Photo Credit: Sergei Belski / USA Today Sports

Flames recall Morgan Klimchuk from Stockton, Hrivik to IR

The Calgary Flames made a depth move this morning that involved a minor bit of history. 2013 first round selection Morgan Klimchuk has been recalled from the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat. He’s taking the roster spot of Marek Hrivik, who’s been placed on the injured reserve with an undisclosed injury.

Klimchuk, 22, has the dubious distinction of being the only player selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft to not play a single game in the big leagues (or even get called up). He’s progressed rather nicely since going pro in the 2015-16 season; after a quiet freshman season in the AHL playing in the bottom six for the Heat, he’s become a reliable two-way presence and a pretty consistent scorer for the Heat. In 44 games this season, he has 27 points.

Hrivik joins Daniel Pribyl (season-opening IR), Troy Brouwer and Kris Versteeg on the injured reserve.

    • Puckhead

      I’m excited for the guy and want to see him play. At this point he doesn’t have much value other than filling a roster spot in Stockton. If he shows well, maybe he can work his way into a bottom six role next season or find himself as part of a trade package for something bigger. Maybe another team could utilize him on their roster?

      • McRib

        Klimchuk was a more productive scorer in junior than Lazar on weaker teams. I also think his skill set is more suited to being a good NHLer. Slightly more mobile with better pucks skills.

        The thing about Klimchuk is it’s hard to stay motivated without any reward, I think this callup could get his career back on track and give him more motivation to finish the season strong in Stockton. Imagine being buried in Stockton for three years without a recall, anyone would be hard pressed to stay motivated, especially a former first round pick.

        Morgan Klimchuk NHLe 24.6 last season in the AHL, Ryan Lomberg 16.1, Curtis Lazar 11.6.

        • ThisBigMouthIsRight

          The thing about Klimchuck is (read an interview with him about his path to the NHL) he is very patient and happy where he is with his progress of learning the game. he has embraced his time in Stockton and is accepting of the challenge of being well rounded 200ft Player. Klimchuck is a great kid and a genuine diamond in the ruff. No need to worry about his mind set down in Stockton, he is a very mindful pro and a team guy. IMO…

  • Off the wall

    So is Klimchuk filling in for Lomberg or is he just going to be a healthy scratch?

    I hope they called him up to at least play him. It would be nice to see what his game looks like.

    • deantheraven

      I think the 4th line(s) having been getting more ice of late but the new guy always gets left off in favour of double shifting JH. In a way it’s reasonable logic but it really does impair our prospects progress, and any assessment.

  • buts

    Off the subject buts I would take any one of Canada’s Olympic lines as a replacement for our 4th line. How Matt Robinson a right hand D from Calgary hasn’t been given a tryout with an nhl team is terrible, the guy can kill penalties, play pp and has a high IQ. Canada’s best Dman.

  • Flames fan since 83

    I agree that Morgan has earned this.
    I hope they don’t throw him in right away however. But give him a few days/games to aclimatize to the team. But definitely get a game before sent back down.

  • Baalzamon

    In other news, Ras basically single-handedly won the Heat the game last night. They were trailing 4-1 going into the third and he scored three points (two goals) to tie the game. They won in OT.

  • Vernon30

    If they’re thinking about putting him in a trade package, would make sense to give him a couple of games at the NHL level. Either way, nice to see another young guy (possibly) get some time.

  • The Beej

    Klimchuk could have a role here. Dspecialist that can maybe chip in 5-10 goals. Players like that can be important.

    Think Dan Paille. Marcus Nilson. Stephane Yelle.

  • deantheraven

    Too bad for Hrivik, great for Klimchuk if he gets a chance. It would be easy for me to sit Lomberg tonight -and beyond- and give Klimmer a longer look than Hrivik got. I could see those two making up 2/3 of the 4th line next year.

    • deantheraven

      Any guy that gets called up is ready to play, imho. These guys are pros, physically and mentally built superior. All they’re gonna need is to be able to skate for 7 minutes, anyway. I say it’s the perfect opportunity to make NHL history.

  • aye

    The last remaining piece from the Iggy trade, and the dying lineage of Kent Nilsson.
    Flames got screwed so bad on the Iggy trade, the only way to salvage that one is to trade Klimchuk for a late round lottery ticket and hope we hit the jackpot.

    • Atomic Clown

      I hope he does. I know theres a lot of love for Hathaway and Lomberg on this site, (the hathaway part i can understand, but lomberg still mystifies me), but im not a fan of either, lomberg even less so. Some skill ins required to go with your tenacity, otherwise you might as well make Burke GM.

      • The Doctor

        And in terms of pedigree and performance and potential shown in junior, it’s Klimchuk by a country mile. Too bad he had that struggle of a first season in Stockton.

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    You just never know what you have in a prospect. Take Zachary Aston-Reese for Pittsburgh. He lit it up in College in his last year on Northeastern University scoring 63 pts including 31 goals. This year in the AHL he has 29 pts in 41 games very similar to Klimchuk’s numbers. Since being called up to Pittsburgh he has 4 pts in 7 games. I am sure a few shifts with Crosby hasn’t hurt but it makes you wonder why a player like Mangi was burried on the fourth line and never given a chance with elite players.