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The Calgary Flames’ ‘rocky’ rookie is on the rise

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By Jesse Green and Kevin HuttonThe Calgary Flames rookie is climbing the ranks in the NHL.

With the franchise looking to build on a solid start to the season and the addition of veteran winger and former Calgary Flames defenceman Tyler Myers, the Flames have made it clear they are in search of a spark.

The 22-year-old has made it to the NHL on a team-high 13 goals, including four last week against the Boston Bruins.

The Calgary native scored in the first period of Calgary’s 5-3 victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday night and then added two assists on Sunday against the New Jersey Devils.

He finished with seven points in the Flames 5-1 win over the New York Islanders on Saturday.

It was a big step for Myers, who has played for the Flames for three seasons.

He has played on a line with fellow Calgary Flames forward Mikael Backlund, and is also playing with fellow Flames defencemen Cody McCormick and Niklas Hjalmarsson.

After spending two seasons in the AHL, Myers signed with the Flames in early November, and he has been a major contributor to their recent success.

“He’s a guy that’s really worked hard,” Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan said on Sunday.

“He’s been in a really good position to be here.”

When we signed him, it was a little bit different.

It was the opportunity, but we really didn’t want him to miss anything.

We wanted to make sure he was healthy.

“With the Flames, Myers has earned a starting role this season.

He played with the team on a second line, with rookie Mikael Granlund and Granlund’s younger brother, Tomas, playing on the second pairing.”

I think he’s going to be an impact player for us, and I’m excited about him,” Gulutz said.”

There’s a lot of people who are playing a lot, so I think he’ll be a big part of that.

“We’ve got a lot more young players coming in and there’s a new team around him, so we’ll see how he develops.”

When the Flames play the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night, Myers is expected to be on the ice, and the two will likely face off.

The Flames are 2-2-0 in the regular season.