SUN Hockey Pool

Three players who stood out

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

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T.J. Brodie

Two years ago, he opened a few eyes with a strong rookie tournament performance when the Flames faced teams from Edmonton and Vancouver in Camrose. Brodie -- a fourth-round pick from 2008 -- is at it again. He used his excellent skating abilities in all zones, especially when he needed to recover. Calgary needs a mid-round pick to be a player and he seems the likely candidate.

Greg Nemisz

One goal and a screen job on another for the 2008 first-rounder. Nemisz had to improve his skating and he's done a good job of it over the past year, even through a horrible leg injury -- cut for 45 stitches right above his knee. Used his size well, too.

Leland Irving

The 2006 first-round draft choice was a big reason the Flames weren't blown out in the first period. Among his 15 stops in the opening frame were a couple of dandies. A few too many rebounds, but a big step forward for the netminder who knows the onus is on him to be a top-rate American Hockey League performer this season.


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