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Flames assign Dillon Dube, D’Artagnan Joly to the Stockton Heat, recall Oliver Kylington

The Flames and their AHL affliate are having busy mornings. The club has announced that 2016 draft pick Dillon Dube and 2017 draft pick D’Artagnan Joly have been assigned to the Stockton Heat. They’ve also recalled Oliver Kylington from the Heat on an emergency basis, as they are out of regular recalls.

Also of note: as Joly does not have an entry-level contract just yet (you feel it’s coming), he is in Stockton on an ATO. Dube is under contract, so he can be called up to the Flames if need be.

Both players were eliminated from CHL playoff action this week. Dube and the Kelowna Rockets were swept by fellow Flames prospect Juuso Valimaki and the Tri-City Americans, while Joly and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar fell 4-1 to the Halifax Mooseheads. Dube picked up two goals during the postseason, but also two game misconducts. Joly lead his team in points, picking up six primary assists through the five games.

Kylington is coming up as Michael Stone is welcoming a newborn into the world. It’s unclear how long he’ll stick around for, but given that there’s three games left in the season, you’d think the Flames might just give Stone the rest of the year off. The 2015 second round pick was already up on emergency (likely for the same reason, although it was not publicly known at the time) before the victory over the Oilers, and had likely not even left Calgary before this news was made public.

Stockton gets a much needed injection of talent at the right time. The Heat have lost Andrew Mangiapane (shoulder surgery), Rasmus Andersson, Spencer Foo, and (presumably) Oliver Kylington for the rest of the season in short order. The Heat are fighting an uphill battle with six games left in the season and need all the help they can get for a final push. Today’s transactions might’ve provided them with two top six forwards.

Watch for more news on the horizon: Flames prospects Matthew Phillips, Glenn Gawdin, and Zach Fischer could all be eliminated from the WHL playoffs tonight. The only two to have advanced so far are Valimaki and Adam Ruzicka.

  • freethe flames

    Exactly what I told Stockton’s Finest would happen. Is there anyone else might be eliminated. Hopefully they help Stockton make the playoffs and they can go on a deep run.

  • The Real Slim Brodie

    I can’t help but think that alot of our problems will be solved internally next year. I don’t think we should move any prospects or roster players that used to show potential until we see a coaching change. I’m still baffled that (4) 1st round picks from one single draft and we still don’t have a deserving roster player out of any of them. Pourier, Klimchuck, Shinkiruk and smiles. Was this a real thin draft class? Was it just really top heavy?

        • cjc

          Maybe they made him an offer, but it’s doubtful Agostino would have stuck around to play a bottom-six role in Stockton (which he would, since prime development time would go to younger players).

      • cjc

        It’s hard to be too upset about the Granlund deal – Shinkaruk was putting up a point per game in the AHL when traded. Granlund had a shooting percentage driven year last year, but fell back to earth hard this year. Far from Treliving’s worst move, and most GMs would make that move. Shinkaruk could still crack the NHL, he’s unfortunate that Calgary has a lot of LW depth.

  • Stockton's Finest

    THANK YOU!!!!!!

    Uphill battle yes, but not out of the question. 3 games against the last place (and depleted) SJ Barracuda and 2 games against Ontario: both parent clubs in the playoffs, so no last minute reassignments. A win against 4th place Texas on Wednesday is a must. Lastly, the Heat will get Andersson, Kylington, Foo, and Gillies back on Sunday for the final 3 games.
    Go Heat Go!!!!

  • T&A4Flames

    Posted this non the mailbag blog but too late obviously. I’m curious of people’s Thoughts:

    I the spirit of talking trades and improvement for next year, I’m curious what people think of this possibilility. I know people on here like to trash Brodie but reality is im certain the league still sees him as a legit top 3 or even 3 option. People thought the same of Hamonic last year but Snow was still able to get his value up for a 1st and 2 x 2nds So…
    Wash will likely lose Carlson to FA and they have cap concerns. Brodie could be a pick moving option on a value contract for a couple more years. If we take back a big contract like Orpik (1 more year at $5.5 I believe) for T Wilson’s and a 1st. That as a basis. Wilson could be a big body 3rd line depth guy with Janko.
    Is this a decent basis for trade? Thoughts? improvements? Possible or out to lunch?

    • JumpJet

      That’s an interesting idea, and I do like Tom Wilson. He has played with Ovechkin and Backstrom so putting him on the top line could work too. The big issue is Orpik is a pretty big downgrade from Brodie and only looks to get worse at 37. I’m not super confidant in Kulak replacing Brodie next year either. So you get a good fit at RW, but a big question mark at LD (and a first round pick in this scenario).

    • radiomonkey

      So Brodie for Orpik, Wilson and a 1st? There’s something there, definitely an avenue for Tre to try to leverage. I’m on the fence about Kulak in a top 4 role, but Wilson would be a great answer for the Lucics, Perrys and Reaves of the West. Cap space is something the Flames have a little of next year; they should use it.

    • BendingCorners

      If Washington wants to re-sign John Carlson then they need to make some space since Grubauer is also due a raise. Bennett for Connolly and Wilson would free up some space and shore up the 3 LW spot. They seem to have enough RW that this shouldn’t be a problem. I hate losing Bennett but to fairly big RHS that put up 25-30 points each would be helpful immediately, not to mention giving Foo more time to develop. No interest at all in picking up Orpik.

  • DMac

    Pleased that Dube has been assigned and hope that he gets some playing time. Have watched him since he was drafted, particularly at the Young Stars tournament and training camp last season. IMO, he has good ‘hockey sense’ and a demonstrated passing touch complimented by a decent shot.

    As for young Mr. Joly, I have not seen him play either in person or on tape. I think he was injured for the prospect camp and Young Stars last year. His junior stats are solid and he appears to have good size. Again, I hope he gets some playing time in Stockton as a measuring stick. Still have another year to decide on signing to an NHL contract, but if he shows well, maybe the 2016 and 2017 drafts will bear very sweet results.

    Key thing for both these guys is getting some meaningful playing time to be able to gauge where they are in their development. Figure on Dube being much further along and closer to wearing Flames silks but don’t rule out D’Artagnan!

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    SC and Vic stave off elimination despite being outshot almost 2:1. Phillips and Gawdin instrumental in the win. If the flames are looking for a PP QB, Phillips could be the Cliff Ronning PP specialist… Of course that would mean he takes Brouwer’s spot.

    Phillips is tied for 2nd in playoff scoring. Hard to believe he was drafted in the 6th round when a team a year later took a small inferior player in the first round. The flames organization needs to manage him properly. If they bring him up and put him on the fourth line we will never see him break into the NHL. Has there been a similar stature player break into the NHL?

  • tbone

    Everyone who could be, should be sent to Heat. Get them involved in a playoff race and hopefully a winning culture. Is there really any point in having Foo and Andersen here learning how to lose?