Quick Camp Update
Flames assigned 14 more players including Sven Baertschi to Portland and TJ Brodie to Abbotsford.
Calgary Flames camp has been one that’s seen its fair share of “minor” injuries. We all know Iginla has his back spasms and we continue to be told it is nothing to worry about. According to Feaster we COULD see the captain skate on Wednesday. Carson, Morrison and Ivanans are not cleared for contact and now Backlund and Jackman have minor groin pulls. On the bright side Cory Sarich has been given clearance to precede camp with contact, so look for the veteran to be ready for opening day.
On the cuts made: I like the moves made. Baertschi & Reinhart are not NHL ready and another year of juniors will allow them to be powerhouses in the WHL. Some people are shocked that Brodie did not stick around a little bit longer. Reality is that he needs to fine tune his defensive side of the game and gain confidence playing in all situations in the AHL. Nemisz being cut is disappointing; not because he played well but because I feel he did not look better than last year. I know a lot of people around Calgary felt he looked better but I just did not see it. His skating still lacked and besides the goal he scored, Nemisz never made his presence felt. I know he is still young but for a first round draft pick I feel he should be a step further ahead than where he is at. I saw very little if any improvement over last year’s camp.
Bubble players: Obviously Henry has played well and with the injury to Carson he could be that #7 come opening day. Keep in mind Sarich can’t seem to stay healthy so Henry might see more playing time this year then some may think. Smith has looked good at times but has also made some mistakes with ugly passes through the neutral zone. Due to Smith’s age, I see him getting a longer look. In my opinion, if a 22 year old played the camp Smith has, they would be sent down. Roman Horak has been crafty to say the least. He has been complimented on a few occasions by Coach Sutter. He has looked good but unless an injury or Stajan disappears (foreshadowing) occurs he will probably be in the AHL for the start of the year. Last one I will touch on is Paul Byron. A lot of positives around this kid and deservedly so, he has looked good and I believe he will hold down an opening day spot.