It defines genuine as "actual, real or true".
With rookie camp upon us and the start of the Flames main training camp a week away, a question on the minds of many fans and maybe even some of the club's prospects too is: Is there genuine opportunity for one or more rookies to make Calgary's opening roster? For those that played last year in the American Hockey League, is there an actual, real chance for advancement? Or, is that just lip service?
It's a fair question. With the recent signings of veteran NHLers Devin Setoguchi and Corey Potter, you are starting to run out of blank spaces when you mock up the club's potential 23-man opening roster.
But as you'll see, there may be more opportunity than you think.
The 'Opportunity Half-Empty' Outlook
First, we'll begin with what seems to be the most popular public sentiment these days and that is there's no longer space for guys like Johnny Gaudreau and Tyler Wotherspoon to make the hockey team.
If you count up all the veterans, one-way contracts and waiver-eligible players that are either on the roster already or coming to training camp on a tryout, you're at, or are nearly at the roster max of 23 players.
The 'opportunity half-empty' audience is probably envisioning an opening night roster that looks something like this. Not one rookie on the team.
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