In a general sense, there still isn’t much of a reason to be excited over this Calgary Flames squad. They’re in a rebuilding mode right now, and things are looking pretty rough. However, there are a few specific pieces on this team that could be a reason to watch heading into next season.
One of those players is forward Sven Baertschi. While he’s not a well known commodity quite yet, he has the stuff to be a force for this Flames club. As we prepare to head into the new season, he could be headed for a breakout campaign, provided the Flames utilize him in a position that will allow him to succeed.
Baertschi spent some time injured early on in the season, as well as a bit of time in the minors. That limited him to 20 games, but he did fare pretty well in that limited action. He finished the year with 10 points, including three goals. Most of those points came during the end of the year, which he finished on a tear.
He recorded at least a point in the final seven games of the regular season, two of which included multiple points. It’s that finish, along with his potential linemates, that have his stock looking up heading into the new season. It should be a breakout season for the 20-year-old.
He’s going to get an opportunity in the top six, and could very well be playing next to Mike Cammalleri, who will set him up brilliantly from the middle. Baertschi is a capable player at both ends, and has the intelligence to make him a big time threat in the offensive end.
As long as he can remain healthy, this is going to be something of a breakout campaign for Baertschi. He’ll be put in a position to succeed in the top six, and has the skill set to become a big offensive threat for the Flames. He’s at least one reason that this team will be worth watching in 2013-14.