Flames Recall Sven Bartschi from Portland of the Western Hockey League

Jesse Bruni March 8, 2012 5

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With the Flames absolutely decimated with injuries, Jay Feaster made an interesting move on Wednesday recalling Sven Bartschi from the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League. This option only became available due to the unique circumstances surrounding the current state of injuries on the Flames. On Monday the Flames recalled three players from Abbotsford on an emergency recall which did not cause the Flames to have to burn any of their remaining post deadline recalls. Bartschi will have to be sent back down to Portland when two of the Flames injured players return.

Bartschi has been on a tear recently and has 94 points in 47 games. He is in ninth place in scoring but has missed seventeen games due to a couple of injuries suffered, one being a concussion that occured during the World Junior Championships in Calgay. It will be interesting to see what type of opportunity he will get on Friday night when the Flames play the Winnipeg Jets. With so many top forwards out you would assume he will get a good chance to show what he can do. It has been a long time since a Flames prospect has generated the buzz that Bartschi has. The Flames have not had a good drafting record over the past decade and it has been way too long since a drafted player has stepped into a top forward line role. Bartschi has the skill and scoring ability to potentially be that guy that the Flames so desperately need.

Quick Notes

  • Already there is confusion on the proper way to spell Sven’s last name. The Flames have spelled his name Baertschi while the Winterhawks have spelled it Bartschi.
  • Bartschi will wear number 47 when he suits up for his first NHL game on Friday.
  • Bartschi was born in Langenthal, Switzerland and is still only nineteen years old.
  • Bartschi was drafted 13th overall in the 2011 Draft.
  • If the Flames wanted to keep Bartschi long-term, they would first have to burn one of their three remaining call ups. He would only be allowed to play ten games before the first year of his entry-level contract would kick in. Unfortunately for the Flames they also are at the maximum of fifty contracts and would have to find a contract to shed before allowing Bartschi to play past the tenth game.