Last night, we saw both Dougie Hamilton and Michael Stone leave the game with injuries in Calgary’s 5-0 defeat of the Montreal Canadiens. While the word from the Calgary media seems as though their injuries may not be too serious and one of them may be able to play tomorrow, the Flames have reportedly made a roster move, bringing up the best right-shot defense prospect they have at the professional level.
Sounds like Calgary is recalling d-man Rasmus Andersson. He’s set to join the team in Winnipeg. #Flames— Pat Steinberg (@Fan960Steinberg) March 10, 2017
20-year-old defenseman Rasmus Andersson has been recalled from the Stockton Heat. A second round pick in 2015, Andersson is one of the top prospects in the Calgary organization. After 2 consecutive seasons in the OHL where scored at nearly a point-per-game from the backend, he has had a successful transition to the professional ranks, where he has 3 goals and 19 assists for 22 points in 50 games this season. A puck moving defenseman, he has good size to go along with his strong offensive instincts.
The status of Hamilton and Stone will determine whether he is able to get in the lineup for the game against Winnipeg tomorrow, or another game in the near future. It sounds as though there is a good chance that one of Hamilton or Stone will be in the lineup tomorrow.
Gulutzan is hopefull that one of Hamilton or Stone will play in Winnipeg... he didn't specify but the safe bet is he's referring to Dougie— Jermain Franklin (@TSNJFranklin) March 10, 2017
If neither Hamilton or Stone are ready, we will see Rasmus Andersson in the lineup, likely alongside either Mark Giordano or T.J. Brodie. If one of Hamilton or Stone are ready to play, then Glen Gulutzan has the choice of either reinserting Dennis Wideman into the lineup, or putting Andersson in.
I know what decision I and the large majority of the Calgary Flames fan base would make, but it will be interesting to see what Gulutzan decides. Andersson is one of the best defensive prospects in the organization, it would be exciting to see him get into a couple of games at the NHL level.