Newcomer passes test

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:06 AM ET

DALLAS -- It didn't take long for Jamie Lundmark to make an impression on his new teammates.

Just three games into his tenure as a Calgary Flame, the centre began building his reputation as a potential playmaker with three assists in a 7-2 romp over the St. Louis Blues.

Rewarded with a second straight start for the first time since being picked up from Phoenix for a second-round pick at the trade deadline, Lundmark was a staple on the powerplay between linemates Tony Amonte and Chuck Kobasew.

Near the end of his first extended road trip as the new guy, Lundmark's confidence is on the rise.

"It's been good so far," said the 25-year-old. "It's certainly a long road trip but I've (been) in a few games.

"I think I'm playing pretty good. Still trying to take it day by day, shift by shift. I'm feeling pretty good with the puck right now, feeling pretty confident out there. But it can still get better."

There was no denying Lundmark's ability in St. Louis as he helped set up Jordan Leopold and Roman Hamrlik for scores. The highlight, though, was his lightning-fast fake slapper that went cross-ice to defenceman Robyn Regehr, who then sent a rocket into the top shelf for the Flames' fourth goal of the second period. Amonte is among those impressed by what the kid has to offer.

"He's definitely talented. He can skate like a madman out there. He can really fly. He's got great hands," said Amonte. "I never really saw much of him before, so you don't know too much about him, but he's a great player.

"He chipped in offensively for our club since he's been in the lineup. It's fun playing with him.

"He's a young kid. He's hungry and it shows in the way he plays."

Again skating alongside Amonte in yesterday's practice in Columbus before flying to Dallas for this afternoon's contest against the Stars (1 p.m., Sportsnet), Lundmark says playing with the experienced winger has helped his transition.

"He's a great player, a veteran guy," Lundmark said. "He's played a lot of games and he's somebody that you can learn from.

"You can watch his positioning and the way he plays the game, the way he reads plays and uses his head. It's great playing with him."

With four assists in four games as a Flame, Lundmark would love to pot a goal. He also wouldn't mind being the guy who helps end Amonte's lengthy drought.

"That'd be great," he said. "We're trying to score goals every time we're out there."


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