Sven Baertschi
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Sven Baertschi

Hometown:

Langenthal Switzerland

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-10-05

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

1st round (13th overall), 2011

Weight:

190 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Sven Baertschi spent the season with the Langenthal club playing mostly for the U-20 squad. In 37 games, he scored 21 goals and added 32 assists for 53 points. In 6 postseason games, Baertschi scored 4 goals and added 3 assists for 7 points to go along with 35 penalty minutes. Baertschi also played for the U-17 squad, scoring 4 goals and adding 4 assists for 8 points in 3 games. Baertschi played for Switzerland at the 2009 U-18 World Junior Championship where he scored 1 goal and added 2 assists for 3 points in 6 games.

2009-10: Baertschi spent most of the season with Langenthal's National League B team. In 37 games for that team, he scored 6 goals and added 6 assists for 12 points. In 7 playoff games, Baertschi picked up 3 assists. Bartschi also played for Zug in the Elite Junior A league, scoring 10 goals and adding 13 assists for 23 points in 9 games. In 2 playoff games for Zug, he scored 3 goals and added 1 assist for 4 points. Baertschi once again represented Switzerland at the 2010 U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 1 goal and adding 2 assists for 3 points in 6 games. He was named one of the top 3 players on his team for the tournament. Baertschi was chosen in the first round, 7th overall, of the 2010 CHL Import Draft by the Portland Winterhawks.

2010-11: Baertschi moved over to the WHL to play his rookie season in that league. In 66 games, he scored 34 goals and added 51 assists for 85 points to go along with 74 penalty minutes. Baertschi played for Switzerland at the 2011 U-20 World Junior Championship, scoring 1 goal and adding 1 assist for 2 points in 6 games. Baertschi played for Team Orr at the 2011 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game, where he scored 1 goal and added 1 assist in Orr's 7-1 win over Team Cherry.

2011-12: Baertschi made his NHL debut with the Flames in March after a dominant junior season with the Portland Winterhawks. He scored 3 goals and was plus-two with 4 penalty minutes in five games with Calgary.  Baertschi and St. Louis prospect Ty Rattie were one of the most prolific scoring duos in junior hockey. Baertschi was the second-leading scorer for Portland behind Rattie and finished tenth in the WHL with 94 points (33 goals, 61 assists) despite skating in just 47 games due to an early season hip injury. Portland reached the WHL Finals after finishing second in the U.S. Division during the season. Baertschi was plus-11 with 14 goals and 20 assists in 22 playoff games.

2012-13: Baertschi skated in 20 NHL games with the Flames during three stints with Calgary in his first pro season. He played four games following the NHL lockout in January, missed 11 games with a hip injury before returning in late February and playing six games and then was re-called in April; finishing the year in Calgary. He had one assist in his first two stints and had nine of his ten points in April – finishing the year with 3 goals and 7 assists – and was an even plus/minus with 6 penalty minutes for Calgary. Baertschi played 32 games for Flames AHL affiliate Abbotsford. He scored 10 goals with 16 assists and was -1 with 16 penalty minutes. The Heat missed the playoffs after finishing fourth in the North Division.

 

Talent Analysis

Baerstchi is a good two-way player with high-end offensive talent. The playmaking winger has really improved his skating explosiveness while learning to change speed to throw off the defender. Since being drafted in 2011, he has really improved his vision and hockey sense as well as his overall game. The first rounder clearly projects as a top line forward. His work ethic, passion, desire and attitude to be the best are top notch.

 

Future

The future is now for Baertschi and 2013-14 will most likely be the season he finds himself graduating from a prospect to a full-time player in a Flames jersey. Given the openings in the Flames lineup, the timing is right for Baertschi to showcase his talent this season as a starter. Baertschi controls his destiny with his desire to perform and produce at the NHL level.

 

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