It’s been an extremely eventful week for a lot of Calgary Flames. All three goalies saw playing time, to varying degrees of success (spoiler alert: the young one is the only one proving any real worth at the moment), while a handful of players bounced around due to injury and recall status.
Michael Frolik, Johnny Gaudreau, Josh Jooris, and Jyrki Jokipakka all spent a bit of time on the shelf this past week, paving the way for, deep breath: Garnet Hathaway, Freddie Hamilton, Derek Grant, Emile Poirier, Hunter Shinkaruk, and Brett Kulak.
Hathaway and Hamilton had some good showings of being a pest and combining on a brotherly goal, respectively, before being returned to the AHL to give a couple of other kids a chance. Grant’s time back in the NHL was a long time coming, while Shinkaruk scored his first couple of NHL points. Poirier’s recall was a little eyebrow-raising, considering his season in the minors this year, but he looked just fine out there as well. And for once, Tyler Wotherspoon was not brought back up – and Kulak made his first return to the NHL since October.
But then players got healthy again, and it’s already resulted in Kulak’s return to the AHL. Grant, Shinkaruk, and Poirier remain up, however: though there’s no telling if both Shinkaruk and Poirier will be playing together in the remaining games.
There’s just over a week to go. Let’s grade ’em.