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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects: Wrapping up the full lists, rankings

It’s September! You know what that means? The Penticton Tournament is nearly upon us. Prospects camp. Actual training camp to follow soon after, and with it, preseason. We aren’t at the point where the Calgary Flames will be playing meaningful hockey – not yet – but we are this close to the point where they are actually playing hockey.

Thank goodness.

But before we move on to that, we should take a moment to reflect on the month that was. August, the scourge of the hockey calendar, wherein nothing happens so we spend the month visiting the Flames’ farm system and ranking the rookies – to much approval, angst, and debate, it would appear.

Let’s pull back the curtain for one last look.

The top 20

At the very beginning, we visited the no-votes and runners up. Now, let’s see how those who made the top 20 placed where they did.

Points are determined by placement on someone’s list. So a vote for the top prospect gets a player 20 points, a second place vote gets 19 points, and so on, all the way down to 20th place, which allows for one point.

Rank Prospect Points
1 Tyler Parsons 140
2 Rasmus Andersson 124
3 Juuso Valimaki 120
4 Adam Fox 117
5 Oliver Kylington 111
6 Mark Jankowski 106
7 Spencer Foo 93
8 Dillon Dube 91
9 Andrew Mangiapane 89
10 Morgan Klimchuk 85
11 Jon Gillies 84
12 Matthew Phillips 64
13 Hunter Shinkaruk 57
14 David Rittich 51
15 Emile Poirier 42
16 Adam Ruzicka 32
17 Eetu Tuulola 23
18 Daniel Pribyl 20
19 Adam Ollas Mattsson 15
20 Ryan Lomberg 11

There are some clear levels here. While Parsons ran away with the list – how badly do the Flames need a goalie since Miikka Kiprusoff retired, anyway? – it should come as no surprise that a bunch of defencemen rank right at the top; after all, it’s probably the strongest position throughout the organization. Andersson, Valimaki, and Fox don’t have much separation between them.

Kylington, meanwhile, edged out Jankowski – the highest ranked forward – to stay in that defensive group. Jankowski was clearly the king of the forwards, though, with 13 points separating him from Foo. Not that Foo ranked clearly ahead of anyone else – he, Dube, and Mangiapane all ranked really close together, with Klimchuk bringing up the rear.

Right on Klimchuk’s heels, though – not to mention the heels of the top 10 – came Gillies, just one point back from making that cut. From there, the cutoff is much more steep. Phillips didn’t get any high-ranking love, but he got enough to clearly separate himself from the rest of the pack. Shinkaruk and Rittich ended up with a similar number of points, with a clear separation above Poirier, who in turn clearly separated himself from Ruzicka, who separated himself from, well, the rest.

Lindstrom, who finished 21st, was just three points back from Lomberg.

Individual lists

Here’s the part where you get to yell at us! Yayyyy.

Rank Ari Kent Ryan Mike Christian T Christian R Taylor
1 Tyler Parsons Tyler Parsons Tyler Parsons Tyler Parsons Tyler Parsons Tyler Parsons tyler parsons
2 Juuso Valimaki Rasmus Andersson Mark Jankowski Rasmus Andersson Rasmus Andersson Adam Fox rasmus andersson
3 Adam Fox Juuso Valimaki Adam Fox Adam Fox Oliver Kylington Juuso Valimaki jusso valimaki
4 Rasmus Andersson Adam Fox Juuso Valimaki Oliver Kylington Spencer Foo Rasmus Andersson oliver kylington
5 Mark Jankowski Mark Jankowski Spencer Foo Juuso Valimaki Andrew Mangiapane Oliver Kylington andrew mangiapane
6 Oliver Kylington Oliver Kylington Dillon Dube Mark Jankowski Dillon Dube Mark Jankowski spencer foo
7 Jon Gillies Jon Gillies Rasmus Andersson Jon Gillies Juuso Valimaki Dillon Dube adam fox
8 Spencer Foo Spencer Foo Oliver Kylington Andrew Mangiapane Adam Fox Spencer Foo mark Jankowski
9 Andrew Mangiapane Dillon Dube Andrew Mangiapane Dillon Dube Mark Jankowski Jon Gillies dillon dube
10 Dillon Dube David Rittich Morgan Klimchuk Spencer Foo Matthew Phillips Matthew Phillips hunter shinkaruk
11 Morgan Klimchuk Andrew Mangiapane Jon Gillies Matthew Phillips Jon Gillies Andrew Mangiapane jon gillies
12 Emile Poirier Matthew Phillips Hunter Shinkaruk David Rittich David Rittich David Rittich matthew phillips
13 Hunter Shinkaruk Morgan Klimchuk Emile Poirier Morgan Klimchuk Hunter Shinkaruk Morgan Klimchuk Emile poirier
14 Matthew Phillips Hunter Shinkaruk Matthew Phillips Hunter Shinkaruk Morgan Klimchuk Hunter Shinkaruk david rittich
15 David Rittich Eetu Tuulola Adam Ruzicka Emile Poirier Emile Poirier Adam Ruzicka morgan klimchuk
16 Adam Ruzicka Emile Poirier Ryan Lomberg Adam Ruzicka Adam Ruzicka Linus Lindstrom Adam ruzicka
17 Daniel Pribyl Daniel Pribyl Daniel Pribyl Eetu Tuulola Eetu Tuulola Adam Ollas Mattsson eetu tuulola
18 Adam Ollas Mattsson Adam Ollas Mattsson Eetu Tuulola Daniel Pribyl Daniel Pribyl D’Artagnan Joly adam ollas mattsson
19 Eetu Tuulola Linus Lidstrom D’Artagnan Joly Linus Lindstrom Ryan Lomberg Ryan Lomberg daniel pribyl
20 Josh Healey Ryan Lomberg Adam Ollas Mattsson Adam Ollas Mattsson Linus Lindstrom Josh Healey ryan lomberg

