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FlamesNation Prospect Update: the call-up game

With Kris Versteeg missing practice, it seems that someone might be coming up through the pipeline soon. Exciting times.

In case you missed it

  • Here’s last week’s update.
  • And that’s it!

Rasmus Andersson – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 15 2 9 11 5 4 4 28.26
Change from last week 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 -0.65

A pretty productive week for Andersson. He kept pace for the season by adding a goal and an assist in three games this week.

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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Not sure why they don’t at least just free him and send him to the ECHL. KC really needs an offensive boost and it’s better than him sitting on the bench.

Dillon Dube – C/LW, Kelowna Rockets, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 22 14 15 29 16 22 13 31.35
Change from last week 3 2 1 3 2 3 2 -1.19

If you’re wondering just how good Dube is, here’s Glen Gulutzan, Johnny Gaudreau, and Sean Monahan singing his praises during media availability. I knew he was a later cut than expected, but to hear that he had a very good shot at actually playing in the NHL? That’s quite the endorsement (though I’m skeptical of the praise given that they gave a LW spot to Tanner effing Glass).

Two goals and an assist for Dube this week. All primary points.

Zach Fischer – RW, Spokane Chiefs, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 17 9 7 16 11 10 9 22.38
Change from last week 3 2 2 4 4 4 4 2

Fischer is settling in nicely with Spokane, having scored 15 points in 14 games since getting traded. Surely an early boast to make, but he’s currently outscoring Oilers first round pick Kailer Yamamoto. Still a fan of punching, by the way.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 17 1 5 6 3 5 2 13.06
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 -0.7

Foo finally got off the schneid and picked up an assist this week. Maybe the floodgates are opening? Who knows.

Adam Fox – D, Harvard Crimson, ECAC

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 8 0 7 7 2 2 0 16.5
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2.36

Harvard came back to draw with Boston College 4-4, but Fox was held off the scoresheet for the first time this season.

Glenn Gawdin – C/RW, Swift Current Broncos, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 24 19 29 48 27 37 19 47.56
Change from last week 3 4 1 5 3 5 3 -1.13

Gawdin had a great week, scoring four goals and five points. That still wasn’t enough to keep his lofty PPG ratio afloat.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Played in all three of Stockton’s games this week.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 16 8 8 16 9 15 9 20.50
Change from last week 3 3 1 4 2 4 2 1.58

Joly got back on his PPG pace, scoring three goals and adding an assist this week. All primary points, of course.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
KHL current 8 0 2 2 2 1 1 15.17
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -5.06
VHL current 17 7 10 17 12 13 8 37.84
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Karnaukhov went back to the KHL again, playing in two games but not scoring anything. Will he stay there? Usually he goes right back down the next week.

Morgan Klimchuk – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 18 8 5 13 8 11 8 27.83
Change from last week 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 -0.53

Klimchuk is starting to score pretty consistently now, adding two more points this week.

Oliver Kylington – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 18 1 7 8 6 4 4 17.13
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3.42

No points for Kylington this week. It’s been a rough few weeks for him, but hopefully he gets back to his usual self.

Linus Lindstrom – C/LW, Skelleftea AIK, SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 22 2 0 2 2 2 2 4.32
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.59

Lindstrom played three games, recorded zero points.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 17 1 2 3 3 2 2 6.8
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.91

No points for Lomberg this week.

Andrew Mangiapane – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 18 8 13 21 14 15 11 44.96
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -9

No points for Mangiapane this week, the first time that’s happened this year. Not concerning, but he did go on a long drought last year. Hopefully that does not happen this year.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 18 6 4 10 9 8 7 12.76
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 0.51

Another week, another two points for Mattsson. He’s been at least consistent, which is more than what you could say for last year’s effort.

Adam Ollas Mattsson – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Two games for AOM this week.

Matthew Phillips – C/RW, Victoria Royals, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 27 20 26 46 18 33 12 40.51
Change from last week 3 2 3 5 0 4 0 -0.11

Phillips notched five points this week, getting in on 50% of goals Victoria scored, including one primary assist on a shorthanded goal.

