Loads of Calgary Flames followers have been fascinated to witness the NHL debut of intriguing ahead prospect Jakob Pelletier on Saturday. If Flames coach Darryl Sutter shares any of that pleasure, he has a humorous method of exhibiting it.
Following the Flames’ 6-3 win in opposition to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Sutter was requested about Pelletier’s debut. In a second which will enrage or entertain (relying on whom you ask), Sutter performed coy, asking for Pelletier’s jersey quantity. Sutter then learn off the rookie’s easy counting stats, corresponding to one shot on aim, and 6:43 time on ice.
When the Flames satisfied Sutter to jump off his tractor and set the group on a steadier path, many readied for the return of quirky press conferences. Whereas Sutter doesn’t match the cranky vitality of John Tortorella, he undoubtedly has his moments of humour and grumpiness.
Memorably, Sutter hoped that Johnny Gaudreau would have “extra vitality” in his five hundredth profession NHL sport than he did in his 499th.
Relying on the way you learn between the traces, Sutter appeared to fireside some parting pictures after Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk left city. A minimum of, that’s the way it felt when Sutter provided rave reviews of Jonathan Huberdeau’s passing abilities or when the 64-year-old coach made a cold comparison between Tkachuk and Tyler Toffoli.
In a sport that usually gasps for character and honesty, it may be refreshing and humorous, particularly when some classic bathroom humour is involved.
Some Flames followers, media not so amused by Sutter’s Pelletier feedback
Granted, it positive looks like these barbs get harsher once they’re directed towards younger gamers. Some could view all of it as being counterproductive.
Postmedia’s Wes Gilbertson considered Sutter’s method to Pelletier’s debut as “disrespectful.”
Darren Haynes went so far as to explain Sutter’s actions as “immature.”
Sportsnet’s Eric Francis captured among the temper by noting Sutter didn’t seem to share the city’s excitement for Pelletier.
Pondering Pelletier’s potential
Perhaps one of the best vitality is someplace between Sutter’s sarcasm and essentially the most breathless expectations about Pelletier, who was the twenty sixth decide of the 2019 NHL Draft and is taken into account one of their top prospects.
May Pelletier be the “solution to the Calgary Flames’ top-six issues?” That’s in all probability asking an excessive amount of from a 21-year-old who clearly nonetheless must earn his coach’s belief.
Maybe he can provide the Flames’ depth a lift, in methods each delicate and simple. After producing virtually some extent per sport within the AHL final season (62 factors in 66 video games), Pelletier produced 15 targets and 34 factors in 31 video games this 12 months earlier than being referred to as up.
As restricted as his ice time was in Saturday’s debut, Pelletier managed to make a positive impact. Notice, as an illustration, that the Flames generated three high-danger possibilities when Pelletier was on the ice, and didn’t hand over any in their very own finish. Contemplating how defensive-minded Sutter may be, that’s a pleasant method to begin thawing out a coach’s chilly coronary heart.
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