The Flames are traveling today, as they whisk their way to Montreal to prepare for their game tomorrow against the Canadiens.
In the meantime, decompress, have a cup of coffee and enjoy this super-brief look at how the Flames prospects are doing this weekend.
THE AHL: 2013 1st round pick (the second of three Flames firsts that year) Emile Poirier has been medically cleared and has officially joined the Adirondack Flames. The Baby Flames have been short-handed with just 11 healthy forwards – between injuries, recalls and the craziness of Trevor Gillies – and Option B would’ve been using seven defensemen. The Baby Flames play the Utica Comets tonight in Glens Falls, then hit the road for a five-game road trip. They are 3-5-1 through their first nine games.
THE WHL: Eric Roy had an assist in Brandon’s 5-4 overtime win over Lethbridge, the Washington Generals of the WHL. Roy’s an overager and you’d expect an offensively-tilted 20-year-old to be gangbusters on a stacked team like the Wheat Kings, but for whatever reason Roy has yet to dominate really. Brandon plays in Medicine Hat tonight… 2013 1st round pick (the third of three Flames firsts that year) Morgan Klimchuk had two assists in Regina’s 5-2 win over Saskatoon. Klimchuk had a wrist injury and missed a few games earlier this season, but he’s amassed 8 points in his 7 games since returning, and most likely he’s just getting his sea legs under him game-wise. He’s a 1995 birthday, so he has the ability to return to the WHL next year, though he most likely won’t (as his NHL deal would begin to run next year). Regina hosts Swift Current tonight… The Victoria Royals were off yesterday, but host the Tri-City Americans tonight.
THE QMJHL: Mason McDonald got yanked last night in Charlottetown’s game with the Moncton Wildcats. He gave up three goals in rapid succession early in the second (including a short-handed goal against), blowing an early 2-0 lead. Moncton won the game 7-4. The Islanders are off today and play again at home against Halifax on Sunday afternoon.
THE OHL: Hunter Smith and the Oshawa Generals were off yesterday. They visit the Belleville Bulls tonight.
THE NCAA: Michigan State lost to Ferris State 1-0. Matt Deblouw had a shot but no points (because his team got shut out). The Spartans rematch Ferris State tonight… Colgate continued their strong start to the year, beating Mercyhurst 3-0. Harrison had no points. They rematch tonight… Boston University beat Providence College 4-1 in a clash of Flames prospects. 2012 1st round pick Mark Jankowski returned to the PC line-up and was minus-3. Jon Gillies faced 41 shots and made 37 saves (but lost), while John Gilmour was minus-2. BU’s Brandon Hickey was even.
EUROPE: Djurgardens IF beat Brynas 7-4 on Thursday night. Adam Ollas Mattsson was even with 3 shots on goal, and he’s barely 18… HK Ryazan lost to Yuzhny Ural Orsk 2-1. Individual stats are not available, but I can’t imagine Rushan Rafikov did much. Ryazan is back in action tonight.