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.