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FlamesNation Prospect Update: Stockton starts season

The AHL has arrived, meaning that all but three of the Flames’ prospects are back in the swing of things. Two others (Tyler Parsons, Mason McDonald) begin their season next week, and the final holdout (Adam Fox) will begin his in two weeks. Buckle up folks.

In case you missed it

Rasmus Andersson – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 2 0 3 3 1 1 1 57.81

It was a top-heavy weekend in Stockton, with many of the first line and first pairing players running the show. Andersson led all defencemen in scoring for the Heat, picking up three assists over the course of the two games.

Austin Carroll – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Carroll was healthy scratched for both of Stockton’s games this weekend.

Dillon Dube – C/LW, Kelowna Rockets, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 4 3 6 9 4 8 4 53.51
Change from last week 3 3 6 9 4 8 4 +53.51

Dube had himself one hell of a week, scoring nine points in three games, nearly all of them being primary. He contributed on all four Kelowna goals in their win against Prince George. Kid’s pretty good.

Zach Fischer – RW, Medicine Hat Tigets, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 3 1 0 1 1 1 1 7.93
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 +7.93

Fischer scored a goal this weekend and fought a dude. He comes as advertised.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Foo made his professional debut with Stockton, but unfortunately didn’t do much. He played with Hunter Shinkaruk and Ryan Lomberg.

Adam Fox – D, Harvard Crimson, ECAC

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current
Change from last week

Fox doesn’t play until Oct. 21, an exhibition against the USNDT. His real regular season doesn’t begin until Oct. 29.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Healey appeared in both games, didn’t do that much.

Mark Jankowski – C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 2 3 2 5 2 3 1 96.35

Someone is not happy about being sent down. Jankowski scored goals at all strengths this weekend, including a powerplay two-on-one (if you scroll down to Andrew Mangiapane, you’ll see it). When will he come up? Whenever the Flames decide to do something about that fourth line.

D’Artagnan Joly – RW, Baie-Comeau Drakkar, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Still injured. No timetable.

Pavel Karnaukhov – LW/C, CSKA Moscow, KHL/Zvezda, VHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
KHL current 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
VHL current 7 5 6 11 7 11 7 48.97
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -8.16

Karnuakhov got bumped up to the KHL, maybe for good this time. He’s been undeniably dominant in the VHL.

Morgan Klimchuk – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 19.27

One of the rare Heat players not on the first line to record a point, but only because he gets special teams time.

Oliver Kylington – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Kylington suffered a minor injury in his first game, but came back for game two. Nothing to record on the scoresheet.

Linus Lindstrom – C/LW, Skelleftea AIK, SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 7 1 0 1 1 1 1 6.79
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 6.79

Lindstrom finally appeared on the scoresheet for Skelleftea, adding a goal in the late stages of a blowout win.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Lomberg got starts at center this weekend, which is quite unusual, but just the way the cookie crumbles. Nothing much happened on his line.

Andrew Mangiapane – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 2 2 2 4 2 4 2 77.08

Mangiapane also had himself a great weekend, scoring an even two goals and two assists in two games. It’s going to be interesting to see where he is by the end of November. Enjoy this pretty passing play between him and Jankowski, if you don’t mind some yelling

Mitchell Mattson – C/LW, Sioux Falls Stampede, USHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Mattson, back in the USHL for another year, appeared in two games this week. He didn’t do much.

Adam Ollas Mattson – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Ollas Mattson did not play this weekend

Matthew Phillips – C/RW, Victoria Royals, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 6 3 11 14 3 9 3 55.49
Change from last week 2 0 4 4 2 3 2 -3.96

Phillips remains dominant in the Dub, maintaining a healthy 2.33 PPG. Victoria still has not lost a game yet, and Phillips has contributed in someway to 40% of their goals.

Emile Poirier – LW/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Poirier recorded two shots on goal this past week.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Pollock is starting the season with the Heat instead of in the ECHL, but has yet to appear in a game.

Daniel Pribyl – RW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Injured his ACL. Unknown when he comes back.

Rushan Rafikov – D, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, KHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 17 0 1 1 1 0 0 3.57
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.22

Rafikov played in one game of hockey.

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sarnia Sting, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 7 7 5 12 6 10 4 41
Change from last week 3 5 2 7 4 5 3 10.25

It is still very early in the season, but Ruzicka is looking to be quite the steal. He’s first in OHL scoring by one point, first in goals, and also tied for first in primary points. He added five goals this weekend, one of them being this OT snipe:

Hunter Shinkaruk – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Shinkaruk didn’t do much of anything this week, playing an energy line type role with Lomberg and Foo.

