And then there were none.
Calgary Flames 2015 draft selections Andrew Mangiapane and Rasmus Andersson were the organization’s only hope to see any of its members continue a playoff run. After ousting the Mississauga Steelheads in seven games and subsequently sweeping the North Bay Battalion in the second round, however, their Barrie Colts’ season has come to an end at Niagara’s hands.
The Niagara IceDogs, fresh off their own second round sweep of the Kingston Frontenacs, took all four games against the Colts, likely ending Mangiapane and Andersson’s junior careers.
It’s not like the Colts didn’t go without a fight. They lost two games by just one goal, but also lost two games by three. Mangiapane and Andersson with both big parts of their offence. Through the third round series:
- Mangiapane scored two goals (one shorthanded, one on the powerplay) and four points (two even strength assists) total, and had 15 shots on net.
- Andersson had two assists (one power play, one even strength) and had 10 shots on net.
Despite their playoffs coming to an end, both players are still near the top of OHL playoff scoring. At present, Mangiapane is tied for fifth overall in scoring with 10 goals, 21 points (four powerplay, two shorthanded), and 64 shots on goal.
Andersson, meanwhile, is still the top scoring defenceman with two goals, 15 points (six powerplay, one shorthanded), and 35 shots on goal. He finished 13th in overall playoff scoring.
Both players’ junior careers are likely over. Mangiapane, who turned 20 on April 4, is likely ready to go pro – and with back-to-back 100+ point seasons in the OHL, there’s absolutely no reason he shouldn’t. There’s nothing left for him to prove at the junior level, and it’s time to see what he can do as a professional.
Mangiapane (probably) finishes his junior career with 299 points through 229 games over three seasons (regular season and playoffs) with Barrie, going from a .73 point per game pace in his first season, to 1.48 in his second season, and finishing up with 1.74 points per game in his third year.
With an October birthday, Andersson is eligible to join the AHL for 2016-17. This past season, it was either the OHL or NHL for him – and while he surprised and stuck around for an extended period of time in training camp to start the year, the right call was to put him back in juniors. And since there’s no reason to believe he hasn’t grown over the past season, professional hockey is probably his next step.
Andersson (probably) finishes his junior career with 142 points through 154 games over two seasons (regular season and playoffs) with the Colts. He was a .89 point per game player when he came over from Sweden; in his draft+1 year, he upped that to .95 points per game.