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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects: #15 Emile Poirier

It’s been quite the journey for Emile Poirier thus far. From decent numbers in the QMJHL to an exciting rookie pro season that included an NHL debut, he was looking like one of the Flames’ next top prospects. He took a step backward in his second professional season though, and again in his third, and suddenly, Poirier became more of an afterthought than anything else.

That was, until it was noted that Poirier had been absent from the Stockton Heat for an extended period of time. At the end of the season, we learned that his time away from hockey was spent treating alcohol abuse. Though he fell in our prospect profile series (from 13 to 15), there’s renewed hope for him back on the ice.

A brief history

Known as a fast skater, Poirier honed his craft in the score-happy QMJHL. Playing three seasons for the Gatineau Olympiques, Poirier totalled 197 points – and 283 penalty minutes – over 195 games. He progressed each season, going from just 1.08 points per game when the Flames drafted him 22nd overall in 2013 to 1.38 in his draft+1 season.

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From there, Poirier turned pro, and made it look like the Flames were right to use a first round pick on him where they did. He kicked off with 42 points in 55 games for his first season in the AHL, good for second in team scoring – just one point back of the lead, held by Kenny Agostino, who had played 12 more games than he had. A reason for Poirier’s lower games total? He got an NHL call up, dressing six times for the Flames in 2014-15 and scoring his first point, an assist. While Poirier only averaged 7:59 a game then, the future was bright.

His 2015-16 season did not go nearly as well. Poirier dropped to a mere 29 points in 60 games, falling to sixth in Stockton Heat scoring (seventh, if you include all of Hunter Shinkaruk’s AHL totals). While the Heat didn’t have too many young players doing much that season – Shinkaruk was the only other young forward of note – that sharp a drop in production was certainly concerning. Poirier got in two more NHL games, averaging 13:54 in ice time, but nothing was really going for him.

This past season he completely fell off, registering just 17 points in 43 games. He’d gone from 19 goals to 12 to six; he’d fallen from a leading scorer on the team all the way down to 14th, from being overtaken by newcomers like Mark Jankowski and Andrew Mangiapane to being outperformed by grittier notables such as Ryan Lomberg and Garnet Hathaway.

In hindsight, Poirier’s absence made a fair bit of sense: either his hockey career had disintegrated overnight, or something was wrong. That Poirier stepped away to address his alcohol abuse is nothing but a good sign for both the player and the person, and an enthusiastic development camp may have shown us hints of that player who seemed like such an exciting pick only a couple of years ago.

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Scott Wheeler of the Toronto Star provided an assessment of Poirier’s on-ice performance in Stockton recently:

I was a huge fan of Poirier’s game when I scouted him once a week in his final season in the QMJHL in Gatineau, and his first season in the AHL showed major promise, but his progression has since been stagnant. Poirier is such an athletic, up-tempo presence and skater that it was hard not to imagine him transitioning into an NHL winger. Still, his game has become too linear, and he hasn’t shown he has the high-end puck skills to be a real scoring threat at the next level.

Calgary Flames development coach Ray Edwards liked what he saw from Poirier at development camp – cautioning that it’s only development camp – noting it was close to the Poirier that Edwards was told he’d see years ago.

He just looked fast, he looked light, he looked like he was enjoying himself. From my perspective, I’d heard all about Emile, and frankly have just seen glimpses of that over the last couple of years. For the first time in the two years I’ve been with the organization, I’m going into my third now, I saw what everyone else has seen. And so we’re really encouraged.

Stockton Heat head coach Ryan Huska, who’s coached Poirier throughout his minor-pro career in Adirondack and Stockton, shared Edwards’ optimism that Poirier can get back to where he was in 2014-15.

Sometimes when guys go through some of the challenges that he’s had to overcome in his young life, there’s a tendency for guys to come out better on the other side, I think, because they have a greater appreciation for the love they have for the game, maybe a renewed desire to get themselves to the level where they think they should be at. I’m excited for Emile to see what he’s going to do at training camp here this year. I know it probably feels like the weight of the world is off his shoulders. I think he’s going to turn a few heads this year for us or for Calgary, wherever he may find himself.

What comes next?

It’ll probably be another season in the AHL for Poirier. He’ll require waivers to be sent down now, but it doesn’t seem likely another team would claim him, even if they share the Flames’ renewed hope for the player. If someone else thinks he’s NHL-ready right now, then the Flames probably would, too.

