Flames Prospect Update, November 5 2012



An eventful weekend saw just about every Calgary Flames prospect hit the ice for game action, as well as the onset of the winter months in the form of daylight savings. Enjoy your extra hour of daylight with this update on Flames prospects. (Note: this update will take much less than an hour to read.)


The Abbotsford Heat did battle with the Toronto Marlies, and revenge was on their minds following the Marlies eliminating them from the Calder Cup playoffs last spring.

And revenge is what they got. Abbotsford won both games. On Friday, they won 3-0, in large part to short-handed goals by Steve McCarthy and Ben Street three seconds apart. Yes, three. This set an AHL record for fastest two goals by a single team. On Saturday, the Heat were very good again, winning 4-2. By the end of the weekend, Abbotsford was leading the North Division and were just a point out of first overall in the entire league.

Four players had three points apiece on the weekend: Roman Horak had a hat trick in Saturday’s game and leads the AHL in goals, Ben Walter had three assists, and Sven Baertschi and Steve McCarthy each had a goal and two assists. Barry Brust and Leland Irving each had a win in their starts.


To the shock of many, the Flame prospects on strong junior teams played well. The Flames prospects on weaker teams? They had a tougher weekend.

Quebec Remparts blueliner Ryan Culkin had two assists and was even on the weekend. Red Deer captain Turner Elson had two goals, two assists and was plus-one. Portland’s Tyler Wotherspoon had four assists and a plus-five rating. Guess which of these guys plays with Seth Jones (Rhymes with, uh, hoover soon).

Edmonton Oil Kings goalie Laurent Brossoit had a bounce-back weekend, making 27 saves in a win over the Swift Current Broncos and looking much more like the WHL playoff MVP. Windsor Spitfires defender Patrick Sieloff had a goal and an assist, but he was also minus-two.

Brett Kulak had zero points for Vancouver, who lost quite a bit (and have entered into rebuild mode by trading away David Musil to Edmonton). Swift Current’s Coda Gordon had an assist and a minus-three weekend.


Boston College won both of their games. They are once again a very good hockey team. Of course, two future Flames are part of their roster of really good players and they both contributed this weekend. Johnny Gaudreau had the game-winning goal on Friday, an assist on Sunday and was plus-one for the weekend. Bill Arnold had a goal and two assists for the weekend, but was minus-two. Gaudreau is second in his conference in scoring, while Arnold is tied for third.

Providence College split their weekend games. Mark Jankowski had the game-winning goal on Friday night. Jon Gillies started both games and didn’t get blown up or blown out. For a team that isn’t stacked like Boston College, Providence had a respectable weekend.

Of the rest of Calgary’s college prospects, the stand-out was Michigan State pivot Matthew Deblouw. The Flames’ seventh round choice in June’s entry draft had two goals and two assists in a single game. He’s also put up very good face-off numbers as a freshman.


Karri Ramo got a night off as Avangard Omsk beat HC Yugra in their last game before the traditional November break. Avangard Omsk is off until November 14.

Joni Ortio started both of HIFK Helsinki’s games. He got a win and a loss. Markus Granlund had a goal on the weekend. HIFK is off until November 15.

Mikael Backlund isn’t a prospect per se, but he continues to light up the Allsvenskan. With four points in Vasteras’ 6-2 victory yesterday, Backlund now has eight goals and 19 points in just 10 games. His 1.9PPG pace is the higest in the league and he is currently ranked fifth in overall scoring, even though he’s played 9 less games than everybody else.


  • Love these updates Ryan, thanks! If they did get this CBA horsebleep squared away, there would be so much focus on Sven & Cerevenka while Backlund quietly has his breakout year. Glad we are giving him a chance & he was not just jettisoned for sweet nothings last summer.

  • Stockley

    I hope these prospects continue to have good seasons. I’ve said for a couple years that the Flames prospect cupboard isn’t as bad as they want us to believe. Would be even more vindicating if the pieces Feaster has added become serviceable NHLers.

    I’m curious on two of the WHLers. Curious on whether Wotherspoon has a little untapped offensive potential in him or if his numbers are being severely inflated because he’s playing with Seth Jones. Also on whether this is the real Broissoit or if he’s going to fall back into the abyss of being inconsistent. So hard to get a read on goalies when they’re that young.

    We can all hope one of Irving, Ramo, Ortio, Broissoit or Gillies turns out to be a bonafide NHL keeper. We sure as hell need one.

  • Teamsupreme

    I found a feed for the Providence-Vermont game on Saturday, and I thought Jankowski looked really good. That team doesn’t look like it has much in the way of offence, and he was definitely one of the leaders in that department. He set up some nice chances and missed on some others, but after having been a little worried about his not putting up numbers early… I think they’ll come. Keep on banking prospects like this and some are bound to pay off.

    • Teamsupreme

      I’ve watched Jankowski a lot too. He definitely carries the play. I think his numbers will come faster and faster as he fills out.

      There is not a lot of offence on that Providence squad. “Ham and eggers” as Troy Ward calls them.

      That said there is a nice core of freshmen at PC. De Jersey, Maurreman, Jankowski and Gilmour may start filling the net with regularity as they grow together. A lot of creativity there but definitely short on experience.

    • Also worth noting Jankowski has beat goalies clean 3 times this year only to strike iron. A couple of times streaking down the wing.

      While you never want a guy to be snake bit, scoring chances are coming.

  • Teamsupreme

    I may be one of a small group, but the play of Bill Arnold at Boston College both this year and last has me keen to see how he would fare in the pros.

    I thought that his performance at the WJC was very good on a mediocre U.S. squad. Coach Jerry York uses him in all situations. His offensive abilities now seem to be maturing to match the defensive attributes that he brought to the NCAA.

    I look forward to seeing this young man in Flames silks after he has graduated.

    • Teamsupreme

      I would be in that group as well. I’ll throw in Marcus Granlund as a prospect that might not be wowing anyone, but I think he could be a very solid, if not spectacular NHL player. He’s got some maturing to do, but from all reports I’ve heard he’s very much on track in his development.

  • Teamsupreme

    Side note: great weekend for Rangers management with the Horak show, then Erikson adding a goal, 3 assists, +6 in a 10-2 thrashing of the Connecticut Whale (Rangers farm) yesterday.

    Just makes you feel good, doesn’t it?

  • Teamsupreme

    the best thing we can say statistically about Jankowski is he’s 2nd on his team in goals. Not bad for a freshman. That, and he has 18 shots on goal.

    Mauermann is a sophomore BTW.

    Anyone who doesn’t agree with JayD about Arnold needs to GTFO. I’ve said this before (and recently) but he’s my favourite Flames prospect, bar none.

    I think he might be converted to RW as a pro, though. Not because I don’t like him as a center, but because he might fit better as a winger (especially if he and Reinhart end up at the same level, on the same line).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6Q1h5AMmBI Highlites from the Beanpot game against BU, where Arnold got the winning goal (that was a legit snipe, btw). He throws a pretty slick move in the offensive zone ~5 minutes into the vid, too. Earlier, Gaudreau sets up Kreider on the PP.

    Moving on; YEEE Horak!

    and Backlund!! Take that, Berglund!

  • RKD

    Yeah Baby! Roman Horak with the natural hat trick. He’s tied with Sven for 11 points. Nice to see Jankowski with the game winner.

    Backs might be in a weaker league, but he needs a lot of confidence in his offensive abilities whatever they may be down the road.

  • RKD

    Ryan..great updates!!

    I haven’t written off Ryan Howse, Mitch Wahl and James Martin in Utah of the ECHL. Any chance of a progress update on these guys as well is much appreciated.