Hunter Smith – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Smith, like Carroll, did not appear in any games for the Heat. They’re going without the muscle this year, apparently.

Filip Sveningsson – LW, HV71, Superelit/SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
SHL current 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Superelit current 11 5 5 10 6 8 4 14.91
Change from last week 3 1 1 2 1 2 1 -1.49

Sveningsson has become a bit of a favourite for those who follow the Swedish U20 league, thanks to his blistering speed and wicked shot, on display here…

… and here…

He’s a seventh rounder and we should really temper all expectations, but early returns have suggested that he’s a pretty good bet.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 8 2 0 2 1 2 1 8.82
Change from last week 3 2 0 2 1 2 1 8.82

Tuulola had a two-goal outburst for HPK, his first two of the season. Hopefully this opens the floodgates for him, as he hasn’t had a hot start to his Liiga season.

Juuso Valimaki – D, Tri City Americans, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 4 1 3 4 2 3 2 23.78
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 -47.56

This slid across my virtual desk way after last week’s prospect update was published, but here’s Valimaki’s svelte goal last week.

He had one assist this weekend.

Tyler Wotherspoon – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 2 0 2 2 2 0 0 38.54

Wotherspoon, paired with Andersson, notched two assists this week. I feel a call-up could be in the cards sooner rather than later depending on what happens with that 3LD spot.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 2 118.97 0.912 68

A tale of two Gillies. He stood on his head for Stockton’s 4-1 win, stopping 41 of 42 shots, but fell apart (as most of the team did) in the wild 6-4 San Jose victory, allowing five goals on 26 shots. Occasionally the AHL, and goaltending in general, is weird like that (for perspective, the Heat also scored four times on 27 shots, so neither goalie could stop a puck), so you should look long-term before getting concerned.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 0 0 0 0

The Mavericks loaned goalkeeper Ty Rimmer to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, leaving McDonald and Parsons with the Kansas City net to themselves. The Mavericks’ season starts this week, but both goalies saw one game each in the preseason, with McDonald slightly outperforming Parsons. McDonald stopped 29 of 30, while Parsons stopped 29 of 32 in preseason action.

Tyler Parsons – G, Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 0 0 0 0

Ditto.

David Rittich – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 0 0 0 0

Rittich did not see any action this weekend.

Nick Schneider – G, Calgary Hitmen, WHL

GP TOI SV% SA
Up to date 5 302 0.889 144
Change from last week 2 118 +0.005 58

Schneider saw 58 shots this past week, saving 52 of them. He earned a third star for his performance in a 1-0 loss to the Everett Silvertips.

  • Alberta Ice

    Statistics seem to say it all. Ruzicka, Dube, and Phillips are lighting it up offensively and playing key roles for their teams. I’m hoping Gillies and Parsons will be ready to push Lack for backing up Mike Smith in the very near future. And Adam Fox intrigues me. Really liked his play at his level last year. Lots of others in the mix too. I hope Jano doesn’t lose his enthusiasm because he was sent down.

    • class1div1

      Let’s hope Fox didn’t watch what happened to Kulak and Anderson.Highly doubt he leaves college to be slotted down the line-up in Stockton.Giving prospects opportunities is not something the Flames are good at.

  • BurningSensation

    The strength on the farm has been in grooming young defenders (Kulak, Andersson, Kyllington, even Wotherspoon), while the weakness has been in developing impact forwards – in part because the need for them was so great they (Monahan, Tkachuk) were rushed strzight to the NHL.

    Guys lke Jankowski, Phillips, Dube, and Ruzicka are then exactly what the Dr ordered, high skill forwards who can impact the scoresheet, will come in at a cheap $ contract, and can fill in in a variety of roles.

    All of which is credit to the Flames scouts, they have been absolutely on fire lately, unearthing legit scoring talent in rounds where it isnt supposed to exist.

    • oilcanboyd

      Yep, Flames groom young defenders, but then they go and trade for impact D-men. Nothing wrong with that, if the process to get to the Cup has been shortened. At what point, do they give Wotherspoon or Kulak the reins in 3-4 spots. I cannot seeing those two not being at least as good as Bartkowski….
      Other than that, the future does indeed look good for the Flames.

      • BurningSensation

        Bartkowski is merely a placeholder while the kids ripen with extra ice-time on the farm. I expect that Kulak will be the no. 6 Dman by end of year.

        The other value to having good D marinating on the farm is that they are the preferred coin of the realm in terms of trades. Even if they end up being roadblocked in Cgy by vets, they hold considerable value as trade chips.

        You can never have too many young defenders.

