FlamesNation Prospect Update: Playing out the stretch

Three Flames games left, six Stockton games left. AHL prospects are heading up to take the spots of the injured and kind of injured, getting a premature audition for a team with zero meaningful games left. CHL kids are slowly making their way to Stockton as they are eliminated, filling the Heat roster right back up and potentially getting acclimated to the scenery (potentially) awaiting them next year. It’s an interesting time indeed.

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

I guess being unable to say anything one way or the other about Andersson’s NHL appearances is a good thing.

Austin Carroll – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 39 5 2 7 7 6 6 6.92
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.57

On a bit of a cold streak.

Dillon Dube – C/LW, Kelowna Rockets, WHL/Stockton Heat, AHL

Dube’s playoff performance did not go as planned. He was uncharacteristically troublesome, earning two ejections in the four games (back to back games, too), one for kneeing and one for charging the goaltender. The kneeing penalty is pretty clear cut and reckless, but likely not intentional (he was not suspended for the hit). Here is the offending play on the goaltender charge. Not as dramatic as an ejection, and Jake Bean pushes him to some extent, but rules are rules I guess.

When he wasn’t in the locker room, Dube was fighting hard to keep his team alive. He scored two goals in game four, both of which tied the game at the time.

I’m excited to see what he can do in Stockton. He should join the team in time for their Wednesday game. Given that the Heat are on bare bones, he might slot in, but I’d understand if he didn’t.

Zach Fischer – RW, Spokane Chiefs, WHL

Still sitting at two points through six playoff games. Spokane will play a decisive game seven tonight against the Portland Winterhawks.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat – X

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 59 20 17 37 16 31 12 24.17
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.42

Just played a game before jetting off to Calgary. Pretty sweet that he got to make his debut against his hometown team that he spurned to sign with the Flames. Would’ve been poetic if this pass wasn’t a little behind:

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

Gawdin and the Broncos survived a scare from the Regina Pats (who are going to the Memorial Cup anyways so they didn’t really have to try) in last night’s game seven thanks to a clutch, first star performance from the kid himself, picking up a goal and an assist. Gawdin currently has 11 points through seven games.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 44 0 3 3 2 2 1 2.63
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.19

Played three games of hockey.

D’Artagnan Joly – RW, Baie-Comeau Drakkar, QMJHL/Stockton Heat, AHL

The Drakkar were eliminated in five by the powerhouse Halifax Mooseheads. Joly lead his team in scoring with six assists, all primary, and all but one of them coming at 5v5. For perspective, Baie-Comeau only scored 10 goals throughout the series, and only had six 5v5 goals. That would mean that Joly was involved in 60% of all goals, and 83.33% of all 5v5 goals. That’s pretty good.

Perhaps being in Stockton will allow him to grab a bigger chunk of the spotlight. He’s been quietly great on a very bad team. Perhaps being with higher quality players will benefit him. We’ll wait and see.

Morgan Klimchuk – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 60 19 19 38 22 30 18 24.41
Change from last week 3 1 1 2 0 1 0 +0.07

Given that there’s now no one left in Stockton, the burden of providing offence has fallen to Klimchuk. He took the reins readily, scoring a goal and an assist this week.

Oliver Kylington – D, Stockton Heat – X

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 56 5 26 31 21 21 15 21.33
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.79

How unfortunate for Michael Stone that he would take a paternal leave when Oliver Kylington stands to be one of those in the running to take his job next season.

Linus Lindstrom – C/LW, Skelleftea AIK, SHL

Playoff hero Linus Lindstrom is back at it again, picking up another assist this past week as Skelleftea closed out their series against Farjestad (Hakan Loob’s team). That’s three points in six playoff games for Linus, who had four points in 41 games this season.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 51 9 12 21 15 14 9 15.87
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 -0.19

Just a humble empty netter 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 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 48 9 12 21 16 19 14 10.05
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 +0.07

An assist for Mattson this week, his first point in nearly two months.

