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Sven Baertschi Recalled

Sven has been freed and now it's probably the last time to shine before he is cast away from the organization only to succeed elsewhere... probably. #FREESVEN

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It only took more injuries to finally see former first round pick (13th overall in 2011 if you've forgotten) Sven Baertschi called up. With injuries to Joe Colborne, Michael Ferland (probably, I mean that elbow looked gross), Matt Stajan, and just about everything else that moves; it was only a matter of time before Sven found his way back onto the Flames NHL roster. Sven had a fantastic showing this preseason with the Flames after starting slow in the split-squad games against Edmonton, Sven played well in the remaining games and was one of the final cuts who were sent to Adirondack.

We know he's had a hard time staying in the line up and not producing "the way we expected him to" BUT he still is only 22 and still capable of becoming a great player... hopefully. In ten games this season with the Baby Flames in Adirondack, he has 3 assists and 6 PIMs. Though those stats are nothing to write home about, he has been praised for his play but being "unable to finish". Sven had a harder time adjusting to being sent down last season and did pick up the pace near the end of the Abbotsford season before they were eliminated in the first round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Sven's Career Stats courtesy of HockeyDB

Based on the Flames projected lines report from this morning, it looks like Sven could be down on the third line with Paul Byron and Devin Setoguchi as Calgary takes on Montreal at the Bell Centre at 5:00 PM MST. Also remember to set your clocks back one hour since it's that time of the year again.

Check out our Game 13 Preview here by Kevin Kraczkowski.