Andrew Mangiapane, Rasmus Andersson’s seasons end as Niagara IceDogs sweep Barrie Colts

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.

  • cunning_linguist

    Just reminds me of how much a win last year’s draft really was. We paid a fairly sized price to get Dougie and we still managed to get these two guys to be excited about and keep the prospect pipeline flowing…oh and we also got Kylington..

    • Parallex

      Complete win. If you were to tell me ahead of time that our first 2 picks were Andersson/Kylington (and not even mention Dougie) I’d have been satisfied.

  • Ottomatic

    Saw the two games in St Catharines and just some observations…
    Mangiapane can skate and is slippery, bit of a choppy style though.
    Concerns with his size. The Dogs did a good job of using their bodies to get him off the puck and he did get knocked off it quite a bit.
    Great vision, like Johnny, always seemed to know where to go and where his team mates were.
    Andersson looks like a real keeper. Great righthanded shot.
    Bit of risk taker so the defensive end of things need some work. Got a caught a few times making the wrong decision in the offensive end and was caught in odd man rushes the other way.
    Everything on the pp went through him. Seemed to be on the ice all the time and relished it.
    Thick body and great hair and can skate.
    If Mangiapane can become Johnny 2.0 then that’s alot of skill on the ice.
    Some other thoughts..
    Ho Sang is a beast if he can keep his head on straight and the Hurricanes look like they a have a future keeper in Ice Dogs goalie Nedeljkovic…basically won the Kingston series for them

  • everton fc

    Didn’t see the series. How did Jordan Maletta look? Big kid, right-handed shot, not drafted… 34 goals in 28 games…

    I think both Mangiapane and Andersson will be great in Stockton next season. Take a look at our defencive depth – youth, I mean;

    In Calgary
    Brodie
    Hamilton

    Up and down
    Wotherspoon

    On the farm
    Andersson
    Kylington
    Kulak
    Maybe Seiloff

    And if we sign Nakladal… That’s pretty impressive. (Still think we should have kept Eric Roy. I still think he’ll find his way up into the NHL somehow. He’s putting up point, in the minors…)

    • Azim

      Let’s not forget about Culkin just yet either. Very interested to see how Stockton looks next year. More influx of young talent coming up, and only one or two possibly going up to Calgary.

  • RickT

    I kind of find Eatbread’s skating style a little odd. Like Poirer’s was talked about. It’s kind of a weird wide stance, but I assume it helps him protect the puck. And his strides to get to speed seem a little wonky (but effective).

    I like the picks. I am pleased. Not much of a hockey name, but he looks like a player.

  • Greatsave

    If Mangiapane turns out to be half the player Gaudreau is, that’s a helluva steal at the 6th round.

    Worst-case? Probably a more skilled version of Paul Byron.

    • Parallex

      That is not the worst case. The worst case is the same as it is for almost all prospects… that he’s a bust and never plays a game in the NHL.

      A more skilled version of Paul Byron is probably closer to his “best case” then his “worst case” actually. A more skilled version of Paul Byron is a middle six winger with two-way acumen… the only people I’d give that kind of “worst case” projection to is top 10 picks.