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Prust tired of watching

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:35 AM ET

Brandon Prust watches from a lower bowl seat at the Saddledome while his 'mates hit the ice.

Recovering from hip surgery, that's all the winger can do.

One of the off-season favourites in the battle for a rookie role with the Calgary Flames this year, Prust hasn't had a chance to prove he belongs with the big club out of camp.

He's expected to start skating soon, but likely won't be ready to compete full-throttle until the NHL season is already underway.

"Once I get to 100 percent, that'll be my time to impress. I've just got to make sure this thing heals up nice. When it does, that's when my tryouts start," said Prust, who has been to rink everyday, despite not being able to play.

"It's tough. You really want to be a part of it out there. You see the guys out on the ice and scrimmaging. I'd like to be out there trying to show what I've got and I'm just kind of sitting back and watching."

With a second pre-season game passing last night in Saskatoon, the itch must be becoming nearly unbearable for the 23-year-old, who played 10 games with the Flames in his second pro season.

"Originally I was hoping I could get into a (pre-season) game or two. But that would be very hopeful to do that," Prust said.

"Most likely, we won't push it and it it'll probably be the start of the season, the second week of October or something like that."

That guarantees him another start in the AHL, where he'll look to continue making strides with the Quad City Flames after a strong second season with the Omaha Knights.

He contributed 17 goals and 10 assists over 63 games last year in Omaha.

He missed the AHL playoffs after injuring his hip late in the season, but didn't discover the seriousness of it until returning to Calgary for this summer's development camp.

"We were kind of thinking it was a hip flexor injury," Prust said.

"After the season, because we thought it was muscle-related, I just rested it. Once I started working out again, it was still hurting. When I came out here in July for conditioning camp ... that was the first time I was on the ice, basically, and it was pretty sore."


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