Poirier is still a developing prospect, and it’s difficult enough to make the NHL as it is. He hasn’t played meaningful hockey since February. He may need a bit more time to get his legs back under him – but it’ll be time given to him.

Considering his potential, his skill set, and his status as someone who plays the right wing, it’s entirely possible Poirier may make it back to the NHL sooner rather than later. He has a new chance this season, the final year of his entry-level contract, and a strong camp or strong AHL performance combined with a need for a call up could see him back in the big league this season. Consider him a dark horse pick to surprise.

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If not, then a strong AHL performance this season should give the Flames reason enough to re-sign him, even if he doesn’t see any NHL action. Poirier still has a fair bit to prove – but the odds are much more in his favour now than they were a year ago.


#20 – Ryan Lomberg #19 – Adam Ollas Mattsson
#18 – Daniel Pribyl #17 – Eetu Tuulola
#16 – Adam Ruzicka


        • McRib

          Like I have said before, Poirier has put up better numbers than McCarron on weaker teams his entire career, Poirier is also a more effective physical player. McCarron also can’t skate and Poirier skates like the wind, in today’s NHL I know who I want. McCarron has never finished higher than fifth on his team in scoring, if he wasn’t 6’6″ (or if NHL Scouts didn’t have a serious fetish for size) he wouldn’t have been a Top. 60 pick.

          This ranking is waaaaaayyyyyy too low for Poirier. Poirier has blazing NHL speed and now that he is more dedicated to the game he shoots up our depth charts again and becomes the prospect he always should have been. Considering our lack of depth at wing, I have a really hard time seeing Poirier not having a long look with the big club at some point this season, even if he doesn’t stick out of camp, which I think he could.

  • The GREAT WW

    Tooth; this is not a blog for lonely people looking for company late at night.
    It’s a hockey blog.
    Get some help with your substance abuse issue.
    All the best to you…


    • Carl the tooth

      WW this site gets stagnant like poiriers progression. Carl likes to stir the pot . This a hockey site yes . But nobody gonna tell when and where I can throw a few jokes around . Over zealous yes .on purpose yes .why ? Who cares there my threads . Stick to your ten word paragraphs. I don’t need help you do follow my lead son .

    • Carl the tooth

      Walter if I on this site and had to read your boring comments .id pull myself right out of my roots . Lol What would you do with out me? Lol geez sure been quiet with soiler trolls .i wonder why .it sure wasn’t the mighty Walter white that vanquished them .

      • Off the wall

        Carl bud, when you stick to hockey you have value on FN.

        When you post crap about trolls, targeting people for termination and other nonsense, you’re irritating.

        Don’t be irritating, that’s all we’re asking ok mate?

          • Off the wall

            I guess you have your answer now Carl?

            I like you Carl, I’m off the wall at times too (pun intended)

            If you want a social exercise try it on Facebook, they’ll oblige you.

            We might get off topic at times but this is a hockey blog.
            Can we agree to stick to hockey Tooth?

        • supra steve

          I could HAVE SWORN you were in over your head. When one reader logs 10 posts in a row, he’s not adding to any discussion, he’s just lonely and looking for attention.

          • Carl the tooth

            You are correct I’m am looking for attention . I want to write for FN I had to separate mysrlf from the pack to get noticed.may have worked alittle too well . I hope you can forgive me .

          • dontcryWOLF88

            Are you really young Carl? Happens often that someone gets themselves slammed online, then it turns out that person was a kid talking to adults.

            Either way though. If you want to be a writer, you need to understand how to write properly. From what you’re showing here, its kind of like asking to get into the NHL when you can barely skate. Stay in school.

          • Off the wall

            I don’t think Carl is young, I’m not sure if I have this correctly, but I seem to remember from one of his posts he was born in 1980?
            Yah don’t ask me how I know this… I can’t explain it either.

            Carl you’re forgiven mate, carry on as a man, not as an attention seeker!


          • Carl the tooth

            my phone has a bad key pad .i should proof read before I post .its a small area to type in and I should scroll back to prove read. I don’t realize the mistakes till after I post .

  • BurningSensation

    When we drafted him Poirier reminded me of Geoff Courntall, a; big, multi-tool, fast, goal scoring winger, with grit.
    Whether he makes it to the show or not, here’s hoping he has his life back on track.