I can’t speak to anyone else’s lists, just mine. I’m really not a good list maker – at least, I don’t think I am – so this was pretty tricky.

I basically had players grouped together, and decided how to order them from there. So, for example, Parsons, Valimaki, Fox, and Andersson made up one group for me, while Jankowski, Kylington, and Gillies were a second group, and so on. Depending on how I was feeling I used potential (group one) or NHL readiness (group two) as tiebreakers. It is all extremely unscientific and filled with gut feelings and biases (I think I’m more in Poirier’s corner than most of the other writers, and Tuulola will always have a place in my heart).

And there you have it! How closely do our lists match up against your own? What glaring errors do you see? Better yet, what did we get right? Share your thoughts in the comments!

  • freethe flames

    My list begins with NHL readiness, then NHL high end prospects, then guys who need to push the pile, then longer term prospects and finally long shots. Looking at the list I see Janko and Andersson as serious contenders to make this team. Then there are the high end prospects Kylington, Parsons, Fox, and Valimaki. Then there is the list of push the pile guys Mangiapane(magpie) who I think may be the most ready of this list, Shinkaruk, Klimchuk, Poirier, Foo, Lomberg, Gilles, and Rittich. Longer term prospects Phillips, Dube, ET, and Ruzicka. Then there are the long shots Prybil(he could also be in the third grouping of guys who need to push the pile) and AOM(who I personally think is going to be a sleeper in this group as all the other defenders are smaller skilled guys). Then there are guys who did not make the top 20 Healy, Lindstrum who probably belong in the longshot group. Looking at this list and seeing the potential strength in our Dcore and Goalie prospects one has to be happy. Upfront we need at least 2-4 of Magpie, Poirier, Klimchuk, Shinkaruk, Foo, Janko(who I fully believe will make the team) and Lazar(who I include here because of his regression last year in Ottawa and not having much to go on from his time here) to push hard to make the team as significant players. This team needs to get a forth line that is strong defensively and can produce some points and this group of forwards has the potential to do this but need to be given a chance. But as I frequently say they need to earn it.

  • The GREAT WW

    People seem to think that Poirier’s troubles are behind him now that he has made his off ice problems public; the sad truth is that his life long battle is just beginning….
    I wish him all the best with battling his addiction, but to think that suddenly he is “back” is overly optimistic.
    I do wish we would trade him to an Eastern Canadian team, to help him get out of Stockton and aide in his recovery…

    WW

    • ZKman

      Very true. It is a life long battle. I’ve been sober 12 yrs – but there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about have one… I’m pulling for the young man.

    • supra steve

      So…same old trade request? Ship him to MTL for McCarron? The humanitarian angle sounds good, but getting him out of Stockton only to ship him to the town where he grew up, where he no doubt tipped a few back with his teenage friends, a notorious party town, the highest pressure hockey market (especially for a Quebecer) in North America? If moving him could give the kid an advantage, I’m all for Tre making it happen, but moving him to MTL is very likely the worst thing for Poirier. He’s better off in California for now, and hopefully soon, in Calgary.

