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FlamesNation Prospect Update: Goalie focus

The Flames may have lost Mike Smith for the time being, and with confidence in Eddie Lack already low, it’s likely the Flames have to look to California for a goaltender. They already have a competition brewing between Jon Gillies and David Rittich, and whoever wins could potentially open a spot for Tyler Parsons (who also may be injured, but looking ahead) in the AHL.

Not a bad time to be a Flames fan.

In case you missed it

Rasmus Andersson – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 10 1 7 8 3 3 3 30.83
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Andersson’s brief NHL adventure ended yesterday and now he’s back in California.

Austin Carroll – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Carroll found his way back into the Stockton lineup and fought a guy.

Dillon Dube – C/LW, Kelowna Rockets, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 17 8 13 21 9 14 6 29.38
Change from last week 2 1 2 3 2 1 0 0.84

A very busy week for Dube. He finished the WHL-Russia series with two goals and three assists in two games, including this goal last Tuesday:

He came back and added three points in two games with the Rockets immediately after.

Zach Fischer – RW, Spokane Chiefs, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 12 5 4 9 6 5 5 17.84
Change from last week 2 2 0 2 2 2 2 1.19

Fischer scored two goals last week, including this one where he appears to completely run over a goalie? Okay, I guess.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 13 1 4 5 3 4 2 14.82
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2.7

Foo is second only to Andrew Mangiapane in shots on goal (33 to 36). Seeing as Garnet Hathaway’s SH% is 30% and Foo’s is around 3%, we can expect a massive reversal of fortunes soon.

Adam Fox – D, Harvard Crimson, ECAC

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 5 0 6 6 1 2 0 22.63
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 -8.8

Harvard and Fox had a lacklustre weekend, with only one assist on the three total goals the Crimson scored.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Healey comes as advertised, I guess.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 11 5 6 11 7 11 7 20.50
Change from last week 3 0 2 2 2 2 2 -2.56

D’Artagnan still has yet to score a secondary point. Two more primary assists this week.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
KHL current 6 0 2 2 2 1 1 23.02
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
VHL current 14 7 10 17 12 13 8 37.84
Change from last week 2 1 2 3 2 1 0 1.49

It’s international break in Europe, so none of the Flames’ European players actually played league hockey (this makes the rest of the update a little boring but) unless they were Pavel Karnaukhov, who was sent back to the VHL to get some game time in while the KHL team was on a break. I’m going to assume he’s back with CSKA Moscow immediately after.

Morgan Klimchuk – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 13 5 4 9 6 8 6 26.68
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 2.15

Klimchuk added two more points this weekend, both primary. He’s oddly become the most interesting player from that 2013 draft haul.

Oliver Kylington – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 13 1 6 7 6 4 4 20.75
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3.78

Oli is back on the schneid, having not scored a point in the past two weeks.

Linus Lindstrom – C/LW, Skelleftea AIK, SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 16 2 0 2 2 2 2 5.95
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

International break.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 13 0 2 2 2 1 1 5.93
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 2.43

Lomberg finally got back on the scoresheet, having been absent from it since the first week of the season.

Andrew Mangiapane – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 13 7 12 19 13 13 10 56.32
Change from last week 2 1 2 3 3 3 3 0.26

It’s actually unreal how well Mangiapane has been playing. Three more points, all primary, all 5v5. It’s hard to see how the Flames could fit him into the lineup, but I really want it to happen.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 13 4 2 6 6 4 4 10.6
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 0.16

Mattsson scored another goal this week, just like he did last week. Consistency is key.

Adam Ollas Mattsson – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Played a game of hockey.

Matthew Phillips – C/RW, Victoria Royals, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 21 15 22 37 14 25 8 41.90
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 1 1 0 -1.91

Phillips has been slowing down over the past couple of weeks, if you can call “scoring a point per game” slowing down.

Emile Poirier – LW/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 12 1 2 3 3 1 1 9.64
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 2.63

Poirier only played in one game this past week, scratched for unknown reasons. He technically picked up an assist, but only because it was a stat correction.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat, AHL

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

Played a game for the first time in weeks. Didn’t see much ice time and didn’t do much, either.