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

Still here I guess.

Matthew Phillips – C/RW, Victoria Royals, WHL

The Royals forced a game seven against the Vancouver Giants, mostly thanks to Matthew being a one man army.

In the game six OT victory, Philips had two goals and two assists, contributing to every goal in the 4-3 victory.

I could fill the entire column space with his highlights just from these playoffs alone. Kid is a monster. He is currently tied for second in WHL playoff scoring with 13 points in six games. Victoria takes on Vancouver again tonight for the series.

Emile Poirier – LW/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 59 5 17 22 14 19 12 14.37
Change from last week 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 +0.17

His first point in nearly two months!

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 40 9 7 16 9 13 7 15.42
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 -0.2

A powerplay marker for Pollock this week, who is starting to actually build consistency along with volume scoring. Slow process, but certainly further ahead than he was last year.

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

Ruzicka and the Sting advanced past the Memorial Cup defending Windsor Spitfires in six games. Ruzicka only had two assists throughout the proceedings.

Hunter Shinkaruk – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 60 16 14 30 19 25 17 19.27
Change from last week 3 0 2 2 2 1 1 +0.34

Two assists for Shinkaruk this week, who has broken a small cold streak. He’s the eighth Stockton player to break 30 points this year, which is also pretty good.

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

Good news for Sveningsson! The 2017 seventh round pick led his HV71 U20 team to the Swedish championship, scoring the overtime game-winning goal himself:

Sveningsson led his team in playoff scoring with 10 points in six games. He’s a pretty good player, and I’m interested to see what he can do in the SHL next year.

Juuso Valimaki – D, Tri-City Americans, WHL

Unlike Dube, Valimaki had a great time with the Tri-City vs. Kelowna series. He picked up four points in the four games.

Tyler Wotherspoon – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 61 7 29 36 17 19 10 22.74
Change from last week 3 0 2 2 0 1 0 +0.15

Two assists for Wotherspoon this week.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat – X

Current 36 2052.03 .916 1035
Change from last week 2 119.08 +.001 59

Still in Calgary.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks/Stockton Heat

ECHL Current 25 1418 0.892 702
Change from last week 1 60 0 23
AHL Current 4 224.35 0.875 104
Change from last week 0 0 0 0

Finally came back! He stopped 20 of 23 (.870 SV%) in his return to the net.

Tyler Parsons – G, Stockton Heat/Kansas City Mavericks

ECHL Current 27 1513 .907 811
Change from last week 2 122 0 72
AHL Current 7 300.98 .856 153
Change from last week 0 0 0 0

Parsons started twice for Kansas City, stopping 32 of 38 (.842 SV%) in his first game but 32 of 34 (.941 SV%) in his second.

David Rittich – G, Stockton Heat

Current 9 518.82 .911 258
Change from last week 3 159.12 -.02 70

Rittich put up some stinkers in his return to Stockton, getting yanked against Cleveland after allowing five goals in the second period (16 of 21, .762 SV%) and following that up with another bad game against San Antonio (18 of 22, .818 SV%). He did redeem himself by stopping 26 of 27 (.963 SV%) against San Antonio, but given that his NHL numbers are pretty shaky, it seems really, really bad that he can’t grab ahold of himself at the AHL level. His North American career is on the line if he can’t find his groove again.

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

AHL Current 1 20 .800 5
Change from last week 1 20 +.800 5

Relieved Rittich after his second period disaster. Allowed one goal on five shots.

  • Linebrawl

    How would everyone feel about us signing Jarome Iginla for the last home game of the year so that he can retire a flame?

    The Sedins are going to get a well earned send off in Vancouver, I think Jarome deserves one here as well.

    Looking back at how he had the team handle Trevor Linden’s last game, it is obviously the kind of thing that means a lot to him.