      • The GREAT WW

        Because clearly he has not been able to find any drinking buddies in Stockton the last 2 years…..

        Send him where his base of support is.

        And yes; I would do the McCarron trade, for several reasons…

        WW

        • supra steve

          From the FN post about Poirier’s alcohol issue:
          ““I had some issues regarding drinking off the ice,” said Poirier. “I called [Brad Treliving] for support. I needed help, and he’s been truly supportive through the process. It wasn’t easy for me at the time, and I think from the whole organization they’ve been truly supportive, my teammates have been there, and now I’m looking forwards. I think I’m fully healthy, I’m here for the summer and I don’t want to miss out on any opportunities anymore.”

          During his time with the media, Poirier repeatedly thanked Treliving and the Flames organization and noted that he’s been working with former Flames forward Brian McGrattan every day in regards to his continued recovery. His decision to seek help was a long time coming.”

          From Flames at 80 Feet:
          “But surrounded by a solid support system in Calgary — McGrattan, Flames strength and conditioning coach Ryan van Asten, Poirier’s girlfriend — back together after breaking up — has also moved to the city, the many players always milling around town including Micheal Ferland, another player who has been through a similar fight and whom he speaks with regularly, he is set up to succeed.”

          He attended rehab in California. He’s in CGY for the summer. It could be argued that his base of support is here, not in MTL. For some people, home and mom and dad and childhood friends are the support system, for others they are not, and can even be part of the problem. I can’t pretend to know what is best for Emile Poirier, but it does sound like the Flames organisation is doing everything they can to help right this ship. Life’s worth seeing through clear eyes and mind, best of luck to Emile.

    • Newbietwo

      I love how blokes talk out of their black holes sometimes..

      Have you seen him? Have you watched him train or speak to him?

      I have and he will be back to his old self this year and trading him for crap as a former first rounder is illogical to say the least but then again that is what you yourself mostly come on here for..

      • freethe flames

        So here is the question for you is Poirier in town training? If so he has a solid support network including guys who have been through and have the NHL experience (McGrattan and Ferland) I like that. I’m hoping and praying that he has a recover like Ferland.

        • Newbietwo

          Actually you might want to see my response where I agreed Mcarron will be a good get and yes I know he was a first rounder and yes I also said Montreal will not give him to us for Emile.. again you prove me right by being illogical

        • freethe flames

          I decided to do a comparison of McCarron and a few of the guys drafted around him (the Flames currently have the rights to 4 of them).
          Lazar: Drafted 17th AHL 13 GP/3G/1A= 4pts, NHL GP 180/13G/26A=39p.

          Poirier: Drafted 22nd AHL 160GP/39G/53A= 92p,NHL GP 8/0G/1A=1p.

          Shinkaruk drafted 24th: AHL GP188/58G/59A=117p,NHL 15GP/2G/2A=4p.

          McCarron: Drafted 25th AHL 90GP/24g/33 a=57pts, NHL 51GP 2G/5A=7pts.

          Klimchuk Drafted 28th: AHL 125GP/22G/30A=52pts, NHL 0games played.

          You want the Habs to trade straight across for Poirier I don’t think it will happen.

          My real reason for doing this was to see how close our guys are vs McCarron and my overall conclusion is that some drafts patience becomes the key. Still hopeful our guys can continue to push the pile.

  • The GREAT WW

    Interesting exercise, but for me it would be more useful if broken out by position (maybe even handedness) to see where we have strength and where we have opportunities…

    WW

  • Off the wall

    It’s difficult enough for 7 people to agree on where to go for supper, let alone a composite list of prospects.

    I think FN writers did an admirable job of this. I found the exercise quite difficult when compiling my own list.

    I guess the most difficult part is having the same rating methods.There is so much disparity when it comes to ratings.
    Highest ceiling, NHL readiness, highest floor and overall projection at the time of writing.

    I’m not here to pick apart anyone’s list and I thank the FN crew for making August a little more tolerable.

    Can’t wait for the Young Stars Tourny, followed by pre-season!

    • Baalzamon

      If you think ranking one team’s prospects is hard, try doing an organizational ranking of all teams. I did that once. Never again.

      Basically what I found was that aside from like the top three and bottom two it was almost a tie all the way down.