      • Carl the tooth

        Flames got good strategy for drafting as far as looking for players that put up good numbers 5 on 5 on secondary roles .either first season s or they significantly improved the last half of there seasons. “Diamonds in the rough”

  • Going to interject here with some breaking news: Zach Fischer has left the Medicine Hat Tigers. Not traded or anything (though that is still an option- MH had over the maximum amount of 97s on their roster), but he is headed to Calgary for an evaluation with the Flames. Is eligible to play in the AHL/ECHL, once he signs an ELC.

  • moodyblue2

    I think the next good move BT could make is getting Jankowski up to the bigs. We could use his size and hands against bigger teams. Still think if the guy had line mates like Matthews had last year he could push for the Calde this year. Moodyblue

    • McRib

      Watching Toronto win with four lines of young skill makes me question Calgary’s decision to bench all of our young skill (Jankowski, Andersson, Mangiapane, etc) for Glass, Brouwer, Bartkowski. Fortunately Calgary has drafted so well lately eventually they will have to go with the young guys who will become overripe (three I mentioned are already looking like that).

    • McRib

      For forwards any NHLe that is above 35 before 20 years old is starting to enter “very likely” territory, although as we know no one case is a sure thing, but that would be in the 75+%. Adam Ruzicka is now well over 40 (forget which formula FN uses for OHL, but he is at 42.2 to 45 on a 0.30 to 0.32 scale). Ruzicka is a small sample size, but his 4.6 shots per game is a fairly sustainable figure at this point. For defenseman I would say anything past 28, once again prior to age 20 is a big cutoff, after age 20 some players are playing pro and some are still in junior dominating.

  • Stockton's Finest

    Saying Hunter Smith is “Muscle” is like saying Brouwer is a game changer. Neither is true.
    The Heat have options for protecting their stars including Cramarossa, Gazdic, and Lomberg. The Heat does not need Smith to grave their lineup.

    Klimchuk was on the 2nd line with Findlay and Poirier. The top line has been Jankowski centering Hathaway and Mangiapane.

    Wotherspoon and Andersson have been paired together and look like the best defense line so far.

    Kylington returned on Saturday after missing only one shift. But he is still making ill-advised passes.

    Heat play defending Champs Grand Rapids on Saturday. Update on Sunday.

    • Cheeky

      What’s your take on some of these prospects not playing this weekend (especially considering back to back). Carroll, AOM, Pollock – do they deserve to play over the journeyman AHLers? Did Gillies look tired in second game (thought Rittich should have played considering the heavy load Gillies had night before). Cheers.

      • Stockton's Finest

        Cheeky, sorry for the delay.

        I will start with the easy one. Yes, Riddich should have started. Was Gillies tired? Considering he was sent to Stockton on Wednesday and he started Friday, Huska should have started David the next night.

        In regards to Carroll and Pollock, unless they are hurt, I believe one of them should have played Saturday in the place of Gazdic. I know Gazdic is LW and Carroll is RW, but Huska carried on 3 RW and 5 LW. They showed pretty well in the pre-season.

        I would have likes to see AOM play in place of maybe Goloubef, especially since Golo was signed on Thursday.

        We will see what Huska does on Saturday.

  • oilcanboyd

    Adam Ruzicka looks like a good pick in the 4th round….like theTooth says, who needs first rounders when you can draft guys like Adam in the 4th round.

  • oilcanboyd

    Jobu the Great! I was channel surfing earlier tonight and on HiFi Channel the movie Major League was playing. The part where the player was setting up his “altar” for Jobu and giving him rum was on….what a heck of a coincidence!

  • freethe flames

    The question is how long will it be before the Flames bring up kids to the big club and give a chance to prove themselves at this level. When Jagr finally plays it gives us 9 or 10 NHL forwards and a number of replacement level forwards.(this depends on if you think Lazar has doe enough in 2 games to be
    a true NHL forward) At this stage in there careers Stajan/”The Burden”/Glass are a vets but quite frankly should be seen as replacement level players. FHamilton is at best a tweener and should be replaced by a prospect. Lazar is still young and in the last 2 games(and I want to be clear it’s only 2 games)has looked like he belongs. Janko should be up here and playing; based upon his preseason, his AHL numbers, size, 200 ft game and speed it is clear he can be an effective player at the next level. The key is who else on the farm is ready? Mangiapane has great chemistry with Janko and could be ready soon, Hathaway has good chemistry with Janko as well and has proven to be an NHL replacement forward, Poirier is still finding his way as is Klimchuk. The other guys like Cramarosa and Hrivik(injured) could be replacement players but only in an emergency.