Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley has a long history of tossing rookies right into the mix to learn on the fly, and his use of left-wing rookie Sven Baertschi early this season will be no exception. Hartley told Baertschi Thursday that he has made the team, according to the Calgary Sun's Wes Gilbertson.
“He was happy this morning when I told him ‘You’re an NHL player.’ There was a big smile on his face,” Hartley said. “It’s a big accomplishment to start in the NHL. He’s a great kid, and we’re going to support him. He’s our baby.”
Fantasy hockey owners who took a shot on him in deeper drafts and keeper leagues should be happy, too, since they should get some immediate returns on their investment. Baertschi scored three goals in a five-game cup of java late last season and should begin the season in a promising situation on a line alongside Mikael Backlund and Michael Cammalleri, at least until Jiri Hudler and Roman Cervenka are back in the mix for the Flames.