Barrie Colts Duo Highlight November Prospect Performances

November is the month where the hockey season kicks into high gear. Teams and players spend October getting their legs under them; by November, hopefully everyone’s firing on all cylinders. The month of November was a challenge for a lot of the Calgary Flames’ prospects, particularly their goaltenders.

Here’s the highlights from the organization’s non-NHL assets last month.

ANDREW MANGIAPANE – BARRIE (OHL)

Good news and bad news for Calgary’s best depth pick from 2015’s Draft. The good news is his torrid offensive pace continued, as he put up 12 points (including seven goals) in nine games. Unfortunately, he earned himself an eight-game suspension with an incident in the November 26 game, so he’ll be trying to get his game legs back when he returns in mid-December. He had four multi-point games in November.

RASMUS ANDERSSON – BARRIE (OHL)

Mangiapane’s Barrie teammate had another good month. After a slow start in October, Andersson was a point-per-game – all of them assists – in November, racking up 11 assists in 11 games (and going +11 in the process). He had three multi-point games.

MARK JANKOWSKI – PROVIDENCE COLLEGE (NCAA)

Is it partially a product of really great shooting percentage? Yes. But is Mark Jankowski still producing steadily as a senior? Also yes. Jankowski had four goals and six points in Providence College’s five November contests, including two game-winning goals.

JOHN GILMOUR – PROVIDENCE COLLEGE (NCAA)

We sleep on late-round picks sometimes, but John Gilmour is a senior defenseman on a good college team who’s producing just shy of a point-per-game. Granted, Providence is getting all the bounces right now, but Gilmour had five points in five November games, and that’s pretty cool.

MARKUS GRANLUND – STOCKTON (AHL)

He’s in Calgary now, and for good reason. Granlund had four goals and six points in six games for Stockton, leading to his summons to the big leagues on November 26. Simply put: Granlund is an excellent AHLer who might eventually find his niche in the NHL. Or not.

FREDDIE HAMILTON – STOCKTON (AHL)

Best known as Dougie’s big brother, Freddie had two goals and eight points in nine November games for Stockton. He’s like an older Markus Granlund, in that he’s a really good AHLer who hasn’t found a way to catch on in the NHL yet. He may eventually become Ben Walter, a career AHLer but a valuable one for NHL organizations to have in the fold.

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Drew Shore also put up eight points (a goal and seven assists) for Stockton in November. Ryan Culkin returned to hockey this month with the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder. He had three assists in six games, playing fairly well in his first hockey since early February. We’ll see how long he’ll be sticking around in Glens Falls, or if he’s called up to the AHL. Pavel Karnaukhov returned to the Calgary Hitmen line-up after missing a few weeks with an upper-body injury, getting an assist in his one game in November. Keegan Kanzig also returned to the WHL’s Hitmen, scoring two goals and adding an assist in nine games – though he still takes a lot of penalties. Stockton went through a rotation of goalies and here’s how it went: if you performed well (Jon Gillies and Kevin Poulin) you got injured, while if you weren’t great (Eric Hartzell and Kent Simpson) you stuck around. The hope is the return of Joni Ortio will stabilize things in December. But the goaltending struggles weren’t limited to the NHL or AHL, as both Mason McDonald (QMJHL) and Nick Schneider (WHL) lost way more games than they won in November.

  • MontanaMan

    From a hockey blog (note: Barrie slant to the comment but the best I could find.)

    I suspected as much with the length of time it took to announce the suspension.

    The infraction took place rite in front of us, and this is what happened:

    THe OS player took a blindsided run at Magiapanne, who saw the hit coming at the last second. He moved out of the way and the kid went full force into the boards. Magipanne got back up on his feet and gave the kid a shot while he was down, and then gave him a second shot.

    Everyone around us kinda went – well kid you got what you deserved. Then we all saw the penalty call and everyone kinda went OK but why. THen it went to WTF 4 minutes.

    So now we hear 8 games.

    Welcome to the “O”.

  • Ari Yanover

    I enjoy these updates. Would like to see a comprehensive update that includes more prospects. i.e. Emile Poirier…this kid is having a terrible year and was not even dressed for Stockton’s game last night. Perhaps provide some insights regarding his performance..is he injured? Attitude issues? Other?

    • seve927

      Conroy was saying the other night he or Hathaway would be their next call up, but he is injured right now. Didn’t sound like it would be long term though.

        • cberg

          hmmmmmm…….

          Now that the Flames are playing better, more consistent hockey, I wonder if there’s not a certain amount of reverse psychology logic in that idea. Bring him up for maybe 2 or 3 games, let him see what he doesn’t have, how the pros prepare in the big leagues, sit him beside Gio or Johnny maybe. Then send him back down and see if it helps.

          Maybe it’s a terrible idea and for sure, other guys are more deserving of call-ups and this goes against the “Always earned…” idea, but given the potential and investment in this guy, maybe it’s worth it. Or, he could just be injured.

          Just a thought.

  • Ari Yanover

    And Riley Bruce had three assists in November. He has six points on the season, on pace for double digits.

    Why was Kanzig drafted in the third round again?

    • cberg

      I read the Stockton game summary and they outshot San Jose something like 45-17. It sounded from the coach that the D played terrible and SJ got a lot of 2-3 chances from point blank. My impression was Ortio wasn’t as bad as the stats sound, but you are correct, stats alone, yikes!

  • cberg

    What is going on with Rafikov? He looked good at the world Jr’s last year. Haven’t heard anything about him this year. Is he making the jump to NA any time soon?

    • OKG

      No, he’s under contract for at least this season and next in the KHL. He’s very young for the KHL so we probably won’t know what we have in him for a long time, but I still like his potential.