Tyler Wotherspoon watch is on for Flames fans at world junior

Team Canada's coaching staff liked Tyler Wotherspoon's performance at the recent selection camp in...

Team Canada's coaching staff liked Tyler Wotherspoon's performance at the recent selection camp in Calgary. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:28 AM ET

CALGARY - It's not necessarily a bad thing.

Calgary Flames fans will be setting their alarms over the holidays to monitor the progress of defensive prospect Tyler Wotherspoon at the world junior championship, but the truth is, the 19-year-old blueliner is most effective when you don't notice him at all.

Ask Steve Spott, head coach of Canada's world junior entry in Ufa, Russia: "Absolutely. It's plus-minus for him -- that's going to be his main stat."

Or ask John Weisbrod, the Flames' assistant GM and go-to guy for information on Calgary's stash of up-and-comers: "That probably is true, just because his skill-set is not demonstrative. He's not the kind of guy that's going to wow you by going end-to-end or doing something special offensively. He's just a steady, smart, consistent, positionally sound player who's got a good head on his shoulders and a good body and good skill-set."

Just don't ask Wotherspoon.

"I don't think anybody out there wants that."


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