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FlamesNation Prospect Update: All-Stars and assists

To continue the alliterative trend, it’s awesomeness.

In case you missed it

Rasmus Andersson – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 36 4 21 25 15 13 9 26.76
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 1 2 1 0.69

Rasmus picked up two assists in two games this weekend, but that’s not even the main story. Andersson was at the AHL All-Star game, where he added some content to his highlight tape. Let’s start with the skills competition, so here’s a sweet shootout move:

And here’s him obliterating a hockey puck:

For the actual game itself, he recorded two goals and three assists:

The AHL All-Star Game is near the bottom of the importance scale, but it’s pretty promising to see a defender like Ras do what he does.

(Unrelated to the ASG, but here’s him chucking knuckles for the first time in his professional career. Kid can do everything!)

Austin Carroll – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 19 2 0 2 2 2 2 4.06
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.47

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 31 21 25 46 24 33 16 35.29
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 -0.38

Dube only played in one of Kelowna’s three games this weekend for unexplained reasons (borderline sketchy), though he did record one assist and nine shots (!) in his one appearance.

Zach Fischer – RW, Spokane Chiefs, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 42 22 14 36 25 25 20 20.38
Change from last week 4 2 0 2 2 2 2 -0.9

Fischer only scored two goals in four games this week, a slow down given his body of work over the whole season, but one of those goals was pretty clever:

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 39 12 12 24 12 21 10 23.72
Change from last week 2 3 2 5 2 4 1 3.98

I wrote similar words last week, but Foo has really begun to pick up the slack for the forward-depleted Heat. He picked up five points in two games this weekend, including a shorthanded goal. Here’s the other two goals:

Adam Fox – D, Harvard Crimson, ECAC

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 17 0 12 12 5 5 1 13.31
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.78

Harvard didn’t score a single goal this weekend, so it makes sense why Fox has no points. His struggles with Harvard this year mean that he’ll need 28 points to match his last season totals. He only has eight games left in the regular season before the ECAC hockey tournament, which Harvard probably won’t go far in, so he might have 10 more games left this season.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 50 40 50 90 47 67 34 42.80
Change from last week 3 3 1 4 1 3 1 -0.71

Gawdin has a pretty round and appeasing statline right now. Four points in three games for him this week.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 29 0 1 1 0 1 0 1.33
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.05

Just one game for Healey this past week.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 39 16 31 47 24 38 20 24.71
Change from last week 2 1 6 7 3 5 1 0.41

Perhaps you’ve heard already, but Joly tied a Baie-Comeau team record with a six-assist game against Charlottestown. It’s certainly amplifying his performances, but Joly has been sneaky good all year. Hopefully this is a dam-burst moment for him.

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 33 12 18 30 18 24 14 29.21
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.88

One game, no points for Karnaukhov in VHL play this week.

Morgan Klimchuk – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 40 12 13 25 15 19 12 24.09
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 -0.25

Just a goal for Klimchuk this week.

Oliver Kylington – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 37 2 20 22 14 15 11 22.92
Change from last week 2 0 3 3 2 3 2 2

Three assists for Kylington this week. He’s been a bit overshadowed by fellow Swede Andersson, but don’t forget about Oliver. He is currently doing better than Rasmus in the categories of points per game, primary points per game, estimated 5v5 points/60, and estimated 5v5 primary points/60.

Linus Lindstrom – C/LW, Skelleftea AIK, SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 29 2 1 3 3 2 2 4.92
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.36

After missing two games last week, Lindstrom returned to the Skelleftea lineup for two games. Didn’t do much.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat- X

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 37 5 9 14 12 8 6 14.57
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.41

Lomberg appears to have been rewarded for consistent strong play at the AHL, and will remain in the NHL while there’s a spot open. Getting Zack Kassian tossed in your first NHL game is probably strong resume material.

Andrew Mangiapane – LW/C, Stockton Heat- X

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 31 16 19 35 20 26 16 43.51
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.45

Mangiapane is also sticking around in the NHL for the time being. He should be getting a few more minutes than he already gets, but I wouldn’t considered him graduated just yet. Depending on when Kris Versteeg comes back, Mangiapane could finish the season in the AHL.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 36 8 10 18 15 16 13 11.48
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.04

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. Apparently has a shoulder injury, according to Stockton’s Finest.

Matthew Phillips – C/RW, Victoria Royals, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 51 35 45 80 32 59 25 37.30
Change from last week 3 3 2 5 1 5 1 0.14

Two more two-point games from Phillips this week? Yawn.

Emile Poirier – LW/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 39 3 13 16 9 14 8 15.81
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0.19

Poirier broke a long scoring drought, picking up an assist this weekend.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 18 4 2 6 3 4 1 12.85
Change from last week 2 4 0 0 2 4 1 8.03

Now this is something to look at. Pollock burned his former parent club (Dallas) by scoring four goals on their AHL team, including a hat trick. Pollock has had a rough go of things professionally, but if this is the start of something good, who’s going to complain?

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

Ditto.

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sarnia Sting, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 45 30 26 56 26 47 22 30.61
Change from last week 3 4 2 6 3 6 3 1.32

Ruzicka’s recovered from a nosedive to become one of the Sting’s better players in recent weeks. His NHLe has bounced back into the 30s, which is generally a promising sign for prospects. He also crossed the 20 even strength goals plateau this week, and is sixth in that category across the whole OHL (three goals out of first, however).

