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FlamesNation Prospect Update: Not Foo-ing around

There’s a lot happening in prospect hockey: the WJC is approaching, the Stockton Heat have moved into first place in the division, and pretty much everyone around the org has kicked it up a notch. I just needed to make a Spencer Foo pun because I’ve pretty much been waiting all season to do so.

In case you missed it

Rasmus Andersson – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 19 2 13 15 9 7 7 30.43
Change from last week 2 0 3 3 3 2 2 3.23

Andersson added three assists (Ryan called him AAAndersson in the group chat because of this, so please boo this man) this week. If there’s anyone on the Stockton roster that is definitely NHL ready, it’s Andersson. What he does week in, week out is so impressive.

Austin Carroll – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 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 this weekend.

Dillon Dube – C/LW, Kelowna Rockets, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 27 18 20 38 19 28 14 33.47
Change from last week 2 2 0 2 0 2 0 -0.77

Dube added another shorthanded goal this week in WHL action, moving him into a tie for second for SHGs (he has three) and into a tie for third in total SH points (also three). Even better news? Matthew Phillips leads both of those categories (four goals, five points).

Dube is going to be the one to watch at the WJC tournament. He’ll get top billing for Team Canada, potentially on the first line LW. I’m very excited to see what he can do with the opportunity.

Zach Fischer – RW, Spokane Chiefs, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 22 13 7 20 14 14 12 21.62
Change from last week 2 2 0 2 2 2 2 22

Another two games, another two goals for Fischer. He’s been quite the player so far for Spokane, scoring at a point-per-game pace since being acquired.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 21 5 6 11 5 10 4 20.19
Change from last week 2 4 0 4 1 4 1 5.99

Finally. After weeks of promising it, the floodgates finally opened and Spencer Foo notched his first professional hat trick (and added a goal the next game, to boot). While he still has some work to do to become an NHL pro, this is a promising step.

Adam Fox – D, Harvard Crimson, ECAC

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 10 0 9 9 3 3 0 16.97
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Fox is on winter break right now, and probably won’t return to NCAA action until mid January, due to the WJC.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 31 28 33 61 32 51 24 46.79
Change from last week 4 5 3 8 3 8 3 0.11

Gawdin passed his career WHL high this week with a stunning five-goal, three-assist performance. What a find this kid has turned out to be.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

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

Two games of hockey this week for Healey.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 23 10 16 26 15 24 15 23.17
Change from last week 4 1 6 7 5 6 5 2.67

Joly exploded this week, adding six primary points (one goal + five assists) in four games. He’s making up for lost time, having spent the first few weeks of the season injured. He’s currently third place in scoring on his team with nine fewer games than the leader, and second in points per game.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
KHL current 9 0 2 2 2 1 1 13.48
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.69
VHL current 20 8 12 20 12 15 8 31.16
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.64

Still bouncing between KHL and VHL. A game in both, but no points in either.

Morgan Klimchuk – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 22 10 6 16 10 13 9 28.03
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 1 1 0 1.05

You can probably set your watch to Klimchuk goals at this point in the season.

Oliver Kylington – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 22 1 12 13 7 7 5 22.77
Change from last week 2 0 4 4 1 3 1 5.43

Kylington was another one of the Heat prospects that finally exploded this week, adding four assists (three primary). He already has a career 52 AHL points and is just a 20-year-old playing second pairing minutes (with Kayle Doetzel and Cody Goloubef, natch. I love Rasmus too, but at least he gets to play with the AHL dominant Tyler Wotherspoon). Give him a year and he’ll be scary good.

Linus Lindstrom – C/LW, Skelleftea AIK, SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 26 2 1 3 3 2 2 5.49
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.46

Two games played for the camp-bound Lindstrom. He could play a version of 2017 WJC Dube for Sweden as a reliable shutdown bottom sixer with occasional offensive outbursts. I’ve never seen him play outside of grainy clips and development camp, so I’m pretty excited to see what he can do.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 21 2 2 4 4 3 3 7.34
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.77

Lomberg didn’t hit the stat sheet this week, but I guess we’ll use his space to show you the line brawl between Stockton and Tuscon:

Lomberg received a 10-minute misconduct for “continuing altercation”.

Andrew Mangiapane – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 22 10 16 26 14 18 11 45.55
Change from last week 2 1 3 4 0 2 0 3.16

That’s the Mangiapane we know. Although he didn’t record a 5v5 point, it’s nice to see him light up the opposition on the scoresheet.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 22 6 5 11 9 9 7 11.48
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 0

An assist for Mattson this week.

Adam Ollas Mattsson – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Just a game for this Mattsson.

Matthew Phillips – C/RW, Victoria Royals, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 33 23 27 50 20 37 14 36.03
Change from last week 2 2 1 1 1 3 1 -0.02

Phillips has had a slow few weeks, but he’s still on pace for over 100 points and just under 50 goals. If he finds his early season form again, he could easily reach 120 (on pace for 103).

