Dillon Dube will get a big opportunity to showcase his skills tonight.
The forward will skate on a line with Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan in the Flames' pre-season tilt against the San Jose Sharks at the Scotiabank Saddledome (7:00 p.m. MT - streamed within region on CalgaryFlames.com).
"It's going to be excited, to have this opportunity," he said after this morning's skate. "It's the same thing though - a try-out - so I've got to play my game.
"They're top guys in the league and I'm excited for tonight."
Dube was impressive in rookie camp and is coming off a strong game against the Canucks in Victoria on Monday night, where he potted the opening goal. Last season, Dube played in 25 games with the Flames, scoring one goal and five points.
Austin Czarnik, originally slated to play this evening, will not dress after blocking a shot in Monday's 4-3 victory in Victoria. Matthew Phillips, who had an assist in the win in Victoria, will step in for the winger and is expected to skate alongside veterans Milan Lucic and Derek Ryan.
In net, Jon Gillies is expected to go the distance in his first pre-season appearance of the year. Artyom Zagidulin will back him up.
Tonight's projected lineup:
Johnny Gaudreau - Sean Monahan - Dillon Dube
Milan Lucic - Derek Ryan - Matthew Phillips
Alan Quine - Byron Froese - Tobias Rieder
Martin Pospisil - Adam Ruzicka - Zac Rinaldo
Mark Giordano - Rasmus Andersson
Andrew MacDonald - Michael Stone
Andrew Nielsen - Alexander Yelesin