  • Just.Visiting

    Thanks again for the series. Overall, my own list was closest to Ari’s, and I also used a tiering approach.

    There was significant variance in a few of the rankings that ultimately changed the sequencing a little. To mitigate the impact of outlier rankings, perhaps consider the approach used in the Olympics and take off the high and low for the more consensus based outcome.

    A simple approach to help a bit with consistency of outcomes would be to ask if I would trade someone lower on my own list straight up for someone higher. If the answer is yes, why of course, perhaps the ranking should be reconsidered.

  • OKG

    Here are the biggest myths about all 20 ranked Flames Prospects:

    1) Tyler Parsons was the best goalie at the WJC. Russia’s goalie was more dominant and Carter Hart was exceptional too.
    2) Rasmus Andersson was Stockton’s #1D last year. He wasn’t. He was a solid top four guy, but was never relied upon as a first option.
    3) Adam Fox is bad without the puck. He isn’t. Where I’m concerned is that he seems to have trouble escaping forechecks when he has the puck.
    4) Valimaki is an offensive stud because he produced in his draft year. His draft year was his 18 year old season, his production is well in line with good first rounders but not necessarily indicative of a guy who’s going to be a big time offensive option at higher levels.
    “5”) Kylington has a low floor. He’s never played a professional game as a 20 year old and is an already a highly effective AHLer who carries his pairing. He has as many NHL GP as the year-older Rasmus Andersson and was arguably better in his. Stories of his mistakes are grossly overblown.
    “6”) Jankowski has a low ceiling. Has the second-highest ceiling in the Flames organization after Sam Bennett. Here’s a guy who has a chance to be a cross between Blake Wheeler and Mikael Backlund. Yeah. Joel Otto my ass.
    7) Foo is anything special. Especially hilarious considering he is 23 years old and the guys who are always ragging on Jankowski for being an older prospect have this guy, who’s older than Jankowski, ranked high despite having yet to play a single pro game in his career. Phillips, Poirier, Klimchuk, Mangiapane – all are comparable prospects.
    8) Dube has no offensive upside. Yeah, he played a checking role as an 18YO at World Juniors, but he’s probably the most skilled player on his Junior team and his puck skills and vision are sexy AF. Just needs to improve his finishing a bit.
    9) Mangiapane is too small. This is like saying Brad Marchand is too small. Mangiapane is a very physically strong player.
    10) Morgan Klimchuk needs more AHL time. He’s essentially hit his ceiling, and should be able to translate that to a solid bottom six NHLer right now. He’s not going to improve much from where he is now, but he could legitimately help the Calgary Flames as a 4LW or even 3LW.
    11) Jon Gillies is a great prospect who just had a bad year due to injury. There is some merit to the injury excuse, but there were red flags about Gillies long before last year. Even when he was named NCAA Tournament MVP, he wasn’t really all that good. He was just the goaltender of the best team. I’m not saying he lacks upside, but I am saying that his NCAA career was vastly overrated by stat watchers.
    12) Matthew Phillips is a star-or-bust prospect due to his size. In today’s NHL there’s a huge spectrum he could fit in. With his offensive skill you could have him on your first PP, but you could still shelter him on your third line. Kinda like a faster, more skilled, more adorable Kris Versteeg.
    13) Hunter Shinkaruk is inconsistent. That’s a bad description. He’s consistently underwhelming. He can score but just doesn’t bring anything else to the table. I always thought the Canucks won the Granlund trade.
    14) David Rittich just put up better numbers than Gillies, but he’s not a better prospect. Rittich is athletic, big, positionally sound, has great rebound control – and he outplayed Gillies by a mile. Given Stockton’s youth, Rittich may have been the best goaltender in the AHL last year. The floor is high and the ceiling is high. The only thing hurting him is that people didn’t follow him for three years as an amateur.
    15) Poirier looked great in Dev Camp. He looked okay, but didn’t stand out. I sense a bit of “great storyline” bias.
    16) Ruzicka is the Flames’ draft day steal of 2017. I hope he is, but I’m looking at Joly!
    17) Tuulola is a long shot to ever crack the Flames’ roster. He’s three things – Big, Right-Shooting, and a pure shooter. He’s a highly unique player at every level within our organization, which means he will get an opportunity.
    18) Pribyl disappointed last year. When he was in the Heat lineup as a winger, he was a good player who showed some NHL upside. Health was the major issue as was playing center.
    19) Adam Ollas-Mattsson lacks skill. He’s not an offensive defenseman, but he’s shown a lot of fine skill necessary to be an effective defensive defenseman. He’s not just a refrigerator.
    20) Lomberg is blazing fast. He can wheel as well as solid skaters like Klimchuk et al but there is only one Paul Byron and we waived him. Skating’s not a problem, but his speed has never blown me away.

