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Flames reassign Gillies, Andersson and Foo to Stockton

The Calgary Flames completed their 2017-18 season last night with a 7-1 triumph over the Vegas Golden Knights. With no hockey left to play at this level, the Flames have made a trio of roster moves to return waiver-exempt youngsters to the American Hockey League. The club announced they’ve reassigned goaltender Jon Gillies, defenseman Rasmus Andersson and forward Spencer Foo to the Stockton Heat.

Gillies, 24, was the Flames’ third round selection in the 2012 NHL Draft. He spent a decent amount of time on the NHL roster this season; first he was recalled to tandem with David Rittich when Mike Smith was injured, then he came back up in place to Rittich for a late-season audition. He went 3-5-1 with 2.88 goals against average and a .896 save percentage in 11 games. There’s obviously some work to do, but he’s waiver exempt next year and so the Flames have the ability to be patient with his development.

Foo, 23, was a free agent signing by the Flames last summer. He came up a couple weeks ago for a trial run and has looked pretty effective. Granted, he’s played primarily with a mixture of Mikael Backlund, Johnny Gaudreau and Sam Bennett, but he hasn’t looked out of place. In four games he had two goals – one that went in off his skate – and his attention to detail away from the puck seems NHL-level already.

Andersson, 21, was the Flames’ second round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft. He played 10 games with the Flames, failing to register a point, following a very strong second season in the AHL with Stockton. He’s arguably at the point where he’s ready for third pairing NHL duty, though his acceleration may not be where it needs to be right now for him to be an offensive driver at the NHL level. Earlier this week Glen Gulutzan noted that Andersson has to rely on saucer passes due to his skating not creating lanes, while the NHL is a “flat pass league.” Regardless, he’s probably outgrown the AHL.

Since all three players were on Stockton’s roster at the NHL’s trade deadline, all three would be eligible to play in the Calder Cup playoffs should the Heat manage to qualify.

  • Stockton's Finest

    2 more home games to watch these guys play before they head to Calgary to start next season. Well, maybe two of the three will be in Calgary. One may or may not be with the franchise come next season.

    • Mickey O

      Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Stockton’s Finest for doing quality updates from the farm this year.

      Andersson needs to work on his skating a bit. His first 2 or 3 strides are slow, but he’s already an NHL defenceman.
      Foo is intriguing. He might get the Janko start again in Stockton treatment but the tools are there.
      Gillies looked better the last couple of games. He was actually tracking the puck, but man he spends too much time on his knees.

      Should be interesting to see how things shake out next year.

    • Stockton's Finest

      Mickey, my guess is Gillies gets the remaining 3 games in net to see what he has learned.

      My post is done and in review, so it should be up either later today or tomorrow.

    • Stu Cazz

      SF…I hear what you are saying but I would be surprised if the organization gives up on Gillies. Yes he has struggled but he has also shown good signs. He is a big goalie, still young at 24. Goalies are funny….he could be a late bloomer. Another year in Stockton wouldn’t hurt…..

  • Bring Back Brathwaite

    quick note, would it be possible to archive past prospects articles in the banner tab? maybe in-between the rosters and stats tabs that don’t get a lot of use?

    It would be great to be able to find all past articles on so-and-so player in one place. I also really like the top 15 prospects the nation has been doing for the past several years, and currently its quite difficult to read old ones and see how rankings have changed.

  • buts

    Hope Stockton makes it in and goes deep into the playoffs. Off the subject I believe GG will be fired soon as I’m sure there’s a lot of selling of season tickets to do after this boring couple of seasons under GG caused many to not renew.

  • Stockton's Finest

    When do schedules come out, June or July? Mrs. Finest and I need to coordinate Flames and Heat home games so we can attend a Flames home game while not missing a Heat game.

  • Big jim

    So from what I just read seems like Anderson’s game is more suited for the AhlAnd does not have the skating ability for the and Nhl You don’t gain skating ability at this time in His game either have it or you don’t

    • Jumping Jack Flash

      Not sure Tavaras or Jamie Benn would agree with you…the reality is that players can hire skating coaches and dramatically improve their explosiveness. Ras has a lot of elite skills and skating will need to improve to bean elite defender.