  • Alberta Ice

    Phillips, Gawdin, and Valimaki are doing us proud in the playoffs. Great to see some of those highlights of some really good potential NHL elite level players. Hope they all can go a few more rounds in the WHL playoffs. As to the Heat, wow, they have been awesome at sending up replacements. Too bad it’s been a bit detrimental for their playoff hopes. Really glad to see Foo play. The kid looked pretty good last game. And great to see Rasmus improving. And no need to comment on Jankowski, Hathaway, and Kulak. They are keepers at this the top level. And hats off to Tanner Glass for being a team player last game. Just hope Gillies, Rittich, or Parsons can notch her up to this level behind Smithy soon.

    • everton fc

      Glass won’t be in the league next season, but I’ve always like him. He gives all he has – which isn’t much, but more than many guys who have his skill set (which isn’t much, either, truthfully). I can see Glass coaching someday. Juniors… Minors… Moving up.

  • everton fc

    Honestly, outside the usual guys mentioned here, there are some real questions, and some real disappointments, in this broadcast of our prospect pool. Shinkaruk, Poirier, Healy, Mattsson and Mattson, McDonald, Pribyl, Smith (he must have a concussion, no?)… Even Parsons seems a disappointment. Some of the guys the majority here are excited about, like Phillips and Gawdin, are longshots. In a way, so is Mangiapane. Our forwards depth is not good, with no elites in the pipeline. And we have no draft picks until the 4th round. Man, Burke and Treliving put us in a potentially bad situation here.

    If Valimaki is ready for the NHL, and we all know Andersson should be (and, in my opinion, Wotherspoon), we need to move Brodie and Stone to get either picks, or some young, experienced wingers (even prospects who will play in the NHL, but whose home club had no room this season).

    Finally… No matter what we do, if we retain this coaching staff, we are doomed. I am also beginning to question keeping Burke and Treliving. I’ve never liked Burke, as I never liked Keenan. It continues to bother me both these guys are with/were with, our organization.

    Make a call to Paul Fenton. I don’t see either the Rangers or Black Hawks punting their bench bosses, but there are other experienced guys (Lindy Ruff comes to mind) who might be a good fit here, with the right GM/Coaching combination.

    • Hockey for life

      I can see being skeptical on gawdin because he is an over ager but still he is absolutely dominate and in no way is considered a long shot. And how you can say Phillips is a long shot is baffling. He has dragged a weaker royals team into the playoffs basically on his own 2years in a row. And he is the only reason the royals are not eliminated. If he was on a high skilled team like debrincat they would hear similar numbers. I think Phillips now is more considered a promising elite talent.

      With the goalies it is definitely disappointing. But it is very rare for a goalie to come ot of junior dominating. Goalies are a whole new beast need to give them some time.

      Though they are still prospects there are still about if promising guys and jolly may be a diamond inthe rough. I think our prospect pool is deeper then you say with some potential elites.

      • MontanaMan

        No matter how you look at it, Phillips is a long shot. The kid is about a buck forty which is way too small to be an effective player in the NHL. He has loads of skill and speed to burn but he needs to build some muscle and learn to play with a bit of an edge or he’ll get steamrolled in the bigs. I like his compete and his skill is off the charts but you can’t teach size. Guys like Gaudreau can do it but for every player JG’s size, 1 in 100 make it.

        • calgaryfan

          Phillips may be small but he is competitive and fearless, he goes to areas on the ice that Johnny never goes. I like Johnny but Phillips is more determined and a more complete player, plays in both ends of the rink.

        • Hockey for life

          It’s unfortunate people still do the whole too small to play in the nhl. Not saying he is a shoe in but definitely higher then a long shot. Look at Alex debrincat, mark zuccarello, nathan Gerber, Johnny gaudreau etc. The Nhl is getting faster and small guys are really benefiting.

