This week in Flames prospect playoffs

The Calgary Flames are deep down in the draft lottery mix, but there are a good many prospects of the Flames that are actually playing meaningful hockey this week. In the interest of directing your attention over the next seven days, here is a brief glance of which teams (and prospects) are in playoff action this coming week.

TUESDAY

WHL: Edmonton Oil Kings (Brett Pollock) at Medicine Hat Tigers (Nick Schneider), Eastern Conference tiebreaker game. The winner faces the powerhouse Brandon Wheat Kings. Can 18-year-old Schneider complete Medicine Hat’s improbable late-season comeback? Whichever Flames prospect doesn’t advance probably gets sent to Stockton afterwards.

THURSDAY

OHL: Mississauga Steelheads at Barrie Colts (Andrew Mangiapane & Rasmus Anderson), 5:30pm MT. Game One, featuring two of Calgary’s best prospects up against 2016 NHL Draft prospect Alex Nylander, who may be even better than his big brother William (currently in Toronto).

WHL: Edmonton/Medicine Hat winner at Brandon Wheat Kings, 6:30pm MT. No rest for the weary.

FRIDAY

NCAA: Providence College Friars (Mark Jankowski & John Gilmour) vs. Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (Worcester, MA), 2:30pm MT. Perhaps the final game of Jankowski’s college career.

OHL: Peterborough Petes at North Bay Battalion (Riley Bruce), 5pm MT

QMJHL: Charlottetown Islanders (Mason McDonald) at Rimouski Oceanic, 5:30pm MT

WHL: Edmonton/Medicine Hat winner at Brandon Wheat Kings, 6:30pm MT

WHL: Calgary Hitmen (Keegan Kanzig & Pavel Karnaukhov) at Red Deer Rebels, 7pm MT. Due to weird building availabilities, the Hitmen and Rebels play three games in three nights to kick off their series.

SATURDAY

QMJHL: Charlottetown Islanders (Mason McDonald) at Rimouski Oceanic, 2pm MT

NCAA: Boston University Terriers (Brandon Hickey) vs. Denver Pioneers (St. Paul, MN), 4:30pm MT

OHL: Mississauga Steelheads at Barrie Colts (Andrew Mangiapane & Rasmus Anderson), 5:30pm MT

WHL: Calgary Hitmen (Keegan Kanzig & Pavel Karnaukhov) at Red Deer Rebels, 7pm MT

NCAA: If Providence College wins on Friday, their regional final game is here (Worcester, MA), 7pm MT. If Providence makes it to this game and wins, most likely Jankowski won’t be playing for the Flames this season. He might still sign, but it’ll be really tough to physically get him into a game.

SUNDAY

OHL: Peterborough Petes at North Bay Battalion (Riley Bruce), noon MT

NCAA: If Boston University wins on Saturday, their regional final game is here (St. Paul, MN), 3pm MT

WHL: Red Deer Rebels at Calgary Hitmen (Keegan Kanzig & Pavel Karnaukhov), 4pm MT. The only first-round game in the Saddledome, and the last game these teams play until Friday (due to building availabilities).

  • wot96

    What advantage, if any, is there to seeing Jankowski in a Flames uni this year? None that I can see. It isn’t like he is going to pull the Flames over the line into the playoffs or grease the wheels on the tank.

    • The Last Big Bear

      1) The team sees where he’s at developmentally, and can make decision accordingly

      2) Jankowski can see where he’s at, and see which of his skills immediately translate to the NHL. That way he can spend all summer working on his specific weaknesses, rather than finding out in training camp in September.

      3) Burns a year off his ELC, meaning he’ll be less established (and thus cheaper) when it comes time to renew his contract.

      4) Probably spares us from 9 minutes of watching Brandon Bollig.

  • Kristian Huselius

    Went to the Stockton game in Winnipeg last night. Just a few observations to share:

    – I did not think it was possible, but Stockton’s powerplay was even more atrocious than the Flames powerplay earlier in the season. Zone entry was a disaster.
    – Kylington looked awesome. I know he missed a lot of games recently, and there were a couple of questionable turnovers, but his skating was beautiful and it got him back into position. He also looked threatening in the offensive zone and had many strong outlet passes.
    – Poirier was a disaster. I was excited to see him, but he took 3 minor penalties, none of which were necessary to take, and was invisible in every other facet of the game.
    – Shinkaruk wasn’t otherworldly or anything, but he did get robbed a couple of times and was one of a very small group of forwards who generated any offense.
    – Klimchuk was a very pleasant surprise. His counting stats have not been impressive so I was not sure what to expect, but he is fast, made some solid defensive plays, and got in on the forecheck consistently. Does not look like an offensive wizard but I could envision him eventually slotting in nicely on the left side of Backlund and Frolik.
    – Last thought: Other than mauling someone, Hunter Smith was the worst player on the ice. His skating was brutal, he had a good start on a breakaway and got caught, and he was just generally a sight for sore eyes.