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FlamesNation Prospect Update: Playoffs and playoff chases

Well thankfully at least a few people in this organization are still involved in the postseason.

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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Still in Calgary. I’d guess that T.J. Brodie is shut down for the season, mostly because of the Flames’ position in the standings, so Rasmus is probably here to stay. He’s going to be auditioning for a spot, so might as well see what he can do.

Austin Carroll – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 36 5 2 7 7 6 6 7.49
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.44

No points for Carroll this week. Slowed wayyyyyyyyy down after a minor hot streak.

Dillon Dube – C/LW, Kelowna Rockets, WHL

Dube and the Rockets are currently getting stomped by Juuso Valimaki and the Tri-City Americans. In two games thus far, the Rockets have allowed 14 goals while only scoring seven. Dube has yet to find the scoresheet, but has racked up six shots and 18 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct. Perhaps not his finest hockey.

If Dube gets swept out of the playoffs, what would folks think about him getting a shot in Calgary to close out the season? There’d be no risk of burning a year of his ELC, and given that he will be auditioning for a forward spot next year, why not? I believe he can still be reassigned to Stockton afterwards to help with their playoff push.

Zach Fischer – RW, Spokane Chiefs, WHL

Last week I said that Fischer was probably never returning given his lengthy absence, but he’s back! He appeared in two games for the Chiefs, picking up a goal and an assist. The Chiefs are tied with the Portland Winterhawks 1-1.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 58 20 17 37 16 31 12 24.59
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 0 2 0 +0.5

With another goal this week, Foo becomes the second Heat player to hit 20 goals on the year. He’s been the offensive motor the Heat need down the playoff stretch, which is great news for the Flames. Given that the team has pretty much lost all their major offensive weapons (Mangiapane, Hathaway, Jankowski, Andersson) or had them dry up (Klimchuk, Shinkaruk), it’s reassuring that Foo can be trusted to carry the team by himself. Perhaps the Flames find a way for him to get an NHL game in?

Adam Fox – D, Harvard Crimson, ECAC

Didn’t sign! Unfortunate, but understandable. Ryan’s article articulated the reasons perfectly, but to sum it up quickly, there’s plenty of good, non-worrying reasons a player might go back for his third year. Plus, it helps with the defensive logjam the Flames currently have, so that’s also nice.

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

Gawdin and the Broncos currently lead the Memorial Cup-hosting Regina Pats 2-1 in their series. Gawdin has two goals and an assist in the series, though all three happened in last night’s 4-1 win for the Broncos.

Swift Current is one of the heavy favourites to make it out of the WHL, so if you need a team to cheer for, here you are.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 41 0 3 3 2 2 1 2.82
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

Baie-Comeau, 14th seed, is predictably getting dummied by the perennial contender Halifax Mooseheads, third seed. The Drakkar are down 2-0 in the series, but Joly has three assists so far. The Drakkar have only scored five goals, by the way.

Morgan Klimchuk – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 57 18 18 36 22 29 19 24.34
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.89

Five games with no points. Probably not a good sign for a guy who will be fighting for a contract.

Oliver Kylington – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 54 5 26 31 21 21 15 22.12
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 -0.11

Another goal this week for Kylington. He’s been rocking a very low shooting percentage for most of the season, so perhaps he’s getting hot at the right time of the year. Being asked to step up in the absence of Andersson will also help those point totals.

Linus Lindstrom – C/LW, Skelleftea AIK, SHL

Lindstrom has two assists in four playoff games for Skelleftea. He had four points in 41 games during the regular season. Early Swedish-equivalent-of-the-Conn-Smythe candidate?

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 48 8 12 20 15 13 9 16.06
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 0 2 0 +0.98

Lomberg and Foo are a developing formidable duo, as they each provided the primary assist on the other’s goal this week. Perhaps a preview of Calgary’s fourth line next year? Pipe dream, but still plausible.

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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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 46 9 11 20 15 18 13 9.98
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.46

Back after a five week absence! No points, but nice to see him again.

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

Who knows man.

Matthew Phillips – C/RW, Victoria Royals, WHL

The Royals are currently tied with the Vancouver Giants 1-1 in their series. Phillips has two assists thus far. One of them was a beauty:

Emile Poirier – LW/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 57 4 17 21 13 18 11 14.2
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.25

Healthy scratched for a game. Pretty justifiable given that he hasn’t scored in nearly two months.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 37 8 7 15 9 12 7 15.62
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 1 1 0 +1.31

Two more points for Pollock this week. He’s also been an important yet unheralded contributor down the stretch for the Heat.

