Prospect Post-Game: Comeback Kids

Well, that was fun!

In the first official Calgary Flames in-game action since mid-April, the Calgary Flames’ prospects gathered in Penticton, BC for the annual Young Stars Classic Tournament. They began their 2014-15 hockey season with a 6-4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets’ prospects.

THE RUNDOWN

Joni Ortio began the game holding off the Jets. The first period contained a series of Flames penalties, allowing Ortio to continually bar the proverbial door to keep the Jets at bay – including strong play on a 5-on-3. Alas, the Jets’ Austen Brassard broke the deadlock on a goal-mouth scramble to give Winnipeg a 1-0 lead heading into the intermission. Shots were 10-5 Winnipeg.

The Flames tied it up early in the second a goal-mouth scramble; Michael Ferland got credit for the goal but Josh Jooris was also in the mix and helped out. However, the Jets soon responded, taking a 2-1 lead off a nice offensive zone effort from Nikolaj Ehlers. They went up 3-1 on a goal by the Jets’ Jimmy Lodge. Calgary crept closer after John Ramage slapped the 3-2 goal home, but almost immediately afterwards Ben Walker scored to make it 4-2. Not deterred, Johnny Gaudreau scored a gorgeous goal off a scramble just inside the blueline. Late in the period, Markus Granlund tied it up at 4-4. Shots were 13-11 Calgary in the second.

The Flames pulled away in the third period. Michael Ferland scored his second of the game six minutes in, and then Josh Jooris capped the game off with an empty-netter. The Flames led the period in shots 12-5 and for the game overall by a 34-26 margin.

WHY THE FLAMES WON

They weathered the storm. Well, two of them. First, they didn’t panic when they took three straight minors in the first period and gave the Jets tons of good chances to take hold of the game. Second, they didn’t panic when the Jets scored three goals in a three minute span in the second period, instead rolling with the punches and scoring a couple of their own to stay close.

RED WARRIOR

A lot of strong contenders, including Johnny Hockey, but I’ll be a contrarian and go with Markus Granlund. #60 scored a goal, was always dangerous, and led the entire game with 7 credited shots on goal (and many other chances). Not bad for a guy whose season ended early with an injury.

SUM IT UP

Calgary won a hockey game! They’ll try to win another tomorrow night when they take on their most bitter, hated rivals, the dastardly Edmonton Oilers. If you can’t tell, they probably don’t like the Oilers very much. Expect fisticuffs and physicality.

The Battle of Alberta is rekindled at 8:30pm MT on Sportsnet 960 The Fan and via webcast on the Calgary Flames website.

    • Jeff Lebowski

      Not sure. But to be fair, in my view, Nurse looks good.

      He skates well, carries the puck with his head up. He reminds me of Bouwmeester with an edge.

      Jay gets cut for being soft. He isn’t soft, he takes guys hard into the boards. Jay is just mouse quiet.

      Nurse and Bouwmeester aren’t offensive juggernauts but they are effective while being big, rangy and able to cover a lot of ice. All over the rink.

      Nurse looked good. Not saying he’s ready but he has a great set of tools.

    • T&A4Flames

      Ferland and has beaten up the best the AHL has to offer, while Nurse has be pummeling 16 year olds. No contest. I personally want to see Kanzig vs. Nurse.

  • Good game! So happy hockey is back.

    Criticizing SB after 1 game in a meaningless prospect game is just plain dumb. Don’t expect much else from WW…

    90% of the players on either team won’t even get a sniff at the NHL. That’s how far these guys are from the show. So it’s pretty dumb to start drawing lines to the future based on this stuff.

    That JG goal was great, but wow, people need to temper their hopes (for now). Giroux in Kane’s body? Why stop there? How about Gretzky in Lemieux’s body. Or Michael Jordan in Lebron’s body. Yikes, simmer down fella’s. (Kane is 5’11 anyways, so ya, in terms of frame alone that is like the difference between Backs & Colborne. Nice dream, but he would need to pack on some serious weight to be a very small version of Kane.)

    I’d suggest that until JG gets results in the NHL, against real NHL players (not prospect games, or World Championships or AHL or whatever) it means exactly nothing. The ONLY knock any logical person on the planet has against JG is size. And the only way to prove it’s not going to be a career killer is to prove it, in the NHL against the biggest and best on the planet. Do it against Chara, not against some 18 year old CHL hack in Penticton and then we are talking…

    Godspeed JG. Let’s see some results in the show and put all the critics to rest.

  • Jeff Lebowski

    People are roasting Seiloff. I saw a few times where he made aggressive pinches that kept the puck in when it looked like it was going out and numbers against.

    He has instincts and he plays them aggressively. There are pros and cons to this and that is his make or break issue, imo. An entire year off, a plan to break in easily, thrown out the door to Roy injury…and people roast him?!? Insanely harsh.

    CGY needs, NEEDS, a RH Brodie.

    I think Ramage can be a player – hes got to cut out the whopper mistakes (cross ice passes in his own end that get easily picked off) just focus on the smart, hard, HARD, accurate pass.

    Look at the recent signings/invites, it’s pretty obvious.

    BT knows.