Moss-terful rookie

Calgary Flames forward David Moss celebrates a goal against the Oilers in Edmonton on Saturday....

Calgary Flames forward David Moss celebrates a goal against the Oilers in Edmonton on Saturday. (Sun Media/Jason Franson)

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

Trade deadline day wasn't very eventful for the Calgary Flames but there was plenty of speculation to keep the masses entertained while waiting for GM Darryl Sutter to emerge from his office.

Picking up a depth defenceman was a sure bet. Sutter did that by adding David Hale.

There was also talk Sutter was scouring the market for a talented two-way winger that could beef up the right side for the run to the playoffs and what he hopes is a long playoff run.

Turns out David Moss is enough mass.

Lost in this season's many storylines -- a rejuvenated offence, a terrible road record, etc. -- is the Flames feel good story of the year.

The 6-ft. 3-in. rookie, who went from his second year in the AHL to the Flames second line in record time -- has quietly been one of the strongest assets on a Flames team boasting many big-name players. The 23-year-old missed three games after taking a nasty hit from behind late last month but hasn't shied away from the rough stuff.

He showed his mettle again Saturday night, grinding it out along the boards in a tenacious Battle of Alberta and opening the scoring for the Flames during their 4-2 win over the Oilers in Edmonton.

The win was their first on the road in more than a month, breaking a string of seven straight losses away from the Saddledome.

When Kristian Huselius picked Shawn Horcoff's pocket as the Oilers tried to clear the zone, Moss parked himself in familiar territory in front of the net and turned his crafty linemate's pass into a 1-0 lead by snapping a shot past Dwayne Roloson.

His effort doesn't always get noticed but Moss was rewarded with the All-Business Tie after the win.

"His play was really solid last night. He got things going with a really big goal, a great shot," defenceman Robyn Regehr said of Moss yesterday before the Flames continued on to St. Louis, where they'll face the Blues tomorrow night (6 p.m., Sportsnet).

"I was impressed with him."

Regehr isn't alone.

While Moss has yet to become a household name, the way he's played since his last call up from the AHL's Omaha Knights Jan. 25 is part of the reason Sutter was so reluctant to pay the high prices on deadline day.

"For sure," said Regehr. "You look at the situation he came into and now he's worked his way into a really great position for himself. I think the coaching staff has a lot of confidence in him. I think Darryl does. His teammates do as well."

Moss has continued to impress on the right side of the second line with Daymond Langkow and Huselius.

Two of his eight tallies this season have come in the past three games. More importantly, the Flames can count on Moss to perform on the road. Something many of his teammates can't boast.

Five goals and four helpers -- more than half of his production -- have come away from home.

The modest Moss has earned an early role as a full-time Flame in his second pro season after four years at the University of Michigan but doesn't take anything for granted.

He does, however, now rent a downtown apartment.

"A one-bedroom place down there (close to) all the guys that were in hotels," said Moss, who rooms with tough guy Eric Godard on the road.

"He keeps me in check, looks out for me."

Moss has maintained his role on the second line through hard work.

"I try not to be too complacent with it and think it's my permanent spot," said Moss, Calgary's seventh-round selection in 2001. "It's definitely not."

The 23-year-old isn't much of a talker. He'll politely answer any question but the response can be brief.

"Moss is quiet but he has a lot of respect from the guys because of the game that he brings when he does put on the equipment," said Regehr. "You know exactly what you're going to get from him."

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