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FlamesNation Prospect Update: No playoffs here, either

The Kansas City Mavericks have finished their season outside of the playoffs and the Stockton Heat need to hope that they win out while also hoping the San Diego Gulls don’t get another point. Basically, impossible. At least there’s synergy between all three pro levels of Calgary Flames hockey.

In case you missed it

Rasmus Andersson – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

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

Back in the AHL to save their season! Godspeed, young Rasmus.

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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

He’s not playing, which is a pretty bad sign for a guy who is on the last year of his contract.

Dillon Dube – C/LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 3 0 2 2 2 1 1 25.69
Change from last week

Dillon Dube has come out gangbusters for professional debut, picking up two assists in his first three games with the club. Take these late season AHL performances with a grain of salt, but he’s been pretty dang good.

Zach Fischer – RW, Spokane Chiefs, WHL

His Spokane Chiefs have been eliminated from the WHL postseason, but Fischer hasn’t been assigned anywhere. Perhaps it has more to do with the circumstances of the farm teams than the team’s opinion of the player, but we’ll see shortly enough.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

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

Foo is also back in town to try and save the season. Perhaps he carries the good vibes from his two goals down to California.

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

Swift Current is facing a tough ask against the Moose Jaw Warriors, the regular season WHL champs. They’re currently tied 1-1, with Gawdin picking up a goal and an assist so far. Gawdin currently has 13 points in nine games.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 47 0 3 3 2 2 1 2.46
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.17

Played three games of hockey.

D’Artagnan Joly – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Currently in Stockton on an ATO but has yet to play. Bummer.

Morgan Klimchuk – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 62 19 21 40 23 31 19 24.86
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 1 1 1 +0.45

He missed a game (reason unknown), but Klimchuk continues on with his late season surge. Two assists this week.

Oliver Kylington – D, Stockton Heat – X

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 59 6 27 33 22 22 16 21.56
Change from last week 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 +0.23

Another guy having a strong late season. A goal and an assist this week for Kylington.

Linus Lindstrom – C/LW, Skelleftea AIK, SHL

Playoff Hero Linus Lindstrom has matched his regular season scoring in just a quarter of the time. He’s up to four points (all assists) in 10 games during Skelleftea’s playoff run. The team is one game away from being in the Swedish finals against Vaxjo.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 54 10 14 24 18 16 11 17.13
Change from last week 3 1 2 3 3 2 2 +1.26

Another guy heating up late. Three points in three games this week for Lomberg.

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 49 9 12 21 16 19 14 9.84
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.21

Just one game played for Mattson this week. Was left off the sheet for Sioux Falls’ second game this week, unknown why.

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 are getting dummied by the Tri-City Americans (looking more and more like Memorial Cup contenders). The Royals have one goal in two games, and of course Phillips had the primary assist on it. He has a ridiculous 17 points in nine games, which is more ridiculous when you consider that Victoria has only scored 26 goals throughout the playoffs.

Emile Poirier – LW/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 62 6 20 26 18 18 12 16.16
Change from last week 3 1 3 4 2 4 2 +1.79

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 43 10 9 19 10 14 7 17.03
Change from last week 3 1 2 3 1 1 0 1.61

Another very strong week for Pollock, who went a point-per-game.

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 is currently splitting their series with Kitchener. Ruzicka is still stuck at two assists through eight games played.

Hunter Shinkaruk – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 63 17 15 32 19 26 17 19.58
Change from last week 3 1 1 2 0 1 0 +0.31

Shinkaruk is also having a strong finish to the season.

Hunter Smith – RW, Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

The KC Mavericks are eliminated from the playoffs. Smith has been injured since Jan. 6, so it’s not like he was responsible.

Juuso Valimaki – D, Tri-City Americans, WHL

Currently has five points through six WHL playoff games. Enroute to sweep number two?

Tyler Wotherspoon – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Current 64 7 30 37 18 19 10 22.28
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 1 1 0 -0.46

Just an assist for Wotherspoon this week.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 36 2052.03 .916 1035
Change from last week 2 119.08 +.001 59

Back in Stockton to close out the season. He had an alright adventure in Calgary, and you feel these next few Stockton games are going to weigh heavy in management’s mind when deciding where he should start next year.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks/Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV% SA
ECHL Current 27 1538 .894 762
Change from last week 2 120 +.002 60
AHL Current 4 224.35 .875 104
Change from last week 0 0 0 0

Had an alright finish to the year, stopping 26 of 28 (.929 SV%) and 29 of 32 (.906 SV%) in his two games played. McDonald didn’t get called up to Stockton in the immediate aftermath of the season, which probably suggests a few things if you want to read in between the lines.

