Rasmus Andersson, Andrew Mangiapane named to OHL Team All-Stars

Two of Calgary’s most exciting prospects came to them in last year’s draft. Now, as they prepare to leave the junior ranks, they’ve been given one last honour.

Rasmus Andersson, who the Flames selected with their first pick of the 2015 NHL draft – 53rd overall – was named to the OHL’s First Team All-Stars. Andrew Mangiapane, selected 166th overall, was named to the Second Team.

With Mangiapane 20 years old and nothing left to prove in the OHL, and Andersson turning 20 later this year and looking ready for professional hockey, this should be it for them in the OHL, so it’s great to see them go out on top.

First Team All-Stars

Named alongside Andersson to the First Team All-Stars in the OHL this season:

  • Forwards Christian Dvorak, Matthew Tkachuk, Mitch Marner (London Knights)
  • Defenceman Mikhail Sergachev (Windsor Spitfires)
  • Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie Colts)
  • Coach Kris Knoblauch (Erie Otters)

That’s some extremely good company for Andersson to be in. That forward line was the best line in all of junior hockey, plus it features potential future Flame (or future enemy, depending how the draft goes) Matthew Tkachuk.

Alongside Andersson for first pairing honours is the draft-eligible Mikhail Sergachev, who will likely still be available when the Flames pick at sixth overall.

Andersson scored nine goals and 60 points over 64 games this past season. He was the top-scoring defenceman throughout the entire league, beating out Sergachev by three points in three fewer games played. Twenty-two of Andersson’s points came on the powerplay, plus one shorthanded assist made for 37 points at even strength; 29 of his total 60 points were primary. 

He had 220 shots on net, which also led all defencemen; Vili Saarijarvi had 219, and no other defender cracked 200.

Andersson was voted to the OHL’s Second Team in the 2014-15 season.

Second Team All-Stars

Named alongside Mangiapane to the Second Team All-Stars in the OHL this season:

  • Forwards Mike Amadio (North Bay Battalion), Kevin Labanc (Barrie Colts)
  • Defencemen Travis Dermott (Erie Otters), Jakob Chychrun (Sarnia Sting)
  • Goalie Devin Williams (Erie Otters)
  • Coach Rocky Thompson (Windsor Spitfires)

Jakob Chychrun is a name to watch out for at sixth overall.

Mangiapane scored 51 goals and 106 points over 59 games this past season: good for sixth in overall OHL scoring, behind just the Knights’ incredible line, linemate Kevin Labanc (who led the OHL in scoring), and last year’s third overall pick Dylan Strome.

Twenty-four of Mangiapane’s points came on the powerplay, while 14 came shorthanded; he was second in the OHL in shorthanded points, and tied for first in primary shorthanded points (all 14 of his were either a goal or first assist). 

All in all, 89 of Mangiapane’s points were primary: roughly 84%, and third in the OHL behind just Labanc and Marner. He had 56 even strength primary points: over half of his total output, and second to only Labanc in that stat. It’s clear Mangiapane is a good player – but it will be interesting to see how well he fares when separated from Labanc, who appeared to be the main driver on the Colts.

Mangiapane had 213 shots on goal throughout the season, which was 32nd in the OHL.

Third Team All-Stars

Of interest, a couple of potential first round picks were named to the OHL’s Third Team:

  • Forwards Dylan Strome, Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters), Alexander Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads)
  • Defencemen Olli Juolevi (London Knights), Roland McKeown (Kingston Frontenacs) 
  • Goalie Alex Nedeljkovic (Niagara IceDogs)
  • Coach Mike Van Ryn (Kitchener Rangers)

It wouldn’t at all be surprising to hear Alexander Nylander or Olli Juolevi’s name called at sixth overall come draft day.

  • SmellOfVictory

    With those two joining OK in the AHL next season, I’m going to be really sad that there are no good AHL feeds available (the quality on Neulion was pretty bad last I checked).