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

Sarnia’s series with the Spitfires is split 1-1. Ruzicka has racked up one assist so far.

Hunter Shinkaruk – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 57 16 12 28 17 24 16 18.93
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.69

Nothing going 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

Sveningsson is tied for the team lead in playoff scoring, having picked up six points (two goals, four assists) in four games. HV71 U20 is currently up two games on Frolunda’s U20 teams.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

Tuulola has a goal in five games for HPK’s U20 team’s playoffs, which is perhaps a bit concerning given that it’s the U20 team? Especially when he finished top five in U20 scoring in the pro league? The playoffs are just a weird place sometimes, but this is also pretty weird.

Juuso Valimaki – D, Tri-City Americans, WHL

Valimaki currently has two assists as his Tri-City Americans lead the Kelowna Rockets 2-0 in their series.

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 – X

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 36 2052.03 0.916 1035
Change from last week 2 119.08 +0.001 59

Gillies followed up a tough performance (26/29, .897 SV%) with a stellar one (29/30, .967 SV%) in Stockton’s series against the Manitoba Moose.

He’s back in Calgary now, probably auditioning for the backup role next year. I’ll get to it later with Rittich, but it’s something still up for debate.

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 25 1391 0.907 739
Change from last week 2 118 +0.002 53
AHL Current 7 300.98 0.856 153
Change from last week 0 0 0 0

Parsons has returned to the net for the Kansas City Mavericks after a long absence. He struggled in his return, stopping 22 of 25 (.880 SV%), but impressed in his second game, stopping 27/28 (.964 SV%) on a back-to-back.

David Rittich – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 36 2052.03 0.916 1035
Change from last week 2 119.08 +0.001 59

It stinks to have to put someone back on the update after four months of them having departed, but I guess Rittich is back on the Heat for at least the time being.

I think the demotion is just to see what Gillies is made of before moving forward. There’s the likely chance that one of Rittich or Gillies is going to go this offseason, and Rittich just didn’t do enough to prove that he’s a reliable NHL backup. I think he had his strong moments, but the team clearly needs more than just a few moments.

Mike Smith is going to be older next year, and the likelihood (especially given his play post-injury) of him being as good next year goes down. You need someone who could at least convincingly be a 20 game starter, and Rittich is not that. This is a depressing article for later, but that’s my initial thoughts.

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

GP TOI SV% SA
AHL Current
Change from last week

In Stockton, but has yet to play.

  • PrairieStew

    49 contracts for the Flames currently. UFA’s not coming back : Stajan , Stewart, Glass Hrivik, Bartkowski, , Prout, Jagr, Gadzic, Golobuef, and perhaps Versteeg and Wotherspoon. RFA’s that won’t be qualified : Hathaway, Shinkaruk, Poirier, Smith and Carroll. Down to 33 bodies if all the remaining RFA’s are back : Shore, Kulak, Gilles, Rittich, and Klimchuk.
    Adding Dube, Phillips and Valimaki, that’s only 36 – lots of room to add via free agency.

  • Jobu

    Jobus cigar smoke shows him the following players will not be resigned:
    – Prout
    – Poirier
    – Shinkaruk
    – Smith
    – Carroll
    – Gazdic

    Jobu hopeful for Wotherspoon and Klimchuk in depth roles once some dead weight is cleaned out.

    • oilcanboyd

      What you smokin? Smith has another year on his contract. Hopeful for Wotherspoon , but he will be a UFA, so would he resign with the Flames for a role as the 7th D-man hardly dressing?

    • L.Kolkind

      I’m not ready to fully give up on Poirier and considering we have absolutely no RW depth, there isn’t much point in not resigning him to an AHL contract. Sure he got clean last year, but it hasn’t been a full year and he didn’t get any time to play in the top 6 from the lines I’ve seen posted. Shinkaruk, also I wouldn’t mind having around in case he bounces back. He showed a ton of potential before. In my opinion, he and Poirier can be given one more kick at the can before giving up on them completely, both have so much speed and great hands. I’m not sure what is lacking in their respective games this year though. Other than that I completely agree.