Emile Poirier – LW/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 17 2 8 10 7 7 4 22.67
Change from last week 3 1 1 2 2 1 1 0.65

Poirier didn’t have as great a week as he did last week, but he still picked up two points, which is pretty good. Last year, he bounced between segments of great to garbage games, so consistency is nice.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat, AHL

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

Played two games.

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 34 1 10 11 10 7 6 19.64
Change from last week 2 0 3 3 2 3 2 4.46

Two games, three primary assists. Pretty good for Rafikov, who went for a long time without scoring.

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sarnia Sting, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 26 17 17 34 12 30 8 32.17
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 -3.13

Ruzicka has slowed down the past two weeks, only scoring three points (all goals, but) in six games.

Hunter Shinkaruk – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 16 5 2 7 2 6 2 16.86
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2.41

No points for Shinkaruk this week.

Hunter Smith – RW, Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 18 4 4 8 8 8 8 10.2
Change from last week 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2.92

After a five-point week, Smith recorded zero points this week.

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 14 7 12 19 12 14 8 22.26
Change from last week 2 0 5 5 4 3 3 3.13

He’s back! Sveningsson, after disappearing for about a month, came back to the Superelit and picked up five assists in two games. He’s currently second in the Superelit in PPG, which is promising.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 21 6 0 6 3 6 3 10.07
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.06

No points for the cherubic boy.

Juuso Valimaki – D, Tri-City Americans, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 16 5 12 17 8 12 8 25.27
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Didn’t play this week for reasons unknown, but here’s a cool article about him leading Finland at the upcoming WJC.

Tyler Wotherspoon – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 18 1 1 10 5 5 4 21.41
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 -4.28

Just one assist for Wotherspoon this week.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 11 540.18 0.918 341
Change from last week 2 60 -0.003 61

Gillies stopped 56 of 61 this week, good for a 0.918 SV%.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 7 366 0.873 167
Change from last week 1 60 -0.012 28

It’s hard to win a starting spot given how Tyler Parsons is playing, but it certainly hurts your case to allow five goals in 28 shots in your weekly appearance.

Tyler Parsons – G, Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 14 780 0.909 452
Change from last week 3 215 0.009 113

Parsons is getting peppered with shots, but only allowed seven goals, good for a 0.927 SV%.

David Rittich – G, Stockton Heat – X

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 6 359.7 0.931 188
Change from last week 0 0 0 0

In the NHL for the time being.

Nick Schneider – G, Calgary Hitmen, WHL

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 22 1249 0.889 675
Change from last week 2 100 -0.003 53

Schneider was at his best and worst this weekend. In his first game, he allowed seven goals on 28 shots (0.750) and then stopped 24 of 25 (0.960).

Call-up conundrum

As the title/intro details, Versteeg’s unknown status and absence from the past practice and game suggests an injury. With an extra spot and no real compelling options to go in (Lazar or Freddie?), the Flames have a chance to get a minor leaguer some minutes. I’m going to run down some of the names and what I think the probability is of them coming up:

Morgan Klimchuk: The 2013 first rounder has become one of the more intriguing prospects from that class, something no one would believe if you said that three years ago. He’s rounding out nicely in the AHL after a slow start, and he appears to be suited best for a bottom six winger spot. Given that the Flames haven’t really seen what he is, I feel he could get a shot.

Garnet Hathaway: The checking forward has become a large part of Stockton’s offence, scoring over a point per game, but I feel that’s not enough to get it done. The Flames know what they have in Hathaway, which is an energy guy who can provide an occasional spark and not much else. Given that they need to replace Versteeg, that’s not helpful. Being right-handed also hurts his case.

Marek Hrivik: I don’t track him in this column, but the Czech UFA signing has plenty to offer the Flames. Since returning from a training camp injury, Hrivik has torn up the AHL with his strong two-way play, something that has been his calling card since coming over. He’s a left-handed shot with NHL experience, who could prove that he belongs if he gets an opportunity. Pretty equal chance with Klimchuk, I’d say.

