Flames Weekly Prospect Update: back to the grind

christian tiberi
January 10 2017 12:00PM

I know it may sicken some of you to your core to see Americans triumphant over Canada, but it's the only picture I can find with two Flames prospects hugging, and dammit that's what we're about here.

Last week, fancy table.

Some quick final WJC thoughts

  • For the most part, Adam Fox didn't play a major role until the gold medal game, where he had three assists and could've been USA's best defenceman. However, it was strange that the Americans didn't trust Fox on the ice after he had his most productive game in the tournament. He got less and less TOI as the importance of the games increased. With another year of WJC eligibility, he has a good chance of nabbing the coveted #1 spot for the Americans next year. 
  • Certainly the most impressive Flames prospects at the tournament, Tyler Parsons played out of his mind to drag the Americans kicking and screaming into the shootout. He looked better than almost every other goalie at the tournament. This kid has a future.
  • I liked Dillon Dube's game throughout the tournament. He didn't put up big numbers on the scoresheet, but his line was buzzing and creating chances at almost every opportunity. If he can add a scoring touch to his game, he could be a very valuable two-way player.
  • I didn't watch much of Pavel Karnaukhov but he seems to be a pretty good player that, while unlikely to ever come back across the pond, could potentially succeed in tougher environments. Like Dube, he was key in generating chances for his team, and Russia would've been dead in the water without him.
  • It seems unfair that Kylington did not get a medal, because he was one of Sweden's best players on a game-to-game basis. He was always noticeable on the ice, and mostly for the right reasons, too. The Flames are very, very lucky to have him.

Forwards

  • If you haven't heard by now, Mark Jankowski has been selected as an AHL All-Star, the only Stockton player to receive the honour. 
  • I feel Jankowski won the award because he was able to keep his head above water while other key components of the Stockton offence, namely Morgan Klimchuk and Andrew Mangiapane, have started to slow down. Those two players have struggled to find the net in the past few weeks, only scoring one combined point last week.
  • In other Stockton news, Emile Poirier got benched and then returned with a three-point game against Milwaukee. That's pretty good.
  • Daniel Pribyl returned to the Heat lineup after missing a month with an injury. He picked up an assist over the week's action.
  • Don't look now, but Hunter Smith has actually been a helpful depth piece on the Heat. He seems to at least notch a point every week, which was way more than I expected from him at the start of the year.
  • Not a lot to report on the WHL front. Matt Phillips only had one point this week in a lackluster all around performance from the Royals, and Eetu Tuulola only played one game, in which he recorded zero points.
  • Hunter Shinkaruk picked up some sort of injury, and has been held out of the last two games.

Defence

  • I worry about Ryan Culkin, who came into this season with a real shot at becoming a top defender for the Stockton Heat. Now, he's rotating with Keegan Kanzig as the seventh D.
  • Not to knock Kanzig, though. He's certainly going back down whenever Kylington is back in Stockton, but he appears to be holding his own in the AHL.
  • Straight from WJC gold, Fox continues to score at a ridiculous pace in the NCAA. At this pace (56 points), he might be the highest scoring defenceman the NCAA has seen since 1993-94, when a 24-year-old senior hit 60 points. He's great.
  • Brett Kulak has rightfully been recalled to the NHL. This move, designed to keep Tyler Wotherspoon's waiver exempt status intact (for now), indicates a lot about the future of the 2011 pick. Hint, it's not good.

Goalies

  • David Rittich got another shutout, signalling that he has a major case to stick around in the organization for at least one more year. With performances like his, why not?
  • Mason McDonald hasn't played in 2017 yet, bringing up the question of whether or not he is injured. No news has been released yet.

Until next time, friends.

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#1 Colin Stuart
January 10 2017, 12:54PM
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Kenny Agostino is leading the AHL with 50 points, 12 more than the next closest.

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#3 Newbietwo
January 10 2017, 12:36PM
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Sell sell sell! This is not the year for us to go Kung pow chicken on the play offs because we frankly just don't have the roster to go deep as far as I am concerned.. we also have bubble prospects so sell and bring up who we choose and trade the rest for pics so that we rotate our prospects out.. it is time to make moves and not sit idly by

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#4 Arminius
January 10 2017, 01:27PM
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Janko AHL All-Star...keep making em eat crow! They love it

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#5 Parallex
January 10 2017, 02:35PM
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Arminius wrote:

Do you take gravy with yours?

His point is valid. Being an NHL All-Star is meaningless so being an AHL All-Star is one step below meaningless. No one has to eat crow on Jankowski yet and they won't until he becomes a legitimate NHL'er. I hope lot's of people do have to eat crow on Jankowski... but it ain't crow eatin' time just yet.

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#6 Arminius
January 10 2017, 02:13PM
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@ginganinja

Do you take gravy with yours?

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#7 ginganinja
January 10 2017, 02:06PM
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@Arminius

He's played the second fewest games out of everyone in the first round......Don't quite think he's ready to be deemed a success yet lol. Eating crow won't be necessary.

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#8 Arminius
January 10 2017, 03:05PM
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Absolutely. But my point is he is an All-Star . All I was reading was how stats were grading him out to be a failure. Seems to be that at this point. Yes. Some crow may be in order.

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#9 Scary Gary
January 10 2017, 03:31PM
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Arminius wrote:

Absolutely. But my point is he is an All-Star . All I was reading was how stats were grading him out to be a failure. Seems to be that at this point. Yes. Some crow may be in order.

No crow required, he's played 1 NHL game; others we could have drafted at 14 (our original draft position) include: Ceci, Hertl, Teravainen, Maatta, Pearson.

I hope Jankowski does well but he is light years behind a guy like Pearson (21 pts in 39 NHL games this year).

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#10 ginganinja
January 10 2017, 02:34PM
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@Arminius

Love gravy. Don't worry, I'll let him know that when he's waiting on my table in five years.

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#11 ginganinja
January 10 2017, 03:32PM
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@Arminius

An all star in the wrong league! As far as the NHL is concerned, he is a failure thus far. Stop pushing crow on me!

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#12 cjc
January 11 2017, 06:13AM
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Kulak back in the NHL, as it should be. Now if only they let him play this time...

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