Calgary lost another game last night, putting them in danger of missing last year's win total with 11 games left to play. The lone bright side, if there was one, is the continuing audition of some of Calgary's youth.

 

Chris Tamer has been a steady, albeit unexciting, third pairing defenseman. In 26 games, Tamer has 2 goals and 3 assists, but on a Flames team that gives up goals at an astronomical rate, is only a -5 on the year. Much of that might have to do with some lack of playing time, and plenty of special teams goals against, but Tamer should get a look at some more minutes down the stretch run. He will need to cut back on the penalty minutes (where have we heard that before) if he wants to be any kind of regular contributor. 

 

Sami Nuutenin has also been a nice story. In 6 games, Sami has 3 assists, an even rating and just 16 PIMs. He should also garner some more playing time in these final games to see if he has what it takes to be a 6/7 defenseman all year next season.

 

Could Calgary's big three sniff some playing time this year? Calgary's GM is rumored to be thinking hard about it... Stay tuned.