Flames Weekly Prospect Update: the Dube abides

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“That rug really tied the room together, man.”

Last weekfancy table

Forwards

  • The Stockton Heat have stopped sucking (for now), actually winning two games this week by decisive 5-1 and 4-1 margins. 
  • The Kelowna Rockets had themselves a week, scoring 30 goals in four games. Dillon Dube had himself a week, scoring 10 points during that outburst.
  • As Ryan pointed out to me, that puts him nearly neck-and-neck with Matt Phillips with regards to points per game. Dube is at 1.29, and Phillips at 1.30 thanks to rounding up the thousandth place. Phillips gets a lot of excitement, but you shouldn’t forget about Dube.
  • (Though if I had one criticism, it’s Dube’s consistency. Since the new year, his NHLe has jumped and dipped, hitting a low of 23.37 and a high of 30.05. Phillips, on the other hand, has a low of 26.26 and a high of 28.67 over the same timeframe)
  • Tim Harrison and the Colgate Raiders have closed out their regular season, and will head to the ECAC tournament as the 10 seed (out of 12). They face Princeton in the first round, a team they beat and tied during the regular season. Perhaps Colgate will survive another day (until they face Union in the next round).
  • Garnet Hathaway returned to the AHL, rejoining the top line with Hunter Shinkaruk and Mark Jankowski. He scored three points on his return, a goal and two assists.
  • His linemates didn’t benefit, with only Jankowski scoring one goal this week.
  • Phillips has nine games left to score 21 points and hit the triple digit mark. He’s been heating up over the past few weeks. Do you believe?
  • He’s also only seven goals away from 50 this year, which seems like a more attainable consolation prize.
  • Emile Poirier was healthy scratched for all three Stockton games this week. That does not bode well for his future in the org. He also has one year left on his ELC, which is kind of awkward.
  • Daniel Pribyl added a goal and an assist this past week, and has been rounding into fine form post-injury.
  • Eetu Tuulola scored another goal this week, as Everett clinched a playoff spot. They have a pretty good chance of making a run to the WHL Finals, which would be a great place for the young Finn to shine.

Defenders

  • Stepan Falkovsky finally went a game where he didn’t score two goals! Then in the next game, he scored three and added the shootout winner. He’s a really promising seventh round addition, and I can’t wait to see what he’ll do in Stockton next year.
  • Here’s an interesting video that may explain why Adam Fox is having huge success on Harvard’s PP unit, where he has scored 17 of his 32 points:

  • Brandon Hickey is still out with an LBI, and his Hockey East tourney status is questionable.

Goalies

  • It was a real solid week in net for Stockton’s goalies. Jon Gillies stopped 65 of 69 shots, while David Rittich stopped 28 of 29.
  • Tyler Parsons and Mason McDonald didn’t play this past week. The former is still hurt and the latter had Tom McCollum sub in for him.

Prospect of the month

Can’t give it to anyone else but Stepan Falkovsky, who scored 12 goals in 12 games during the month of February. That’s what a great forward might score, not a 6’7″ defenceman. He even has one more game tonight to add to that lofty total. Godspeed to him.

Enjoy trade deadline folks. Hopefully we don’t lose any of our friends.

  • everton fc

    Hathaway and Kulak are everyday NHL players whol’ll be on the opening day roster, unless Kulak’s plucked away in the expansion draft. Jankowski may end up another “Freddie” but if one of our centres goes down, he’s got to be the callup. I still have a good vibe about him, albeit in a bottom-six role.

    Poirier is indeed a bust. I’m still not sure Shinkaruk’s more than a “tweener”, but I have more hope for him. Falkovsky is quite an interesting prospect – I know he’s doing all this in the ECHL (so is Eric Roy, by the way), but I hope he gets some games in Stockton. Klimchuk seems to be steady. Phillips – could you have another Gaudreau on the same team?! Would be nice.

    Funny we are still receiving reports on Tim Harrison (and not Linus Lindstrom and Mitchell Mattson), but who knows – could be another Hathaway. Dube looks to be another potentially good one.

  • everton fc

    Hathaway and Kulak are everyday NHL players whol’ll be on the opening day roster, unless Kulak’s plucked away in the expansion draft. Jankowski may end up another “Freddie” but if one of our centres goes down, he’s got to be the callup. I still have a good vibe about him, albeit in a bottom-six role.

    Poirier is indeed a bust. I’m still not sure Shinkaruk’s more than a “tweener”, but I have more hope for him. Falkovsky is quite an interesting prospect – I know he’s doing all this in the ECHL (so is Eric Roy, by the way), but I hope he gets some games in Stockton. Klimchuk seems to be steady. Phillips – could you have another Gaudreau on the same team?! Would be nice.

    Funny we are still receiving reports on Tim Harrison (and not Linus Lindstrom and Mitchell Mattson), but who knows – could be another Hathaway. Dube looks to be another potentially good one.

