Irving looked good in the few games he played. He looked calm and composed. I haven't seen a new guy come in like that since Kipper usurped Turek. Not saying he'll take over, but he looks promising. Maybe I'm just surprised after seeing McBackup and Karlsson.
Irving should be the guy. Similar development path as Schneider in Vancouver and putting up numbers as good on a greatly inferior AHL squad. Irving has all the tools and has greatly improved in the areas identified as his weaknesses. His positioning and ability to close down the holes has really improved. Add in his athleticism and he's got a very bright future, if the Flames give him a chance. Ramo and Irving will make a very good tandem moving forward. Brossoit is a wild card. There is a reason he was picked so low. We'll see how he develops in the ECHL and AHL before calling him the future. Right now that future revolves around Irving and Ramo, and to a lesser extent, Ortio.
At this point, it could be Irving. It could be Ramo. It could be Bro or Ortio. If we are working simply within the confines of the Flames system of players, then all four of those players have a good chance with Ramo leading the way due to his experience.
It is important to keep in mind that it is very likely that none of these players will become anything more than a 1A/1B type goalie. The chance of finding a workhorse amongst these players, like we have had in Kipper right now, is pretty slim.
I can see the possibility of a Ramo/Irving tandem next season if the team crashes and burns and Feaster starts making substantial changes. But at this point, I don't see any of them being sure fire starters, let alone workhorses capable of playing 60-70 consistent games.