Flames Prospect Update, December 3 2012

Ryan Pike
December 03 2012 09:37AM

It's December now.

If that doesn't depress you a bit, I don't know what will. While it's unlikely that the NHL will return before 2013, there is still lots of hockey afoot. Can the Heat continue their winning ways? What college or junior players will step up?

HEAT SPLIT WITH BULLDOGS, RECALL HOWSE

It was a tale of two games on the weekend for the Abbotsford Heat.

On Saturday, the Heat were very good, beating the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-1. They scored four times on the power-play and got goals from five different scorers – Ben Street, Ben Walter, Quintin Laing, Roman Horak and Sven Baertschi. Barry Brust got another win. Life was good.

However, Baertschi and Walter left the game early with injuries and weren't available for the Heat on Saturday. Consequently, the Heat lost 3-0 in the second game with the Bulldogs. They didn't get any bounces and Max Reinhart was particularly snake-bit, getting robbed by Hamilton goalie Cedrick Desjardins at least twice and hitting at least one post.

As of this writing, the Heat were short six injured forwards – Baertschi, Walter, Michael Ferland, David Eddy, Akim Aliu and Lance Bouma. To help out, the club recalled Ryan Howse from the ECHL's Utah Grizzlies on Sunday night. The Grizzlies beat the San Francisco Bulls twice over the weekend, with Howse getting a pair of assists.

Abbotsford may be looking to see how Howse has progressed in the ECHL, as a handful of older prospects (Mitch Wahl, Gaelan Patterson and Bryan Cameron, all in their third years of their contracts) all have better offensive totals than he does. Perhaps a reunion with junior teammate Roman Horak may be just what the doctor ordered for Howse.

The Heat remain atop the AHL standings with a 13-3-4 record.

JUNIOR JUMBLE

The Quebec Remparts split their weekend games. Ryan Culkin had a pair of assists, but was also minus-3. Patrick Sieloff and the Windsor Spitfires won one of their three weekend tilts, while Sieloff had zero points and was a cumulative minus-1.

Perhaps saving him for the playoffs (or the World Juniors), the Edmonton Oil Kings started Tristan Jarry in both of the weekend's games and let Calgary prospect Laurent Brossoit have the weekend off.

The Portland Winterhawks had a good weekend, winning both of their games. Blueliner Tyler Wotherspoon had a goal and was plus-6, pushing his CHL-leading plus/minus to plus-34. The Red Deer Rebels and captain Turner Elson also continued to be successful, winning both of their weekend games and pushing their winning streak to seven under new/old head coach Brent Sutter. Elson had 2 goals and an assist on the Friday night's game-winner.

Elsewhere, Swift Current's Coda Gordon was held off the scoresheet and Vancouver's Brett Kulak had an assist.

GAUDREAU'S SCORING STREAK ENDS

The biggest news on the weekend was that Boston College lost just their second game this year against Boston University, then came back and beat them handily on Saturday. The other big story was that Johnny Gaudreau failed to get on the scoresheet on Saturday night, snapping his points-scoring streak at 15 games (dating back to last year's NCAA championship tournament). Gaudreau had a goal and an assist on Friday in a losing cause, while Bill Arnold scored twice on Saturday.

Like Boston College, Providence College split their weekend series with Merrimack. Mark Jankowski didn't score in either game, while Jon Gillies made 47 saves between the pair. Gillies is expected to be named to USA Hockey's World Junior selection camp roster on Tuesday.

Elsewhere, John Ramage got his first point of the year (an assist) for Wisconsin while Michigan State's Matthew Deblouw was held pointless.

THEM EUROS

Avangard Omsk continued to roll along this weekend. They beat HC Barys 3-2 in overtime on Friday. Karri Ramo made 25 saves in the win.

Mikael Backlund had an assist as VIK Vasteras beat Karlskrona HK on Saturday by a 1-0 score. Chris Butler did not play, as the club is working out his visa and whatnots.

HIFK Helsinki lost to JYP 4-2 on Friday and beat the Blues 4-1 on Saturday. Joni Ortio continues to be excellent, making 38 saves in Friday's loss and 28 saves in Saturday's win. Markus Granlund had zero points.

 

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Now in his third full season covering the Calgary Flames and the NHL, Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's trying to keep his head up, his stick on the ice and is giving it 110% every shift. You can also find his work at The Hockey Writers, the Wrestling Observer and Tough Talk MMA.
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#1 MC Hockey
December 03 2012, 09:44AM
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Nice job Ryan. Do you have year-to-date totals you can put in a table for us for all Flames key prospects?

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#2 vowswithin
December 03 2012, 09:58AM
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MC Hockey wrote:

Nice job Ryan. Do you have year-to-date totals you can put in a table for us for all Flames key prospects?

It would be nice if there was some sort of linked page which could be easily updated every time you do an update article like this. Someone on here was keeping a Google Excel sheet that I have a link to, but I haven't checked in on it in a week. Not sure if its up to date or not.

Thanks for the update, as its really hard to follow 10 or so different teams at the same time.

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#3 vowswithin
December 03 2012, 10:01AM
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Found it in my bookmarks on my laptop :-)

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/lv?key=0AnyM9YkEDoJIdGJrUUhCTC04ZXJwTW03U3hTckJLNkE

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#4 Kent Wilson
December 03 2012, 10:25AM
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I update the prospect NHLE every so often. I may make that a public google sheet as well.

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#6 vowswithin
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Kent Wilson wrote:

I update the prospect NHLE every so often. I may make that a public google sheet as well.

Good idea :-).

And Ryan good to hear, G-unit better be all over that USA team.

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#7 Baalzamon
December 03 2012, 12:42PM
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Wotherspoon surprises me just a little bit... but then again, there isn't a huge amount of grit among the guys expected to make the team (Hamilton, Harrington, Rielly, Murphy, Ouellet). There's Dumba and Reinhart, of course, but neither has really blown the doors off this year. Wotherspoon might actually have a chance!

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#8 Steve
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As we've discussed, I haven't seen TW play this year (and only twice in last year's playoffs), but I was thoroughly unimpressed any time I've seen Dumba or Reinhart play. I would really like to see those guys left off the team.

Go Tyler!

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#9 T&A4Flames
December 03 2012, 02:19PM
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Wotherspoon surprises me just a little bit... but then again, there isn't a huge amount of grit among the guys expected to make the team (Hamilton, Harrington, Rielly, Murphy, Ouellet). There's Dumba and Reinhart, of course, but neither has really blown the doors off this year. Wotherspoon might actually have a chance!

Whether you put any substance into the +/- rating, the one thing you can say about Wotherspoon is that he is steady. He could pair well with a puck mover like Reilly.

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#10 Baalzamon
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I'm thinking if he makes the team he'll either be the #7 or he'll line up with Scott Harrington against top lines.

that said, Rielly-Wotherspoon would certainly make an interesting pair. Really, Wotherspoon would make a good partner for any of Rielly, Murphy, or Ouellet.

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#11 jeremywilhelm
December 03 2012, 08:17PM
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Reinhart being on the WJC team would be a complete failure, on the larger ice in Ufa the kid is gonna be a cluster-f.

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#12 jeremywilhelm
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Sven has a concussion! Noooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

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#13 Steve
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Sven has a concussion! Noooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

What's your source on this?

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#14 Kent Wilson
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Sven has a concussion! Noooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!

That really sucks.

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