Not much of a stretch to say the Flames made the right decision in keeping Matthew Tkachuk the day after he scores two goals, but hey, I’ll go ahead and say it anyway. The Flames made the right choice in keeping Matthew Tkachuk.
That’s not to say there won’t be some rough nights, and maybe even a healthy scratch or two int he kid;s future, but tell me Tkachuk’s looked out of place or overwhelmed this year. Didin’t think so. There’s still room to fill out a little at 2015 pounds, but the 6th overall pick is showing he’s not afraid to get into a furball in a tough area, something this team desperately needs. And frankly, I don’t see anyone lighting Stockton on fire and forcing the Flames to make a move.
Sending Tkachuk back to junior would have been a mistake. While he might not be ready fro prime time 80 nights a year, I don’t see much point in sending him back to push teenagers around for another year.