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FlamesNation Prospect Update: Shattering personal bests

The Flames seem to have recently developed an eye for picking up prospects who tend to see major growth from year to year. Seems like a good plan to me.

In case you missed it

Rasmus Andersson – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 34 4 19 23 14 11 8 26.07
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 -1.28

Just an assist for Andersson this week.

Austin Carroll – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 17 2 0 2 2 2 2 4.53
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.63

Just two games played for Carroll this week.

Dillon Dube – C/LW, Kelowna Rockets, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 30 21 24 45 20 28 14 34.35
Change from last week 3 3 3 6 0 0 0 0

Dube finally saw action again after the World Juniors and a team-sanctioned vacation (mostly due to the flu). He came back to score two points per game, and is now 10 points away from topping his last year’s total. Here’s a cool video from Global Kelowna about him.

Zach Fischer – RW, Spokane Chiefs, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 38 20 14 34 23 23 18 21.28
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 -0.52

An unusually quiet week for Fischer, who only had one goal but only played two games.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 37 9 10 19 10 17 9 19.79
Change from last week 3 1 2 3 3 3 10 1.66

With everyone else gone, Foo is starting to become the offensive outlet for the Heat. He lived up to that role this week, potting three points, all 5v5, all primary.

Adam Fox – D, Harvard Crimson, ECAC

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 15 0 12 12 5 5 1 15.09
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 1 1 0 0.58

There appears to be some odd fear that Fox won’t sign in Calgary, for some reason. Here’s our take:

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 47 37 49 86 46 64 33 43.51
Change from last week 4 2 3 5 2 3 2 -1.28

Gawdin’s slowdown over the past month has been pretty apparent. The guy has slipped four NHLe points (?) over the past month. As Swift Current has been stocking up, they’ve also begun to rely on him less. Not great indicators, but perhaps he can fight back and earn that top billing again.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 28 0 1 1 0 1 0 1.38
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.1

Healey is back in rotation duty again, after a solid stretch of regular hockey. Three games played out of the last six possible.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 37 15 25 40 21 33 19 22.16
Change from last week 4 1 4 5 2 33 1 0.41

His stats don’t look that great, but Joly is quietly having a great season for Baie-Comeau. He’s crept up to second in team scoring with seven fewer games played than first or third place. Among 2017 draft eligibles, he ranks fifth in the whole QMJHL in points per game and second in primary points per game. He’s tied for 13th among all QMJHLers in primary points per game. He is also just eight points away from equaling his 2016-17 effort. Last year, he did that in 66 games. Don’t sleep on this kid.

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 32 12 18 30 18 24 14 29.21
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 1 1 1 -1.95

Karnaukhov has found a permanent residence in the VHL, it appears. Slowing down in that league will do that to you. It’s the first time all season his NHLe has dropped under 30 in that league.

Morgan Klimchuk – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 38 11 13 24 14 18 11 24.34
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2.8

Klimchuk has slowed down in recent weeks. No points this week.

Oliver Kylington – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 35 2 17 19 12 12 9 20.92
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 1 1 1 -0.76

Just one assist this week from Kylington.

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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Lindstrom sat out both of Skelleftea’s games this week, reason unknown.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 36 5 9 14 12 8 6 14.98
Change from last week 3 1 2 3 2 1 0 2.15

Lomberg has been hot recently, picking up the slack for a lot of the recent offensive slowdown in Stockton.

Andrew Mangiapane – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 30 16 19 35 20 26 16 44.96
Change from last week 1 2 0 2 1 2 1 1.11

Mangiapane went down and immediately scored twice for Stockton. He hasn’t made much of an NHL impact yet, but it’s pretty safe to say that he is too good for the AHL.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 33 8 10 18 15 16 13 12.52
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.81

No points 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

Didn’t play.

Matthew Phillips – C/RW, Victoria Royals, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 48 32 43 75 31 54 24 37.16
Change from last week 3 2 5 7 1 6 1 1.23

Phillips continues his impressive post-holiday play, scoring seven points this week. He also moved back into the lead for shorthanded WHL scoring. The next closest Royal is 19 points behind him. He’s also about to pass his rookie year totals, when he scored 76 points in 72 games. Also just 15 points away from passing last year’s total, which he could feasibly do in the next 10 games. He’s on pace for 112 points this year, which is incredibly good.

Emile Poirier – LW/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 37 3 12 15 9 14 8 15.62
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.38

Really wish Poirier would be given better billing than the third line. You have to start wondering whether or not he’s destined for greater things than the AHL.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 16 0 2 2 1 0 0 4.82
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 2.25

Recorded his second point of the season.

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 42 26 24 50 23 41 19 29.29
Change from last week 3 6 2 8 7 8 7 2.80

Wow. Ruzicka has had a hard few weeks (months really: his struggles date back to December), but he exploded this week with eight points, all primary, seven of them coming at 5v5. That shatters his records from last year. This included a natural hat trick against Flint:

Hunter Shinkaruk – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 36 12 6 18 12 15 11 19.27
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 1 1 1 -0.58

Just a goal this week for Shinkaruk.

