2015 Development Camp: Andrew Mangiapane

The Calgary Flames have often diversified their prospect base and gone outside the proverbial box. While the team has recently grabbed a bunch of big, big dudes in the NHL Draft, they’ve also frequently grabbed smaller guys throughout their team’s history.

In 1987 it was Theoren Fleury. In 1998 it was college free agent Martin St. Louis. In 2011 it was Johnny Gaudreau. In 2015? OHL sniper Andrew Mangiapane of the Barrie Colts, their sixth round pick in the draft. (For size reference, I’m 5’11” and Mangiapane is the same height as I am when he’s wearing skates.)

Mangiapane was one of the guys that quietly performed well at development camp. The experience seemed to cement a few things into his mind regarding things he wants to adjust in his game. Getting experience against the really big bodies in the Flames prospect base undoubtedly helped.

“I still got to grow and kind of get bigger and stronger, but I’ve come this far,” said Mangiapane. “I’ve just got to stick to my game. I’ve come this far, something I guess is working. I’ve just got to play my game and do what I can out there.”

Like fellow Flames pick Hunter Smith, Mangiapane was selected in his second year eligible for the NHL Draft. Like Smith, his offensive numbers were a lot better in his second season of eligibility. He explains that he didn’t make a lot of adjustments to his playing style when he began piling up points this season.

“I didn’t change too much,” shared Manigapane. “I knew that if I played my game, and I’m a small player so I mean I’m not really scared of the big guys, I just had to prove myself. My first year, I kinda came outta nowhere, so I think it was a big surprise that I guess I put up points in my rookie year. I guess I had to get two years under my belt to get picked at the draft.”

In terms of influences, Mangiapane’s are what you might expect for a smaller player: Flames sniper Johnny Gaudreau and the recently-retired Martin St. Louis.

“I definitely watch Johnny Gaudreau, and St. Louis growing up and I watched him play Gaudreau, so I was pretty happy when I got drafted to Calgary and maybe get to meet him,” said Mangiapane. “I guess I watched those two growing up, even [Tyler] Johnson there, and you know, I try to simulate my game like them being smaller players.”

Of Calgary’s smallest players, one that has made his way to the NHL without really piling up points has been Paul Byron. Often praised by Flames head coach Bob Hartley for “playing big,” Byron has found himself in a really useful complementary role by playing fearless against larger opposition. Mangiapane hopes to prove himself similarly as he works his way towards playing professional hockey.

“Being small, you can’t be afraid against the big guys,” said Mangiapane. “Every time I go out there, I feel like size doesn’t really matter. So I mean, that’s what I’m trying to show to the Calgary Flames organization here. Size doesn’t really matter, and I’ve just got to keep playing my game.”

      • My point was that Magiapane might be more like a Byron than a St Loius or Fluery as some are suggesting; would I love him to like these two guys absolutely but I always take the cautious approach. As for Byron I see him as an NHLer who helps a team in many ways but I don’t see him as any teams long term solution. I expect him to sign a number of 1 maybe at times 2 year contracts for the next 5 or 6 years. I like much of what he brings but we are now at a time in the organization that he may be replaced by prospects. Time will tell.

  • Burnward

    Wasn’t able to take in the scrimmage, but watched what I could find online. If you hit up YouTube and search for the camp…both halves, OT and the shootouts are there.

    Another small guy caught my eye, Brandon Hawkins. Would like to see more of him. Guy has some game.

  • MattyFranchise

    Very elusive. Hard to knock off the puck cause you can’t hit him. I really love seeing that. Plus as a 6th round pick there’s no pressure so he can just keep doing what he’s doing.

    • Avalain

      Hard to tell. I was looking for speed with Kylington and it was there. I especially noticed his first 2-3 steps where he was able to really create gaps on others. With Hickey I was looking at his overall play, which was also there. Hickey was more like Brodie in the sense of leading the rush then next thing you know he’s the first guy back on D when it goes the other way. He used his overall speed to be effective all over the ice.

  • McRib

    Just to further put things into perspective Brandon Hawkins was a Freshman this season….. “He put up solid points for a Freshman”. Mark Jankowski is almost five months younger than Hawkins…. Hahahah. That’s my last Jankowski trolling the anti-Jankowski crowd for the summer!!!! There will be incoming Freshman this year in the NCAA that are more than eight months older than Jankowski, who’s a graduating Senior. Just think about that for a second or two…

      • Tomas Oppolzer

        No, it was to point out that Jankowski is extremely young and is playing mostly against people 2-3 years older than him. He always had offensive skills, that’s something that was always taken into consideration. He hasn’t blown the doors down offensively at Providence because his coach has him playing as one of the best shut-down forwards in the NCAA.

        For comparison, he was born just a month before Monahan was.

        • Tomas Oppolzer

          And Monahan has 20 and 30 goal seasons under his belt against the best players in the world. Jankowski looked good in a 4 on 4 and 3 on 3 scrimmage where he was the oldest player.

  • Burnward

    Sheesh Ryan, starting off mentioning Theo, St. Louis, and Gaudreau. Way to set the kid up to succeed! Don’t worry, Andrew, all you have to do is be an elite generational talent to justify the pick.

  • Burnward

    Flames have picked up a number of guys the past few drafts that were passed over in their 1st draft eligible season…Hunter Smith, Austin Carroll and now Mangiapane.

    Very interesting as it was fairly rare to see this at one point

    • To build on your comment:

      These types of picks have made the Flames depth that much more lovable by reinforcing our “underdog” image we have always had. Taking guys that were passed over once and giving them a chance.

    • I like that you’ve touched on this point as it is really unique and interesting in itself.

      It would be good if one of the writers here actually examined this more indepthly and compared if/how much other teams have done this recently, while also looking at some historical trending on the frequency of these type of picks

    • Carroll was passed over twice, actually.

      It isn’t as unusual as you might think. John Ramage was a second-time-eligible when he was taken, as was Tim Harrison, and John Gilmour was a third-time. Gaelan Patterson was a second-time as well.