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FlamesNation Prospect Update: Beginning to wrap it up

Our pals over in Russia have wrapped up their season. In a week, our friends in Sweden and Finland (and potentially, Adam Fox) will be finished, too. The week after, the CHL kids. Is hockey really coming to a close so soon (or not soon enough, depending on how interested you still are in NHL hockey?)?

In case you missed it

Rasmus Andersson – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 47 7 28 35 22 20 14 28.7
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 1 1 0 +0.44

Andersson had a ho-hum week, picking up two assists in two games. Pretty standard fare by this point in the season.

Austin Carroll – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 28 5 2 7 7 6 6 9.64
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.74

Carroll did not record any points this week, the first time that’s happened in a month. Hopefully he gets back on the wagon.

Dillon Dube – C/LW, Kelowna Rockets, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 48 32 40 72 39 55 30 35.67
Change from last week 4 0 5 5 4 4 3 -0.54

Five assists in four games for Dube. He’s pretty good!

Zach Fischer – RW, Spokane Chiefs, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 46 22 14 36 25 25 20 18.61
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Still injured with a UBI. No timetable for a return.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 50 16 16 32 15 26 11 24.67
Change from last week 2 1 2 3 0 2 0 +1.39

Foo is quietly riding a six-game point streak, having picked up eight points in his last few contests. He’s looked much better as the season has gone on, have become a handy powerplay tool for the Heat and their best shot generator.

Adam Fox – D, Harvard Crimson, ECAC

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 25 3 17 20 6 9 2 15.09
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Didn’t play this week. Will play next weekend in the ECAC tournament against Dartmouth, a best of three series. Dartmouth has taken Harvard to task during the regular season, so if that holds true, Fox watch could begin as early as the 10th.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 65 55 67 122 62 94 48 44.63
Change from last week 3 1 5 6 2 6 2 +0.14

Gawdin was named the WHL player of the month for February, a month in which he picked up 30 points in 14 games. Pretty good.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 37 0 3 3 2 2 1 3.12
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 +0.98

Played a game of hockey this week and picked up an assist. Then he was scratched the next game, for whatever reason.

Jaromir Jagr – RW, Rytiri Kladno, Czech.1

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 5 0 4 4 4 2 2 18.37
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Our oldest prospect suffered a concussion and hasn’t played since.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 49 22 40 62 36 52 31 25.94
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 1 1 6 -0.77

After an explosive three points per game week for D’Artagnan, he has calmed down to a mere point per game.

Also of interest:

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

Karnaukhov is still currently playing in the playoffs (I don’t track playoff stats) against Zauralye Kurgan. He’s played one game.

Morgan Klimchuk – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 49 18 16 34 21 28 18 26.74
Change from last week 2 2 1 3 2 3 2 +1.32

Someone definitely said something to Klimchuk while he was up in Calgary on call-up, ’cause he’s been playing lights out. Another three-point week for him.

Oliver Kylington – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 46 3 24 27 18 18 13 22.62
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.03

No points for Kylington this week.

Linus Lindstrom – C/LW, Skelleftea AIK, SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 38 3 1 4 3 3 2 5.01
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.43

Just two games for ol’ Linus this week.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 40 5 11 16 14 9 8 15.42
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.8

Two games for Lomberg this week, who is apparently not that enthusiastic to get back into the NHL.

Andrew Mangiapane – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 38 21 25 46 26 35 22 46.65
Change from last week 2 2 2 4 2 4 2 +1.69

He might be too good for the AHL.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 44 9 11 20 15 18 13 10.44
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Didn’t play. No reason given.

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

Injured.

Matthew Phillips – C/RW, Victoria Royals, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 65 44 60 104 46 77 36 38.05
Change from last week 2 0 4 4 1 3 0 +0.3

Phillips became the highest single season scorer in Chilliwack Bruins/Victoria Royals franchise history, passing Mark Santorelli’s record of 101 points.

Emile Poirier – LW/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 50 4 17 21 13 18 11 16.19
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.67

Two games, no points for Poirier.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 29 6 3 9 6 7 5 11.96
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 3 +0.54

Scored a clutch, game-tying goal in Stockton’s comeback win against San Diego.

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

Not in the playoffs on account of being injured.

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sarnia Sting, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 59 34 36 70 36 59 31 29.19
Change from last week 3 1 2 0 1 1 1 -1.56

Odd statistical week for Ruzicka, who scored three points but also lost three points thanks to a stat correction. Big ups to the Ontario Hockey League for making me re-tally all of his data.