Andrew Mangiapane: Maybe one of the most exciting Flames prospects, Mangiapane’s results so far this year (minus this week) scream that he’s a guy who just needs an NHL shot to be successful. Perhaps he gets it and works his way up to the struggling third line. Although, given that Versteeg is not likely out long term (we’d hear about that if it was the case), I think the Flames keep Mangiapane tucked away for a rainy day. He probably isn’t suited to be playing with Brouwer and Stajan/Lazar/F. Ham anyways.

Emile Poirier: It’s a pretty good story, and since he’s hot right now, why not? Poirier turned some heads at camp and was in contention for a RW spot before being waived and sent down. He hasn’t seen the NHL in about two years, so like Mangiapane, he could just be a shot away from making the team. Again, I think handedness plays big into this and he stays down for now. Why mess with what’s working?

Hunter Shinkaruk: The guy has been struggling for a while, but he’s a big name that could use some confidence. The Flames recalled him last year in the wake of a Versteeg injury and he was pretty okay. They probably would like to figure out what Shinkaruk is sooner rather than later, so he’s the dark horse of the bunch. Don’t think it’s happening though.

  • Puckhead

    This is a great opportunity to see what we might have in one of our prospects. In no particular order I would like to see one of Mangiapane, Klimchuk or Poirier.

    It’s hard to assess a prospect when they’re in the popcorn box so I really hope they let them play.

  • radiomonkey

    It’s Klimchuk’s time. He’s improved steadily as a pro and demonstrated more consistency than Mangiapane (though less offensive upside). Mangiapane will probably see NHL minutes this year, but he needs a top-9 role. Klimchuk’s two-way game and quickness are suited to the fourth line.

  • everton fc

    A 4th line of Versteeg/Klimchuk-Hrivik-Hathaway would produce points, in Calgary. I think the top three guys on your list above will see time here. And yes, I remain positive that Hathaway can score in the NHL, at a level exceeding all current 4th line players here, outside Versteeg.

    And my favourite 4th round pick last draft, Zach Fishcer, continues to look like a sleeoer pick. Good scouting – he’s also the type of toughness w/scoring ability we could use here. Looking forward to seeing him the camp next year, and in the “A”. We’ll see if he can keep scoring. He’s quite efficient with the gloves off, as well. He will be a Flame someday. Just a hunch.

  • Walt Whitman

    I had the pleasure of watching the Heat on Saturday when they were in Tucson (and I tried to post ‘live’ commentary by phone but apparently the posts did not go through). Anyway, quick in-person thoughts: Poirier was constantly involved, played a solid 200ft game, and moved so quickly past the Roadrunner players they looked like they were standing. Mangiapane looked confident and was very strong on the puck. Foo looked ok, but had a few spells of being lost (however very brief), he needs a little more time working on his defensive play.

    On the defensive end, Andersson looked like he was in total command, like a seasoned pro. There were moments when I thought I was watching Karlsson (Senators) out there.

    • Jumping Jack Flash

      Did Kjillington stand out good or bad?
      I agree on your assessment of Andersson, he has composure that you don’t even see from some of our NHLers. He needs to improve his quickness but we have seen how that can be done.

      • Walt Whitman

        Kjilington did not stand out in any way, he was around but did not seem (visually) to impact the direction of play. I should also add the Hrivik seemed to be *everywhere* at once. He rightfully got the 1st star of the game.

    • freethe flames

      I’ve not seen any games but have watched the highlights from the Heat and they are not just the goals they score. Poirier’s speed has been evident in many games not just offensively but in getting back. It’s this kind of speed we lack and I frequently see other teams have on their 4th lines that makes him interesting to me. At some point this year he and a number of these other forwards need to be given a chance ahead of the Versteegs, Stajans, Brouwer’s, Lazar’s and FHamilton. We need to know what Hvrivik. Mangiapane, Klimchuk, Poirier and Shinkaruk can do at this level. If 3 of them were brought up then the deck could be reshuffled as we would have new cards to play. I intentionally did not include Hathaway not because I don’t like how he plays but because I think we have a pretty good idea what he brings to the table.