Flames Prospect Playoff Overview

 

 

While the big boys aren’t going to be skating this spring, the Flames organization nevertheless has a few guys still playing meaningful hockey. Because they are scattered through various leagues, I decided to put together this guide to help find and track the kids as they move along.

Junior

– Max Reinhart and Joey Leach are both finished for the season. Leach was named the MVP of the Ice’s brief playoff appearance.

– Sven Baertschi was recently named WHL player of the week after scroing six points in the first two games against the Kamloops Blazers in the WHL’s second round. He now has a mind-boggling 17 points in just six games played. Teammate Tyler Wotherspoon has three points and is a +9.

– Michael Ferland and the Brandon Wheat Kings are facing the Edmonton Oil Kings in the second round. Ferland has three goals and five points in seven games thus far.

– Speaking of the Oil Kings, goalie prospect Laurent Brossoit has a .928 SV% through six appearances so far. He was the OK’s starter this season and finished with 42 wins in 61 starts.

College

– John Gaudreau and Bill Arnold won the Frozen Four with Boston College this year. The team turned out to be a juggernaut, finishing the season on a 19-game winning streak. Gaudreau was second in team scoring behind first rounder Chris Kreider with 45 points in 45 games. He also scored a pivotal goal in the final win of the season:

"He’s tiny, he looks about 12 years old but he’s got hands of silk, he’s got hockey sense, he sees the ice awesome…"

Professional

– The Abbotsford Heat placed second in the AHL’s West division despite significant roster turn-over this season. Final match-ups haven’t been set for the post-season yet, but we’ll have a complete update on the Heat’s season and their playoff hopes within a week or so.

Guys to watch on the farm include Roman Horak, Brian Connelly, Paul Byron, Clay Wilson, Greg Nemisz, Leland Irving and the newly signed UFA college players Brady Lamb and David Eddy. Max Reinhart was called up to the Heat after his junior season ended and may get some reps in as well.

– Markus Granlund has zero points in three post-season games so far for HIFK. The best place to follow prospects playing in Europe is typically this site.

That’s it for now. More updates and the post-season moves along.

  • thymebalm

    Jeremy is correct. Jokerit knocked ’em out.

    Kari Ramo is playing in the KHL final right now for Avengard. They square off against Dynamo on the 13th.

    And Krys Kolanos got AHL player of the week honors with 11 points in 4 games.

  • thymebalm

    They also have a clear day roster. Only players on that roster, as well as junior players who have finished their respective season and signed college players can be added after that point. It’s too bad you can’t shuttle all of your 2-way guys down there. It would be nice to see Backlund, Brodie and Bouma down there tearing it up.

    At the same time, the Heat have over 30 players right now. It’s already tough enough to practice. Three more healthy bodies would mean a Juggernaut of a hockey club, but it’s nearly impossible for the likes of Leach, Eddy, Reinhart, etc to get any ice time as it is.

  • beloch

    Gaudreau showed off some sick moves in that clip. He finished just one point behind Chris Kreider, but Kreider has 2 years, 60 pounds, and three quarters of a foot on Gaudreau. Impressive.

  • jeremywilhelm

    You can only have the players on your clear day roster on the AHL team for the playoffs. If they wanted any of the guys that were in the NHL on that cut off day would have needed to be sent down then called back up, thus wasting call ups post trade deadline. I believe only Horak was sent down then recalled.

  • SmellOfVictory

    I’m not familiar with the college hockey system. We’ve drafted Arnold and Gaudreau, but when would they make it to the Heat in the AHL? And what do you think is their ceiling for the NHL if there is one at all? Depth player for Arnold and top 9 for Gaudreau?

  • everton fc

    I like Gaudereau, and gave a feeling he might be a diamond in the rough. To hear him interviewed… He’s a smart kid with a Jersey accent. Smart hockey mind. I’d like to see him the AHL.

    Kolanos… what to do with him, hey?! He is obviously beyond AHL-level play. I wonder what he’d do if he played a full NHL season in a third line role?

  • thymebalm

    Austin: College players, Arnold, Ramage, and Gardreau, can’t play pro until they decide to quit college or they graduate. playing pro disqualifies them from their scholarships and ability to play for their college clubs.

    Typically you’d play 4 years of college hockey, so Ramage has one year left, Arnold 2 and Gardreau 3.

    That’s the pity about drafting college players. You can slot in a CHL players at 20, but most college kids will be at least 22 before they can join the pro ranks. A higher risk, because you have to wait so long to see them at the pro level.