Hunter Shinkaruk – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 49 15 11 26 16 22 15 20.45
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.78

No points, but a shootout winner for Shinkaruk 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 0 0 0 0 0 0

Smith is recovering from an upper-body injury. He hasn’t played since Jan. 6.

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 33 16 22 38 22 29 17 18.88
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.6

Just one game played for Sveningsson this week.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 46 14 9 23 9 17 8 17.63
Change from last week 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

No games this week for Tuulola.

Juuso Valimaki – D, Tri-City Americans, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 35 11 22 33 20 22 14 22.42
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 1 1 1 -1.36

Just an assist for Valimaki this week.

Tyler Wotherspoon – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 51 7 25 32 17 16 10 24.18
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 -0.2

Just a goal for Wotherspoon this week, who is slowing down just a little bit.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat – X

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 31 1658.85 0.915 869
Change from last week 0 0 0 0

Gillies is still up in Calgary.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks/Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV% SA
ECHL Current 24 1358 0.892 619
Change from last week 0 0 0 0
AHL Current 4 224.35 0.875 104
Change from last week 0 0 0 0

Injured, should be back soon.

Tyler Parsons – G, Stockton Heat/Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV% SA
ECHL Current 23 1273 0.905 686
Change from last week 0 0 0 0
AHL Current 7 300.98 0.856 153
Change from last week 2 70.25 -0.022 38

Parsons’ return from injury couldn’t have gone any worse. In his first game back, he allowed five goals on 29 shots (.828 SV%) and was pulled 10 minutes into his second game after allowing three goals on nine shots. He’s had a rough rookie pro season, having suffered at least three injuries that required time off. The general goaltending instability in Calgary also means he couldn’t get properly acclimated in the ECHL, so I feel that’s also to blame. Not concerned about his performances right now.

Nick Schneider – G, Calgary Hitmen, WHL

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 57 3009 0.885 1741
Change from last week 4 242 0 133

Played four games, allowing six goals against Swift Current (.823 SV%) and four against Edmonton (.862 SV%), but held Red Deer (.921 SV%) and Regina (.912 SV%) to just three goals each.



  • moodyblue2

    Next year bring some of these guys up and play show us what you got! Boston did it this year and it changed the culture of that club. Marchand =Byng Chara = Hamilton etc etc. build upon that!

  • Baalzamon

    Also of interest: Mangiapane currently has the highest scoring rate in the AHL among players who have played at least 10 games (no one above him has played more than 8).

  • FL?MES

    Question:

    TSpoon is 24 and is playing in his fifth year with the organization. He makes $650K this year on a one year contract.

    He has had a good season in Stockton but was never brought up to play any games with the Flames. Why wouldn’t they focus attention on a player like this to see if there is any value there? He can, and probably will, walk after this season to see if another organization will give him a shot. A lot of time and money has been invested in him. Why let him walk for nothing? If they could have shown some value in him maybe they could have flipped him for a pick or something?

    It just seems wrong to me him walk and be left with nothing.

    Thoughts?

    • stuhfan

      He has no trade value because every team has a Wotherspoon in the minors, and he’s been passed on the depth chart by at least Kulak and Andersoon. Flames gave him a couple opportunities in the NHL, I’m sure they’re fine if he walks after this season.

    • PrairieStew

      The past 2 seasons he has become one of the best d-men in the AHL by stats. I’m certain he gets the toughest assignments, yet has led the Heat in +/- by a significant margin. I’m also of the opinion he has significantly helped the development of Andersson. Unless he gets some time here ASAP he will walk – and my guess is that he will contribute on another team.

    • Korcan

      I’d like to see him replace Bartkowski as Calgary’s #7 d-man next year. I don’t think it will stunt his development any longer and he should be just as effective as Bart has been in his limited usage.

  • buts

    I believe Wotherspoon who hasn’t played in the nhl since Hartley coached should be given s shot. You can’t tell me he couldn’t play on our bottom pair. Anderson as well. Valimaki and Kylington, and Goulebef are knocking on the door, its time to move some of our present D to improve our forwards and get some draft picks. Also we have a handful of guys in Stockton that could replace our bottom 3 forwards for sure. Look at Boston and vegas to see what the injection of youth and speed can do to our lineup. The draft will be the time to do this. The last 5-10 games of the season we will be seeing a lot of new faces from Stockton in our lineup.

  • Cheeky

    Goalie position looked solid a year or so ago, now it’s head scratching. Both Schneider and McDonald will never play in the NHL (they may not even be AHL level), hoping Parsons 1st year is just a blip as 1st year pro, injuries, etc. Gillies looks too shaky at NHL level (doesn’t dominate AHL either) and Rittich has looked human in a couple games. Hopefully a new goalie coach can get these guys back on track…

  • redwhiteblack

    One of Gawdin, Mangy or Phillips becoming a top 6 would help things. Hoping Mangy can make the jump next year.

