SUN Hockey Pool

Who to watch on Flames

STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

C JAMIE LUNDMARK

Defensively, he's made an effort to improve -- and with head coach Brent Sutter, how well you play without the puck is as important as the points you put up with it on your stick. He's proven capable of the latter, netting a dozen goals and 30 points in 78 games with the Flames. If you erase his disappointing 2006-07 effort -- 39 games and just four assists before being traded to the Los Angeles Kings -- his 26 points in 39 contests with the team is even more impressive.

Expected to earn consideration for a Top 6 role once the veterans report to camp this weekend, Lundmark better be heads-and-tails above all the prospects he'll be playing with over the next week -- with and without the puck.

D ANTON STRALMAN

Coming to Calgary in the trade that saw Wayne Primeau shipped to Toronto, Stralman is going to feel the burning stares from the eyes of Flames fans wondering why the Toronto Maple Leafs gave up the 23-year-old so easily despite their logjam on the blueline.

Stralman is a bit of an unknown commodity. He improved offensively -- where he's expected to earn his wage in the NHL -- in a part-time role with the Leafs last year.

Because he will have to clear waivers if the Flames decide to send him to the minors, it will be interesting to see what happens if the 6-foot-1, 180-lb. Swede challenges veterans Adam Pardy or Mark Giordano for a spot in the opening day lineup.

If he fails to impress, it's a pretty good bet another team will take a crack at him before he gets to the AHL's Abbotsford Heat.

LW KYLE GREENTREE

Scoring 39 goals for the Quad City Flames in the American Hockey League last season, Greentree made the minors take notice of his arrival.

Courtesy of the second-best snipe total in the loop, Greentree will also get a hard stare from Flames GM Darryl Sutter and his scouting staff over the next week and likely late into training camp well after the veterans arrive.

Appearing in just four NHL games -- two with the Flames last February and a pair with the Philadelphia Flyers two seasons ago -- the 25-year-old will be one of the first forwards called up from the Abbotsford Heat farm team if he doesn't make the big club. Whether his feet can keep up to a pretty slick-moving collection of forwards on one-way deals will be the determining factor in his role with the franchise this season.


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