How did all the call-ups do against Arizona?

(Joe Camporeale / USA Today Sports)

The Calgary Flames had four new faces in their lineup last night when they visited the Arizona Coyotes. Granted, two of the four “new” players were both up with the Flames earlier this season, but all four guys were summoned from the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat and pressed into service at relatively short notice.

How’d the quartet of newcomers do?


In his first NHL game since the last game of last season, Poirier played 14:03 (13:07 at even-strength and 0:56 on the power play) and had two shots, three hits and a minor penalty that resulted in a waved-off Arizona goal.

He played primarily with Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik, and played pretty well.

Teammate Time
on Ice
Everybody 14:03 16 7
Mikael Backlund 12:33 13 6
Michael Frolik 10:27 11 7
Sam Bennett 1:54 2 1
Micheal Ferland 1:22 3 0
Hunter Shinkaruk 1:01 1 0
Sean Monahan 0:32 2 0
Lance Bouma 0:10 0 0
Matt Stajan 0:07 0 0


This was Shinkaruk’s first NHL game since November and his first with the Flames. He played 14:56 (13:11 at even-strength and 1:45 on the power play), with two shots and an assist. (I’m 80% sure that Brodie’s goal will be given to Shinkaruk overnight, though.)

He played primarily on the top line with Sean Monahan and Derek Grant. His underlyings weren’t amazing, but his line did face a bit of Oliver Ekman-Larsson at even-strength.

Teammate Time
on Ice
Everybody 14:56 11 12
Sean Monahan 12:59 10 12
Derek Grant 11:21 7 11
Joe Colborne 1:51 3 0
Mikael Backlund 1:11 1 0
Emile Poirier 1:01 1 0
Matt Stajan 0:35 0 0
Brandon Bollig 0:24 0 0
Lance Bouma 0:19 0 1
Sam Bennett 0:11 0 0


Last night’s game was the 10th of the season for Grant – he’s waiver-eligible now – and the 34th of his NHL career. He played 16:45 (13:03 at even-strength, 0:47 on the power play and 2:28 on the penalty kill), with one face-off win in two draws, two shots and an assist (and a plus-1 rating).

He played primarily with Sean Monahan and Hunter Shinkaruk. His numbers are skewed a bit by his penalty-killing duties, as at even-strength he did pretty well considering the match-ups his line saw.

Teammate Time
on Ice
Everybody 16:45 12 20
Sean Monahan 12:50 10 16
Hunter Shinkaruk 11:21 7 11
Lance Bouma 1:41 1 2
Sam Bennett 1:38 1 2
Mikael Backlund 1:17 1 0
Micheal Ferland 1:06 0 2
Matt Stajan 0:38 1 0
Michael Frolik 0:24 1 0
Joe Colborne 0:07 1 1


Last night was Kulak’s first game up since October and his eighth overall NHL game. He played the least of the call-ups with 14:55 (all at even-strength) and had two shots.

And compared to his fellow Stockton recalls, he was really kept with a narrow cross-section of defenders and since he didn’t play with the top two pairings, he got relatively easy opposition.

Teammate Time
on Ice
Everybody 14:55 15 8
Jakub Nakladal 13:20 12 8
Deryk Engelland 1:35 3 0
      • wot96

        Hey wait a minute…isn’t Grant supposed to be Backlund’s replacement soon?

        I kid…obviously.

        What you are saying, I think, is that Shinkaruk “looked” more effective because he wasn’t a passenger on the line and was making things happen in the offensive end (usually in the offensive end). Poirier appeared to be more effective statistically but, by eye, wasn’t personally making as much happen.

        • everton fc

          I can see Grant replacing Stajan. He certainly won’t be heading back to Stockton, if he can be poached from the waiver-wire.

          Shinkaruk for Granlund could look very, very good in the next little while. I think the kid’s a winner.

        • Derzie

          OR that the competition the Monahan line faced was far superior. If you trust stats over actually watching the game you’re missing a lot. They both have value but your eyes should trump a click-counter.

    • cberg

      I would probably agree that Shinkaruk played better, but it wasn’t by much. Both guys had their opportunities but HS seemed more effective around the net which probably was the difference between the two, as I noticed him there, but then again EP had a couple great D plays that I didn’t notice with HS. I wouldn’t complain about either of them on the night.

      Hopefully a bunch of guys “stay” injured for a few days so we get to see them in some more games.

      • FlamesFan1489

        Emile was also so close to scoring his first NHL goal if it wasn’t for a hell of a play by Ekman-Larsson so I tend to agree with you, they both looked pretty good.

  • KiLLKiND

    One very important thing regarding Grant is he was absolutely buried defensively he only had 14.29% OZ starts. Considering he was the top scorer for the Heat I was hoping to see him given some offensive opportunities, but given that we had 4 call ups last night I’m in no position to complain. Defensively I didn’t really notice him too much, which I think is a good sign.

    This was a great outing for the team and if the call-ups can continue to impress BT will have to make it his priority to dump bad contracts!

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    I have always heard that Poirier is very fast yet except for a couple of races to lose picks you really don’ notice his speed. On the other hand HS has explosive quickness which was evident. Based on the eye test, HS was noticeable every shift whether it was his skating (Brodie/Modano) style, his hit on Domi, or his quick release.

    I also like Grant, he had 2 of the best chances last night but could not burry either. I was also impressed with Bennett, Ferland, and Monny. It makes me think that the team relies too much on Johnny when he is in the line up…and waits for him to be the game changer.

  • In response to your question, I believe that every young player did exceptionally well. Despite giving up two power play goals the end result had been exhilarating. The players instigation, inspirational, motivational qualities were well recognized. Couldn’t have asked for any better.

  • FireScorpion

    Am now optimistic for the new season. Ortio for more workload, and believe Treliving will get creative with cutting some costs to some of our worse Contracts