Our Three Stars: Flames vs. Sharks
Three players who stood out in the Flames-Sharks tilt at the 2011 Young Stars tournament
From the moment the 22 year-old hit the ice, he had a little extra jump in his game. Bancks was tenacious on the puck, forcing turnovers in the offensive zone while coming in hard on the backcheck. The Calgary native is known for playing with an edge and that grittiness was on display all night. After the Sharks scored their fourth goal, he took on Ben Thompson in hopes of creating a momentum shift. He's a vocal leader on and off the ice and that was very apparent in Sunday's game with San Jose.
Even though this was Baertschi's first game in a Flames jersey, the 18 year-old didn't look out of place playing against some player as much as four years his senior. He was in the goaltenders kitchens all night, skated well and didn't take a single shift off. As soon as he entered the offensive zone, defenders have to keep their head on a swivel as the winger was all over looking for some open ice. He was awarded a penalty shot late in the game and while he didn't find the back of the net, his soft hands were on display for all to see.
While he's known for his steady offensive production with Kootenay Ice, Reinhart showed he's very capable of playing an excellent two-way game on Sunday night. He was consistent in all three zones and was often the first forward in the zone on the backcheck. He was utilized as a penalty killer throughout the evening and in one sequence, he was able to snatch an errant puck, battle past a few Sharks players and go steaming in on a short-handed breakaway. While he was unsuccessful in his attempt, that play epitomizes the effort Reinhart put forth all evening.