  • L13

    Mangiapane spent much of the regular season on the Colts’ second line and mainly linked up with Labanc on special teams, as his secondary assist numbers show. (Both he and Labanc would have had more of those if they’d played together more, but Barrie opted to spread out its offence.)

    We already know he’s good on his own.

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    Anderson had a great training camp last year, and could make his way onto the big club. From what I understand, the knock on him was his conditioning yet it looks like he is starting to take getting in better shape very serious. I hope this means that people will stop throwing him in trade conversations as an add on.

        • Baalzamon

          Because it’s true. Andersson was literally the worst defenseman on the team in training camp. And it wasn’t close.

          I (and OKG presumably) realize the narrative is that Andersson “almost made the team out of camp” but the reality is he didn’t come any closer than Kylington, Wotherspoon or Sieloff (all of whom performed better against NHLers). The Andersson thing was really just residual hype from his good Young Stars tournament (during which Kylington was injured).

          That hype has lasted an amazingly long time, with most people mistakenly thinking Andersson is the Flames’ top blueline prospect. He’s a good one, even a great one. But Kylington is better.

          • The Fall

            Andersson was the best player in Penticton. Perhaps they threw him in the deep end afterward to see how well he would do. Sure, he didn’t make the team as the youngest defenseman ever. I still believe his ceiling is off our charts. I’m a fan.

            I watched Kylington get muscled off the puck and leave with an injury. I chatted with him after the game. He looked soft; I haven’t seen much of his play since.

            At least we’re all agreeing that our D prospects are awesome.

          • Stan

            Pretty sure you and OKG are the only people who think that. Evidenced by the 8 trashes you received from that comment.

            In my opinion Andersson is our best blueline prospect and Kylington is a close second. We will see how they both perform this season, but I’m just still amazed that BT somehow managed to get them both and Hamilton in the same couple of days. Amazing.

          • piscera.infada

            I think you’re forgetting that Andersson played against teenagers this year. Kylington–although he didn’t put up gaudy numbers–did something extremely, extremely rare for a player (let alone a defenseman) of his age: play the entire year in the AHL. He got better as the season progressed as well.

            None of that is to say Andersson is not a good prospect, but Kylington is the better of the two, and is also further along in his development simply by virtue of playing against men not only in the AHL this past season, but one and half seasons prior in Sweden. Saying Kylington is the better propect isn’t the heresy some are seemingly making it out to be. I will agree it’s close though–I was lobbying for the Flames drafting Andersson as early as the start of the 2014/15 season.

          • Baalzamon

            To be fair, Andersson did play two full seasons in the Allsvenskan before coming to North America. There’s a reason I nearly fainted when I saw the Flames got both of them, somehow. I was looking at them both as possible 15th overall picks.

  • knappsacked

    Kylington has erik karlsson potential, shich cant be ignored. So he has that going.

    But im still conviced andersson is our best d prospect. Definatly shouldve been at top 20, maybe even top 15 pick in that draft. I belive he has a ceiling of top 2 defenseman and a floor of an all around top 4 guy.

  • Baalzamon

    AHL stats of two defensemen who played in the AHL full time as 18 year olds.

    Player A: 44 games, 1 goal, 10 assists, 11 points

    Player B: 47 games, 5 goals, 7 assists, 12 points

    Player A was picked 6th overall in his draft. Player B was picked 60th. Player A spent his draft year split between Sweden’s junior league and Allsvenskan, Player B spent most of his draft year in the SHL and Allsvenskan, with a few games in the junior league. Player B also spent the previous season in the SHL (pretty much exclusively) while Player A spent his entire draft -1 season in the junior league.

    Player A was a full-time NHLer the year after posting those AHL results, and a first pair defenseman the year after that.

    Player B, obviously, is Oliver Kylington. Player A was Hampus Lindholm.

    Kylington doesn’t seem to be developing as fast as Lindholm was (but seriously, no one develops that fast. That curve is freakish). However, he also has a better collection of tools than Lindholm does.