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FlamesNation Prospect Update: No bye week here

Here’s your hockey fix for today. Hopefully you can stretch it out until Saturday.

In case you missed it

Rasmus Andersson – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 31 4 18 22 13 11 8 27.35
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 -1.65

Until Mangiapane and Hrivik were demoted, Andersson was second in scoring on the Heat, and first in points per game. The kid is ridiculous.

Austin Carroll – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 15 2 0 2 2 2 2 5.14
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 2.18

Carroll hit the scoresheet again this week, after finally potting a goal last week. He’s not a world beater by any stretch of the imagination, but he really doesn’t deserve the 13th forward treatment he’s been getting (while guys like Luke Gazdic get ice time in Stockton).

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 actually given a well-earned Christmas vacation by the Rockets. He’ll return to action tomorrow.

Zach Fischer – RW, Spokane Chiefs, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 36 19 14 33 22 22 17 21.80
Change from last week 5 1 3 4 3 2 2 -0.71

Still a model of consistency for the Chiefs, adding four points in five games this week. I couldn’t find any readily available Fischer highlights, so enjoy this high quality interview Fischer gave. It is set in an empty locker room and he mumbles throughout. Points to whoever can transcribe it.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 34 8 8 16 7 14 6 18.14
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 -0.52

Just an empty netter this week.

Adam Fox – D, Harvard Crimson, ECAC

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 13 0 10 10 4 4 1 14.51
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 1 1 1 -2.46

Fox finally returned to college action, and was reportedly stellar, but only had one point to show for it. It was his first 5v5 primary point of the season, so good for him.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 43 35 46 81 44 61 31 44.79
Change from last week 2 3 3 6 5 3 2 1.29

Gawdin exploded this week just as his old linemates returned from WJC action. Six points in two games puts him back in third in WHL scoring. He’s also third and fifth in goals and assists, respectively.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 26 0 1 1 0 1 0 1.48
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.06

Didn’t play in two of Stockton’s games this week. Unknown why.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 33 14 21 35 19 30 18 21.74
Change from last week 2 1 3 4 2 2 1 1.24

He isn’t scoring in volumes, but Joly’s consistency and tendency to rack up primary points is very promising. Four points in two games this week.

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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
VHL current 29 11 18 29 17 22 13 31.16
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2.13

On a bit of a cold streak in the VHL, having gone point-less for two games in a row for the first time this year.

Morgan Klimchuk – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 35 11 13 24 14 18 11 26.43
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 -1.27

The shining star for the depleted Heat has been Klimchuk, who recorded another goal this week.

Oliver Kylington – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 32 2 16 18 11 11 8 21.68
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 1 1 1 -1.27

Kylington came back from the flu to record an assist this week.

Linus Lindstrom – C/LW, Skelleftea AIK, SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 27 2 1 3 3 2 2 5.28
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.21

Lindstrom is finally back in action, but only played one game.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 33 4 7 11 10 7 6 12.
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 1 1 0 1.89

I think the reason why Lomberg got the call over guys like Morgan Klimchuk, Emile Poirier, Spencer Foo, et al. is because of recent form. He’s been on fire for the Heat (these puns are occasionally unavoidable), chipping in offensively and on special teams. His goal this week was a shorthanded one.

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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

The Heat have a game on Wednesday whereas the Flames are completely off until a late afternoon Friday practice. With Mangiapane sent down, he doesn’t get a bye week, but he does get a game in, probably back on the top line.

(If you’re wondering, it wasn’t a paper transaction. If they’re reassigned to the AHL club, they must actually report to the team.)

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 31 8 10 18 15 16 13 13.33
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 -0.13

Another goal 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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Unclear what’s going on and why he’s not playing.

Matthew Phillips – C/RW, Victoria Royals, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 45 30 38 68 30 48 23 35.93
Change from last week 2 0 3 3 2 3 2 -0.02

Lots of positive play from Phillips recently. Three points, all primary, and two at 5v5 this week.

Emile Poirier – LW/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 34 3 12 15 9 14 8 17
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.65

Really wish Poirier would be given better billing than the third line.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 15 0 1 1 0 0 0 2.57
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.39

Played in two games 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

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 39 20 22 42 16 33 12 26.49
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 -0.77

Really having a hard time out there. His offence has completely dried up since November. Just a noise point this week.

Hunter Shinkaruk – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 33 11 6 17 11 14 10 19.85
Change from last week 3 0 2 2 1 0 0 0.58

Racked up two assists for the Heat this week.

Hunter Smith – RW, Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 35 9 8 17 13 17 13 11.15
Change from last week 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0.65

Didn’t play this week, but that didn’t prevent him from being credited with an assist. No given reason what’s happening with him.

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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Superelit current 20 10 17 27 16 20 12 22.14
Change from last week 3 1 4 5 3 3 3 0.92

Superelit play kicked off again this week, and Sveningsson got back in form. He racked up five points in three games during the Top Ten group stage of Superelit.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 31 9 4 13 5 10 4 13.65
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 -1.46

Back in the lineup for HPK, but only one goal this week.

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

Injured, undisclosed.

Tyler Wotherspoon – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 35 4 18 22 12 13 9 24.22
Change from last week 3 0 2 2 2 1 1 0.13

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 23 1380.82 0.921 712
Change from last week 2 118.72 0.002 58

Gillies recorded a 28-save shutout this weekend. Pretty good.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 20 1129 0.891 562
Change from last week 1 60 -0.005 35

Allowed six goals on 35 shots.

Tyler Parsons – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV% SA
ECHL Current 19 1034 0.907 567
Change from last week
AHL Current 1 59.95 0.825 40
Change from last week

Parsons’ first game with the Heat couldn’t have gone any worse. The kid got shelled, allowing seven goals on 40 shots.

