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Tobias Rieder capitalizing on PTO opportunity with Flames

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Tobias Rieder knew it might have been his last chance to prove he’s still NHL-worthy.

He responded with an effort that will very likely see him offered a two-way contract by the Calgary Flames in the next few days.

One of four PTOs still in camp with the Flames, the 26-year-old German winger has done well to earn a shot at joining Milan Lucic and Cam Talbot in the southern migration from Edmonton to Calgary this fall.

On Thursday night in San Jose, Rieder was one of the best players on the ice in a 4-1 loss that mattered far less than the process he finds himself in.

A 12 to 16-goal scorer in each of his first four seasons in the NHL, Rieder was scoreless in 67 games as an Oiler last year, leaving him a free agent with nowhere to sign.

During his pre-season look-see with the Flames, he has used his tremendous speed as an asset to not only create scoring opportunities but to kill penalties.

The Flames are looking to up their speed this year and replace short-handed ace Garnet Hathaway. Rieder can help with both goals, spending Thursday on the first PK unit for almost three minutes while also generating plenty of energy and chances alongside Derek Ryan and Andrew Mangiapane.

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