  • L13

    I always enjoy this post the most because it prompts interesting discussions and comparisons.

    I have to say I’m surprised no one had Adam Fox in first place. (Or maybe I’m only surprised because he’s firmly my #1.) Also, I’m surprised by how high people are on Spencer Foo.

    Ryan, Ari and Christian Roatis’s rankings seem most similar to my own, though like Ari I prefer grouping prospects together to ranking them.

    • TheoForever

      I’m surprised how many writers rated Foo over Jankowski, based on one good season in a weak division.
      Must be the new and shinny thing, or residual effect of years of feastering hate towards the pick.

    • Off the wall

      L13, I had the most trouble where to put Fox as well, I flip -flopped between 1and 2 between both him and Parsons.
      Eventually I settled on Parsons as being my first, as the Goaltending position warranted that, but only after dissecting the living daylights outta it.
      Fox was solidly placed in 2nd..

      I am a terrible list maker- like Ari chooses to believe about herself. Too much personal angst for me, I feel unworthy of grading talents I’ll never have!

  • freethe flames

    Here’s an idea for an article: Watching the Waiver Wire. The Fall regularly says we should spend to the cap and the idea has merit. My question are there any RW(I focus on this position as it may be our weakest position) that the writes believe may need to be waived that from their current teams that might be an upgrade over the Flames current crop of RW?

  • Squishin

    Thanks for the series, it made August a lot more bearable. I think Ryan’s list resonated the most closely with my own thoughts, although I didn’t have an actual list compiled. I imagine it’s a difficult process.

  • everton fc

    Foo is ranked too high. Even scouts who’ve seen him play give him a ceiling no higher than 3rd line winger. Gillies, Mangiapane, Dube, Klimchuk and Rittich should all be ranked higher, in my opinion. Not that is matters…

    I also think Pribyl, and yes, Lomberg, are better prospects than Tuulola, at this point.

  • BlueMoonNigel

    Everybody but Christian had Valimaki as Top 5 and four had him as 2 or 3. While it is exciting to see so much love given to a newbie who will likely be in junior this fall, it makes me wonder about the potential of the players who have been nurtured by the club since they were drafted. Is Valimaki that good that he can bypass them or is the farm system not grooming them as well as they could be?

    • Hockeyfan6778

      Well it could be that we were terrible at drafting until like last 4 years. Our top picks of last few drafts are already in NHL so the rest are long term projects. This is our new top pick with high potential so he goes near too.

        • Off the wall

          You’re asking the wrong bloke, we Scots would go into battle with anyone. We were up against Napoleons superior army in the battle of Waterloo –and he was defeated. We like a challenge.

          I guess the way I look at it -is that Treliving extended Huska and I trust Treliving.
          If I said I had intimate knowledge of Huska’s abilities, I’d be lying. I don’t, however that in itself doesn’t mean he’s not fit for the position. I’m more of a wait- and see- how development takes place and so far I can’t say I’m disappointed…

          • Off the wall

            @WW..
            I don’t have the same knowledge of hockey as you do. I’m sure you could make me look like a fool. But was is it specifically you don’t like about Huska?

          • The GREAT WW

            Yes they extended Huska…!?

            But they also transferred Cail MacClean in, who will take over the head coaching duties when Huska is sent packing….

            I have done enough wait-and-see with Huska, he has developed not a single high potential forward.
            He is a loser, we need a winning mentality.

            I’m a big Treliving fan, but he is terrible at assessing leadership.
            GG, Huska, Brouwer….these are not leaders…..leaders inspire people to make great sacrifices for the betterment of the team.

            WW

          • Off the wall

            WW..I had a long dialogue in reply, but somehow it was lost in cyberspace.

            I really understand your view and I do respect it, even if I tease you relentlessly.

            You make valid arguments and to say I don’t have doubts would be a fabrication. I do. Player usage being the main one about GG.
            He was a new coach, with a lot of distractions, so I’m willing to let that go.
            This year, there should be no excuse for players usage. Or goaltending shuffling. Or PP, PK usage.

