Sven Baertschi the top prospect for the Calgary Flames, and their first round pick in last years draft had a great season for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL with 94 points in 47 games. He has since been on emergency recall for a Flames team that has 6 forwards on the IR. In his 4 games since the recall he has been amazing, already scoring 3 goals. The Flames are only 1 point out of the 8th and final playoff spot so his goal scoring is coming at a critical time. The Flames are playing really well as of late going 6-2-2 in the last ten games riding the hot play of Jerom Iginla who has scored a goal in 6 straight games, as well as Curtis Glencross who has 7 goals in his last 9 games, and Olli Jokinen who has scored in 14 of his last 19 games. Even with all of those hot players Baertschi’s goal scoring is welcome especially with the injury to Mike Cammalleri who was on a roll himself having a point in 8 of his last 11 games. Since there is no timetable to the return of Cammalleri, combined with Baertschi’s great start one would think that Baertschi will stay with the team for the remainder of the season.
It is important to note that since the Flames already have the max contracts of 50 players, that Baertschi can play only a maximum of 9 games total as an emergency call up which is only 5 more games, that includes both regular season, and playoff games.
Baertschi is part of a new wave of Swiss players that include Jonas Hiller, Luca Sbisa, and Nino Niederreiter. He played 2 seasons in a Swiss-B league before coming to North America to play in juniors last season. That is a move that worked out very well for him as he went on to have a great season in 10′-11′ which was good enough to get him drafted 13th overall in the first round by the Flames. This season has been even more productive for Baertschi, and he is being rewarded with NHL play even if it was originally because of an emergency recall. At only 19 years of age he probably didn’t expect to be there so quick, but as it is, he is in the middle of a playoff race and playing a key role for his team.