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FlamesNation Prospect Update: Back from break

After an unplanned three-week hiatus (flu, day to day), the prospect update is back and boy oh boy do we have some catching up to do.

In case you missed it

Rasmus Andersson – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 28 4 17 21 9 10 8 28.91
Change from last week 6 1 4 5 0 2 1 0.89

Rasmus is just dominating the AHL right now. It’s silly how good he’s been this season.

Austin Carroll – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 13 1 0 1 1 1 1 2.96
Change from last week 5 1 0 1 1 1 1 2.96

Carroll finally hit the score sheet after ripping off seven shots against the Ontario Reign.

Dillon Dube – C/LW, Kelowna Rockets, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 27 18 21 39 20 28 14 34.35
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Dube was off doing better things during this break, which we’ll recap at the bottom of this post.

Zach Fischer – RW, Spokane Chiefs, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 31 18 11 29 19 20 15 22.25
Change from last week 6 4 2 6 3 4 2 -0.71

Keep in mind that he’s an overager, but Fischer has been one of Spokane’s most consistent scorers. I’m a particular fan of his power forward game, which we’ll hopefully see blossom in Stockton next season.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 31 7 8 15 7 13 6 18.64
Change from last week 7 2 1 3 2 2 2 1.37

Foo has started to find the net more often, even with his center (Marek Hrivik) being shuffled off to the NHL. He’s on a line with Brett Findlay and Ryan Lomberg now, for what it’s worth.

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

Hasn’t seen action since coming back from the WJC.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 41 32 43 75 39 58 29 43.50
Change from last week 7 1 6 7 3 4 2 -2.77

It’s hard to find fault with scoring a point per game, but Gawdin slowed down dramatically with Aleksi Heponiemi and Tyler Steenbergen disappearing to the WJC. Perhaps an illness was to blame, but it’s a minor cause for concern. There’s also the threat of Matteo Gennaro, who stepped up in the absence of Gawdin’s linemates, usurping him on that line if things keep going this way.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 25 0 1 1 0 1 0 1.54
Change from last week 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.14

Played six games.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 31 13 18 31 17 28 17 20.50
Change from last week 5 3 2 5 2 4 2 0

Joly has probably been the most consistently scoring Flames prospect, maintaining a point-per-game pace week in, week out.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
KHL current 11 0 2 2 2 1 1 11.03
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
VHL current 27 11 18 29 17 22 13 33.47
Change from last week 3 2 4 6 3 5 3 0

Same old story: too good for the VHL, not good enough for the KHL.

Morgan Klimchuk – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 32 10 13 23 14 17 11 27.7
Change from last week 7 0 5 5 3 2 1 -0.05

With pretty much everyone in the NHL, Klimchuk is now the leading scorer on the Stockton Heat. Whenever Jagr gets taken off the active roster (either through being put on the IR or being released), perhaps he can join his teammates?

Oliver Kylington – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 29 2 15 17 10 10 7 22.59
Change from last week 4 0 3 3 2 2 1 0

Kylington missed his two games this past week, causing some speculation, but it is only because he has the flu.

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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

No news for Lindstrom this week, as he has yet to return to Skelleftea.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 31 3 6 9 9 6 6 11.19
Change from last week 7 1 4 5 5 3 3 1.89

Lomberg seems to have found his offensive game now that he’s not buried on Stockton’s bottom lines, more than doubling his scoring totals during the break.

Andrew Mangiapane – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 29 14 19 33 19 24 15 43.85
Change from last week 4 4 2 6 4 6 4 0

Not that it really matters now, but Mangiapane had a few great games before heading to the NHL.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 29 7 10 17 14 15 12 13.46
Change from last week 5 1 4 5 4 5 4 1.13

Mattson never really had any scoring consistency last year, but seems to have found it so far this season. Again, overager in the USHL, but it’s a positive step.

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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

No games played. Unclear if injury or coaching decision.

Matthew Phillips – C/RW, Victoria Royals, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 43 30 35 65 28 45 21 35.95
Change from last week 7 6 6 12 8 6 5 0.87

The winter break seemed to have rejuvenated Phillips (or perhaps it’s that contract). He’s come alive the past few games, scoring at least two points per his past three games.

