COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Flames freshman Dustin Boyd showed during the six-game road trip both the risk and reward you get with a rookie.
Defensive mistakes were made, but there was also a beautiful goal.
The kind his American Hockey League teammates have come to expect, and that Flames fans are dying to see more of in the future.
The 21-year-old opened some eyes with his second goal of the season -- a flashy deke in a win over the Carolina Hurricanes last week.
Boyd admits he's done it more than once or twice.
"Quite a few times, never in the NHL though," said the rookie, who had a chance to make an impression again last night against the Blue Jackets with veteran Owen Nolan out of the lineup with a neck injury.
"For me, I like deking. The more time they give me, the more I can deke."
Youngsters Boyd and Eric Nystrom are giving the Flames a lift with their energetic play.
Boyd says knowing either of them could be returned to the AHL is plenty of motivation.
"I think both me and Ny, we're here to bring energy and we can't take a night off," said Boyd, who played through a mild case of whiplash last night. "We know any time you can get sent down."
But you can count on the rookies sticking around for as long as they're providing any sort of spark. The youthful ingredient is something the team has been in need of.
"They bring energy. They're coachable. They want to improve," said head coach Mike Keenan of the pair.
"They're contributing to the team. It's good that we've had a couple of players like this step up and now play for the team."