      As a side note, it would be interesting to see a list of good RW AHL players that may be let walk, we could sure use some. (We could also have used Debrincat on our top line with Gaudreau and Monahan but BT decided one year of Brian Elliot was worth Alex Debrincat.

      • ThisBigMouthIsRight

        I agree, I’d like to see what Shinkaruk, Poirier and even Carroll can do with the new guys coming in! Dube, Gawdin and Phillips… They may not have the experience at the AHL Level but talent wise… Could boost everyone’s game!

        • PrairieStew

          2 seasons ago Shinkaruk 0.82 ppg in AHL. This year 0.48. Headed in the wrong direction. Poirier from 0.85 to 0.47. Austin Carroll’s high water mark 0.32 last year. Even if they repeat – you are looking at guys who would be sub 20 point NHLer’s – best case scenario.

  • Naheed N

    I am calling for the resignation of the GM Mr Treliving. Based on one thing. 95% of all 1st round picks traded are lottery protected. That is a major mistake on the GM and assistant GM who is supposed to be on top of stuff like that. Borderline embarrassing. Not quite as bad as the Ryan O Reilly offer sheet but still unacceptable. The NYI’s are now going to most likely get two top 10 picks. Someone/someone’s needs to be held accountable for the direction this franchise is headed in.

    • The GREAT WW

      Where are all the posters who at the time of the trade said: “who cares, it’s going to be a mid 20s pick…”

      Yah right; with this coaching debacle?!

      WW

      • Zesty14

        I knew we were in trouble when my brother in law a Vancouver fan laughed at me when we higherd GG. His laugh still haunts me every time they cut camera to his face. His face that i want to punch repeatedly.

    • dontcryWOLF

      Lottery protection is for 1st overall picks. The odds of the flames getting that is like 1-3%. That’s a low concern. Missing the playoffs actually means one of the 2nd rounds picks traded becomes a 3rd round. Just looking at things from the flames perspective missing the playoffs actually helps the draft situation.

      • McRib

        Lottery protection is always for the Top. 3 picks and if we continue to lose (we will because most of our good players are gone, see Gaudreau, Monahan, Tkachuk, Brodie, etc) it’s only going to become more likely that we win the draft lottery.

        • McRib

          Right now we would be picking 11th, but Carolina, Edmonton and NYR could all legitimately catch us if we can’t even win a game or two down the stretch. Right now we have an 8.2% chance of winning the draft lottery, which goes up to 17.4% if we lose out the rest of the year and those others win. Even if we don’t win the lottery that Hamonic first rounder is looking like a Top. 10 (Carolina is playing better Hockey and is a point back), which is insanely stupid on its own.

          • dontcryWOLF

            It doesent make any difference to me personally what number the pick is. It doesn’t make a lick of difference to the Flames. It’s done. The gamble was made and this is where the team is now.

            I see it like playing a game of poker. You know that feeling when you fold only to see exactly the card you needed show up? Its pointless to think about how you should have kept your cards then, because it’s done. You gonna cry about? Or, do you just wait for the next set of cards and move on?

    • dontcryWOLF

      You gotta have a decent AHL team to get some confidence for new recruits. Some of those guys have value there. That’s how it goes. You guys make it sound like making it in to the NHL is some easy feat.

      There is a reason why only 20% of first round pucks make it to 200 games.

  • Just.Visiting

    I’d love to see Dube with Backlund and Frolik if he were available and this wouldn’t have any negative impact on his entry contract.

    I’d move on from all of the pending free agents and look at Shore, Lazar and some of the Stockton players as the 4th line choices. Sorry, Troy-that includes a buyout for you to reinforce to management that you don’t sign aging veterans to big contracts. Why anyone needs to be reminded of this at all escapes me!

    I wonder if the Islanders would be interested in a Fox for our first and ? trade?

    Brodie for Anthony Manta?

  • Stockton's Finest

    Once the Flames season is over, Andersson comes back down, especially if the Heat are in or fighting for a playoff spot. The Heat’s season is a week longer and they play 3 games in that week.

    I would re-sign Wotherspoon, as he can fill Barkowski’s role as 6/7 in Calgary next year. Figure that Bart is gone and another defenseman is traded, that moves Kulak to 4, Stockton’s top pair (Andersson/Wotherspoon) to 5/6, and find a 7th.

    • radiomonkey

      Does Wotherspoon want to resign? I imagine you’d have to explicitly make room for him on the left side to entice him, which means trading a dman before July 1.