Emile Poirier – LW/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 31 3 12 15 9 14 8 18.64
Change from last week 7 1 1 2 2 2 2 -1.14

The lineup shuffles in Stockton leave Poirier with Joseph Cramarossa, Brett Pollock, and Mike McMurtry. Yikes.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 13 0 1 1 0 0 0 2.96
Change from last week 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.25

All apologies to Brett.

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

Didn’t play this week. Injured.

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sarnia Sting, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 37 20 21 41 16 33 12 27.26
Change from last week 3 0 2 2 1 2 1 -0.96

Ruzicka’s struggling to find his earlier season form. Perhaps it’s just puck luck, as he’s still near the top of the OHL in shots and shots per game.

Hunter Shinkaruk – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 30 11 4 15 10 14 10 19.27
Change from last week 7 3 1 4 4 4 4 1.38

Shinkaruk has quietly become a consistent scoring machine for the Heat. His NHL future still seems to be up for debate, but in the meantime, he’s making a case for himself as a potential call-up.

Hunter Smith – RW, Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 35 9 7 16 13 16 13 10.5
Change from last week 9 1 0 1 0 1 0 -0.63

The holidays were not kind to Hunter, who has disappeared from KC’s scoresheet.

Filip Sveningsson – LW, HV71, Superelit/SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
SHL current 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Change from last week 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Superelit current 17 9 13 22 13 17 9 21.22
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Sveningsson has been playing in the fourth line/extra forward spot for HV71, which is pretty good for a kid like him. Perhaps he sees more ice time than the three minutes he’s averaging (heavily skewed by Sweden’s insistence on considering healthy scratch forwards as having playing 0 minutes per game).

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 28 8 4 12 5 9 4 15.11
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Hasn’t played since the WJC.

Juuso Valimaki – D, Tri-City Americans, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 19 5 15 20 9 14 6 25.10
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Ditto. His final interview after losing in the WJC elimination round is pure emotion. I recommend you check it out. Pretty gutsy stuff:

Tyler Wotherspoon – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 32 4 16 20 10 12 8 24.09
Change from last week 7 1 3 4 2 2 1 -1.6

Wotherspoon is scoring more often than most Heat forwards (ditto for Kylington and Andersson), begging the question: when does he get a look?

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 21 1262.1 0.919 654
Change from last week 5 306.09 -0.001 230

Gillies has been steady in recent appearances, which is good for a guy who pretty much owns the starter’s net now. He’s 10th in SV% among qualified AHL goalies, which is also pretty good.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 19 1069 0.896 527
Change from last week 8 480 0.011 257

With the goalie shuffle bringing Tyler Parsons to Stockton, you feel McDonald’s fate is sealed. His stats compared to Parsons in the ECHL in about the same sample size clearly demonstrates that one is the better goalie and the other is unfortunately not.

Tyler Parsons – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV% SA
ECHL Current 19 1034 0.907 567
Change from last week 0 0 0 0

It’s been a whirlwind holiday season for Parsons, who began recovering from a knee injury (for you social media sleuths who noticed that he was in Calgary, that was the reason he was in town: seeing big team doctors) and wound up backing up Jon Gillies in Stockton. Not bad. He hasn’t played yet (perhaps precautionary) but I feel he’ll get a run out soon. I imagine they ease him in, limiting his appearances. I don’t think he usurps Gillies this year, but given where he is during a season where he could still be playing in the OHL, it’s hard to count everything out.

David Rittich – G, Stockton Heat – X

The Eddie Lack trade has more or less signified that the NHL backup net is Rittich’s to lose, so he is the second departure from this list this season. See ya!

Nick Schneider – G, Calgary Hitmen, WHL

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 36 2071 0.885 1084
Change from last week 7 383 -0.001 230

Schneider has passed the 1,000 shots against benchmark, which is generally a large enough sample to judge a goalie’s SV% (after all, it is calculated on the basis of shots saved per 1,000 shots on net). Schneider’s numbers are not very good, especially given the rest of the WHL field. He’s on a crap team, but these numbers are unfortunately around his career average.