Hunter Shinkaruk – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 38 12 8 20 13 16 12 20.28
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 1 1 1 1.01

Shinkaruk had two assists this week, and has generally been a quiet yet consistent producer for the Heat. Very curious to see where he is at the end of the season.

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

Out, injured.

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 26 12 17 29 17 22 13 18.29
Change from last week 4 2 0 2 1 2 1 -1.84

Two goals for Sveningsson in Superelit top 10 play:

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 37 11 8 19 6 13 5 18.11
Change from last week 3 0 2 2 0 0 0 0.48

Eetu has come back from the WJC break firing, boosting his NHLe by three points since returning:

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

Should return this week from injury.

Tyler Wotherspoon – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 40 4 22 26 13 14 9 25.05
Change from last week 2 0 3 3 0 1 0 1.72

Three assists in two games this week. Wotherspoon is playing his best pro hockey ever. Maybe he gets a shot somewhere.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 28 1658.85 0.917 858
Change from last week 2 118.90 -0.003 44

Gillies had a rough week, allowing two goals on 22 shots (0.909 SV%) in game one against the Texas Stars and allowing four on 22 (0.818) in game two. Being the only goalie in town probably doesn’t help, as he’s started 10 of the last 12 games. Since Eddie Lack was traded, the Heat seem to not want to use anyone besides Gillies, which is a minor problem for fatigue and such, given the league usually schedules a lot of back-to-backs. Nothing wrong with getting a starter’s workload, but this perhaps explains some of his recent struggles.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks/Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 21 1189 0.892 581
Change from last week 0 0 0 0

McDonald is currently in Stockton providing back-up for Gillies. He’s likely not going to be starting anytime soon.

Tyler Parsons – G, Stockton Heat/Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV% SA
ECHL Current 21 1153 0.906 631
Change from last week 2 119 -0.001 64
AHL Current 2 77.68 0.844 45
Change from last week 0 0 0 0

Parsons is back in KC, mostly for playing time purposes. He wasn’t getting any ice time in Stockton, and McDonald lost the starting job to another ECHL goalie, so it makes sense to at least get one of the Flames’ prospect goalies ice time. Parsons stopped 24 of 29 (0.828 SV%) in his return, but put up a much better 34/35 (0.971 SV%) in his next game.

Nick Schneider – G, Calgary Hitmen, WHL

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 44 2467 0.882 1308
Change from last week 2 76 -0.003 41

Had a rough series against Victoria, getting pulled just over a period into the second game after allowing four goals on 19 shots.

  • stuhfan

    Your prospect updates are top notch and I look forward to them every week. Cheers!

    Any reason we should be concerned about Fox’s drop in production this year?

    • Bring Back Brathwaite

      Nah, Harvard was a very good offensive team last year. They had 5 forwards go at or over ppg. This year they only have Donato, and there is a very steep decline after that. Last year there was a slight point inflation, this year the opposite. Still a top prospect playing very good hockey.

  • Puckhead

    Ras looks ready with Kylington close behind.

    Foo finding his scoring touch is a relief.

    TSpoon needs to be given a chance (there’s some value there so why not milk it).

    Shinkaruk is a disappointment.

    Was hoping Poirier would turn things around this season.

    Joly is intriguing, even if his stats are padded by playing in the Q.

    We might have something in Rusicka but time will tell.

    Phillips is awesome!

    • Grayone

      Tre has some real pieces to play with at the trade deadline eh? Ras is ready, likely Wotherspoon as well. Kylington, Fox and don’t forget Valimaki! What will the Flames “D” look like next year and even 2 years? Packaging Stone with a prospect ought to get a value player or some draft pick re-stocking. I wonder if another vet besides Stone might be in play?

  • Alberta Ice

    Love the fact some of these farm team products are getting some looks on the NHL game level. There is some more great talent preparing at those levels. Now I am wondering why we haven’t seen Rasmus Andersson get a call up and some further play time. Those were fun and impressive highlights. I guess we wait for the next injury, eh? (Great to hear MF is back to the 3 M line again.)

    • The Doctor

      One thing I didn’t appreciate until I caught a bit of the AHL all star game is how big and strong Ras is. Not super tall, but he has 215 lbs. on that frame. Would love to see him get a meaningful look up in Calgary. He’s a natural power play point man, would be a great complement to our other puck-moving Dmen like Dougie and Gio.

  • Ottomatic

    Went and saw Sarnia when they were in town against Niagara to have a look at Ruzicka. Uses his size well to create chances and protect the puck. For a bigger dude he gets where he needs to go, not fast, but has deceptive speed shall we say. I was impressed and hope he continues to improve. Talking to a few Sting fans the biggest thing he needs to work on is game to game consistency according to them. He can be invisible shift to shift but he seems to be turning a corner as far as that goes.

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    I decided to watch a bit of the AHL All Star game yesterday. I have always been a fan of Ras but I was even more impressed last night. He was by far one of the best on the ice, he scored 2 really nice tip in shots over the goalies shoulder and rarely missed a pass. The only call out I had was he skates like Tkachuk so he will need to work on that. He seems like a really likeable guy.