Calgary Flames Monday Roundtable: Defencemen Edition

Mar 15, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton (27) celebrates his goal with teammates against the Boston Bruins during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 15, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton (27) celebrates his goal with teammates against the Boston Bruins during the second period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Apr 17, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Matt Bartkowski (44) skates against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period in game three of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 17, 2017; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames defenseman Matt Bartkowski (44) skates against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period in game three of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /

Question 5: Matt Bartkowski’s on a cheap two-way deal. Would you like to see him stay as a bottom two defenceman, or should he be sent down and the Flames give a chance to one of the younger guys like Oliver Kylington or players like Brett Kulak and Tyler Wotherspoon?

Jonathan Boulanger

Not a big fan of Bartkowski. I liked him at first, but once he started to show his true colors, I wasn’t a fan of his play. I think they should consider a free agent or maybe give ice time to the kids, but my problem with that is the ice time is minimal. In the AHL they will be able to develop better.

Alex Hoegler

I think it’d be nice to see a younger defenceman get the chance over Bartkowski, who hasn’t found any consistency at the NHL level. It doesn’t matter if it’s Kulak or Wotherspoon or someone else; but it’s worth bringing up a young player in the system to get the NHL feel.

Dan Raicevich

Matt Bartkowski is a great depth option. He is a smooth skater, offensive minded and undersized. He kind of reminds me of Kris Russell in a way. But then again, he possesses minimal upside here. Give Kylington or Andersson or Kulak more of an opportunity to solidify their roles in the organization.

Brad Treliving talks about “growth in the organization”. Let these AHL prospects take a gander in the big leagues and if that means a few nights sitting in the press box for Bartkowksi, then it means that.

Ramina Shlah

I definitely think the Calgary Flames can find someone better than Bartkowski. Letting these AHL guys have a chance with the big league would be smart, but like Jonathan said, there’s that risk of not giving them the ice-time they’d be getting in the AHL to develop. This is a tough one, but I think someone like Wotherspoon or Kylington even should be given a chance.

Question 6: Should the Flames bring back the elite Nicklas Grossmann?

Hahahahahahah ok sorry last joke.