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Flames dodge bullets with ugly hit on Gaudreau, minor issues for Bennett

Calgary Flames v Vancouver Canucks

VANCOUVER, BC - APRIL 13: Johnny Gaudreau #53 of the Calgary Flames during NHL action against the Vancouver Canucks on April 13, 2014 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

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It’s easy to dismiss preseason games and especially prospect tournaments as irrelevant venues of competition, but they’re worth noting for at least two reasons: 1) players getting opportunities and 2) possible injuries. The Calgary Flames got two scares in that second category in their prospects exhibition against the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.

The biggest concern revolves around promising scorer Johnny Gaudreau’s condition following this ugly hit by Frank Corrado (video via Jason Gold):

PHT’s own Cam Tucker reports that Corrado, 21, received a major penalty (possibly for elbowing) and was ejected for that check. Jason Gold compares that hit to one Kyle McLaren delivered on Richard Zednik.

Whatever the league may or may not decide to do about that check, the early word regarding Gaudreau (pictured) seems positive:

That brings us to the other scare for Calgary tonight: first-round pick Sam Bennett was held out after he seemed to suffer a minor groin injury. The good news is that the fourth overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft doesn’t even think this issue will linger into training camp:

Bennett, 18, and Gaudreau, 21, inspire some serious excitement from observers so it’s heartening to hear that they likely dodged bullets.

Naturally, if anything changes for either prospect, PHT will make note.

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