    • TheoForever

      His well being is number one thing. As for hockey, I too was exited about his game, and impressed with his speed.
      I think he could get back on track and make it to the big show with Flames. I just hope he doesn’t get picked up on waivers if we send him back, providing he has a good training camp.

      • The Real Slim Brodie

        Max Reinhardt had a decent first year and so did bill Arnold, man I remember being pumped about them. My biggest fear is van picking up pourier, they seem to like our players and see their potential, I hate van

        • Carl the tooth

          Ben hanowski had an ok year in ahl for flames and so did agostino but both were let go . Was it that agostino was too soft ? Then next season he put up 83 points for chi wolves . But he was also passed up then went to st loius . Why is agostino a top player I. Ahl but not a fit in NHL ?

        • Joe Flames

          But Ari made a good point that if a club claims him on waivers they have to keep him in the NHL all season or offer him back to Calgary. I doubt many teams would be willing to use a roster spot on a guy who is not a proven NHL player. Especially after the numbers he put up in the AHL the past two years.
          That being said, I would still be nervous trying to get him through; I would hate to lose him for nothing.

  • Azim

    Such a great story. While still a long way to go to make the Flames full-time, but it’s not inconceivable he has a great start in Stockton and get’s a call-up sometime this season. Imagining the potential of a Tkachuk-Bennett-Poirer line makes me salivate. The speed, skill, energy and tenacity that line would bring could elevate the Flames to another level.

  • Squishin

    Cheers to this young man for working through his issues. While I don’t think it will be this season, I very much much look forward to the day we can see him in a Flames jersey permanently!

    • Kevin R

      Agree. My expectations are low & if he can come back force his way back in the conversation of being on this team, well I see it as found money. Look forward to training camp.

    • Ari Yanover

      I mean, aside from the occasional Oilers troll, I think we’ve been doing alright.

      This one’s on me. Sorry. I’ll try not to let things get that out of hand again.

      • Off the wall

        Ari no one blames you for zealots who don’t know how to rein it in.

        I get carried away at times as well and I hope that other FN members call me on it when I overstep the boundaries.

        We appreciate all of FN writers and the contributions they make!

        Cheers Ari!

        • Carl the tooth

          Hey budds (off the wall ) . I said yesterday I was doing it on purpose. My apologies maybe I didn’t need to go that far , I want to write for FN this was my intention. I was kinda trying to hint it to you guys yesterday. I wanted ari yanover to address me , not so much banish me lol but I’d like to do more that post comments. I want a chance to write an article . That’s all I once again apologize to everyone.(except soiler trolls) .

      • Carl the tooth

        i was trying to get attention. I want to write for FN . No jokes no puns . This is exacly what I was waiting for Ari yanover . Bad publicity is good publicity if it gets you noticed. That was my main reason for going full retard. I want to write articles. Not jokes

        • Avalain

          So, if this is true, there are a couple things that you need to work on. First of all, you shouldn’t get attention by acting stupid. Would you do that for a job interview? If you became a regular contributor with well thought out points it would go a lot further than what you were doing. You don’t need to get noticed here. I’m sure that I can recognize a lot of regular contributors simply because this community isn’t that large. You don’t have to stand out among 30 million people here.

          Second, take the comments on grammar seriously. It’s actually quite difficult to understand what you are saying because your points are all over the place and you throw around punctuation like you are typing with a broken keyboard. You need to work on this if you want to write for anyone at all, not just a hockey blog.

        • HOCKEY83

          You need to choose your words a little more carefully. In this day and age the word R…..rd is just not acceptable. I understand the reference to Tropic Thunder but this is a public site and that word is offensive.

          • Carl the tooth

            Sorry I try not to use word like that usaully I’ll insinuat or be vague .ill say words Silly or mean mostly .im not a troll and I’m not stupid either . What good is sentence structure and punctuation if can’t do analysis or scouting of teams or players . Anytime someone wants to test there wits against mine I’m right here. But I do apologize and I was quite aware that this would happen . Weather you think it was stupid or not it worked as I intended.you are all commenting and talking about the Tooth yes ? Who’s smarter ? Please please that’s enough . Ari I apologized and I am going to be good boy but if my character is attacked …? All of you are acting no different than I did last night . Some of you are being Hippocrates now . The differ between us is I will go take on multiples by myself …you need to attack me like a wolf pa k because your like sheep facing me one on one .stop attacking my character.

