Young Stars Wrap Up
Main camp opens Friday September 16 with physicals and fitness testing.
Flames prospects just returned from their young stars tourney in Penticton; I want to give my quick recap of what I saw from certain players.
How could I start and not mention Sven Baertschi; the Flames first round selection had all the eyes on him and he did not disappoint. 2 goals scored but more importantly he was a factor every game and made his presence felt, even in that nasty first game versus San Jose. Sven could turn some heads at main camp but unless some injuries happen he will be in Portland this coming season.
Max Reinhart, this kid continues to improve. I think Pat Steinberg said it best “reminds him of a young Daymond Langkow” and I can agree with that. He plays well at both ends of the ice and is starting to find his scoring touch. I am very intrigued to see Max at main camp and he will get a long look. Feaster is very high on him and I am starting to follow suit.
Greg Nemisz, did he play at the young stars tourney? Yup he did… he didn’t impress me. For a guy who played some NHL games last year and is expected to push for a job at camp; Nemisz better step up his game because I didn’t see it at the tourney.
Joni Ortio, got shelled the first game but the coaches showed faith and was good in the following two games. Including the sprawling save to save the game late against Edmonton, Ortio began playing the way I expected. He will be a nice back up to Irving in the AHL this year.
Chris Breen, I remember watching him early on last year and his skating was bad. But watching him a year later, I can see a massive improvement. Breen covered the ice well and although I was not blown away by his play; I see many improvements over last year and I think another year in the AHL will allow him to grow into an NHL d-man.
I know I could go on and talk about every player including TJ Brodie; who in my opinion had a below average tourney but main camp will show where he is at. Also I was very impressed with Holland, Ferland and Negrin I felt all three guys played well. Negrin who is finally healthy will in my opinion leap frog a couple guys on the depth chart after main camp.