BETTING À DAY
Quebec forward Jakob Pelletier wants to put the odds on his side to convince the Calgary Flames staff to give him a place in the big club next season.
After an impressive rookie season with the Stockton Heat, in the American Hockey League (AHL), the native of the Old Capital thinks he is ready to move on to the next level. He was the third-leading scorer among first-year players in 2021-22, registering 62 points in 66 games.
“My first goal is to reach the National Hockey League [NHL], said he told the Bettman Circuit website. I will do my best to achieve this.
“Right now, I want to have a good off-season and come to camp physically stronger. If I have to train twice a day to accomplish that, that's what I'll do.”
Pelletier, chosen 26th overall at the 2019 auction, will certainly have the chance to shine at Calgary from the next campaign. The 21-year-old winger could take advantage of the departure of Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk to get a spot on the Alberta team's top three lines.
“That's the next step for him,” development coach Ray Edwards said. He must force people to make difficult decisions, it's as simple as that.
“We have already spoken to him about this and he understands the magnitude of his task in the coming months. His goal is to get to the camp and muddy the waters.”
The one who amassed seven points in as many games at the World Junior Hockey Championship in 2021 says he is ready for the challenge, especially since he was able to learn from his less conclusive experience at last year's Flames camp.< /p>
“Last September, I didn't do enough to prove that I could play pro,” concluded Pelletier. I think that gave me a push when I got cut.
“If I stay true to my style of play and I'm good with my stick and in forechecking, I think I can put the odds on my side.”
Moreover, whether he plays next season in the AHL or in the NHL, Pelletier will call Calgary home this season. The Flames farm club, which had been based in Stockton for seven seasons, will now play its home games in the Alberta metropolis and will bear the name of Wranglers.
Kylington avoids refereeing
The Flames only have Andrew Mangiapane to settle after they reached terms with defenseman Oliver Kylington on a two-year contract extension.< /p>
Kylington thus avoids salary arbitration and will receive $2.5 million annually until 2024.
The 25-year-old Swedish fullback had his best season in the NHL in 2021-2022, amassing 31 points in 73 games with the Flames.
Former second-round pick, he scored 47 points in 168 career games – all played with the Calgary team.
A free agent with compensation, Mangiapane will present his case before an arbitrator on Friday.