38
Photo Credit: Judy Simpson/Tri City Americans

FlamesNation Prospect Update: CHL season, careers ending

Only in the good way, of course! The Flames saw all of their CHL prospects end their regular seasons this past weekend with Glenn Gawdin, Nick Schneider, and Zach Fischer having fully graduated from the league. Juuso Valimaki, Dillon Dube, and Matthew Phillips have also all likely played their last regular season CHL games. Bittersweet.

In case you missed it

Rasmus Andersson – D, Stockton Heat, AHL – X

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 53 8 30 38 23 21 14 27.63
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 -0.89

Just a powerplay assist this week. In Calgary for the time being. How long? Well let’s see.

Austin Carroll – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 34 5 2 7 7 6 6 7.93
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.77

No points for Carroll this week.

Dillon Dube – C/LW, Kelowna Rockets, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 53 38 46 84 48 65 39 37.69
Change from last week 2 4 3 7 6 6 6 +1.79

Dube finished his season in style, scoring 12 points in his last five games, good enough for a 114 points over a full 72 games. Once again, he finished just ahead of Matthew Phillips in points-per-game for the season. He also won the last WHL player of the week award. He’s stupid good.

He will also play Valimaki and the Tri-City Americans in the first round of the WHL playoffs. The earliest we can see him or Valimaki in Stockton is March 25, and the latest is April 3.

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. Probably never returning.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 56 19 16 35 16 29 12 24.09
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 1 1 0 -0.63

Two goals for Foo this week. With Mangiapane out, he’s likely going to pick up the offensive burden for the Heat. He’s been hot as of late, so maybe he can carry the team into the playoffs.

Adam Fox – D, Harvard Crimson, ECAC

Will he sign? Will he go back to college? Let’s see.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 67 56 69 125 63 95 48 44.37
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 -0.51

Gawdin had the flu all week, but returned to pick up a powerplay assist to finish with 125 points on the year. The Broncos will play the Memorial Cup hosting Regina Pats. Should the Broncos flame out, he can join the Heat as early as March 28 or April 2.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 40 0 3 3 2 2 1 2.89
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.07

Played a game of hockey.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 55 23 45 68 40 56 35 25.35
Change from last week 3 0 2 2 2 2 2 -0.67

Joly picked up two assists in the final stretch of the season. Because 16 of the 18 QMJHL teams make the playoffs, and also because the Drakkar aren’t that good (13th in the league, eight games below .500), they will likely get smoked by the Halifax Mooseheads. Joly does not have an ELC yet, but he can play in Stockton on an ATO. The earliest that can happen is the March 28, and the latest will be April 3.

Morgan Klimchuk – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 55 18 18 36 22 29 19 25.23
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.45

A rare quiet week for Klimchuk.

Oliver Kylington – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 52 4 26 30 20 20 14 22.23
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 -0.58

One goal, and one heck of a celebration for Kylington:

Linus Lindstrom – C/LW, Skelleftea AIK, SHL

Skelleftea’s playoffs are off to a start, but Lindstrom has yet to hit the scoresheet with just one game played.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 46 7 11 18 15 11 9 15.08
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.05

Nothing doing for Lomberg this week.

Andrew Mangiapane – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 39 21 25 46 26 35 22 45.46
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.81

Season shut down after shoulder surgery.

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

Abducted by aliens.

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

Ditto.

Matthew Phillips – C/RW, Victoria Royals, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 71 48 64 112 49 83 37 37.51
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 -0.74

Another stellar season for Phillips. The Royals will have a Ferry Series with the Vancouver Giants in the playoffs, which will be very close. Again, the earliest he can join Stockton is March 29, and the latest is April 3.

Emile Poirier – LW/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 56 4 17 21 13 18 11 14.45
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.82

No points for Poirier again. Not really working out as a third liner in the AHL.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 35 7 6 13 8 11 7 14.31
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 -0.14

Another point for Pollock this week. Shaping up to be an alright contributor. Maybe he has a Klimchuk-esque breakout next season? Who knows.

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.

