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Flames sign Dillon Dube to entry level contract

With Tyler Parsons’ contract wrapped up it was only a matter of time until Dillon Dube, the Calgary Flames’ second round, 56th overall pick in the 2016 NHL draft was signed. With Dube, the Flames have added a centre, though a little undersized currently, to the coffer of talent they’ve accumulated over the last few drafts.

Dube hasn’t exactly had the easiest road in his draft+one season, but he’s still managed to get back into the swing of things down the stretch to close out Kelowna’s season and head into the WHL playoffs. There’s reasonable optimism in his body of work so far at the junior level that when the time comes for Dube, he should be able to transition in the AHL or even NHL levels.

With 20 goals and 35 assists through 40GP this year, it’s entirely possible to see Dube play with Stockton via an amateur tryout if the Rockets bow out early in the WHL playoffs. Morgan Klimchuk also saw a taste of AHL hockey early in a similar vein so it’s something to keep an eye on.

With Parsons and Dube now signed, the list of talent left to sign sooner or later is getting shorter:

  • Adam Ollas-Mattsson – signed an ATO with Stockton (AHL)
  • Matthew Phillips – currently in the WHL playoffs with Victoria taking on Everett
  • Eetu Tuulola – currently in the WHL playoffs with Everett
  • Linus Lindstrom – currently with Skellefteå AIK (SEL)
  • Stepan Falkovsky – signed with the Adirondack Thunder (ECHL)
  • Brandon Hickey – currently with BU (NCAA)

Keep in mind with Dube turning 19 this summer, his contract will slide for a year. The same rule applies for Phillips if he’s signed anytime soon.

  • Burning Ring of Fire

    The unknown to us is how do the Flames measure success on the farm? If it’s simply having call-ups fit seamlessly into the parent clubs system then I can only assume that they are satisfied with Huska.

      • Burning Ring of Fire

        Also, you can’t say that he is the problem. Maybe some of his players just flat out suck and it is what it is. The cream of the crop graduated straight to the NHL and Stockton is stuck with scraps and potential prospects – basically a doggy bag of all kinds of crap and potential nuggets to work with.

        • OKG

          Baertschi? Had his worst year with Huska, sandwiched between a great year with Ward before Huska, and a great AHL playoff run after Huska (ultimately resulting in him becoming a 2nd line NHL winger as was always projected).

          Ferland had his worst year with Huska. Sandwiched between a great year with Ward and plenty of NHL goodness under Hartley/Gulutzan.

          Wotherspoon? Looked like a future #4 under Ward, has looked like a career AHLer since Huska.

          Kulak? Huska buried him until he was demoted to the ECHL. Yet away from Huska for one summer and he makes the NHL Flames out of training camp two years in a row.

          Ortio? Looks like a sieve under Huska, was arguably the AHL’s best goalie under Ward and arguably an NHL 1B under Hartley.

          I am personally starting to lose any confidence in Ryan Huska.

  • RKD

    Dube’s shown consistency the last 3 seasons and he’s played well in the Memorial Cup and at the Ivan Hlink U18. He’s only 18 got plenty of time to develop him.