|Written by Jason Banks|
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
Should be an NHL player by 2013 and has first-line upside in an organization that desperately needs it.
Bärtschi highlights (first half):
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|Last Updated on Friday, 12 April 2013 14:27|