When the puck drops on the Calgary Flames season in a week’s time, prospect Roman Horak will be front and centre.
That is, centring the third line between Rene Bourque and newly acquired Lee Stempniak.
A training camp surprise, Horak is the only Flames prospect from Calgary’s rookie camp to make the team. The Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic native spent last season with the Chilliwack Bruins of the Western Hockey League, scoring 26 goals and 78 points in 64 games.
Horak was acquired along with two second round picks in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, used to select Markus Granlund 45th overall and Tyler Wotherspoon at pick 57. The trade sent then Flames top prospect Tim Erixon to the New York Rangers. Erixon refused to sign an entry level contract with Calgary, forcing the Flames to trade him days before the NHL draft.
Erixon failed to make the Rangers out of camp and was reassigned to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League.