It’s an off-day for your Calgary Flames (12-7-2) after a pretty entertaining but ultimately disappointing loss against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Saddledome.
With a slight lull as the team prepares for the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night, let’s check in with the kids in the system, shall we?
The Adirondack Flames don’t have the same level of offensive punch as the big club, but they’re been quite good lately, winning their last six games and eight of their last nine contests despite missing five forwards on recall to Calgary. They’re 9-6-1 and sit in second place in the AHL’s North Division.
Ben Hanowski and Bill Arnold are now tied with Michael Ferland with nine points for the team lead. Hanowski’s six goals leads the team. Corban Knight, Kenny Agostino and Ryan Culkin are right behind them with eight points, while Emile Poirier, Garnet Hathaway and Bryce van Brabant have seven points each.
Joni Ortio is 7-3-1 with a 3.56 goals against average and .894 save percentage. Back-up Brad Thiessen is 2-3-0 with a 2.27 goals against average and a .927 save percentage. Shockingly, they keep playing Ortio, potentially because he’s the better goalie and the numbers are still wonky from early in the year.
Way down in the ECHL, Curtis Gedig has seven points in nine games with Colorado, while Brett Kulak has two points in five games. Goalie Doug Carr is 4-2-0 with a 2.44 goals against average and an .888 save percentage.
Keegan Kanzig was traded from Victoria to the Calgary Hitmen two days ago and makes his Hitmen debut tonight. He had six assists in 21 games with the Royals, but zero goals.
Brandon’s Eric Roy has nine points in 16 games with the Wheat Kings. He’s fourth on the team in defensive scoring as an over-ager.
Regina’s Morgan Klimchuk has 14 points in 13 games, and also represented Team WHL in the Subway Super Series. He’s going to be in the mix for a World Junior roster spot for Team Canada, but he’ll be in tough to get one. For what it’s worth, ESPN’s Corey Pronman doesn’t have Klimchuk on his World Junior team.
Victoria over-ager Austin Carroll has 29 points in 21 games, second on the team in scoring and the leader among forwards. He’s doing the over-ager thing correctly.
Charlottetown goalie Mason McDonald is 9-8-1 with a 2.78 goals against average and a .913 save percentage. He’s seemingly figuring it out.
Oshawa forward Hunter Smith has 22 points in 20 games. He also has 44 penalty minutes, leading his team in that category.
Tim Harrison was scratched for Colgate last weekend, but he still has five points in 11 games this season.
Over in the Big 10, Michigan State’s Matt Deblouw has two goals in 10 games after being in and out of the line-up and barely putting up any points last year.
Providence College’s Mark Jankowski has five points in seven games. John Gilmour has two assists in seven games. Jon Gillies is 4-5-1 with a 2.26 goals against average and a .927 save percentage.
Over in Boston, BU defender Brandon Hickey has 3 assists in 8 games. For the curious, teammate Jack Eichel has 15 points in the same number of games.
Rushan Rafikov captained Team Russia to a Subway Super Series win – they won four of the six games in the tournament. Rafikov had three points. Back in Russia, he has 12 points in 17 games with the VHL’s HK Ryazan. He’s a virtual lock for a World Junior spot.
Adam Ollas Mattsson has one assist in 14 games in the SHL with Djurgardens. He had five points in 10 games with their junior club before being promoted. He’s a strong contender for a spot on the World Junior team for Sweden, given he’s 18 and playing pro.