Prospect Round-Up (October 11 2014)

‘Twas a bit lighter schedule for the prospects tonight. The Oshawa Generals and Charlottetown Islanders were off tonight, so no OHL or QMJHL results. One prospect returned from injury, while another missed a game due to a new one.

AHL: The Adirondack Flames – without the services of Trevor Gillies due to an automatic one-game suspension for a game misconduct late in a game – lost their second game in a row via a 5-1 decision against the Albany Devils. It was the Flames’ debut at their new home, the Glens Falls Civic Center. Bryce Van Brabant was -2 in his AHL debut – replacing Gillies – and Joni Ortio stopped 25 of 30 shots. Ryan Culkin had 5 shots and an assist on Brett Kulak’s power-play goal, which was the lone home goal scored in Adirondack’s home-opener. AHL veteran Paul Thompson had 4 goals for the Devils. The Baby Flames return to action on Thursday night when they host the Rockford Ice Hogs.

WHL: The Victoria Royals played their second game in as many nights in Alberta. They fared poorly, losing 8-2 to Medicine Hat. Keegan Kanzig had an assist and was +1, but he also had two minor penalties. Austin Carroll continues his strong start to his over-age year, putting up a goal and an assist and a +2 rating, along with three minor penalties – one which led to a Tigers PP goal.

Elsewhere in the Dub, Eric Roy finally made his 2014-15 debut with the Brandon Wheat Kings. He was all over the score-sheet with an assist, a +1 rating and a fight in Brandon’s 6-4 win over Red Deer. The Wheat Kings visit the Calgary Hitmen on Sunday afternoon.

ECAC: Colgate lost to St. Cloud State 3-1. Tim Harrison played and had a shot, but no points.

Hockey East: Mark Jankowski missed Providence College’s game with Ohio State with an injury. Jon Gillies played a much tighter game, allowing just a single goal in a 2-1 overtime win over the Buckeyes. John Gilmour also missed a game with an injury.

SHL: Djurgardens IF lost a tight 3-2 game to Skelleftea AIK. Adam Ollas Mattsson played his second SHL game (he previously played a pair of Champions League games sandwiched around a junior team stint) and was even with zero points. By all accounts, he’s been “fine,” in the sense that people I’ve spoken with who’ve seen these games couldn’t point an 18-year-old defender out on the ice.

  • SavardianSpinorama

    I know it’s only two games in, but what’s going on with the baby Flames? These were unimpressive losses. I figured this could be a dominant team. Still very early though, maybe they’re just adjusting to new systems/new coach?

    Poirier, Klimchuk, Bennett, Jankowski – it seems like a parade of injuries for Flames prospects.

  • The Last Big Bear

    Any time that you can’t tell that a defenceman in a professional game is a teenager, he’s doing good. Especially in a high-level league like the SHL.

  • RealMcHockeyReturns

    Great round-up Ryan as always!!!! Just for fun, my projected 2016-17 Calgary Flames lineup with Adirondack notes, worth mentioning huge lineup turnover at NHL level:

    Forward lines

    Gaudreau-Bennett-Poirier /
    Baertschi-Monahan-H Smith /
    Ferland-Granlund-Carroll /
    Reinhart-Arnold-Bouma /
    Extras: Knight, Byron //

    Ready in Adirondack: Jooris, Elson, Klimchuk, Hathaway, Agostino //

    Not in pro yet: Most recent draft picks only ///

    Defence pairs

    Giordano-Brodie /
    Russell-Wotherspoon /
    Seiloff-Culkin //

    Extra: Kulak //
    Ready in Adirondack: Kanzig, Roy, Hickey, Rafikov //
    Not in pro yet: Ollas Mattson ///

    Goalies

    Ortio-Ramo //
    Ready in Adirondack: Gillies, Carr //

    Not in pro yet: McDonald

  • ChinookArchYYC

    There have been a lot of changes for the AHL Flames’ players. A move across several area codes, new town, new home, new workplace, new team mates and coaching staff. Given the level of talent on this team you’d expect some good results, but it looks as if it will take some time.

    It might be a few weeks before they start to gel and ‘feel at home’

  • smith

    I was at the Tigers-Royals game in the Hat last night. Carroll seemed to use his size pretty well. He played a pretty chippy, borderline dirty game last night. Was always involved and was too much for a lot of the Tigers smaller players to handle at times. But the Tigers did seem to be able to get under his skin and get him off his game. Overall, he was the Royals most noticeable forward. Was pretty disappointed in Kanzig. The Tigers small forwards seemed to be able to cause him trouble in his own end with their speed. He looked awkward and slow. Took some bad penalties. The only thing about him that stood out was his size, which I didn’t think he used all that well.

    • everton fc

      I’ve always liked Carroll, and see him getting a very long look next season. He is a bit like Ferland, though his touch and toughness are a tad less. Still, I see him as a real steal in this summer’s draft.

      Kanzig takes way too many dumb penalties. Could be his downfall, at the next level, whatever level that is. He has to control his emotions.

      • everton fc

        Carroll and Ferland’s styles of play at the junior level definitely have similarities. In my mind a fair comparison. Time will tell if Carroll is able to translate his game to the next level. Ferland looks to be figuring out pro hockey. If Carroll ever turns into something for the Flames organization, great. I’ve seen enough from him that I certainly have no complaints about a 7th rounder being used to select him, even as a 19 year old. If he ends up earning a contract from the Flames, I’d call it a win.

  • RealMcHockeyReturns

    Coaching changes – new systems?
    Seems Baby Flames going backwards….Ward had the guys well prepared for the NHL..why the changes Mr Treliving?

  • everton fc

    I was at the game in Glens Falls last night. A few notes:

    1)The game was not as ugly as the score. Adirondack had a lot of pressure in the third with the score 2-1, and Kindkaid played very well to keep the score tied. After the 3rd goal, which resulted from Yonkman hesitating at the point leading to a turnover, they looked terrible, which you don’t like to see but it was back-to-back games so I wouldn’t read too much into it.

    2)Jooris and Baertschi weren’t bad — Sven was engaged and had some nice forechecking sequences — but I was a little disappointed; hope to see more in the next couple games.

    3)Ortio was…OK. The second and last two goals he had no chance, and none of the goals were really bad. But there were a couple where he could have bailed out his defense. The opening goal was a guy in alone on a 2-on-1 so you can’t call it soft, but he left a pretty gaping 5-hole.

    4)At least while the game was close, the Flames generally looked good with Cundari and Kulak out there. Acolaste and Culkin struggled even strength — their ice time was cut back after a couple really rough shifts in the first — although Clulkin did show nice hands on the PP.

    5)There was a disappointing lack of Scorch.