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Curtis Lazar named to AHL All-Star Classic

The Calgary Flames sent Curtis Lazar to the American Hockey League to open this season, with the thought that he could establish himself as a high-end minor league talent and eventually return to the National Hockey League. The plan is working fairly well so far, as Lazar has been named the Stockton Heat’s representative in the upcoming AHL All-Star Classic.

Lazar, 23, was acquired from the Ottawa Senators at the 2017 NHL trade deadline. He didn’t exactly set the world on fire for the Flames, playing almost entirely in the bottom six and putting up three goals and 15 points in 69 games. He was waived and sent to the AHL to open the 2018-19 season and has been very solid. Through 31 AHL games he has 11 goals and 25 points, emerging as one of Stockton’s leaders both on and off the ice.

The AHL All-Star Classic goes Jan. 28 in Springfield, MA.

    • deantheraven

      Absolutely. Czarnik was visible if somewhat ineffective in BOS. Before and since, not so much. People talk about how disappointing Neal has been, and I get the dollar difference, but I gotta believe Neal looks a better bet to improve. His luck has been terrible. Czarnik hasn’t made much luck for himself or done anything with it when he has. I always saw Lazar as more snake bit like Neal, and he’d bring a boat load of confidence that must have hit bottom last season.
      But we didn’t have this Lazar then and didn’t think we’d have this Czarnik or Neal either. Lazar was a place holder last year. That’s what Czarnik is now.
      I really hope Mangiapane steps in soon and steps up his game. He hasn’t added more than Last Year’s Lazar yet or even shown that he might, has he?

  • deantheraven

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Glad to see he’s worked on his game and become a leader again. Just read an article about him requesting to be sent down and Tre agrees that he’s earned the recognition. All signs point to him joining the Flames for what could be a long playoff run.
    He’s never been popular on FN but a true Fan Favourite everywhere he’s played.