After a stellar second half of the regular season, Kyle Greentree has earned himself a spot with the Calgary Flames.
One of the five players recalled from Quad City this week, Greentree has the best chance of slipping into the lineup. The sniper finished off his season in Quad City as the leading scorer, with 39 tallies – a new franchise record for the Flames.
|Left winger Kyle Greentree during the Flames training camp last August. |
“Yeah, it’s exciting. I feel good and I’ll be ready if any injuries happen or guys are out. I feel good on the ice. I’m just going to try and keep in that mode,” he told CalgaryFlames.com on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old has some professional playoff experience from his time with the Philadelphia Flyer’s farm team, the Phantoms, but nothing could prepare him for the atmosphere around the Saddledome over the past week.
“It’s a different situation, new team. Obviously in a Canadian market it’s pretty exciting,” he said, gesturing to the horde of media in the locker room after Tuesday’s practice. “Just getting the call and being up with everyone, it’s pretty special and pretty exciting.”
The Victoria product skated on a line with Craig Conroy and David Moss on Monday before being put with David Van Der Gulik and Dustin Boyd the next day. He wasn’t feeling any jitters quite yet and credited the team with keeping a relaxed atmosphere.
“They made us pretty comfortable,” he said, mentioning that every player had the same set of expectations when they hit the ice this week. “Anything could happen so every one needs to be ready to go.”
It’s been easy to carry the momentum over from Quad City for the winger. Despite his slow start to the season, he has elevated his game over the last three months and nearly carried Quad City into the playoffs.
“I don’t think I had a goal in my first eight games,” Greentree said. “The last three months we’ve been one of the hottest teams in the league. I’m pretty pleased with how that worked out.”
While many ascribed Greentree’s breakout season to Jamie Lundmark’s spectacular playmaking abilities, he was able to carry on in impressively after his counterpart was recalled by the Flames to fill the void up front due to a plethora of injuries.
“I definitely want to keep carrying my rhythm and keep feeling good on the ice.”
While bodies are returning left and right for the Flames, Greentree still views his time with the club as an invaluable experience even if he doesn’t see any action.
“It’s more experience for me. I’m just happy to be here with these guys.”