Who gets called up if Micheal Ferland misses some games?

Calgary Flames left wing Micheal Ferland left Wednesday night’s game against the San Jose Sharks with a lower body injury. In the immediate aftermath of the game, it was unclear what Ferland’s status is going to be for the weekend back-to-back against New Jersey and Edmonton on Friday and Saturday nights.

Given that Troy Brouwer is roughly a week away from a return and that the Flames are carrying just one extra forward (Freddie Hamilton), any potential absence for Ferland over the weekend may lead the Flames to call up a forward from the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat.

If they call up somebody, who will it be?

Let’s presume they’ll bring up another left-shooting forward. Left shot forwards on NHL contracts in Stockton include: Hunter Shinkaruk (currently injured), Mark Jankowski, Morgan Klimchuk, Emile Poirier, Brandon Bollig and Andrew Mangiapane. Let’s exclude Poirier since he plays the right side despite being a left shot.

HUNTER SHINKARUK

If he was healthy, Shinkaruk would probably be the guy to get the call-up. He’s fast but can play a credible middle-six game by chipping in some offense. If the idea would be to keep the other three forward lines intact, he could slot in on the left side of Sam Bennett and Kris Versteeg without much trouble and he doesn’t seem like he would be phased by being thrown into a game at relatively short notice.

MARK JANKOWSKI

He’s already been up with the club for a week, so he’s familiar with the team, its players and systems. He’s a left shot that can play the wing or center, so depending on the situation he could play with Bennett and Versteeg with minimal jockeying of the lines. (Heck, Glen Gulutzan could move Bennett to the wing for a game or two to mix things up, even.) The downside is that while Jankowski is big, he’s not overly physical and he’s got minimal NHL experience so there’s a chance he could get wide-eyed at a crucial time.

MORGAN KLIMCHUK

He’s arguably the guy most deserving of an NHL debut at this point given how good he’s been for Stockton since late last season. He’s a smooth-skating, defensively aware bottom six guy. The downside is that he’s not overly large or physical, and tends to rely on intelligent positioning and his speed to play his game. His inclusion would make the Bennett line a bit smaller, though if Lance Bouma was bumped up to the Bennett line then Klimchuk could be a fit on the fourth line with Matt Stajan and Garnet Hathaway (in the sense that it’d be easier to shelter him and ease him into the NHL game).

BRANDON BOLLIG

He’s been in the NHL and has experience playing a physical bottom six role. That said, calling him up might send the wrong message to the Stockton locker room.

ANDREW MANGIAPANE

He’s a rookie who’s really taken to the AHL game. He’s been very good for Stockton, but there may be a desire in the organization to shelter him a bit from the bright lights in his first pro season. He’s played 30 pro games, so trying him out for a game or two in the NHL right now may be a bit premature.

SUM IT UP

If I was a betting man, I’d wager Klimchuk (finally) gets a sniff at the NHL. That is, if they need to bring somebody up.

  • cjc

    It would be a limited audition, but really interested to see what Klimchuk can do at the NHL level. He’s earned it, and a sniff of the bigs could keep him motivated.

    With an easier matchup against NJ at home coming up, the timing would also be good.

  • FlamesFanOtherCity

    Why not take a look at Pribyl.

    Ferland seemed to be playing RW and Versteeg LW, which is odd. Bring up a “pro”, who has started to adjust to the NA game. They brought him over to play in the NHL, so let’s not keep him in the AHL like we did with another Czech player we previously signed.

    The other option is Poirier, who needs to play top 9 to be effective.

  • FL@med

    Although I was one of the people who wanted Bolig to get buried in the minors, didn’t it seem cruel to tell the press that’s he’s gonna play a bigger role for the Flames, and then turn theyre backs on the thought and then bury him? I feel like he should be called up just for a while, and put him in his bottom 6 role (he’s playing good offensively for Stockton right now too)

    • Parallex

      No, absolutely not. He can come up come playoff time along with any other black aces the Flames may recall.

      Frankly, I hope that sent a strong message to the YYC press core… if you want a comment on the Flames roster ask Treliving not the unkempt loudmouth.

  • Ole YELLEr

    I think Poirier and Pribyl should be considered as well. Versteeg has shown he can play either wing so he could take Ferland’s LW. I also think the Flames should call someone up regardless of Ferland’s status. It’d be a nice taste for a kid and a chance for the team (and fans) to see what a prospect can do in the nhl.

    EDIT oops i got sidetracked when I started this, apparently Flamesfanothercity already said this before I sent it.

  • Flames Fan in Edmonchuck

    Soooooo…. thinking about wingers and all, how about we trade Brouwer to Nashville for Craig Smith? Smith is having a down year, this could happen right? right?

  • deantheraven

    I’m still cheesed because of the loss to Van, especially because Granlund and Baertschi looked like NHL ers. Get Shinkaruk in the line up and show us why he’s what we got instead of Marcus.

  • Slowmo

    I think it is time to bring up Kyl on D to shadow McyD Oilers phenom Kyl is fast and can stay with McyD. And Klim because he has shown he is a 2 way player with an upside in scoring as of late any way.

  • jakethesnail

    It doesn’t really matter. GG will put Freddie Hamilton in the lineup and the callup will sit in the pressbox for the weekend games, unless another forward gets injured in the Devils game. Then they would need a playing forward versus the oilers.

    I would go with Klimchuk as the insurance player in the pressbox.

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    Might as well see what Klimchuk has to offer of course it would help if they don’t staple him in the press box. I hate to see the prospects come up only to watch.

  • freethe flames

    With Brouwer back in the line up are we good enough to make the playoffs? We are going to be in the battle for a while. What should BT do at the trade deadline? We could use an upgrade on the D and an upgrade on the RW. Should he consider acquiring a D like Franson from Buffalo, Hanzal from Arizona or Vanak from Detroit? What price would he be willing to pay?

    • flames2015

      The only thing we should do at the deadline is unload. If theres a reasonable deal for one of our expiring contracts, you do it. What we shouldn’t be doing, is giving up prospects to gain a rental. Flames are not contenders this year and should not be giving up assets for a one or two round run.

      • freethe flames

        If you unload any of our current NHL roster then you need to replace them. Here is the list of available UFA’a on our squad Versteeg, Wideman, Engs and Elliot. The RFA’s are Ferland, Chiasson, Hathaway, JJ, Kulak and Tspoon(currently in the AHL). There may be others on our current roster that you might move; Bouma and Stajan come to mind. If you trade any of these guys what are you likley to get back; in my mind late round draft picks. If these late round draft picks allow you to buy the right rental you have to consider it.

        Who on the Heat is ready to step in and play a contributing role to a team in a playoff hunt? Possibly Janko and Shinkaruk upfront, Andersson RHD and Kylington LHD.

        • flames2015

          You would find a way to fill the spots within the organization. IF the offer is worth it for the player they want, the flames would certainly look into it.

          Curtis Glencross, Flames were battling for a spot and made it to the 2nd round. We traded him to the caps for a 2nd round, and a 3rd for him. That 2nd was used as part of the pkg that got us Dougie.

          Kris Russell, for what we got for him. I believe the Flames would likey still have traded him if we were in a playoff spot last year.

          As I reiterate, the Flames are not a contending team. If you have expiring contracts, you move them for assets. Those assets in return will help us accquire players that will fill the organizations needs. I daresay this team is still in the the stages of a rebuild. Giving up assets for a short run is a not good managment.

    • jakethesnail

      The trade deadline deals are subject to the expansion draft considerations.

      If you trade for a 3/4 D-man with assets you could lose those assets and the player you got at the expansion draft cause you can only protect 3 d-men…