    Fox, Valamaki and Kylington seem to have underwhelmed this year. I was hoping to see more promise from those 3 this year.

    • Baalzamon

      Kylington is only “underwhelming” compared to Andersson. He’s gone from 0.45 PPG to 0.59 PPG in one year (equaled his production from last season in 14 fewer games). And it’s the first year of his ELC to boot.

      For frame of reference, TJ Brodie posted 0.5 PPG at the same age.

    • JMK

      I might just be an eternal optimist when it comes to prospects; however Boston University are not as good this year as last, and Fox impressed a lot at World juniors, so I wouldn’t worry yet. Valimaki has plateau’d points wise but so did Rasmus Andersson in his last year in the OHL, again I wouldn’t be too worried here. Concern for Kylington is the most legit, but his production has increased year over year and is still only 20. His ppg is the AHL has gone – Age 18 0.26ppg; Age 19 0.45ppg; Age 20 0.59ppg. He does seem to be taking a while to ripen but I would be more concerned the guy might get impatient as opposed to his development being underwhelming. Still two great prospects (Fox/Valimaki) and one good one in my opinion.

      • Baalzamon

        It’s especially interesting when you look around the league at more highly-regarded guys from the same draft–specifically the stupidly overrated Jacob Larsson and Gabriel Carlsson. Kylington has significantly surpassed both of them, combined, in AHL production this season.

      • JMK

        Spot on Baalzamon. Kylington was pretty highly rated prior to his draft year, where he bounced around with a few different teams and fell accordingly. The talent is there, wouldn’t be getting concerned yet – well worth trading up for and with Treliving taking some abuse lately let’s not forget all the praise we were giving him prior to this year.

  • Burnward

    So, next year:

    Gaudreau-Monahan-Ferland
    Tkachuk-Backlund-Bennett
    Mangiapane-Janko-Frolik
    Klimchuk/Shink-Gawdin/Shore-Hathaway/Brouwer

    D is interesting. Stone, Brodie…all possible moves. Actually between Stone, Brouwer and Stajan…that’s a lot of cap space they can free up and they will improve the overall team. Nice place to be.

    • BlueMoonNigel

      Looks like a 100+ point group of forwards to me.

      Brouwer ain’t goin’ nowhere unless he is bought out and that won’t happen at least until his final year. The return on Stone will be underwhelming because he has 2 years left on a pretty bad contract. You might get a 3rd or 4th round draft pick for him.

      Frankly, the forward you listed do not inspire my confidence or strike fear in the hearts of opponents. The only new blood you propose are rookies, all of whom come with as many concerns as hopes. Your proposed forwards have zero toughness apart from Hathaway, but except for a club that is middling or bottom of the barrel, does Hathaway even belong on an NHL roster? Shinkaruk’s best before NHL date has already expired. Look for him to be playing in Italy or Austria or some other bloody ridiculous league after Stockton. This fall has to be make it or break it for Klimchuk too. He has been in the AHL a long time so it might be best if he can’t make the big team next fall, he get sent to a new organization for a fresh start.

      I don’t see the speedy Lazar among your forward selections. You mean to tell me that in a draft year where the Flames don’t pick until very late in the day, you are going to add insult to injury by excluding Lazar who came here for the rather steep price of a second rounder? Nice.

      • PrairieStew

        You’re right. I think the Flames probably let Shinkaruk and Poirer walk and I doubt they end up as NHL roster players next fall. Wotherspoon will also walk on his own – but I predict an NHL spot for him. Klimchuk gets one more chance I think, though he was drafted with those other guys, he’s been a pro one fewer year. I’m not counting on Gawdin ( or Dube or Phillips) to step in right away. One or two of Mangiapane/Foo/Klimchuk might be there, but it is clear that there needs to be another acquistion to improve top 6. Moving Stone would be cap savings only as you say; however moving Brodie might bring in a capable forward. If they do that though, I would hope that they retain Wotherspoon to be the #3 LD; Valimaki needs another year.

  • Korcan

    It’s going to be interesting to see which forwards of Mangiapane, Foo, Dube, Klimchuk, and Gawdin(?) manage to force their way on to the Flames roster next fall. At this point I think Mangi and Dube have the best odds. Dube’s game reminds me a lot of Frolik, but with more speed — could he be a future replacement on Backlund’s wing? Hmm. . .

    • PrairieStew

      I think the guys coming out of junior will be in Stockton – there will be lots of ice there – as I said above, Shinkaruk and Poirier are probably done.