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sarnia Sting, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 63 36 36 72 38 61 33 28.11
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 -0.52

Just a goal this week for Ruzicka. Sarnia will play Windsor in the first round. Like other prospects, Ruzicka (also not on an ELC) can join Stockton for March 29 at the earliest or April 3 at the latest.

Hunter Shinkaruk – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 55 16 12 28 17 24 16 19.62
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 -0.39

One 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

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

Filip Sveningsson – LW, HV71, Superelit/SHL

Sveningsson has two goals and an assist in two games of the Superelit playoffs.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

Tuulola has a goal in four games for HPK’s U20 team’s playoffs.

Juuso Valimaki – D, Tri-City Americans, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 43 14 31 45 26 31 20 24.89
Change from last week 4 1 6 7 3 5 3 +1.72

Valimaki finished his season with 12 points in eight games. That’s pretty darn good for a guy who struggled (injury-related) to score all season long.

Tyler Wotherspoon – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 56 7 27 34 17 18 10 23.4
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 -0.15

Wotherspoon missed his first game all season for an undisclosed reason.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 34 1658.85 0.915 869
Change from last week 3 0 0 0

Gillies is back in the Stockton starter net after a long absence. He posted a .910 across all three games back, a stretch which included games where he stopped 24/26 (0.923), 27/30 (0.900), and a 20/22 (0.909).

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.

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 0 0 0 0

Was reassigned to Kansas again this week, but has yet to play.

Nick Schneider – G, Calgary Hitmen, WHL/Stockton Heat AHL

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 59 3009 0.885 1803
Change from last week 2 120.32 0 62

Schneider finished his season as the most played goalie in the WHL, finishing first in minutes and tied for first in games played. He’ll have a reduced workload in Stockton, where he’ll be backing up Gillies (until McDonald comes back, presumably).

  • McRib

    Biggest prospect disappointment this year has to be Tyler Parsons. He is still incredibly young (only a few months from being ineligible for pro), but goalies are still in fact voodoo.

    • Cfan in Van

      Since there’s still so much time left for him, I’m giving that award to Poirier. Obviously had some personal battles, but after supposedly confronting his demons, he dropped off the map. I was still holding out hope for the Org to recoup some value from that 1st round pick.

  • McRib

    “Joly does not have an ELC yet, but he can play in Stockton on an ATO.”

    I’m moderately suprised at this Joly is now 4th in U19 PPG in the QMJHL, behind only Maxime Comtois, Filip Zadina and Alexis Lafrenière. Those are theee very legitimate prospects Zadina and Lafrenière are Top. 3 picks the next few years and Comtois wouldn’t have gone Top. 10 last year if he didn’t coast through his draft year.

  • Alberta Ice

    They say all good things must end. Many questions ahead of this organization. And what of our hoped for BOA? Gone. Two teams were expected to sweep into the playoffs this year. Vegas grabbed the Oilers expected spot and I dare say Colorado was supposed to be the Flames spot. So how do you spell disappointment? Oilers and Flames.
    Hopefully some of these listed above will get a chance to prove themselves. With nothing on the line soon, can we see some of these prospects come and have some time in the NHL? (I heard that Adam Fox’s linemate got 3 points in his first NHL game for Boston last night.)

  • McRib

    Super interested in seeing Glenn Gawdin at the AHL level. I had plenty of time for him during his draft year, but minor injuries really kept him from doing a ton the last year or two. He’s playing in a good situation and is old for the WHL, but he could be something.

  • FL🔥MES

    This team that the aliens are assembling doesn’t look very good. I wonder if they’re looking for some sub par coaches to abduct? And maybe an old arena? Might explain some of the strange goings on recently in town.

    WW and Raffy will know. They predict everything light years in advance.

    • Raffydog

      Lol, here’s a prediction for you. Flames won’t make the playoffs next season either. To many glaring holes in the lineup, and for all the talk about how much depth this organization has, I don’t see it. Every supposedly great prospect we have that gets a chance to play in the nhl disappears upon arrival. I don’t see this team making the playoffs until they embrace rebuild 2.0

      • BlueMoonNigel

        I agree with you that what ails this club is not just a new coach, a big-time right winger and Andersson. The holes are many and significant. It is easy to say run Lazar, Shore and Shinkaruk as the fourth line in 2018-19, but there is no assurance they will be any better than the cowboys already there.

