Prospect Round-Up – January 31 2015

Friday nights are usually chock full of hockey! While the Calgary Flames were off last night and preparing for tonight’s game with Edmonton, many of their prospects were in action.

Here’s a quick rundown of last night’s prospects.

-The Colorado Eagles visited the Alaska Aces up in Anchorage. They lost 5-4 in a shootout. The Aces were up 4-0, but Colorado scored four times in the third to tie it, including two goals (and an assist) from Brett Kulak. Taylor Vause, recently sent back from Adirondack, had a goal and two assists.

-Michigan State University won 2-1 in a special game with Michigan University that took place in Joe Louis Arena. Flames pick Matt Deblouw had two roughing minors…and the game-winning goal early in the third period. He was named second star.

-Hunter Smith had two assists in the Oshawa Generals’ 5-4 loss to Peterborough (and got in an early first-period fight). He was named second star.

-Mason McDonald gave up 5 goals in a 6-1 loss for the Charlottetown Islanders at the hands of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. Granted, it may not have been entirely his doing, as his team gave up 45 shots.

-The Calgary Hitmen beat Prince Albert 10-1. Don’t get too excited, though, as Keegan Kanzig had zero points, 12 penalty minutes and was minus-1. Yes, in a game his team won by more than a touchdown.

-Austin Carroll was held off the scoresheet in a 3-0 Victoria Royals win over Spokane, but draft-eligible forward Tyler Soy had three points.

-Morgan Klimchuk had a goal, an assist and was plus-2 in Brandon’s 6-4 win over Moose Jaw. Eric Roy had an assist.

-Colgate lost to Cornell 2-1 in overtime. Tim Harrison was held off the scoresheet.

-Boston University beat Massachusetts 9-5. Brandon Hickey had two goals, both on the power-play.

-Providence College lost to Boston College 3-2. Mark Jankowski had an assist, John Gilmour was held pointless and Jon Gillies made 33 saves in the loss.

  • Deke Rivers

    Kanzig actually played well. He took a 10 minute misconduct for trying to engage a player who had just cross checked their top scorer in the throat for which that player received a 5 minute major. It wasn’t like Kanzig was running around all night. He also had a breakaway in the second period.

    • Dayzz

      Hah! Hard to imagine Kanzig on a breakaway, and then pulling a “Paul Byron”.
      On a serious note, glad to hear Kulak and Hickey had productive games. Perhaps our prospect pool isn’t so shallow in solid D prospects?

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    Hickey… nice! Something definitely there with that kid. Kilmchuk seems to be adapting well to his new team. It will be good to see him on the farm next year in Stockton to see how he stacks up to some of our other prospects.

    Can you imagine how much more exciting these updates would be if Bennett wasn’t injured? We’d be talking about him as one of the OHL scoring leaders methinks.

    It will be interesting to see how it plays out with Sam. As I understand it, the OHL trade deadline is already passed, meaning he is stuck on the Frontenancs, should he return to junior. The Frontenancs are currently 4th in their division – may not make the playoffs. Some have suggested he do two weeks of conditioning in the AHL (no more than 3 games).

    I for one love this idea! If by 3rd game he is clearly a step above the other prospects – bring him up for a couple games in CGY. His excitement can’t help but rub off on the vets and I think it would give the team a boost. If he starts scoring (put on a line with Hudler & Gaudreau – sheltered at home) and keeps scoring … you could theoretically stretch his nine games over the remainder of the season – if there has to be a couple healthy scratches to stretch it out… so be it. Maybe have him play one OHL game… once the OHL season ends, he can be brought up to the AHL for the playoffs with the Baby Flames. All of this while preserving the 1st year on his entry level deal and bolstering his development.

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    Further to my above comment: lines as follows:

    Johnny/Bennett/Hudler

    Glencross/Monahan/Colborne

    Jooris/Backlund/Jones

    Byron/Stajan/Bouma

    Raymond and Bollig sit. Raymond can be traded. If Glencross is traded, Raymond or Baertschi slide into that spot.

    Edit: Plenty of face-off options with these lines too. Backlund & Jooris together; Monahan & Colborne together if someone gets tossed.

    • BurningSensation

      Yeah, me too.

      He is exactly what the Dr. ordered, a big, strong, mobile, offensive defenseman who projects to play in a 2nd pairing.

      Everything Eric Roy was hoped to be.

    • Bean-counting cowboy

      Yep… and the two above him are 94 birthdays, Mason… a 96 birthday.

      Zach Fucale, who many think of as a top goaltending prospect has a save percentage of 0.892 in the same league, he is also a year older than Mason. Is there any reason to think Mason won’t be team Canada’s goalie next year at the World Junior’s?

    • Bean-counting cowboy

      Not sure what you think is hilarious? QMJHL notoriously has low goalie Sv%, versus other leagues… Here’s 2013 results:

      CHL – 0.900

      OHL – 0.905

      WHL – 0.9025

      QMJHL – 0.891

      Its been basically the same for the last ten years, while at the same time the Q has produced some great goalies… I think McDonald (on a terrible team) is doing just fine.