Calgary Flames 47 Days Until the Season Starts: #47 Sven Baertschi

CALGARY, AB - NOVEMBER 22: Sven Baertschi
CALGARY, AB - NOVEMBER 22: Sven Baertschi /

With 47 days left until the regular season starts up again, let’s take a look at a former Calgary Flames player with that number.

Since the start of August, we’re counting down the number of days left until the regular season starts up again! Everyday until the start of the season, we’ll be talking about a Calgary Flames player whose number correlates with how many days there are left.

Last time, we talked about a player who is no longer active in the NHL. With 49 days left, we talked about #49 Matthew Lombardi. Today, let’s switch it up a bit. Let’s talk about a player who’s still active in the NHL, but no longer with the Flames.

With 47 days left until the regular season, let’s look at #47 Sven Baertschi.

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Who is Sven Baertschi?

Name: Sven Baertschi

Birth place: Bern, Switzerland

Position: LW

Shoots: Left

Birthdate: 1992-10-05

Height: 5’11” / 180 cm

Weight: 87 kg / 192 lbs

Drafted by: Calgary Flames, 13th overall, 2011

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As we can see above, Sven Baertschi didn’t spend a whole lot of time with the Calgary Flames and was sent down quite often to the farm-team. Let’s get into his history, then we’ll talk about that.

After being drafted by the Calgary Flames in 2011, Baertschi played the following season with his minor team, the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. During that season, he was a star player. He was 10th overall at the end of the season for points with 94, however he played less games (just 47). And just, was ranked number 1 overall for points per game with an average of 2.00.

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Baertschi also led all skaters during the playoffs in points, with 34 in 22 games. That season was definitely a high-point for the kid because he also got called up to the big club – the Calgary Flames. He played five games and recorded three goals. He got his first NHL goal on March 11th 2012 against the Minnesota Wild.

Baertschi has also played for Switzerland in some international competitions. Two U18’s, two World Juniors, and one World Championship. But unfortunately, he’s never received a medal.

Since those five games in Calgary, his time with the Flames has definitely been limited. Unfortunately for Baertschi, the Flames wanted him to stay down in the AHL to further develop his skills. He was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in 2015. Right now, he’s definitely scoring more goals than he ever did in Calgary which begs people to think, “Why was he traded?”

Well, what many people don’t know is that he actually wanted a trade. He basically said that he wants to stay up in the NHL and if he’s going to be sent down again, he wants a trade. So the Flames didn’t really have a choice in that case.

Like I pointed out with our friend Alex Hoegler over at The Canuck Way, it wasn’t a good gel with the Flames and Baertschi. There wasn’t that much room for him on that first or second line and he may be one of the Vancouver’s top six guys right now, but the opportunity wasn’t there for him in Calgary.

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And like I pointed out with Markus Granlund too and how he’s also been doing well with the Canucks – One team’s loss is another team’s gain.