March 25 2013 06:18PM
Well the kids are all basically done their regular seasons, so we can take a look at their overall NHL equivalencies for 2012-13.
For those who have been following along all year, there are no major surprises here. A few guys started out on fire, but it really only boiled down to Johnny Hockey putting up a truly noteworthy number. Sven, Bill Arnold are only other guys who finished above the 30-point barrier.
The AHL translation level is still set at 0,55, although that was the ratio we established for an "AHL lockout" American Hockey League featuring more NHL level talent than usual, so adjust accordingly.
There isn't much to talk about besides the top-3 guys. Anyone at Granlund or below has a long way to go to get to the show and make any kind of impact. Any guy with a 20-something NHLE who isn't also a teenager probably isn't a prospect of note. So say your farewells to the likes of Paul Byron and Greg Nemisz and maybe ratchet down any expectations you might have of Roman Horak. Max Reinhart might get some leeway as a 20-year old pro rookie, but he'll have to make huge strides as a sophomore to start looking like he's worth a damn.
Mark Jankowski's freshman year in Providence was farily underwhelming, but he was very young and the team was pretty punchless overall. Nobody should be too worried about him for now, although if he doesn't manage to double his PPG rate next season, well...maybe the club shouldn't have traded down in the first round.
The blueliners have been pretty stable all year, although John Ramage has steadily improved over the course of the year. Still, there isn't a high-end pont getter in the bunch, with the possible exception of Brett Kulak who improved his personal point results despite playing on one of the worst teams in the CHL. Keep an eye on his next year.
Without Johnny Gaudreau knocking the cover off the ball (and Jon Gillies killing it for Providence) this would have been an utterly underwhelming year for the Flames hopefuls. Gaudreau established himself as Calgary's lone semi-bluechip prospect, though, and pretty much every puck stopper was as good or better than expected.
With the trade deadline coming up and the Flames probable sellers, Feaster and company should be aiming at getting a few more guys in the 30+ NHLE realm.