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

Still injured.

Rushan Rafikov – D, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, KHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 29 1 7 8 8 4 4 16.74
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

International break.

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sarnia Sting, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 20 14 17 31 11 23 7 38.13
Change from last week 2 1 2 3 1 2 1 -0.14

Another strong week for Ruzicka, who picked up three points against the Owen Sound Attack. He’s (slowly) starting to become less reliant on PP scoring.

Hunter Shinkaruk – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 12 3 2 5 2 4 2 16.06
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0.64

Scored a goal this week.

Hunter Smith – RW, Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 9 1 2 3 2 2 2 7.65
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 1.09

Smith added another assist this week for the Flames’ ECHL affiliate.

Filip Sveningsson – LW, HV71, Superelit/SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
SHL current 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Superelit current 12 7 7 14 8 11 5 19.13
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

International break.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 17 6 0 6 3 6 3 12.44
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Ditto.

Juuso Valimaki – D, Tri-City Americans, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 14 4 8 12 5 9 3 20.38
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3.40

Didn’t do anything this week.

Tyler Wotherspoon – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 13 1 8 9 5 5 4 26.68
Change from last week 2 0 4 0 2 2 2 9.16

Wotherspoon had a massive week, picking up four assists. It really sucks for him that Brett Kulak has the final LHD spot locked down, because it’s hard to see what more Wotherspoon could do to get an NHL job.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 8 480.18 0.924 243
Change from last week 1 57.97 -0.006 31

Gillies stopped 28 of 31 (.903) in a 4-1 loss to the Manitoba Moose. I’d expect him to get the nod if Mike Smith is out for a little while.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 5 246 0.872 117
Change from last week 2 118 -0.038 50

McDonald picked up both starts for KC this week, including a back-to-back because…

Tyler Parsons – G, Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 5 359 0.870 216
Change from last week 0 0 0 0

… Parsons appears to be injured. The Mavericks used an emergency backup goalie (named Sam Barnett, in case you were wondering) for both games this past weekend. Twitter searches provided no official reason for the club, but there appeared to be a nagging injury from a few weeks back that was negatively affecting his play. This is all speculation, but probably well informed speculation.

Parsons is actually playing in this morning’s (!) KC Mavericks game, so I guess he is healthy again.

(Twitter searches also revealed that Parsons got engaged this past week. Congrats, Tyler!)

David Rittich – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 5 299.88 0.928 153
Change from last week 1 59.88 -0.009 26

Like clockwork, Rittich put up a stinker after a shutout, only saving 23 of 26 in 6-3 win over the San Diego Gulls.

Nick Schneider – G, Calgary Hitmen, WHL

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 16 950 0.898 500
Change from last week 2 125 -0.003 66

Schneider recorded two sub-.900 SV% against the Medicine Hat Tigers this weekend.

  • Carl the tooth

    Foo s shooting percentage at 3% with a shot like he’s won’t last reminds me of when Ferlund had the worst shooting percentage in the league I knew that wouldn’t last either with Ferlunds shot . We will be Crowing about Foo soon enough.

  • The GREAT WW

    If this is Jagr’s last year as a player we need to hire him as an assistant coach in charge of young player development next year, regardless who the head coach is.

    Remember when people were saying GG was good with young players?!

    WW

  • The GREAT WW

    Players who are obsolete and could get us good returns (picks) at the trade deadline; killer “B”s:

    -Backlund
    -Brodie
    -Brouwer (we can dream…).

    WW

      • Jumping Jack Flash

        I am not sure Backlund will lose any sleep over WW’s opinion of him. Johnny can look good playing with any Center but when he is with Backlund there is something special.

    • everton fc

      Monohan-Backlund-Jankowski… Next season – or maybe by January – this may be one of the best group of centres on one team, in the league. If we move Backlund, we are clueless.

      Brodie may be worth considering if we can pick up a quality asset. Perhaps Brodie’s the way to move Brouwer’s contract?…..