        • Carl the tooth

          (Bring the fire ) I agree that theo puck head off the wall etc are well informed.thats why I converse with them . My grammar is fixable, that’s your opinion. I no longer need to set a fire and make smoke signals . Just hockey now . K budds fist bump ??

  • Off the wall

    Poirier is definitely a dark horse in our prospect pool, he has so much talent.

    I believe now that he’s addressing his personal problems, we’ll see a renewed hockey player. That’s my hope for Poirier.

    I’m so excited for our prospects, whether or not they make the team this year!

    Does anyone know if you can stream any of Stocktons games or have a suggestion for watching them?

    I’d like to catch some of their games this season just to see the progress their making..

    • piscera.infada

      You can buy the AHL Live streaming service through their website. I had it the last two seasons. It’s not very good though. The quality isn’t great, and the connection can be touch-and-go at times.

      They offer single games, which is a nice feature. So that’s an option if you want to watch a few here and there.

      • Off the wall

        Cheers thanks Piscera and Atomic Clown!
        I didn’t expect commentary to be of NHL caliber….

        I like the idea of picking single games. I’d like to catch at least 10-20 this season.


    • Jumping Jack Flash

      I broke down and paid for the last playoff game against San Jose so I could see what the buzz was about. The broadcast quality was poor but no worse than I expected.

      My biggest complaint was that the game was almost half over before the announcers realized that Gillies had replaced an Rittich who had fallen ill. It was pretty obvious to viewers that there had been a switch in keepers.

  • Atomic Clown

    I was a big fan hen he was drafted, and have remained high on him since. Hopefully he kills it in the AHL, and by Christmas has made Troy Brouwer redundant. In NHL 17, I have him playing alongside Monahan and Gaudreau, here’s to hoping that happens

    • Carl the tooth

      That would be sweet I also had poirier as a future top 6 . 30+ goal scorer but now he’s being surpassed by other prospects. What kind of role and minutes will he get in Stockton this year?

    • The Real Slim Brodie

      I did too. Whenever I wasn’t playing next to them..ha. I love being the top scorer by a mile. I think he is going to surprise everyone, being sober gives you speed and endurance back, not to mention the most important balance lol

      • The Real Slim Brodie

        I met emile years ago in penticton, he seemed like a really nice guy. I hope he has conquered his demons and comes back stronger and faster. Best of luck emile

  • 666

    Seen this kid play in the Q. Really impressed me, was happy the Flames drafted him. I am hoping for a bounce back year more for off the ice and if he can keep his nose clean the results will follow on the ice. Be a leader in the A and then take over the void in the line up Versteeg will leave

  • deantheraven

    I hope Emile has his game together as well as his personal life. “Poirier rises to the challenge and makes Opening Night”. That’s a story we’d all like to see.

  • BendingCorners

    I’m hoping Emile makes it on opening night, and alternates with Matt and Curtis on the wings while Mark nails down the C spot. If he has to clear waivers I think one of Vegas or NYI or the Habs will claim him, unless he has a horrible camp.
    Speaking of Vegas, since George is not stupid, I can’t see why he picked Derek when he could have picked Brett and still signed Derek later. I’m guessing there was some kind of mutual consideration deal so that at some point George gets something else from the Flames. Maybe an otherwise inexplicable waiver wire pickup?

    • piscera.infada

      He can still participate in camp and then be sent down without having to go through waivers. We understand this, right? In all likelihood, he will need to prove himself in the A’ for one more year.

      With regard to McPhee, I think you’re giving him too much credit. I don’t actually think he’s a very good GM, and his handling of the whole situation kind of proves that point. He thought he’d be able to leverage all those defensemen. The problem was everyone knew he was going to do that, so they’re all just waiting him out.

          • piscera.infada

            Apologies, that was a drastic over-simplification. The waiver period begins 12 days before the start of the regular season. As such, any player sent down before the waiver period begins, is not “on” waivers. Therefore, Poirier can (and probably will) be sent down before the waiver period begins–as is the case with the vast majority of players in his position.