        This club does not have two legitimate scoring lines, and that’s a killer. Can Janko, Bennett and the other guy become the number two punch? Maybe, but I can’t see it happening by next year.

        Easy to talk about jettisoning Brodie and Stone, but who plays second pairing minutes among the gents already here and in the system? I don’t know who he is. If he isn’t here, does Tre–heaven forbid–overpay for a free agent?

        Lots of holes to fill and the team may also have to adjust to the systems, strategies and silliness of a new coach. 2018-19 could be a very rough season for the lads and make the present one look like the teddy bears’ picnic.

      • Hockey for life

        Glaring holes? They have had some bad stretches but really they are outpacing And outshooting teams every night sometimes by allot. Including high danger chances. They are just plagued by bad luck and low shooting percentages. Really just things evening out next year they ate easily a playoff team. If they have some luck they can contend for top in the division. Basically the opposite of the oilers last year where everyone had a career year and high shooting percentage

        • BlueMoonNigel

          As noted, the Flames do not have two solid scoring lines. The top line is also soft. Chucking Chucky there might make the line a holy terror, but who I going to score on the second line? Bennett and Janko have not proven themselves as reliable scorers at this level, so they cannot be counted on to fill that role come next October. Frolik and Backlund are not and will not be scorers.

          Outshooting an opponent has proven to be an absolute meaningless measure of success. The Flames are living proof of that. Maybe the shooting percentage was high last year and it evened out this year.

          In any case, I maintain there are glaring holes abound. It is not realistic to expect that they will all be fixed over one long summer.

          • Hockey for life

            Well the team shooting percentage is in like the bottom 10 so definitely not even. If the shooting percentage actually evened out they would have 2 good scoring lines and a decent third. Being top 5 in scoring chances expected goals and high danger chances consistently will eventually pay off when the shooting percentage eventually evens out. Better that then 2015 where they had a high shooting percentage but got outplayed and chanced every game. That is not sustainable.

        • JoelOttosJock

          Fun fact. The saying .”Rose colored glasses” comes from the civil war time period, where Dr’s were perscribing rose or pink colored glasses for depression. Nice rose colored glasses H4L. Yes I watched pawnstars today to do my learnin’

      • The Beej

        @Raffy

        Dont undetstand your comment about the prospects. We graduated 4 this year by my count.

        Not sure who “these supposedly great prospects” are that you are referring too, but some of our most promising guys are still kids in junior..dube, Phillips.

        Mangiapane… didnt stick but for a 5th rnd thats found money.

        Andersson… he will be here next year.

        Parsons… goalies take time.

        Lomberg? Not really a prospect of note… so… who are “these supposedly great prospects” that disappeared? Not sure who you are talking about.

      • Rockmorton65

        RD, once again, you prove you have no idea what you’re talking about. Rebuild? Seriously? While not a contender, with league average special teams, the Flames are playoff bound. They do need some upgrades, but what team doesn’t? But a rebuild? That’s just a dumb comment.

    • BlueMoonNigel

      Making the team and sticking with it are two very different propositions. Glass and Barty and Lack made the team, but they soon got unstuck when their lack of talent exceeded their enthusiasm.

        • BlueMoonNigel

          But it was the Tre man who went out and got them for GG and seemingly approved of their being roster material ahead of some pups in Stockton.

          Whom do you think has a better read on the ability and progress of the players in Stockton, Tre or Gully? You already know my answer.

          • ThisBigMouthIsRight

            yup and that is BT’s biggest weakness… He trusted his coaches player judgment and also leaves the on ice decisions to him… With the right guy in that position that might actually work well… but GG dosen’t know players strengths and proper usage from a drunk blind dude throwing darts at a small target across a room filled with helium balloons.

