SOAKING UP THE EXPERIENCE
One of the biggest things Sven Baertschi has learned in the Flames training camp? Playing with an NHL club comes with a few more benefits than playing on a WHL team.
"It's been special. It's a great experience for me. Kind of living a luxury life right - travel on the plane and all that stuff. It feels way better than sitting on a bus for 15 hours."
Baertschi will be playing in his third preseason game tonight and he has no plans to change his game in any way. He knows he needs to play his own style if he wants to be successful.
"Just try and do my best. Try to help my develop. Try to get better every day. If you can play with veteran guys on this team, it just makes you better every day. You can learn from those guys and bring it into your own game."
With just two preseason games remaining after tonight's contest, Baertschi knows he needs to make the most of his playing time and make an impression.
"I want to show those people they made the right choice in picking me in the first round."
BUILDING OFF PAST PERFORMANCES
Paul Byron is also playing in his third game and second in as many nights. His first outing on Tuesday turned a lot of heads thanks to his solid play and incredible speed.
He wasn't as impressed with his game in Edmonton last night, however, and he wants to get back to the basics in the second installment of the Battle of Alberta.
"I expect to skate a lot more. I thought the first game here in Calgary went a lot better. I need to use my speed a little more, create more, be in better supporting positions and try to help my linemates."
"Keep it simple, especially early on in the game. Chip pucks in, don't make any turnovers at the blueline, kind of get into the game, get your legs going and play a lot smarter."
Like Baertschi, he knows his auditioning time with the team will be wrapping up shortly and he needs to continually improve if he wants to earn a spot on the roster come Oct. 8.
"As each game goes on, every lineup gets better with more NHL guys. It's more experience and you just want to use that time to get better as a player and show what you can do out there."PROJECTED FLAMES LINES & PAIRINGS
Glencross - Jokinen - Moss
Tanguay - Horak - Kostopoulos
Baertschi - Byron - Bouma
Bancks - Stajan - Desbiens
Babchuk - Brodie
Bouwmeester - Butler
Henry - Smith
KarlssonPROJECTED OILERS LINES & PAIRINGS
Paajarvi - Horcoff - Omark
Hamilton - Vandevelde - Eberle
Cornet - O'Marra - Hartikainen
Hordichuk - Brule - Petrell
Smid - Potter
Barker - Plante
Peckham - Fedun