          • BendingCorners

            I believe that means that waivers start fresh each year, 12 days before the season starts. There are no carryovers and any player on an NHL contract that is not exempt due to age must clear waivers to be assigned to another league. I’d be happy to be wrong but I’m pretty sure that’s how it works.

          • piscera.infada

            There is without a doubt, a period of time where players who are waiver eligible can be sent down without clearing waivers. This same conversation comes up every year on these threads in regards to some prospect.

          • Ari Yanover

            I don’t believe this “pre-waiver” period is a thing that exists. I remember exploring it just before the whole three-headed goalie mess when Joni Ortio became waiver eligible. It’s not an option; if you’re waiver-eligible then you require waivers to be sent down, period.

          • piscera.infada

            The way the waiver period is set forth in the CBA [13.2]:

            The “Playing Season Waiver Period” shall begin on the twelfth (12th) day prior to the start of the Regular Season and end on the day following the last day of a Club’s Playing Season.

            The remaining sections of the Article 13 seem to work off the premise that “regular waivers” are actionable only during this “playing season waiver period”. Further, there is nothing distinguishing any other waiver period outside of this–outside of the unconditional waiver period for buy-outs. As with other portions of the CBA, it reads vague. However, in practice, one would have to assume there must be a mechanism for NHL franchises to send non-NHL ready, waiver-eligible players to the minors without exposing them all to waivers. As such, it appears as though a club can “loan” a player to their AHL team before the twelfth day before the start of the regular season (this year, September 22). In practice, this gives the Flames 3 preseason games (counting the split-squad game as one game), before the waiver period opens.

            Of course, that’s just my reading of things, and I could be wrong. It just seems to support the idea that we rarely see a bunch of near NHL-ready prospects being picked-up off waivers during training camp. Now, it’s entirely possible that there’s a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ between the GMs, or there is a roster-spot crunch that happens during this time which prevents this.

          • piscera.infada

            Further to my point above, I guess if waivers ran year-round, there would be no reason for the league and the NHLPA to agree to a definition stating that waivers have a defined starting-point and a defined end-point. The vagueness with which the point between those two dates is discussed (it isn’t at all), has to be intentional in this case.

          • Joe Flames

            I think you are right p.i.
            I don’t think he is officially on the big club right now, so would be attending training camp while still on the AHL roster. If he is kept up too close to opening night or gets called up during the season he would have to clear waivers to go back down then.

          • BendingCorners

            The reason there is no free-for-all at the start of the season is that if a team claims a player off waivers that player has to stay on their NHL roster. Unless the waived player is obviously better than what the other teams currently have he will go unclaimed.
            I was going to say that there are no summer waivers and all players with NHL contracts are considered part of the NHL roster until assigned (if exempt) or waived, starting day -12 and continuing till after the Cup is awarded. But I see Toronto is waiving somebody this week so I am going to wait till I see an explanation of that before I get too definite. That player is obviously part of the roster and not exempt, which kind of makes me right about the basic point that waivers are required, but I don’t understand how LL can do that in mid-August.
            The CBA section 13.1 is pretty clear:
            A Club shall not dispose of the services of any Player in which it has a proprietary interest by Loan to a club of another league without first having complied with the provisions of this Article. The Waivers that are recognized by this Agreement are Regular Waivers and Unconditional Waivers
            13.2: The “Playing Season Waiver Period” shall begin on the twelfth (12th) day prior to the start of the Regular Season … etc and so forth, as you’ve quoted below.

    • Baalzamon

      1. If there was another consideration it would have come out by now. They can’t keep that sort of thing secret.
      2. George “Forsberg for Erat” McPhee doesn’t exactly have a spotless record as a manager.

      • BendingCorners

        Secrets are easy to keep, you just don’t talk about them. But you’re probably right.
        As for George’s skills, everybody learns from their mistakes. Time will tell.

    • OYYC

      My guess is that McPhee wanted to showcase local Vegas resident Deryk Engelland in a Golden Knights uniform at the expansion draft. Then he wanted Engelland to act as a tour guide to the city for the newly picked players. McPhee supposedly saw this as more valuable than picking anyone from the Flames. I seriously doubt that there’s any hidden deal of any kind.

  • Nick24

    Poirier is still a pretty intriguing prospect. It would be great if he was able to use everything that made him a first round pick and transition that into a meaningful impact at the AHL he could very well get a chance in the coming year. However, if he cant show that the only thing holding him back was the alcohol abuse, I wonder what the Flames do. This is the last year of his contract, so it’ll be interesting, at the very least, to see what kind of leash they give him.

