can cycle in.

SUM IT UP

Both the Flames and Canucks are coming off morale-boosting victories last night. Now, one of them will have to taste the not-so-refreshing spice of defeat. Calgary’s gambling on Joni Ortio having a strong re-introduction to North America, while the Canucks are gambling that their young group of blueliners can hold back Calgary’s offensive onslaught.
 
Needless to say, the Canucks probably have a better blueline here than Edmonton did last night. The big question is “how much better?” Oh, and the whole Ortio thing. He wasn’t good when he was with the Heat, but he’s had a lot of success in Europe.

  • BurningSensation

    For me the three biggest pleasures have been;

    – Keegan Kanzig

    His tool kit borders on freakish. Monstrous size, power, and unexpectedly decent skating and skill. He is obviously more than just a bombthrower, and I wonder if he wouldn’t be a much, much higher draft pick (late 1st rnd?) if the 2013 draft were redone today.

    – Markus Granlund

    As a prospect he’s always been something of an afterthought. Considered a perimeter player he was always mentioned after the Johnny G’s, Monahan’s etc. He may have pushed his way into the conversation.

    – Emile Poirier

    Anyone who prefers Shinkaruk should have to watch last nights game on infinite repeat. Poirier isn’t a pretty skater, but damn, the kid can absolutely fly.

  • Skuehler

    No one in this org can afford to take or be given a night off. Sorry. If Sven is saving himself he’s missing an opportunity and that scares me cause who wants guys that think they can turn it off and on at will? That Flames jersey comes with responsibility. Step up or step aside.

    Totally agree that the future looks bright – this years draft lot looks great so far. Lots of the peices aren’t here, so that’s exciting too. Anyone who was wishing for a youth movement should be thrilled. This talent level is great to have from the bottom.