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 0 0 0 0 0 0

Hunter Smith is out with a hand injury.

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 22 10 17 27 16 20 12 20.13
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2.01

A rare point-less week for Sveningsson, but he did get a 20 minute misconduct (they don’t joke in Sweden) for a check to the back.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 34 11 6 17 6 13 5 17.63
Change from last week 3 2 2 4 1 3 1 3.98

A big week for Tuulola, who scored four points in three games. He’s struggled to find the net in Liiga play, but hopefully this is a sign of things to come.

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, upper body, week-to-week. In Calgary rehabbing.

Tyler Wotherspoon – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 38 4 19 23 13 13 9 23.32
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 -0.9

One assist for Wotherspoon.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 26 1540.95 0.920 814
Change from last week 6 160.13 -0.001 102

All over the place this week. Followed a shutout last week with another 32-save shutout, but then had a rough outing where he saw 34 shots on net (allowed five goals, 0.853 SV%) in just over two periods of hockey against Ontario. He then followed it up with a 32/36 performance the next day. It certainly doesn’t help that Tyler Parsons isn’t quite up to AHL muster yet, but just a rough week overall.

Despite this, he ranks seventh for goalies who have played 20 games or more in SV%. He also leads the league in shutouts.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 21 1189 0.892 581
Change from last week 1 60 0.001 19

Allowed two goals on 19 shots, and only appeared in one of the three Maverick games this week. It’s a minor concern, but he’s currently lost the starting job to Chris Nell, a goalie two years older who was demoted by the Rangers to the Mavericks. He’s been a .885 goalie so far this year, but is currently rocking a .939 with the Mavericks. Let’s see if that holds.

Tyler Parsons – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV% SA
ECHL Current 19 1034 0.907 567
Change from last week
AHL Current 2 77.68 0.844 45
Change from last week 1 17.73 0.019 5

There’s no timetable for Parsons to get some start time in the AHL, which is fine because rushing him isn’t necessary (especially given some of the injuries he’s had to deal with this season). He saw a bit of action after Gillies was mercifully pulled. Only faced five shots.

Nick Schneider – G, Calgary Hitmen, WHL

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 42 2381 0.885 1267
Change from last week 3 182 0 89

Schneider’s weeks are almost predictable. One amazing game (0.944 against Kamloops), one awful one (0.815, against Saskatoon), and one par-for-the-course one (0.885, against Prince Albert).

  • McRib

    D’Artagnan Joly and Adam Ruzicka may not be without their flaws, but they both were fantastic value picks last year with tremendous upside and really little downside as both worse case will be AHLers. These are the type of mid to late round picks good drafting teams make all the time.

    • McRib

      D’Artagnan Joly has 1.09 PPG in QMJHL action good for 14th in PPG for U20s in the league, 8th for U19s. Comparing that to Maxime Comtois likely the best 1999 in that Quebec class’s 1.14 PPG, Joly is honestly right there with the best in his age group in that league. Comtois was a Top.10 projected draft pick before his draft season.

  • SeanCharles

    We need to continue to add to our pool of forward prospects. The only ones who look like they will undoubtably take the next step are Dube and Mangiapane. Lomberg may get there as a 4th liner energy guy but outside these guys we have a lot of projects.

    Not quite as attractive as our defence with Andersson, Valamaki, Kyllington and Fox or our goaltending with Rittich, Gillies and Parsons.

    • McRib

      Joly, Ruzicka, Gawdin, etc are projects, but they’re good projects. Defenders and Goalies are likely the hardest thing to find, considering as much we’re in a fairly good place.

  • Boring Flames Fan

    I have a Calgary Flames blanket on my bed. I make my bed every day. It’s a good habit to make your bed every day.

    My dog decided to take my blanket off my bed yesterday and use it for napping. I don’t know how he did it. He is very small, like Matthew Phillips small.

    I told him not to do that.

    He said, ruff, ruff ruff ruff.
    I think he said “ don’t tell me what to do boring Flames fan, I kept it warm for you so you could watch the Flames game. I was going to put it back but then I fell asleep.”

    I think my dog might be very smart. He also brings me my socks. I think I will buy him a pair of lucky socks too!

    • Cheeky

      What’s up with the lack of offense lately, understandably without the top guys here in Calgary but figured guys like Shinkaruk, Klimchuk, Poirier, etc should be taking over. Considering the team gives up over 30 shots per game, it’s not a defensive system…Glad AOM is injured rather than in coach’s doghouse…

  • Cheeky

    Thinking Shinkaruk and Poirier chances of NHL are slim to none at this point. Klimchuk seems to have levelled off (was hoping he would hit another level after last year) offensively, would like to see how he fairs in NHL (if given opportunity) – I don’t have as much confidence as some on here (hope I’m wrong). Not sure if it’s a system thing but our defense in Stockton don’t fair much in offense (yes Ras is doing well but Kylington was suppose to be the offensive star)…High hopes for Dube though, he will make make an impact…