    • Joe Flames

      It would do him well to start in the AHL and get his game back. That being said, what kind of production would he need to show to merit being called up during the season? If he gets 1.0+ ppg has he proven he deserves another shot in the NHL?

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    I was excited when we drafted Poirier, especially when he lit it up in his first few games in the AHL. I did not notice his speed that everyone spoke highly of. He seems to be more fast than quick but I have only seen a few games.

  • HOCKEY83

    So far i think they are pretty bang on with this list.

    #16 – ADAM RUZICKA

  • Puckhead

    The luckiest young player at this point with regards to waivers has to be Lazar. It’s almost impossible to get an opportunity in the NHL and he’s been gifted another chance. Here’s hoping that he can earn his name on the back of fans jersies.

    Also hope to see Poirier’s jersey in the stands a year or two from now.

  • Puckhead

    I didn’t think it was possible but even the trolls have abandoned the site. If you’re smart, pull a WW by posting the first comment of the day and don’t come back.

  • Danoilerfanincalgary

    I am an Oiler fan but that doesn’t make me a troll, I live here too and watch as many Flames games as Oiler games and maybe an objective point of view might be welcomed from the other side. As for Poirier I wish him well and hope he has a long pro career and it looks like the Flames are giving him the chance. As for

    • Nah, I prefer to have sensible dissent on the site. Keeps everyone sharp.

      As for trolls…sometimes I think that it’s been so long since our teams had any real hope that it’s easy to get carried away. Maybe.

      But regardless, no one should call you a troll…you seem all right.

    • Carl the tooth

      My colleague was addressing soiler trolls not oiler fans . We accept people in any form even some oiler fans here and there if your good! Don’t make jokes though that is not permitted! Do not laugh either ! You will post serious orderly comments only !
      Punctuation and grammar !!!

  • Danoilerfanincalgary

    I am an Oiler fan but that doesn’t make me a troll, I live here too and watch as many Flames games as Oiler games and maybe an objective point of view might be welcomed from the other side. As for Poirier I wish him well and hope he has a long pro career and it looks like the Flames are going to give him the chance. ON has a few Carls on it too and it’s too bad if they would stick to hockey talk their opinions would have more traction. Anyways looking forward to the BOA the Flames had a great offseason let the rivalry grow!

    • Off the wall

      Not sure why anyone would trash a decent comment like this. Kinda makes me sick that there are some who will trash a comment just because they can.

      As far as Carl goes, Ari has addressed this and for those of you that can’t bury the hatchet with Carl…. grow up!

      You have no idea who he is or his daily struggles he may face.
      Showing a little sympathy would be fitting at this point.

      Just because he doesn’t fit your mold it doesn’t mean we need to continue to berate him.
      As Ari has stated… Enough.

  • Just.Visiting

    Nice to see him back on the radar screen. There are a lot of fans here routing for him to do as well with his career as he has done in addressing his problems off the ice.

    I’d expect that he’d clear waivers after camp if he were being sent down. However, if he does well at Stockton, I’d expect that it would be difficult to clear waivers again.

    I’m still surprised that LV didn’t seem to have asked for him (or anyone else for that matter) as extra consideration for signing Engelland.

    • Carl the tooth

      I was surprised Vegas never took kulak or shinkaruk. If these guys become regular nhlers they may regret that one. Thx though Mcfee he’s my second favourite gm now .

          • Puckhead

            Why do you trash factual comments and cheer your post?

            If you’ve read the article and followed some of the posts, it is highly unlikely that Emile will replace anyone this season. He will get another season in the AHL to prove his value. If he earns it and a spot on the roster opens up next season maybe he will be given a chance.

          • TheoForever

            I believe a team can carry 23 players, 2 goalies, 7 d-man, that would leave 14 spots for forwards.
            Flames have 11 forward spots taken. Jankowski and Foo will battle it out.
            If by some chance Poirier scores a bunch of goals and has a great camp, Flames will not risk the waivers and Poirier stays. It is unlikely that Poirier will outplay Janko/Foo at this point in time, he will need 1 more year of AHL. There is always a chance Stajan gets traded, assuming Brouwer cannot be given away without high cost.