Not including him on the Canada WJC roster was maybe one of the more surprising snubs. A high-scoring, right-shooting, useful in all situations hockey player with Phillips’ talent is hard to find. Given that they brought guys like Jonathan Ang, Drake Batherson, Boris Katchouk, Tanner Kaspick, and Brett Howden (who is currently injured), it seems odd that they couldn’t find room for Phillips. He even stands out as the most impressive on the all-snub list.

If there’s a positive, he took it all in stride:

Emile Poirier – LW/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 21 2 10 12 7 8 4 22.02
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 -0.29

A nose point for Poirier this week, but it continues his positive production in picking up points on a weekly basis.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 7 0 1 1 0 0 0 5.51
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Didn’t play this week.

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 36 1 10 11 10 7 6 18.54
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Appears to be injured, as he didn’t play for Lokomotiv at all this week.

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sarnia Sting, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 32 20 18 38 14 34 10 29.21
Change from last week 3 3 0 3 1 3 1 -0.48

Three goals this week for Ruzicka after a couple of quiet weeks on that front. He’ll probably be the crown jewel for the Slovak team at the WJC this year.

Hunter Shinkaruk – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 20 7 2 9 4 8 4 17.34
Change from last week 2 2 0 2 2 2 2 2.35

Shinkaruk got the scoring started in both of the Heat’s games this week, including the fastest goal in Stockton history, coming just 12 seconds into the game.

Hunter Smith – RW, Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 24 7 7 14 13 14 13 13.39
Change from last week 3 1 2 3 2 3 2 1.37

Smith added another three points this week, all primary, two at 5v5 and one on the PP.

Filip Sveningsson – LW, HV71, Superelit/SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
SHL current 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Superelit current 17 9 13 22 13 17 9 21.22
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 -0.65

Sveningsson has actually finished his Superelit season. At least until March, when the U20 teams play in a tournament to determine promotion/relegation. HV71 made the cut, so we’ll see him back there in the spring. Otherwise, he should be playing as an extra forward for the SHL club.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 27 8 4 12 5 9 4 15.67
Change from last week 3 1 3 4 2 2 1 3.89

After escaping discipline for hitting a ref last week, Eetu responded with four points in three games. He was due for some good luck eventually:

The not so great news is that he’s signed a new contract with HPK until 2020, when the Flames’ rights to him expire. The team can’t touch him until that contract is over, so maybe we won’t see him for a while.

Tuulola is probably a lock to make Finland’s WJC team, but no word on where he slots in.

Juuso Valimaki – D, Tri-City Americans, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 18 5 14 19 8 13 8 25.10
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 0 1 0 -0.17

Valimaki returned from injury to add two points in two games. He’ll captain Finland at the WJC, so I’m gonna assume he makes the team.

Tyler Wotherspoon – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 22 3 11 14 8 9 7 24.53
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 1.41

Just gonna repeat myself from last week: a goal and an assist for Wotherspoon this week. Has he earned an NHL look?

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 14 835.87 0.927 369
Change from last week 2 120 0.006 55

Gillies started both games for Stockton, notching a shutout in one.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 9 485 0.874 215
Change from last week 1 59 -0.001 23

McDonald stopped 20 of 23 in his game this week.

Tyler Parsons – G, Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 18 1015 0.907 559
Change from last week 2 118 +0.001 50

Parsons saw two games this week, first stopping 23 of 26, and then 23 of 24.

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 26 1538 0.886 781
Change from last week 2 120 -0.003 43

Another good game/bad game week for Schneider. He started off good enough, allowing one goal on 14 shots and then allowing six on 29 shots.

  • cjc

    I don’t usually put a lot of weight on intangibles, but if they’re a thing that Phillips kid has intangibles in spades. Most people in their 30s aren’t that articulate and poised in the face of a big disappointment!

    It’s great to see so many prospects doing well. Then I look at the NHL roster and wonder when we’ll get to see any of them – especially with Stone and Hamonic signed for 2 more years. I hope that Treliving has a plan for all the guys who are making a case – if not for this year, then next.

  • Orrwasbest

    Amazing the depth of talent we have when you start going down this list. Considering the depth the Flames already have at defense you have to think wow when you add in Anderson, Fox, Valimaki and Kylington. These four all have the potential of being top 4 D at some stage. We even have Spoon who could be playing a 5/6 role for some teams in the NHL. Should be great options going forward for B.T. as you can never have to many D!

  • buts

    Wow what a classy interview given by Philips. Character, which what Matt has in spades will take that kid a long way. I’m hoping all the best for him. It definitely looks like Rasmussen and Wotherspoon are ready for the show with Kylington not that far behind. Now BT has bullets to play with to improve the team and get draft picks.

  • Carl the tooth

    By far the most impressive prospect list in Flames History. Nice to see Phillips and Ruzika back on Track . I thought team Canada would have learned there lesson not inviting Phillips last year but this year is a real head scratcher ?.

