Ladies and gentlemen, the Calgary Flames announced some roster moves this morning, including a recall that paves the way for the NHL debut of a recent first round draft selection.
The club recalled Emile Poirier and Michael Ferland from the American Hockey League’s Adirondack Flames. Paul Byron has been placed on the injured reserve and Matt Stajan has been placed on non-roster parental leave to make room.
Poirier, 20, is in his first pro season after spending his junior career with the QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques. He was Calgary’s second first-round selection in the 2013 draft – taken after Sean Monahan but before Morgan Klimchuk – and was chosen with the pick the Flames acquired in the Jay Bouwmeester trade. He’s been impressive in the AHL this season, racking up 30 points in 42 games as a rookie, despite missing a chunk of the early part of the season waiting for clearance after off-season shoulder surgery.
Ferland, 22, has been recalled once before this season. The 2010 pick is in his first full season as a pro after spending his first entry-level year bouncing around four teams and three leagues (and dealing with legal issues) and his second entry-level year dealing with a knee injury. He had an assist in 10 games with Calgary, but was quite effective. He’s got 15 points in 32 games on the farm this season, as well.
Byron’s injury occurred just shy of a week ago, Stajan’s on temporary leave due to the impending birth of his child, and neither Poirier or Ferland requires waivers to go back down, so don’t expect this recall situation to last too long.
But at least we get a chance to see Poirier play in the NHL.