Flames' Meyer making mark

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:44 PM ET

Stefan Meyer has never had trouble finding a full-time gig.

Problem is, its always been in an American Hockey League city.

Until now, perhaps.

Saturdays showdown with the Edmonton Oilers marked Meyers fourth appearance with the Calgary Flames, equalling his total tally of big-league outings from five previous seasons in the professional ranks.

Im at the point now that I dont even think about (the time in the minors), Meyer said. If I keep going back, then it makes it look like Im just happy to be here. Im not. That part is over, said and done. Im a guy that can contribute here.

Im not just happy to be playing my fourth game. Im not happy unless Im helping the team win hockey games.

Meyer joined the Flames organization in the summer, accepting a two-way pact that seemed to suggest he was ticketed for AHL Abbotsford.

But with a handful of full-time forwards Rene Bourque, Ales Kotalik, Daymond Langkow, David Moss, etc. felled by injuries, the 25-year-old earned a job with the big club and has suited up in four consecutive contests.

Although he has registered 74 goals and added 72 assists in 333 AHL outings, theres no doubting his role at the Saddledome.

Hes gotta create some havoc and maybe generate a little bit of offence for us, but he certainly has to be rock-solid defensively, said Flames head coach Brent Sutter. He needs to play with intensity and heart out there, and hes gotta have a junkyard dog mentality.

The product of Fox Valley, Sask., seems to be embracing that role.

Skating on the fourth line, Meyer has been a tireless forechecker and a general pest for the Flames. In the season-opening instalment of the Battle of Alberta, he even dropped his mitts with Oilers winger Ryan Jones.

I just go out there and try to be a guy who has an edge and gives the team a little bit of jam. Hockey teams need guys like that, Meyer said. Its a role that I can play scratching and clawing. I have to play that role better, just like everybody has to be better.

In addition to four games with the Florida Panthers in 2007-08, Meyers on-ice resume also includes four campaigns with AHL Rochester and a season at AHL San Antonio.

And although its a good possibility hell be assigned to Abbotsford once a few other forwards are healthy, Meyer is determined to make the Dome his permanent home.

Even after the Flames heard a chorus of boos during Thursdays shutout loss to the Panthers, he insisted hes thrilled to be earning his paycheques in a hockey hotbed.

Thats why guys want to play here, because people care and the fans watch and they understand, Meyer said.


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