Flames Weekend Guide, November 1 2012

Ryan Pike
November 01 2012 10:19AM

 

 

The weekend is almost upon us! And while the outside world may be getting chilly, the arenas of this continent have been that way for quite some time.

THE HEAT LOOK FOR REVENGE

The Abbotsford Heat (4-1-0-2) are back home after a three games in three nights road triple-header that saw them drop their first game in regulation all year. Now they have the Toronto Marlies (3-2-0-1), who eliminated them from the playoffs last year in the second round. To say this is a measuring-stick series is probably accurate. The games go at 8pm MT tonight and tomorrow.

Roman Horak and Sven Baertschi are tied for the Heat scoring lead with 8 points apiece, while Danny Taylor has a 3-1-1 record and a 1.97 goals against average in net. The Marlies boast the likes of Keith Aucoin (6 points), Jake Gardiner and Mike Kostka (5 points each) on the score-sheet, while Ben Scrivens is 2-2-0 with a 2.73 goals against average.

Meanwhile, in the ECHL, the Utah Grizzlies play the Idaho Steelheads on Friday night.

JUNIOR

Ryan Culkin's Quebec Remparts are on the road this weekend, playing the Acadie-Bathurst Titan on Friday and the Rimouski Oceanic on Saturday.

Patrick Sieloff and the Windsor Spitfires have a busy weekend ahead: they host the London Knights on Thursday, visit the Kitchener Rangers on Friday, then welcome the Belleville Bulls to Windsor on Sunday afternoon.

Brett Kulak and his Vancouver Giants are equally busy with three on the road: Thursday they're in Medicine Hat, Saturday they're in Cranbrook to play the Kootenay Ice and then it's across the U.S. Border for a Sunday game against the Tri-City Americans.

All other Flames junior prospects play twice. Laurent Brossoit's Edmonton Oil Kings visit the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday and the Swift Current Broncos (and Flame pick Coda Gordon) on Saturday. Gordon's Broncos host Seattle on Friday night before Edmonton comes to town. The surging Portland Winterhawks (and Tyler Wotherspoon) tangle with the Victoria Royals on Friday and Saturday. Finally, the Red Deer Rebels and captain Turner Elson head to Spokane on Friday and Tri-City on Saturday.

COLLEGE

Fresh off an impressive weekend, Boston College (home of Bill Arnold and Johnny Gaudreau) takes on the Maine Black Bears on Friday and the Massachusetts Minutemen on Saturday. The Providence College Friars, backstopped by Jon Gillies and featuring young Mark Jankowski, tangle with Vermont on Friday and Saturday. Gillies, by the way, is having a huge freshman season so far with a .938 SV% in six games played.

Elsewhere, Wisconsin (John Ramage) faces Colorado College, Michigan State (Matthew Deblouw) takes on Bowling Green and the surging Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Nick Larson) battle Western Michigan. All of these teams play games on Friday and Saturday.

EUROPE

Karri Ramo and Avangard Omsk hope to continue their winning ways at home against HC Yugra on Friday. After that game, they get a rest, as they don't play again under November 14.

Markus Granlund, Joni Ortio and HIFK Helsinki play the Blues on Thursday and KalPa on Saturday. They're coming off a win over league-leading JYP this weeek.

 

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Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's covered the Flames and the NHL since 2010. His work can also be found at The Hockey Writers and The Wrestling Observer.
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#1 clay
November 01 2012, 10:34AM
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I've managed to watch or listen to every Providence game. Jon Gillies has easilly been their early season MVP.

They are in tough as the Jankowski, Schaller, Army line is the only real offensive threat (sounds like Calgary!)

They have a good freshman blueliner named Gilmour that I'd love to see come to Calgary's development camp next summer as a tryout invite.

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#2 Duder
November 01 2012, 10:35AM
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Kent did you ever find out what's up with Cervenka?

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#3 Clay
November 01 2012, 10:36AM
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This is John Gilmour

http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=145469

He is pretty fun to watch at the point

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#4 Kent Wilson
November 01 2012, 10:47AM
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@Duder

Only thing I came up with is he's injured.

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#6 T&A4Flames
November 01 2012, 01:19PM
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Ryan Pike wrote:

Anyone else very pleasantly surprised at the play of the 2012 kids so far?

Kulak is a very good defender on a bad, bad team. Gillies is stealing games for Providence. Culkin is a very good defender on a good team. Deblouw is contributing offense in the NCAA. Sieloff is knocking bodies around in the OHL.

I'm loving it!

