Akim Aliu Rejoins Calgary Flames After Second Callup Of Season

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When the Calgary Flames go for their third win in four games on Saturday night against the Edmonton Oilers, they’ll have an addition to their lineup, in the form of Akim Aliu.

Aliu has gone from coveted prospect, to frustrating prospect, to former prospect, to likely a perennial minor leaguer over the course of his career. He’s proven to be extremely frustrating for the multiple clubs he has seen action with since he was drafted back in the summer of 2007.

This is Aliu’s second stint with the Flames this season. He played in a pair of games earlier this season, with nothing but a couple of hits and 10 penalty minutes to show for it. He has four games played in the NHL for his career, with three points, 22 PIM, and eight hits in total.

Despite looking like a promising prospect at one point, and projecting to be a very good power forward, Aliu’s career has been a complete failure to this point. He has the skill set necessary to be a very effective player, with a good shot and the frame to make him a successful player, he’s proven to be nothing more than a headcase, incapable of succeeding at the NHL level.

In 39 games in the AHL this season, Aliu hasn’t done much, outside of sitting in the penalty box. He had 10 points with the Abbotsford Heat at the time of  his recall to the Flames.

If there’s a team that Aliu is going to see an opportunity with, it’s the Flames. They’re a team in flux right now and looking for players for the future. It seems like every callup for Aliu could be his last at this point, unless he proves himself. With this Flames current roster, he has the opportunity to stick. Of course, he still has to take advantage of that opportunity, which is easier said than done.

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