          • ThisBigMouthIsRight

            Martin St. Louis | #26
            RW | 5′ 8″ | 180 lb
            Only 1″ smaller and some weight to gain… Hopefully he still has one more growth spurt in him! I’m OK with that.

        • Nick24

          So Philips is listed at 141lbs and Gaudreau is listed at 157. Does that extra weight seriously help Johnny? These are not players that depend on their size. Functionally, there isn’t a lot that simply getting bigger would do for Phillips. Small is small, and it doesn’t matter if you’re 150lbs, 160lbs, or 170lbs.

          You say 1 in 100 players Gaudreau’s size make it, but that probably goes for everyone. Size alone doesn’t make a player. How many players with Gaudreau’s skill make it though? I’d like to think it’s 100 out of 100, but realistically, it’s probably closer to 70-80 out of 100. Now, Phillips may not be Johnny Gaudreau, but his skill is undeniable. You shouldn’t wright him off simply because he isn’t big enough to fit your arbitrary conceptions of how a player should look.

    • JMK

      I can see why you are disappointed with Calgary’s prospects at forward; however we should remember that Calgary has graduated Monahan, Gaudreau, Bennett & Tkachuk in the last 4/5 seasons. I know Bennett has been disappointing but I’m willing to see what next year brings. Then between Mangiapane, Foo, Dube, Phillips, Ruzicka & Joly, I’m confident at least 2 of those could fit on 3rd line bringing up Calgary’s depth. Even if none of them become top 6 players Calgary has graduated a few in recent years. Our defensive prospects have all done pretty well this season I think. Sure it’s been a bad year for goalies but I was impressed with Rittich despite his later results and Parsons I expect to bounce back.

      • PrairieStew

        Part of the disappointment is rooted in the fact that the Flames have done alot of selling at the deadline for picks/prospects in the last 5 yrs. The returns from Iginla, Bouwmeester, Hudler, Russell have been underwhelming to say the least. The pipeline of capable NHLers should be full, but it is not. If 2 of those guys you mention are in the top 9 next year then I don’t think the team is much better. Mangiapane and Foo would have to make big steps forward to make significant contributions – their NHLe numbers of 45 and 24 are with PP and first line minutes – which they wouldn’t get in Calgary.

    • Flames fan since 83

      I just thought it odd that you trash Mangiapane, Phillips and Gawdin for not being “elite” talent, and int he same post give a shout out to a bottom 6 D man (Wotherspoon).

      • PrairieStew

        Not so much. Mangiapane has had one (39 games) season of decent production and the other 2 guys haven’t played pro yet. Wotherspoon has had over 200 AHL games and has worked his way up the lineup to the top pair. Even with the higher profile prospects – he’s been the steadying force, leading the team the last 2 years in plus minus by a significant amount.

      • everton fc

        For the record, I didn’t trash anyone. I simply think we fans think our prospects are better than they may be.

        I never said Wotherspoon was elite, either. I do think he should be given a chance here.

        No question Phillips is an interesting pick. I like him. But he’s a long shot, and I believe Gawdin is the same, thought I like him to – always have.

        We seem to think Mangiapane, Foo… Klimchuk… Are guys with huge upsides. Hopefully they can make the NHL. But they won’t make the impact a player like Kapanen might, if he were a Flames. That was my point. I think Dube is the prospect above that excites me the most, in terms of the forwards. Phillips is also an exciting player. No doubt about it. I hope he is everything many here, think he can be. Who wouldn’t?

        • Flames fan since 83

          ok, fair enough.
          I knew you didn’t say Wotherspoon was elite. Just that you were supportive of him, a bottom pairing D. And not supportive of Mangiapane, a bottom 6 forward.
          Anyway, It’s all good. Looking forward to tonights game.