The early returns are that Feaster & Weisbrod nailed it with this draft. Let's hope the development of these kids continues in a positive manner & that our drafting record continues on like the last 2.

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#7 Steve
November 01 2012, 03:27PM
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T&A4Flames wrote:

I'm loving it!

The early returns are that Feaster & Weisbrod nailed it with this draft. Let's hope the development of these kids continues in a positive manner & that our drafting record continues on like the last 2.

I'm very pleased with all of the '10, '11 and '12 picks. Ferland isn't getting a chance right now, but I'd say obviously Baertschi and Gaudreau are looking great, and a lot of other guys are turning it on a bit after slow starts: Granlund scored another goal today, 6 points in his last 5 games, Ortio's has spectacular numbers all year. Wotherspoon had another assist last night and has 8 points and a +11 rating in October. Throw in Horak, Reinhart, Arnold... If Jankowski can get it going, the prospect pool starts looking pretty solid.

Why are the Giants so bad? Weren't they expected to be better than this?

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#8 Kent Wilson
November 01 2012, 03:45PM
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@Ryan Pike

Yeah things aren't looking too bad. That said, drafts almost always look their best in the season immediately afterward. Ryan Howse, Mitch Wahl, Greg Nemisz, Leland Irving, John Negrin all seemed like perfectly legit prospects in their draft+1 season, to name just a few.

That's not to say this batch will necessarily fail or anything...good starts are always preferable to bad of course. Only that I have become much more, uh, patient over the years when it comes to getting genuinely excited about prospects.

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#9 Brent G.
November 01 2012, 04:32PM
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Given the circumstances and his age, what is a reasonable expectation for Jankowski this year? In everyone who follows him closer than me, would he be about where everyone would have expected his play to be thus far? Has anyones opinion of his potential changed or where they might see him going?

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#10 SmellOfVictory
November 01 2012, 04:35PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Yeah things aren't looking too bad. That said, drafts almost always look their best in the season immediately afterward. Ryan Howse, Mitch Wahl, Greg Nemisz, Leland Irving, John Negrin all seemed like perfectly legit prospects in their draft+1 season, to name just a few.

That's not to say this batch will necessarily fail or anything...good starts are always preferable to bad of course. Only that I have become much more, uh, patient over the years when it comes to getting genuinely excited about prospects.

To be fair, Wahl and Negrin were both derailed by significant injury. Not to say they were sure things, but Howse is thus far the only one of those examples looking like he might be a complete bust for reasons outside of injury.

But yeah, I even remember some unexplainable excitement over guys like Matt Pelech.

@Brent G: I think it's still too early to tell. Janks hasn't blown the doors off, but he has some points (albeit against weaker teams), which is encouraging. An adjustment period was expected, so as long as he doesn't totally flame out this season, I think he's doing well.

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#11 Kent Wilson
November 01 2012, 04:43PM
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@SmellOfVictory

Yup. After writing about kids for 5 or 6 years now, I've found the entire batch always looks good to start and it's only after the grind and drift over the years that really starts to separate the wheat from the chaff (unless you have an extreme outlier like Sven, of course).

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#12 Baalzamon
November 01 2012, 09:15PM
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Mikael Backlund is currently 2nd on his team with 15 points in just 9 games.

for frame of reference, Patrik Berglund (his linemate) has 12 in 14.

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#13 Pete
November 02 2012, 01:39AM
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Watched Granlund and Ortio play last night. Granlund played strong game. He was all over the opponent all night 1+0, 5 shots, 16,58 min ice time. Only way he was stopped from going was to sit him down on the ice.

Ortio had 30 saves, his glove seemed to be everywhere. Only goal he let in was bad defence in front of him. A guy was let loose in the rear pole.

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#14 Pete
November 02 2012, 01:45AM
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Watched Granlund and Ortio play last night. Granlund played strong game. He was all over the opponent all night 1+0, 5 shots, 16,58 min ice time. Only way he was stopped from going was to sit him down on the ice.

Ortio had 30 saves, his glove seemed to be everywhere. Only goal he let in was bad defence in front of him. A guy was let loose in the rear pole.

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#15 Steve
November 02 2012, 11:06PM
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Weekends just getting started and look at what we've got: Horak hat trick & GWG, Gaudreau GWG, Elson 1G 1A GWG, Jankowski GWG, Arnold 2 assists, Wotherspoon 3 assists and +3, Sven 2 assists, Culkin 2 assists, Gillies with another strong outing.

On the other side, Sieloff -3, Gordon 1A -2, Brossoit rides the pine.

Overall, the kids continue to impress.

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