In a trade that interestingly enough was announced just prior to the Flames game with the Panthers, the 23-year-old right hand-shooting center, who also plays right wing, was acquired in exchange for minor league centre Corban Knight.
"I was in Toronto over the last week and saw him. I specifically tracked this guy real hard the last little bit. We feel we've got a good read on him," said Treliving.
Listed at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, Shore has spent the entire 2014-15 season with Florida's AHL affiliate in San Antonio, where he's tied for 12th in league scoring with 30 points (9 goals, 21 assists) in 35 games.
Could be in the NHL Right Now
Shore was drafted in the second round, 44th overall, in the 2009 NHL Draft. While most of his pro career has been spent in the AHL, having played 134 games with the Rampage, it has included significant time in the NHL too with 67 games with the Panthers on his resume.
You get the sense he'd probably be flying in chartered planes instead of riding minor league buses right now if not for the fact he becomes eligible for waivers after his next NHL game.
"He's got an issue right now. He's got one game until he needs waivers," said Treliving. "A big part of why he's not with (Florida) right now is just that. This player wouldn't have gone through waivers."
In other words, the next time he's called up from the AHL, it better be for good or you're probably going to lose him if you try to send him back down.
Treliving said he likes Shore's size but the whole package is what attracted him.
"We talk about up-front trying to get bigger, but not just getting big shoe sizes, getting players that we think can play. I think this guy has some real upside," said Treliving. "A real smart player, an offensive player in college who has learned now to play both sides of the puck and move. He plays with pace but lots of range."
Coming up together in the Panthers organization, Florida rookie centre Vincent Trocheck is very familiar with Shore. They played together in San Antonio, in Florida and also last spring when both were part of Team USA (along with Johnny Gaudreau) at the IIHF World Championships.
"Great player," said Trocheck. "Two-way centre with a lot of skill and he's got great vision and a great IQ for the game. He'll get you points on the power play, blocked shots on the penalty kill. He's definitely the kind of guy that you'd want on your team."
In 2009-10, Flames forward Joe Colborne was a teammate of Shore at tbe University of Denver. Colborne's second (and last) year and Shore's first year was their only year together.
"He's one of my best buddies from Denver so I'm extremely excited that he's now a part of the organization," said Colborne. "He's going to be a good player for a long time."
Colborne says Shore can contribute in many ways.
It was on Thursday afternoon that Calgary demoted centre Markus Granlund to Adirondack, only to immediately recall him -- before he could even check out of his hotel, when rookie centre Josh Jooris (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Friday morning.
Granlund could very well be headed East again -- this time for real, on the heels of a minus-three night against Florida. The worst of the three even-strength goals against the line of Granlund, Paul Byron and Mason Raymond, was the game-winner, which came 45 seconds after a good effort from David Jones and nice finish by Matt Stajan had tied the game 5-5 with less than four minutes to go.
"Do we want to see him here? Ya, we do. Is that going to happen tomorrow? No," said Treliving.
While Treliving was non-committal about the possible timing of a recall beyond that, he did make it clear that Shore's waiver situation is not something he's concerned with.
"I'm not worried about the waivers. We think we've got a good player. We'll figure that part out," said Treliving. "I told him you go down (to Adirondack) and we'll go from there."
Who knows, maybe that No. 10 Flames jersey that just became available with Knight's departure will be re-issued in the very near future.
With Calgary having lost three games in a row -- and all at home, an infusion of some fresh blood for this upcoming road trip may not be such a bad idea.
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