      • Atomic Clown

        I feel that moving Brodie before Kylington is ready will be a mistake. Hopefully by next year the flames can offload Stone, which would allow Andersson to take his spot. Gio and Hamilton have the top pairing on lockdown, Hamonic and Kylington would make a decent second pairing, and then Kulak-Andersson? Brodie and Stone for Toffoli?

  • everton fc

    The goalie in KC, “Sam Barnett” seems to be a young lawyer in the city! Tried to find him on Hockey DB… Nada. And I thought we had so many goalies?!

    As for Schneider… I was at the Hitmen game Friday vs. the Tigers. Two soft goals. I can’t see them keeping Schneider in the organization, long-term. Didn’t impress this fan. And I was pulling for him.

    • He has an eliteprospects page! http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=145253

      And I think the Flames have too many minor league goalies. I can’t think of any team off the top of my head that has five goalies on pro contracts not in the NHL, much less one that is pretty much forced to keep their best goalie prospect two leagues away from the NHL because of how many goalies they have. Even Nick Schneider is eligible to play pro, and had to be turned away because of the depth the Flames have in net.

      • HOCKEY83

        Agree too many goalies. One of Rittich or Gillies should be shopped. If Montreal is picking up Neimi there must be a need for a decent back-up out there. Maybe picking up a second round pick would be good enough just to try and get some picks back going into this next draft. The sooner they can get Parsons up playing with Stockton the better

        • Cheeky

          If they are considering doing that, they need to bring either up to not only see what they have but if they can play (consistently) at the NHL level. This would also perhaps add value if they played well…

  • everton fc

    My thoughts;

    Poirier’s a bust. Rittich is still better than Gillies, but Gillies will get the call over Rittich. Makes no sense. Foo needs to hit the net w/those shots. And pick up his skating. Shinkaruk seems to be stuck in the minors. Wotherpsoon will play in the NHL – he’s being patient like Kulak, which I respect. Klimchuk will also be in the NHL someday. Maybe in Calgary, maybe elsewhere. Mangiapane will be a very productive offencive player, at the next level. What to do w/Kylington! He’s still only 20. Sick! Outside these guys, and Andersson, no one in Stockton sticks out, to me. (I leave out Hathaway, because he should be playing Brouwer’s minutes)…

    As for the other prospects – I still like Zack Fischer. Ditto Dube… Phillips… Fox… Valimaki…

    • Atomic Clown

      Honestly, Poirier, Shinkaruk, Lazar and Klimchuck are not first rounders. Given Klimchuck’s progression, he might stick it out as a bottom 6 defensively responsible forward, but beyond that, eh

    • HOCKEY83

      I think it’s impossible to predict if any prospect’s game is going to transfer to the NHL until they get there…if they get there. None of these guys are Tkachuk or Mathews and need time to develop. I think we’ll see Fox or Valimaki get a shot on this team before the D in Stockton. That’s assuming Fox even signs with the Flames.

      • Walt Whitman

        It’s odd, really: Poirier looked good in camp/NHL level, but less than good at AHL level. Maybe he’s not cool with being in Stockton itself? No offense to Stockton, but it isn’t for everyone.

  • Burnward

    I wonder if Mangiapane’s best slot right now isn’t Frolik’s place.

    A little quicker, a little more skill.

    And if Frolik is possibly replaceable, he could be an interesting option to shop.

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    I would consider trading Brodie which I know would not be a popular opinion. However, I have noticed a lot of holes in his game.

    Brodie is not a complete defender, he can skate and run a PP but is rarely a threat to shoot so is easy to defend. When he does shoot, he has a hard time hitting the net.
    He makes lots of mistakes but can cover them up with his recovery speed. We give up far too many high quality scoring chances to be considered one of the best D.

    Brodie would likely fetch us a first rounder + or a top 6 winger which might be the missing piece. Right now we have a D core that looks to be one of the best… but only on paper. There is a chance that our D will be able to put it together and could be a formidable force in the playoffs. However, with capable prospects in our pipeline the return could be at a premium for Brodie.

    • The Sultan

      I agree. I know our defenders like to jump up into the play, but with the forwards playing like they are, maybe the defense can relax a little and actually play defense instead of always jumping up into the play.