WJC wrap-up and thoughts

Dillon Dube: It’s hard to name anyone else but Dube the Flames’ prospect of the tournament. He didn’t put up a gaudy number of points, but he was just effective all over the ice. His wicked shot got some good looks on the powerplay, and his hockey smarts shined on the PK and 5v5. The kid nearly made the Flames out of camp, and if the roster wasn’t already full of veterans, he would’ve probably at least seen the nine-game cup of coffee. He has a good shot of being here next year.

Adam Fox: Fox, like Dube, just looked a head above. Perhaps it’s the veteran status, but his offensive skills and craftiness just seems a level above. There were some defensive mishaps here and there, but it’s scary to think what he can do.

Linus Lindstrom: He’s certainly earned the Backlund-lite distinction others have given him. He was relied on heavily by the Swedes, even if he isn’t an offensive threat like Elias Pettersson or Lias Andersson. He’s a long-term project, but there’s a lot of promising signs that he could be overseas sooner rather than later.

Adam Ruzicka: I must admit that I was not very impressed with Ruzicka. Of course, being on the worst team of the six probably hurt, but he looked just as overwhelmed as the rest of his teammates. Some of his real ugly flaws were on display, such as the defensive laziness and general tuning out.

Eetu Tuulola: Didn’t really see much of him, but Tuulola looked alright in the few games he played.

Juuso Valimaki: Valimaki was also one of the more impressive Flames. He’s very poised and smooth skating with some pretty good offensive skills, although he wasn’t always on the powerplay for some reason. I really like where he’s going, and there’s an outside chance he pushes for an NHL spot by next year.

  • WillyWonka

    I don’t know about you, but I for one do not hope that Valamaki is on the Flames to start the season next year. it doesn’t do anyone any good to rush the young players, and time in the AHL is healthy for their development.

    • Atomic Clown

      I agree, no need to pull off an Edmonton or Arizona. The flames have graduated 5 players from their affiliate team this year, with everyone other than Mangiapane a lock to stay until the season ends.

      Valimaki and Dube both need to spend some time in the AHL, there are prospects above them already in the A. Also, next season, Stajan, Jagr, Bartkowski are heading out for sure. Backlund and Versteeg are iffy, as Backs MIGHT get traded, and Versteeg may not get resigned. Brouwer (hopefully) gets bought out, and all the RFA’s will get resigned.

      • Puckhead

        If you add Ras to your list and remove one of our present top 6 Dmen then we stand to have a dramatically different roster next year – hooray!!! It’s been a long wait but finally the old guard is changing.

    • Flames fan since 83

      Very much agree with you Willy. Rasmus appears to be ahead of Juuso anyway.

      Hathaway, Jankowski, Kulak are examples of safely progressing prospects. Better safe than sorry.

      Dube, Juuso, and even Fox if and when he decides to leave school should get “tuned up” in the AHL before the NHL.

  • buts

    BT has to start clearing some space and I mean dead weight for what looks like some good young players that are ready for the big leagues. I’m sure we would all rather see a young player that’s energetic, fast and full of compete make a mistake than a slow over paid vet.

  • Bean-counting cowboy

    I’d be curious how much the top 20 prospect rankings from the beginning of the year have changed, if any halfway through the NHL season?

    I just peeked at them and I don’t think the top 10 changes, but perhaps the ordering?

    FN had the following top 10 list.
    1. Parsons
    2. Andersson
    3. Valimaki
    4. Fox
    5. Kylington
    6. Jankowski
    7. Foo
    8. Dube
    9. Mangiapane
    10. Klimchuk

    Given Jankowski’s graduation and current year play, my new top 10 is as follows:
    1. Andersson
    2. Fox
    3. Valimaki
    4. Dube
    5. Mangiapane
    6. Parsons
    7. Kylington
    8. Klimchuk
    9. Phillps
    10. Gillies

    My fringe top 10 (honorable mentions) are Ruzicka, Gawdin, Joly and Foo.

  • Just.Visiting

    Perhaps an article or two doing a mid year update of the prospect rankings might be in order? Still waiting for the article acknowledging that FN had significantly underestimated Jankowski’s potential in the prior rankings.