Paul Ranheim, the Golden Eagles' rookie left winger with the "can't miss" label and some of the fastest feet around, will get his chance at the National Hockey League, at least for a while.
Ranheim, 22, a University of Wisconsin product, was called up by the Calgary Flames Tuesday morning to fill a need created by a second injury this season to Mark Hunter. The Flames have games at home Thursday and Saturday.There is no word on how long Ranheim might be gone. It has been said by Calgary brass that once he's up, he'd probably stay, but this is an injury situation, and that might not apply.
Coach Paul Baxter has said Ranheim's skating speed is in a class with the best three or four he's seen at any level. Ranheim combines that with good durability, work in the corners and scoring ability. He is in among the league's top 15 scorers, has played all 36 Eagle games and had 30 goals and seven assists for 37 points. He is third in the league behind Theoren Fleury and Denver's Simon Wheeldon in goals. He had 11 power-play goals and two game-winning goals. He scored two goals in the first period in Monday's 11-8 win over Muskegon.