Nick Schneider – G, Calgary Hitmen, WHL

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 39 2199 0.885 1178
Change from last week 3 128 0 94

Schneider got yanked from the net twice this week. First after allowing five goals on 32 shots in two periods against the Regina Pats, and then allowing six goals on 22 shots in 28 minutes against the Moose Jaw Warriors. The Hitmen are depleted after the trade madness, and they weren’t that good to begin with, but it sucks to see Schneider be a part of the problem.

  • cjc

    I don’t think Wotherspoon gets a look unless there is an injury to a LHD. They’ll probably give Kylington a look at the end of the season. They could waive Bartkowski, but that would mean one of Kulak or Wotherspoon eating popcorn instead of playing which is obviously not ideal. Kulak hasn’t done anything to earn a benching, and they’re not going to risk losing him to waivers. It’s a crappy situation for Wotherspoon, and I can see the team trading him somewhere he’ll have an opportunity. Problem is, most teams have a Wotherspoon in their system. Still, I could see them moving him for a late round pick

  • cjc

    Can’t help but wonder if this is the end of the road for Shinkaruk and Poirier. With Mangiapane, Hrivik, Hathaway and Jankowski gone Shinkaruk is getting big minutes, but his production hasn’t kept up with the others. Poirier, it just sounds like problems between him and the coaching staff there and he could probably do with a change of scenery.

    • everton fc

      Me, too. But I think Hrivik and Lomberg are the perfect “extra forwards” until Frolik returns. Klimchuk and Mangiapane need to play. We need to see if Hrivik can play regulat minutes in the NHL, or I see him heading home. Lomberg seems to have learned as much as he can, in the “A”. It’ll be interesting to see if he gets a game w/the big club. I am curious to see how his “A” game, translates up here. This includes his speed and grit. Clearly, Mangiapane has to work on the physical side of his game, but that’s not his role. As someone said on a prior thread, Mangiapane has to learn how to be “slippery”, like Gaudreau, or he’s at risk for injury.

    • The Doctor

      Yes to Klimchuk! I wish someone could explain the Flames organization’s strange reluctance to give him even a cursory look. Like did he hit Treliving’s car or something?

    • Azim

      I’ve been interested in Klimchuk since his draft year. He seems to have that high-IQ and adaptability to his game (can play checking or complementary scoring roles) that could carve out a successful career for him. I can totally picture him being a key role player on a Cup-winner. Hopefully that picture is with the Flames.

      However … as a left-shooting LWer, he’s gotta be looking at our depth chart right now on the left side (Gaudreau, Tkachuk, Bennett) and be thinking it’s going to take something noteworthy to give him a top-9 opportunity. Either a big trade, injury or something else. Perhaps a late-season audition this year and some 4th-line time next year?

  • everton fc

    Junior prospects I like:

    Phillips, Fischer, Dube, Gawdin, Joly… Fox… Valimaki… A few “obvious”… Ruzicka seems to have peaked…

    Wotherspoon is an interesting player in our system. I think he can play 5/6 minutes now, in the NHL. So does he make someone expendable? He’s even found offencive tools…

      • McRib

        “I worry Fischer is just another Austin Carroll. Also cautious about Gawdin but interested to see him in AHL next year”

        Yeah, 20 year olds are supposed to have the type of seasons Carroll is having, hence why they’re still on the team with only three overage spots. 20 years old is old to be in junior. That said Gawdins lofty numbers this year might suggest something more than career AHLer, not to mention if not for injuries last year Gawdin might have done more damage, I’ve always liked his game since his draft year. Great skater with smooth edging for his size, should transition well to pros, but I’ll remain cautiously optomistic like you. Just look at Foo versus expectations this year, if you’re 20 in the CHL or 23 in NCAA you should basically already be at the next level, so expectations should be lowered.

        • everton fc

          He was hurt as an 18 year old. He scored 34 goals as a 19 year old, and got noticed. Don’t forget, he was also one of the best players (at least in my eyes) in Penticton, with guys his age, and older. He’s a long shot, I guess… But one I’m excited to see how it all pans out for him. Hathaway was also a long-shot. Ditto Lomberg. Jooris. Others.

      • McRib

        “Rucizka screamed out talented but floater at the WJHC. I say trade him ASAP.”

        Other teams are very aware of Ruzicka, after-all there is a reason he fell from first round draft predictions at the start of the year to the fourth round on draft day. He is still young (a 1999), as long as he continues to get better with good player development I say hang on to those tools.

  • radiomonkey

    The Flames have waves and waves of prospect depth on the way. Dube, Phillips, Fischer (a full scoring line) and Valimaki next year. Ruzicka, Joly, Lindstrom and Fox (God willing) the year after.

    Giving up a 1st rounder and three 2nd rounders is a lot. But when you consider how many picks Treliving & co. have hit on over the past 3 drafts, it’s not hard to see why they were willing to part with them.

  • freethe flames

    Some of these guys will be playing for the Heat before the end of the season and hopefully they will get a better understanding of what the pro level is about.

  • freethe flames

    Heard today on the Fan that Jagr, Frolik and Glass are all skating this week; hoping to stay and shape and come back from their various enemies. I only mention Glass because SF was wondering where he was in Heat report; now we know. I was looking at the various schedules of the leagues or NA kids are playing in. Harvard’s regular season ends at the end of February and their playoffs begin the start of March; Foxes season could be over rather early.(Frozen 4 is April 5&7) The CHL regular season ends @March 18 and the playoffs begin; some of the teams in the west could be done early as some teams have really loaded up for a run. The Flames regular season ends April 7. The Heats regular season ends April 14. There is plenty of potential for the prospects to sign PTO’s and get some AHL exposure. The Heat could especially use some help at center. Dube would be very quickly their top center and Gawdin would also be a nice addition.