Sven Baertschi, LW

Shoots: L

Height: 5-11

Weight: 190

Born: 1992-10-05

Hometown: Bern, Switzerland

Drafted: 2011 by Calgary, 13th overall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

May 2014 - Baertschi broke a rib in his first game with the Swiss at the World Championships and has been forced to call it quits on the tourney. He had scored 11 points in 26 games for the Flames this season and 29 points including 13 goals for the Abbotsford Heat. The young winger also potted an assist in four playoff games with the Heat before joining the Swiss for the Worlds. The injury will keep Baertschi on the mend for a few weeks but isn't expected to hinder his off-season training significantly. Brad Wilson

 

May 2014 - Baertschi will suit up for Switzerland at the World Championships. Brad Wilson

 

March 2014 - Baertschi Started with the Flames this season but after Brian Burke took control of General Manager duties, he was almost immediately sent down to the Heat of the AHL. Burke was critical of Baerstchi's game saying he wasn't yet ready to be an NHLer. Nearing the end of the season it would make sense to once again see the young winger in a Flames jersey but thus far it has not happened. Gifted as a goal scorer, Baerstchi has managed 10 goals and 22 points in 36 games (as of printing) for the Heat. The knock on the 13th overall pick was that he was lacking work ethic in all areas outside the offensive zone. Burke recently said the youngster has rounded out his game since joining Abbotsford. Regardless of his point production dropping slightly, the most important thing is he continues to develop into the offensive threat the Flames so desperately need. Expect Baerstchi to seriously challenge for a full time role in Calgary to start next season. Baerstchi will become an RFA on July 2015. Brad Wilson

 

April 2013 – This season has been a story of two Svens. After returning from the concussion he made the Flames out of camp. Four games later he was shelved with a hip injury for almost a month. Upon his return, poor production and limited minutes wrote him a pass back to the AHL to redevelop his game. After a housecleaning and eight points in 11 games, he has been summoned to the rodeo once again to play big minutes and hopefully find his game at the top tier. The Flames are hoping next season he is ready to take the bull by the horns, and should still have Calder Trophy candidacy. Jason Banks

 

January 2013 – Early in the season he was great for the Heat compiling 17 points in 19 games being the offensive catalyst and best player most nights. Unfortunately has shut down through December with ‘concussion like symptoms’. I believe this is concussion threat number two and he is now on ‘red alert’ for fantasy managers who own him and looking to acquire him, including myself as an owner of him. If the NHL were to resume soon, Calgary has 12 forwards under contract, and the Flames may choose to leave Baertschi as Abbotsford to develop regardless of health status. Jason Banks

 

April 2012 – Bartschi had an outstanding year in the WHL. Although his World Junior experience was cut short due to a concussion, the Swiss sensation was probably the most dangerous player in the entire WHL. He finished the year with 94 points in 47 games and has added an additional 19 points in nine playoff games. It was these eye popping numbers which made him the Portland Winterhawks regular season MVP. Bartschi got a chance to strut his stuff on the big stage when the Flames were in need of an emergency call up. He answered the bell scored three goals in five games with the big boys. He will almost certainly be wearing the flaming C when Calgary opens their 2012-13 season. - Zenon Herasymiuk

 

December, 2011 – The Calgary Flames may have set a land speed record in signing Sven Bärtschi; barely snug in his draft-day jersey before being presented with a contract, the Swiss phenom’s handling under Jay Feaster is a prime example of how the Flames intend to approach prospect development moving forward. Simply put, a repeat of the Tim Erixon saga is unacceptable- not that there’s been any indication Bärtschi wishes to play anywhere but Calgary. Loaded with skill, high-end skating ability and an oft-fierce temper, Bärtschi will also hopefully buck another trend in Cowtown: an inability to find talent via the Draft. - Matt Bugg

 

Fantasy Outlook: A

 

Gifted goal scorer with top line upside. Should contend for full time NHL job to start 2014-2015 season.

 

 

Footage:

 

Baerstchi updated highlight pack:

 

 

 

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