            I hope for the Flames sake, GG does well and we make some noise this season. If not, I guess you were right..

        • BringtheFire 2.0

          Is; “Following into battle” a standard you apply to every person in your life? Like, you meet someone, you like them, but if you don’t think they could have won the Battle of Somme as a general you can’t be friends?

          Also, do you battle a lot? It seems like you battle a lot.

          • Puckhead

            Janko and Kulak will graduate to the club this season. One to two more players and likely a goalie prospect will be on the Flames next year. Kulak transitioned seamlessly into the lineup and I expect that Janko will as well.

            I would suggest that this is indicative of good prospect development.

            Don’t hold your breath waiting for any of the coaching staff to change any time soon. The hair is annoying perfect but I suggest you get used to it.

          • The GREAT WW

            @puckhead (it would be nice to directly reply to someone…..like it use to be….)

            Kulak is not a forward.
            Jankowski was developed in college.

            Is that all you got?!

            WW

        • Off the wall

          WW for future reference, if I say, ” Yer bum’s out the windae” it’s not flattering.

          Translation means, ” You’re talking rubbish” or ” You don’t make any sense”

          Though I doubt I’ll use it..

          • Puckhead

            Your argument has no basis. The prospect pool was depleted and it has taken until now to catch up. All of our top tier talent graduated directly to the Flames.

            Your glass is half empty. Top it up and see what happens before you post doomsday predictions.

  • Off the wall

    I apologize my last remark ended up in the middle of a dialogue. This reply button is getting silly..

    Let me say one final thing this evening, after I’ve already eaten supper… or dinner as you folks like to say;

    I understand both positions. GG doesn’t get worked up behind the bench. I think that it speaks more about his personality, not
    leadership. However there are valid reasons why some doubt his leadership.

    To me leadership involves mutual respect among the players and coaches. It also invokes words such as vision and motivation.
    In other words…
    Is he providing guidance and direction to individuals on the team? And collectively..
    Are they trying to implement his systems? Do they really believe in it? Is his influence getting through to the players?
    Are they having success at it?
    Is that success being translated into a winning team?
    Does he inspire, motivate the players to be at the top of their game?

    If we can answer yes to these then GG is being a leader in the true sense of the word.

    If not then we need to look at the reason(s) why.

    I’m not going to tell anyone what to believe, we all have our reasons for our views.

    Just food for thought?!
    Or maybe my “bum is out the windae?”

  • Atomic Clown

    Jezus, you’d think were actually picking a war leader by the way comments about Gulutzan and the rest of the coaching staff are being thrown around. He’s a brand new coach, trying to teach a brand new system to a bunch of players who played under a very different system with Hartley. Do i like GG’s player usage; not that much. Do i like that we’re no longer a “live by the stretch pass, die by the stretch pass team”? Absolutely. We’re much solid defensively now, the biggest problems were A) Undisciplined penalties, both genuine and those fabricated by officials in retaliation to the Wideman incident, and 2) Awful goaltending. Elliott was awful, there’s no getting around it. Give GG one more year, if we surpass what we achieved last year, then kudos to him.

    Regarding Huska, i want to bring in a story i read regarding the Finnish junior hockey committee. Ever since Selanne and Kurri, no superstar had come out of Finland, forward wise (I do believe Kiprusoff was the best Finnish player last decade). And the reason was that they were focusing a lot on building a team, rather than individuals. More emphasis was placed on getting all hockey skills proficient, rather than focusing on natural abilities and strengths. What happened was the the Finnish junior hockey team became dull to watch, and sure they could play into the quarter or semi finals of the IIHF or the Olympics, but they would lose out to teams that had players with a lot more individual skill (Canada, Russia, Sweden). Also, i cant remember a Finnish player picked in the top 5 other than last year in the draft. With Laine and Puljujarvi, the coaching staff focused on working to the players strengths, and not only did Finland win the Ivan Hlinka tournament, but they had 2 out of the top 5 picks.

    Rambling over, i feel like Huska is building a team too much, one with players that would fit into the NHL more easily, rather than let prospects develop to their strengths, i.e. Poirier playing like a 2 way forward rather than a speedy winger. Maybe thats the way the Flames brass wants it to be, which is why i feel like players that are more well rounded like Kulak, Valimaki have a better chance of making the NHL, rather than flashy players like Kylington, Poirier and Phillips.