      • Sven

        to be taken with a grain of salt (as it does not even mention ‘bright lights’ Mangiapane or Gawdin) but………

        September 2017:

        #1 – Philadelphia Flyers:
        #2 – Tampa Bay Lightning
        #3 – Carolina Hurricanes
        #4 – Winnipeg Jets
        #5 – Arizona Coyotes
        #6 – New Jersey Devils
        #7 – Vancouver Canucks
        #8 – Calgary Flames
        #21 – Edmonton Oilers

        hate seeing the Canucks up there
        .
        but happy to see the Oil down near to where they belong

        https://thehockeywriters.com/nhl-best-farm-systems-2017-ranking/

        • The Doctor

          That is overrating The Canucks ‘ system and prospects. Look how they’re swooning right now with their injuries. They really don’t have a lot to bring up. Petterson is a great prospect though, playing in Sweden right now. Jury is still out on Juolevi.

  • The Fall

    The Heat are 2nd in the West and 4th overall.
    The Heat are not relying on shootouts and overtime wins.
    The Heat have a +23 goal differential.
    The Heat are missing their 1C, 1RW and 1B goaltender.

    • Sven

      Seriously-

      a 6’1 – 195 lb 20 year old right shot Center/Right Wing

      with an NHLE of almost 50…..?
      .
      that’s hard to fathom …:
      .
      From Dobber Prospects:
      .
      “His biggest value to the Blues appears to be his balanced game, which may not translate to significant fantasy value. The offensive skill is there, but some speculate the Blues will try to develop his defensive play rather than creating a scoring weapon. Gawdin has a good shot with a quick release, and has shown the ability to create scoring chances with a savvy pass. He’s a relentless defender who excels in the corners, and is responsible in all zones. He was one of the stars for Canada in the 2015 U-18 World Junior Championship with two goals, and two assists in seven games.”

  • Lucky 13

    I’m sorry to steer this thread off course , however the more I’ve been reading, the more it suggests that Treliving is looking for a forward to replace Versteeg due to his surgery.

    From all the rumbling’s I’ve seen, he’s looking for a forward with grit with skill.

    Do you believe he is actually targeting Kane in Buffalo? I don’t believe they are looking at anyone else. I could be wrong.

    He is young, 26 and 6’2 210lbs, LW- (yes his reputation is not good) but maybe Treliving is thinking in terms of rental.

    If E.Kane does as expected, Treliving may just sign him?

    I know, I had the same reaction when his name was mentioned, however it doesn’t mean it’s not feasible.

    • The Fall

      Not if its a ‘rental’ situation. A sign and trade would not be horrible — even at his current hit of $5.25. That said, I am a much bigger fan of the brother Stone.

      • Carl the tooth

        Funny I said at camp I’d like to see Mark Stone trade and thought he would be great on topline with Johnny and Mony got trashed for that idea ,last I check he had around 14 goals I think for Ottawa ….hmmm ?

      • Lucky 13

        I agree The Fall, the rental option doesn’t make sense. Thanks for pointing that out.

        What’s going on with Jagr?
        Theres a lot of silence regarding his injury. Does Treliving know that Jagr might be throwing in the towel, and that’s why we’re hearing more trade speculation?
        Versteeg out long term and Jagr retiring?

        I don’t know, but my spider senses are tingling and I’m concerned. Of course it could be the six cups of coffee I’ve drank in the last 2 hours that have me all jittery?!

        Perhaps I should get back to work and read less?

        • The Doctor

          I respect your opinion tremendously, but you really want to equate E Kane with Kessel? Kessel’s numbers were very good right out of the gate and have always been better than Kane’s. But more to the point, my understanding (which could be wrong) is that Kessel is an oddball but is not disliked by his teammates. Based on that Winnipeg disaster, the word about Kane was that he was considered arrogant, entitled and was actively and unanimously disliked by his teammates.

    • Cheeky

      Much better options on the farm. Give the kids a chance and if all else fails…besides what do we have to give up in return, only prospects which no chance I’m giving up for E Kane!

  • The Doctor

    Those are huge numbers for Gawdin. The thing is, I don’t recall him really standing out or impressing all that much in Penticton last summer, but maybe I wasn’t watching closely enough. Of course in Penticton Janko was so much better than everyone else it was difficult for anyone else to stand out.

    • Carl the tooth

      Flames seem to have a good strategy and scouting on invites . Why not try Klimchuck or Mangiapane to see what they can offer before making any Trades . But Flames do have the assets,but I’d hate to see a prospect get Traded and them becoming a good player. What did we end up with from the Beartschi,Granlund Trades ? And letting go of Byron I had a feeling that was gonna be another St. Louis/Marc Savard situation . Not saying Byron is that good yet but he would slot into versteeg spot pretty good right now lol

      • Carl the tooth

        That said I have no problem with the 3rd line right now with Bennett Jankowski Hathaway. I even wager they give minn a few fits in a couple hours ! If that’s the lineup ?

  • calgaryfan

    very disappointed hockey Canada chose to ignore Phillips, I don’t know all the players but find it hard to believe he can not play for this team. going for 2 lines of scoring and 2 lines of checkers? size a problem?