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Flames recall Spencer Foo from Stockton

The Calgary Flames have made possibly their final roster move of the 2017-18 season. The club announced that it has recalled forward Spencer Foo from the American Hockey League’s Stockton Heat.

Foo, 24, has spent the entirety of this season in Stockton after being one of the bigger prizes of the 2017 spring college free agent class. The Edmonton product spent three productive years at Union College before going pro, signing with the Flames in late June after a protracted bidding process. He didn’t have an amazing training camp, but since the mid-point of the AHL season his game has really turned a corner. In 59 AHL games he has 20 goals and 37 points; he had six goals and 13 points in the first 30 games, and 14 goals and 24 points in the second 29 games. He’s a right-shot forward and the Flames don’t have too many of those that can score at the NHL level, so he’ll get a shot to potentially angle towards a full-time roster spot in the fall.

Foo won’t play tonight, meaning his debut will likely come on Saturday night when he suits up for the Flames against Edmonton, his hometown team that he spurned to sign with Calgary.

The recall uses up the Flames’ fourth and final “regular” (non-emergency conditions) recall of the season. The other four were used to bring up David Rittich, Rasmus Andersson and Jon Gillies. A lack of “regular” recalls wouldn’t prevent the Flames from bringing in Dillon Dube, for example, in the event the Kelowna Rockets are eliminated from the Western Hockey League playoffs.

    • Beer League Coach

      At least he will get a few games in to find out first hand what it is like to play with the big boys. Then he can identify the weak spots that he needs to work on over the summer in preparation for next season.

  • BendingCorners

    My crazy thought for the day (too many jalapenos on my 5G burger maybe) :
    Trade Bennett to NYI for HoSang. JHS is weaker defensively and stronger offensively but addresses a need for a RHS shot and has been working on his defensive game in the A. Big mouth and keeps talking even with both feet firmly inserted, but maybe Gio and Smith can shut the kid up. Might be a win for both teams and (as importantly) both players. I like Bennett but I think he may need a change of scenery and the Flames have an immediate need for RHS scoring.

    • Al Rain

      Ho-Sang dropped at the draft as nearly every team kept their distance. Now he’s on the outs with the one team that did take a chance on him. And you want to seek him out?

      One of the highest compliments a player can get is that he makes his teammates better. Ho-Sang? He’s done the opposite his entire career.

      Bennett might need a change of scenery but Ho-Sang needs a change of personality.

      • FlamesFanOtherCity

        If you are trading Bennett, then you need to maximize the return. Would be nice to swap Sams with Buffalo.
        Just addresses the lack of RHS-C’s this team has. Softer player with better vision. Might be a better complement for Janko and Tkachuk. Another option is Wilson from WASH. They might need to add to the deal due to the pending RFA status.

        Foo needs to show NHL speed and durability. This little tryout may help us see where he is. As long as he plays with Janko or Stone.

        • T&A4Flames

          I could see Washington having interest in Brodie. Especially if they lose Carlson. Brodie has a good cap hit and the caps are up against it, even with the expected rise. Brodie for Wilson + ?

    • oddclod

      Hosang forsaked the game and found 66 ways to shame. Bennett is a beast. Worst case he’s a Danny Cleary after his ORGANIZATIONALLY imposed development setback. Regardless Bennett = ASSET. Hosang = ASS. His # 66 was not an homage. It was egotism on full display. Foolish trade proposal.

  • Flamesforever

    Excited to see Foo and hopefully Dube in the last couple games, these are exactly the type of skilled/speedy young depth forwards we need to incorporate into our lineup next year if we really want to take a step. GFG.

  • Stockton's Finest

    After last night’s dreadful performance, surprised anyone from the Heat got called up. Guess they are throwing in the towel on the playoffs in Stockton too.

    • Beer League Coach

      Planning to drive down to Reno to see Grandkids in late April. Leave Cgy on April 20. Might like to drive over to see the Heat if they are in playoffs at that time. How long would it take to drive from Reno to Stockton? I am thinking 1.5 to 2 hrs. Is there another route that might be better than I-80 thru Donner’s Pass?

      • Stockton's Finest

        From Reno it is about 2.5 hours. I-80 is the best (and fastest) route, but if you want some scenery, you could take Highway 50 through Tahoe. Would take you about an extra 90 minutes. Even taking highway 88 is good.

        Hope you and the Heat make it!

        • Beer League Coach

          Hope for good weather by late April. Going thru Tahoe means going over Mt. Rose between Reno & Tahoe. 8300 ft at the summit. If weather is bad Tahoe route would be just as hazardous as Donner’s Pass. Scenery is great tho. Kids have taken us to Tahoe a couple of times over the years.

        • Beer League Coach

          Just checked road map. No need to go over Mt Rose. Reno to Carson City and then west on 50 or 88. If that route is a 4 hr drive it makes I-80 look like the best road to take.

          Hope Heat can make it into playoffs, but it won’t be easy. Flames just outshot CBJ 13 – 2 in 2nd period and still the only goal was scored by CBJ. It has been that kind of a season for Flames. Luck has to change next year.

          • Stockton's Finest

            It makes this move a bit of a head scratcher. Why would you pluck the second leading scorer (and hottest player) off of your farm team, that is needing every point and goal they can get, to give him 7 to 10 minutes a game for a few meaningless games with the Flames? You have 3 HUGE games in Texas, 2 against a team that is pushing you and 1 that is right ahead of you. That is 6 freaking points that we need all hands on deck for.

            Great, now top line will look like Smith, Pollock, and Carroll. Follow that up with McMurtry, Klimchuk, and Lomberg. Pelley, Gazdic, Shinkaruk, and Nowick, Poirier, and Findlay?

            Goloubef and Prout are hurt so that puts Yevenko with Wotherspoon (like last night), Kylington with Doetzel, and Healey with Robak.

            Wonder why Rittich had such a hard time last night with those 6 playing in front of him? Wotherspoon can only cover so much for Yevenko.

  • Just.Visiting

    Let’s get him minutes on”first” line with Bennett and see what he can or can’t do, vs burying him in sheltered minutes in favour of veterans in meaningless games.

  • FL?MES

    A RW spot is being served up on a platter for him. Lets see how hungry he is.

    It would be nice to see a forward step up to the plate and take a spot – it’s been a long time since we’ve seen someone do this.

    Go Foo!

  • Beer League Coach

    Juniors who could still get a look if Stockton makes the playoffs are D’Artagnan Joly, Matthew Phillips, Glen Gawdin, and Dillon Dube. Drakkar have scored 10 goals in 3 QMJHL playoff games and Joly has 0 G and 6 A. Drakkar trail 3 – 1 in games to Halifax and likely will be out after 5th game. Vancouver giving Victoria a tough time and Regina tied with Swift Current in WHL so Phillips and Gawdin could be available soon. All 3 are RH shots. Kelowna is down 3 – 1 to Tri City so Dube (LH shot) could also be available soon. Go Heat Go. Joly would need to sign a ATO to play for Heat this year. He is still jr eligible next season so he could sign an NHL contract too. His ELC, if he signs, could slide next year. The other 3 are all under contract with Flames.

    • kirby

      lol yeah, he seems like a good young kid. Do we REALLY wanna subject him to this apathetic loaf fest we have goin on up here? I’m happy to see him set some time in the big league, just not convinced it’s a better environment for his development than playing a top role in the AHL playoff chase