        • PrairieStew

          They are guys with upsides if they continue to improve, but wouldn’t say huge upsides. Foo is the latest we put hope in – ostensibly replacing Emile Poirier – but he’s actually 7 months older than Poirier. As we can see from Emile’s career ( and Max Reinhart before him) sometimes the first pro season is the best. Mangiapane has a better improvement curve in production – through junior and his first 2 pro seasons. He’s 2 years younger than Poirer and Klimchuk which bodes well for further improvement- but 10 NHL games without a point is not a great marker.
          As far as Gawdin goes 125 points in 67 games looks great, but at the same age Mangiapane was in Stockton for his rookie year – and to put in perspective – Gawdin is 8 months older than Matthew Tkachuk.

    • Nick24

      On Parsons: lets remember he’s only 20. He could still be in London right now, and considering his injuries, his play hasn’t quite been cause for alarm. The win here is he’s hanging in Pro hockey.
      Worry for the prospect quality of the forward group seems miss placed. Mangiapane, had a monster AHL season, and was given hardly any chance to cut it in the NHL. Just look at who is most common linemates were. Matt Stajan was the player he spent the most time on ice with. The role Stajan plays on the team hardly seems conducive to success on Mangiapane’s end. Further, he was only given 15 seconds on the PP. How could he of looked good in those circumstances? When compared to Jankowski and Hathaway’s treatment, it isn’t any wonder that Mangiapane had an underwhelming time with Calgary, especially considering who he played with.
      Dube has been very good in junior. Same with Phillips, who should not be over looked for his size. Gawdin’s only critique is that he’s an over-ager, but he has still smashed the expectations for one. Joly has also had an impressive season on a terrible team. Players are coming. I wouldn’t start to worry too much. It’s impossible to truly know who is going to become elite, but when he was drafted, no one would of said Brayden Point would become the player he is today. When looking at him and Phillips, they’re very similar.

      • PrairieStew

        That cuts both ways for Mangiapane. If he’s playing with Stajan- it means he’s probably playing against NHL 4th liners. If he is going to be a difference maker in the near future you would have hoped he’d have moved the needle a bit , at least shown that he was better than Matty – because for the team to improve – they need to replace players like Stajan, with you know , guys that are better than him .

        Max Reinhart was also a point per game guy at 21 in the AHL. 23 total NHL games . Dustin Boyd did the ppg in the AHL at 20, peaked with Calgary at 23 with 24 points in a full season – out of the league by 25.

        • Nick24

          He wasn’t bad by any stretch, but if you want a player to succeed that’s hardly an honest opportunity. The difference between Mangiapane and the players in your example is that Andrew had two 100+ point seasons in the OHL before his strong AHL season. Dustin Boyd had 90 points as an over-ager, but that’s as high as he or Reinhart ever scored. He could burn out, but Reinhart or Boyd aren’t great examples.

          • PrairieStew

            They were 3rd and second round picks in their draft year. Mangiapane was a 6th is his +1year, so clearly those guys were considered better. Boyd’s 90 point season was at 19, at 20 he was putting up 60 in Omaha. No, Mangiapane wasn’t bad but we can’t just say “he needs to play with better players before we can tell” for every prospect. Not everyone can play with Gaudreau. We need some of these prospects to BE the “better players”; first in Stockton for a decent amount of time. Mangiapane was a very good AHL player for 39 games this year (his second AHL season), very good but not excellent. My point in bringing up those guys from the past is that hopes were just as high if not higher and they contributed little in Calgary or elsewhere, and it wasn’t because of some coaching failure of deployment

  • everton fc

    Kylington should be given heavy minutes, in Calgary. It’s time to see what we have in this kid. Put him w/an experienced partner not named “Bartkowski” and see what he can do.