  • Zesty14

    Dube ended the season kicking a$$. He made a very strong case at camp last year to push for a spot (even if just a 9 game pikaboo) young guys like this are needed to keep everyone on their toes. I always favour the guys that kick their own doors open. On a side note when do we do what sens fans did? Make a go fund me page and litter the city with fire GG billboards? We as a community need to unite and end this travesty ourselves! Enough is enough.

    • Stu Cazz

      Zesty…I agree on Dube. He is a real gem. Sees the ice real well and has nice skill. He is going to be a surprise next year at camp again. I don’t think he will see the AHL…..WRT GG the billboards are not necessary…GG and his staff are gone soon after the season has ended. I also hope the includes Sigalet as fresh coaching also required for the goalies. I’m wondering if BT will survive? If so he will be on a short leash…..

      • The Beej

        @Stu
        GG has been gone for over a month from what Ive heard. And he’s known it… its mutual. He knows he has nothing left to offer the team and it is mutual. I dont think mgmt sees that all the problems are on the coach so domt expect a players coach next year.

        On Dube… i agree he looks great so far. But in a crucial developmental year I would still prefer a season in the A. If he is stapled to the 4th line in calgary playing 8 minutes a game it could stunt his growth. But if he plays 13-15 a game on Backlund or Jankowskis wing I would probably be ok with that.

        • Stu Cazz

          @Beej…I also strongly believe in the development system and patience with young players. But I do recognize their are exceptions with certain young players. I have been watching Dube closely throughout his junior career as well as Penticton and last years camp. Trust me their is something special about this kid…here’s hoping!

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    One simple sniper changes the whole dynamic of this team. A consistent finisher with the ability to fire one timers like Hoffman gives us a PP threat that potentially wins us another 5 games.

    Like it or not, GG’s system has some merit and might even work with other teams. If Nasville or Winnipeg had as much possession as Calgary has in some games..they would be shooting the lights out even more. The system does not fit our players and the coaches are unable or unwilling to adapt.

    Having a player like Hoffman means we don’t have to overpass on the PP or with the goalie pulled. It means Johnny can move over to RW. Add some hungry and capable rookies and the line up looks like this.

    Hoffman-Monny-Johnny
    Bennett-Janko-Matty(not Stajan)
    Dube-Backlund-Ferland
    Lazar-Shore-Brouwer

    Gio-Hamilton
    Ras-Hamonic
    Kulak-Stone

    Smith
    Rittich

    Traded Brodie and Frolik
    Dube makes Frolik expendable with more offense

    • Korcan

      I wonder if Toronto would be willing to trade Connor Brown (RW). IMO he would be a perfect winger to play along with Dube and Backs — what a tenacious two-way line that would make with good offensive potential. Toronto only has three right shot d-men, one of them being Roman Pollack. Maybe they would consider Stone in exchange (too much to hope for?).

      If Frolik is still here come fall, make him a responsible utility/4th line W to play with Lazar and Shore knowing he can move up the lineup if necessary.

      I hope to learn he has been struggling throughout the 2nd half due to a persistent nagging injury, but my worry is we may have seen Ferland’s best season. He has been pretty irrelevant for a long time now and his first half shooting percentage was very high. If he has been playing hurt that explains it; if he hasn’t been, it might be a good offseason to trade him.

      I like Hoffman on either of the two top lines, though I would really like to see what Tkachuk could do with Johnny and Mony. That line could be scary good. Tkachuk could be just what Mony needs to get him a little more emotionally engaged, much like he did for Backlund.

    • Hockey for life

      You want to see a joke of an organization look at the oilers. The famous decade of darkness with first overall pick after first overall pick ruined. Now even with mcdavid they are terrible. What a joke.

      Funny how oilers trolls are crawling out of the basement again.

  • Jobu

    The Heat should get a good infusion of skill next year. And if we’re lucky, some of them will be good enough for the bigs. Dube as a third line winger? Valimaki as a 3rd pairing D? I can even see Fischer as a solid 4th liner. For some reason Jobu has a good feeling about this guy.