  • everton fc

    Hathaway and Kulak are everyday NHL players whol’ll be on the opening day roster, unless Kulak’s plucked away in the expansion draft. Jankowski may end up another “Freddie” but if one of our centres goes down, he’s got to be the callup. I still have a good vibe about him, albeit in a bottom-six role.

    Poirier is indeed a bust. I’m still not sure Shinkaruk’s more than a “tweener”, but I have more hope for him. Falkovsky is quite an interesting prospect – I know he’s doing all this in the ECHL (so is Eric Roy, by the way), but I hope he gets some games in Stockton. Klimchuk seems to be steady. Phillips – could you have another Gaudreau on the same team?! Would be nice.

    Funny we are still receiving reports on Tim Harrison (and not Linus Lindstrom and Mitchell Mattson), but who knows – could be another Hathaway. Dube looks to be another potentially good one.

  • everton fc

    Hathaway and Kulak are everyday NHL players who I think will be on the opening day roster next season, unless Kulak’s plucked away in the expansion draft. Jankowski may end up another “Freddie” but if one of our centres goes down, he’s got to be the call up. I still have a good vibe about him, albeit in a bottom-six role.

    Poirier is indeed a bust. I’m still not sure Shinkaruk’s more than a “tweener”, but I have more hope for him. He hustles. Falkovsky is quite an interesting prospect – I know he’s doing all this in the ECHL (so is Eric Roy, by the way), but I hope he gets some games in Stockton. Klimchuk seems to be steady. Phillips – could you have another Gaudreau on the same team?! Would be nice. Mangiapane seems quiet…

    Funny we are still receiving reports on Tim Harrison (and not Linus Lindstrom and Mitchell Mattson), but who knows – could be another Hathaway. Dube looks to be another potentially good one.

  • dontcryWOLF88

    Maybe Huska’s system is really good at defense, and not at offense? …im basing this theory off stats, so it doesnt necessarily mean anything. But, the Heat have good d stats from what I saw. Some of the best in the league.

    • McRib

      I have family in California (San Jose area) and last year I told them I thought it would be cool to come visit them and then on the same trip go see a Stockton Heat game. All they said was “just go see the Stockton Heat when they are playing in Bakersfield”, Hahah.

  • everton fc

    Unrelated, but rumour has it we are kicking tires on Vrbata. Would rather have Duclair.

    As for Huska and Ferland, give almost al credit to Troy G. Ward, when it comes to Ferland. That’s how I always see it. Maybe I’m wrong…

  • Zalapski

    I find it inexcusable that Porier would be healthy scratched for 3 games. Walter has been harping on Huska since he was hired and he’s right. It sickens me to see how inconsistent guys in the AHL are. They move forward then back. Porier, Shinkaruk, Wotherspoon,Shore, Max Reinhardt is another pro who crapped out under Huska the year he took over. It’s so obvious he’s an issue the flames can afford to not fill in the ranks with homegrown talent.the amount skill that has come in just to be ground to dust is absurd. Ward never had a chance to work with high end prospects like Huska has. The flames need to move on or face the fact Kylington, Mangiapane, Jankowski or anyone else who orbits the Death Star that is Ryan Huska will be a middling pro. BT has brought in legitimate talent now he needs to find someone to grow it.

  • Zalapski

    Reinhart, Shore, Porier, Wotherspoon,Shinkaruk, Ortio. Decent prospects who took major steps back under Huska. Mangiapane, Kylington, Andersson, Llimchuck and Janko will if the problem isn’t rectified.

  • Parallex

    Oh good grief… I wager that if I were a bookie taking bets on how many Stockton Heat games the folk questioning Huska had actually seen I could set the over/under at 1.

    • Zalapski

      Does it matter? What matters is what we see coming through the pipeline, which nadda. I’m all for found money guys like Hathaway and Jooris, but when that’s all that comes through your minor league system you will continue to field a middling NHL team unless your gm is a wizard. I don’t care if a team finishes dead last or first, I care if viable pro players come up through the ranks. Huska and The Flames have not done a good job. Top 10 picks cracking the squad as 18/19 year olds doesn’t count. For once I’d like to see a 22/23 year old step in and be a legitimate top 6 or top 4 option.

  • DoubleDIon

    WW has been right about Huska all along. He’s a terrible development coach. His systems are solid but that shouldn’t be the priority in a developmental league. Why Troy was ever let go and Huska brought in is beyond me. The only prospect who was below expectations with Ward was Sven.

  • McRib

    I’m most thankful this year for Tyler Parsons who because he is looking like a legit prospect, we can finally stop wasting second rounders on goaltenders every FREAKING YEAR!!!

    I mean if you can pickup a proven NHL goalie like Brian Elliot (second best save percentage in NHL last five years) for a second rounder and conditional third I frankly don’t know if I would ever draft a goalie, Lol. Only kind of kidding, I definitely wouldn’t Draft one in the Top. 90 more than once every five years.

    “Mason McDonald didn’t play this past week…. Tom McCollum subbed in for him.” *shutters*