  • Flames fan since 83

    Heres a couple of comparisons to Dube, Phillips, Mangiapane and Gawdin. All smaller or older stature players.
    Brayden Pointe (5’10 @ 166 lb) as a 19 year old playing wieh Moose Jaw had 88 pts, in 48 games. 3rd round)
    Jesper Bratt (5’10” @ 175 lb) at 18 scored 22 pts in 46 games in Sweden Pro league. 6th round.
    Tyler Johnston (5’8″ @183 lb) @ 21 scored 115 in 71 Games for Spokane Chiefs. Undrafted
    Cam Atkinson (5’8″ @ 178 lb) at 20 scored 52 points in 39 games @ Boston college. 6th round.
    Conor Sheary (5’8″ @ 175 lb) at 21 scored 28 pts in 34 games at U Mass Amherst. Undrafted.
    Brad Marchand (5’9″ @ 181 lb) at 20 scored 73 pts in 59 games in the Q. 3 rd round.

    Dillon Dube (5’11” @ 186) at 19 scored 84 pts in 53 games for Kelowna Rockets. 2nd round.
    Matthew Phillips (5’7″ @ 155 lb) at 19 scored 112 pts in 71 games for Victoria. 6th round.
    Andrew Mangiapane (5’10” @ 182) at 19 scored 106 pts in 59 games. 6th round.
    Glenn Gawdin (6’1″ @ 191 lb) at 21 scored 125 in 67 games. 4th round.

    Can’t we just say it’s too early to tell what we have. And certainly too early to throw away these guys based on size or age.

    • PrairieStew

      Definitely not too early to throw them away. Just not convinced any of them are ready yet. I’d like to see Mangiapane improve again at the AHL level – for a whole season, and have the 3 WHL rookies play the whole season in Stockton together. Which means for the 18-19 Flames they have to bring in guys via trade or free agency to improve.

      • Hockey for life

        That’s the thing with prospects, unless they are top picks they usually take time to be ready. Doesn’t mean they don’t have potential also doesn’t mean they are gauranteed to make nhl.

    • Korcan

      Agree. Nice work on the comparables btw. Once you get past the top 15, draft picks are always a bit of a gamble — it’s just so difficult projecting how boys will develop into men. There is no team in the league that manages to draft elite talent year in and year out.

  • Stockton's Finest

    To be fair about Rittich, especially in the Cleveland game, the defense in front of him stunk. Veyenko screened and or tipped at least two of those goals in front of him. He made a stop on one where he gave up a huge rebound and the shooter put home his own shot. No defense to be seen in the area. Out of the 5 goals he gave up, 4 of them came directly from bad defensive play. Wotherspoon can only do so much to bail out Yevenko. So much so that Huska moved Yevenko from top D to bottom D, and paired Robak with Wotherspoon.

  • Fan the Flames

    Glen Gawdin has had an incredible year . He is an over age jr but getting 125 pts I still amazing and 101 pms tells me he isn’t timid add to that he is a right hand shot and you can’t help but be optimistic. Phillips has also had an amazing yr and when you watch his highlights he has some great skill.

  • Hockeysense93

    Well Phillips proved once again why he is a player (albeit small) that the Flames need to hopefully end up on the team sooner then later. Last night he carried his team to the next round of the playoffs with a 3 point outing AND practically blocked the last second bearage from the Giants with his face. …and he said that he would do that again lol. That’s the kind of will the Flames need. Also to mention…Phillips smashed a franchise record of 16 points in a playoff series. 16 points in 7 games lol. The pervious was 9 points…so this kid looks like a gamer.

  • Hockeysense93

    So Phillip’s talent and will to win… Gawden’s pure raw talent and ability to play with good players… Valimaki’s talent and poise on the backend… Dube’s 2-way talent and leadership… this team “looks” to be set up for the next few years. Now if the Flames can just surround them with players who have winning attitudes to help them along lol.

  • Sea of Redd

    Gawdin & Phillips have been clutch under pressure. When facing elimination in Game 7 they combined for 5 points and led their respective teams for a win. The flames could sure use that. Might still be a few years away. But as a fan, I’d much rather see a 4th line of Dube, Magianpane & Phillips/Gawdin vs any of the combinations we’ve seen on the fourth line this year.