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Flames recall Oliver Kylington on emergency basis

After having recalled David Rittich, Rasmus Andersson, Jon Gillies, and, finally, Spencer Foo, the Flames are out of regular recalls.

That doesn’t mean they can’t make an emergency recall, though. To that end, Oliver Kylington has been brought up, on a just in case basis.

The Flames lost Travis Hamonic early on in Thursday night’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets. With T.J. Brodie already out for the year, that leaves them with just six healthy defencemen, as it looks like Matt Bartkowski will play his first game since Feb. 3 (and his second game in 2018).

There is a but to this, though: there is a chance one of the Flames’ six available defencemen may not be able to play. Think illness, a last minute injury, what have you will; in which case, the Flames would be forced to play with just five defencemen. Hence, the contingency for an emergency recall: now, if one of Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton, Michael Stone, Brett Kulak, Andersson, or Bartkowski is unable to play, Kylington can slot in.

But only if one of those six cannot go for whatever reason. If they all can, then Kylington has to sit, no exceptions.

Kylington, 20, is in the first year of his entry-level deal, but already playing his third AHL season. He has five goals and 31 points over 56 games this year, setting a new career high in points in fewer games played. He’s sixth overall in Stockton scoring, and third amongst defencemen, behind Andersson and Tyler Wotherspoon. Kylington has one NHL game to his name: the final game of the 2015-16 season, in which he had one shot over 17:22 minutes.

      • The GREAT WW

        “Let’s pick Masin McDonald over universally scouted number one Thatcher Demko……..”

        At the time I said we would regret that pick for a decade, looks like I was right again…..


        • Ari Yanover

          I went to that draft for fun. Day 2, one of my friends is a little late arriving; he gets there shortly after the McDonald pick and I don’t even say hi, just yell at him, “What the hell are they doing?!” Man that was a rough day.

          • The GREAT WW

            I ran into Burke at a charity event a few weeks after that draft, and asked him why he would make that pick.

            He said: “We like Demko too, but we like McDonald better”….

            I wonder how he feels about his brilliant pick now….?!

            Followed by picking Hunter Smith in the second, Hickey in the third and trading away another third for Bollig…..

            At the time we thought we at least hit a homerun with Bennett, now not so sure….


          • Franko J

            Another stellar day of drafting by the Flames. I remember getting trashed when they picked Hunter Smith and the comment I made was a “pylon”. Waste of pick. I had picked Christian Dvorak.

          • oddclod

            Once Bennett gets deployed adequately aka with Tkachuk you’ll eat your words. Flames fans have been spoiled with Monohan, Johhny, Tkachuk reaping immediate dividends. They were also deployed with good linemates. Also, he’s 21. He’s got selke chops. He’ll be fine.

      • Franko J

        Well Walter another 30 teams passed over Brayden Point before he was drafted. Calgary has always have had a mediocre drafting record in the first three rounds. This GM whether listening to his scouts or making descions on his own he made some less than stellar choices on draft day.

    • ThisBigMouthIsRight

      I was with you… then I just saw Demko give up 3 in 3min in today’s VAN vs CBJ… I still think he is going to be a very good goalie in the future… But So might some of our rookie guys with time.

    • Stu Cazz

      30 other organizations also think he is not good enough to play in the NHL as he has been on waivers several times…..perhaps he does not have the talent or skill…..Great kid and attitude….wish him the best as he moves on.

      • Chucky

        It looks like he has never cleared waivers and never been a UFA. It also looks like he has continually improved his game in Stockton. According to Hockey Buzz, Cap Central he will still be a RFA on July 1 so they could increase his value by showcasing him.
        Stockton’s Finest watches him on a regular basis and seems sold on his potential, maybe the new management and coaching staff will give him an offer that would interest him. That would free up Hamonic and Stone as trade bait at the draft.

      • supra steve

        I’d love it if the Flames could milk every last departing asset/player for an awesome return, but that’s not how it happens for the other 30 clubs, so how can we expect any different for the Flames? The Flames picked up Cody Goloubef for nothing, they will probably lose Wotherspoon for nothing. July 1 Wotherspoon will be a UFA, as will a bunch of other “tweeners” that the Flames can pick and choose from.

  • Big jim

    Stu Cazz I think you are stretching the several times thing. From what I saw It’s been twice at the start of the last two seasons when teams are all trying to get their roster number down. The other time they made sure to send him down right before the 30 days to not have to go through waivers so no one could pick him up. We’ll see what happens when he is ufa this summer. I think Calgary made a bad move.