Flames Prospect Update, October 29 2012

Ryan Pike
October 29 2012 09:26AM

 

 

While the world prepares for the impending onslaught of Hurricane Sandy (aka “the Frankenstorm”), the hockey world recovers from a busy weekend. Here's what happened that concerns the Calgary Flames.

HEAT GO HALFSIES

Faced with a tough three-games-in-48-hour stretch this weekend, the road-faring Abbotsford Heat performed fairly well, gaining half of the available points. They won on Friday and lost in a shootout to Lake Erie on Saturday. Then they bussed to Hamilton and ran out of gas on the ice, losing 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Roman Horak scored three goals and an assist on the weekend. Sven Baertschi had two assists. Heat newcomer Brett Olson had three points in Friday's game. Danny Taylor started twice and made 30 saves on Friday. Leland Irving finally started a game on Saturday and made 29 saves, but failed to hold a one-goal third period lead.

Down in the ECHL, Utah won two games via shootout and Ryan Howse scored in both shootouts. He also scored his first ECHL goal in Saturday's game, which also saw Bryan Cameron have a three-point effort.

JUNIOR

It was a weekend of good and bad for the junior kids.

Portland blueliner Tyler Wotherspoon had three points (and a plus-4 rating) in two weekend games. e now has eight points in just 11 games played. Red Deer captain Turner Elson had two goals against Calgary and had three points altogther. Vancouver defender Brett Kulak had an ugly minus-3, but also had a goal and an assist. Edmonton goalie Laurent Brossoit gave up three goals against Kelowna but still got the win. Coda Gordon had just a single assist in three games this week.

Wearing the alternate captain's A with regular captain Martin Lefebvre out of the line-up, Quebec's Ryan Culkin had two assists as the Remparts won two of three on the weekend. Windsor alternate captain Patrick Sieloff scored a goal and was plus-3, but the Spitfires lost two of their three weekend contests.

NCAA

Notre Dame senior Nick Larson scored a goal and his team won both of their games. Matt Deblouw, of the Michigan State Spartans, assisted on the game-winner for his team this weekend as they split a pair with Lake Superior State.

Over in Hockey East, Jon Gillies allowed two goals over two starts and got his first college shut-out on Saturday. He's amongst the statistical goaltending leaders for his conference. His Providence College teammate, Mark Jankowski, had no points.

The Boston College boys, Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold, both collected points. Gaudreau had the game-winning goal and game-winning assist in a weekend sweep over U-Mass Lowell. Bill Arnold was in on four of the six Boston College goals on Sunday, as he had a goal and three assists. Gaudreau has at least a point in every game this year and Arnold has proven to be a very strong all-around player, as he's earned some of his points at even-strength and some on the power-play.

EUROS

In the KHL, Karri Ramo won his only start and has a 12-4-2 record for Avangard Omsk so far this season. He's doing quite well.

In the SM-Liiga, Joni Ortio lost Friday's start against Assat and was relegated to back-up duty on Saturday. He'll probably start on Tuesday against league-leading JYP, which makes his benching make logical sense. HIFK didn't do themselves any favours standings-wise, though, and they're stuck in the middle of the standings pack. Markus Granlund had an assist on the weekend, though.

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#1 Gange
October 29 2012, 09:47AM
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So regarding Karri Ramo, should his save percentage and GAA count considering he plays in almost "All Star" types of games? Meaning little defence and jailbreak rushes all the time?

I guess the question is, next year when he plays a more structured style in the NHL, do his stats improve?

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#2 Kent Wilson
October 29 2012, 09:59AM
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@Gange

Hard to say. We don't really know how SV% in the KHL relates to SV% in the NHL.

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#3 Kent Wilson
October 29 2012, 10:01AM
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On another note, just about all the kids are having decent years so far aside from Brossoit and, to a lesser degree, Granlund. Brossoit probably isn't this bad and will rebound, but he provides a good example of why I almost never get excited about goalie prospects, particularly while they are still in junior.

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#4 Bean-counting cowboy
October 29 2012, 10:41AM
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Does anyone know how Jankowski's time on ice is being managed? Is he getting top powerplay time? 1st line minutes?

I wonder if his ice time has changed since the start of the season or if he'll start putting up numbers as the season drags on and he gets more comfortable

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#5 Baalzamon
October 29 2012, 10:48AM
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it looks like Wotherspoon is tracking reasonably closely to Jim Vandermeer, my favourite comparable for him.

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#6 Baalzamon
October 29 2012, 10:51AM
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@Bean-counting cowboy

Jankowski is playing (LW!) on Providence's "top" line. His linemates (most recently) have been Tim Schaller (C) and Shane Luke (RW). Not a lot of offense to be had there. They've generated a lot of shots, though (Schaller has the most on the team, and he and Jankowski combine for 36 through 6 games).

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#9 T&A4Flames
October 29 2012, 12:57PM
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Baalzamon wrote:

Jankowski is playing (LW!) on Providence's "top" line. His linemates (most recently) have been Tim Schaller (C) and Shane Luke (RW). Not a lot of offense to be had there. They've generated a lot of shots, though (Schaller has the most on the team, and he and Jankowski combine for 36 through 6 games).

At least they are generating shots. Any idea as to who is pushing the play on that line? If Janko is setting his linemates up and they just can't finish,that lack of production is not necessarily a bad thing.

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#10 Baalzamon
October 29 2012, 01:10PM
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my guess would be that Schaller is driving it mostly. Let's not forget that Jankowski turned 18 literally a month before the season started.

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