Tyler Parsons – G, Stockton Heat/Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV% SA
ECHL Current 28 1576 .902 849
Change from last week 1 63 -.005 38
AHL Current 7 300.98 .856 153
Change from last week 0 0 0 0

Had a bad night in KC (.842 SV%), but still got called up to Stockton.

David Rittich – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV% SA
Current 12 697.12 .889 258
Change from last week 3 179.30 -.22 70

A wildly bad return to the AHL, no doubts about it. The question is whether this is a blip on the radar or a backup goalie struggling as a starter. Not great for a guy with one year on his career.

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

GP TOI SV% SA
AHL Current 1 20 .800 5
Change from last week 0 0 0 0

Schneider is also up in Stockton on goalie duty. That’s going to be one crowded bench.



  • buts

    Off the subject did anyone hear the interview with GG? Nothing but excuses in the form of questions about the team. All problems the HE is accountable for. Absolutely the worst coach I’ve ever heard. Then you get Matt Tkachuk who doesn’t make any excuses at all. The guy is a true leader and the future captain.

    • BendingCorners

      GG thinks game 64 signalled a turning point. He didn’t know why but we do:
      02/19 in Dallas- Chris Stewart on the top line and Brouwer back on the PP. Smith injured and Gillies not ready to replace him. What’s the mystery? Bad coaching and bad goaltending sunk them at that point. Until then good goaltending compensated for bad coaching.

      • FL?MES

        Isn’t today the day that GG and BT are supposed to get together to talk about the season? Regardless, I’ll be on the edge of my seat when the next press conference is called.

      • Korcan

        Agree re. Backlund’s number. An excellent two-way center is one of the hardest roster positions to fill and here Flames fans are wanting to get rid of theirs. Go figure. And who do they think will fill the massive void his exit would leave behind? Jankowski? Bennett? Oy vey…

      • Korcan

        I also question the overwhelming support for Ferland. I was really hoping those who were claiming he was playing hurt for the final couple of months were right, which would have helped explain why he disappeared in the second half of the season. Yet, I have heard nothing to that effect. For Ferland to be effective he must play an emotionally engaged, aggressive, physical, heavy game. When he does that he is an intimidating force who not only creates space for himself, but also for his linemates. When he does not play that way he becomes ineffective and thus becomes replaceable. Imo Ferland is one of the three players who most appeared quilty of being disengaged down the stretch (along with Brauwer and Brodie). This is the kind of on-ice personality the Flames need to rid themselves of.

    • MDG1600

      Article pretty much sums up how I feel except that I think Treliving is more to blame than most people. My problem with Treliving is his mistakes will stick with the organization for years and will be hard to overcome. Frankly, firing the coach is an easy fix but I believe the Flames have deep rooted roster problems that are going to be hard to fix. Winners have to built through the draft and BT gave away multiple 1st and 2nd rounders for defencemen that we didn’t even need (because we had good prospects in the system) while ignoring an obvious lack of depth and scoring from the wings (where we have very few prospects).

    • oilcanboyd

      Most of us agree that GG should be fired/let go, but there needs to be a suitable replacement. Who is/will be out there? BT missed the boat last year, will he do it again?

  • freethe flames

    Christian; I’m a little disappointed with this report; last I heard AOM was out with a shoulder injury and had spent some time back in Sweden recovering(heard this from one of the gals who does stories on the Flame home page). Also not very keen on your dismissal of Poirier’s 4 point week; he played a key role in them picking up points on their last road trip. Do I think he has an NHL career ahead of him; probably not but he should not just be brushed off like you did in your article. Personally I think he is likely to respond to a harda$$ coach more so than the coaching staff the Flames have in their organization.(It seems he always responds to his benchings) If he is not resigned and it is highly likely he won’t be I hope he finds his way somewhere else,.

  • Slowmo

    Every body goes on about Vali but seems to me that Rasmus had just as many points in his last 2 yrs and Rasmus was not in great shape as well always played heavy till Tre got after him. In other words we better hope that the three Europeans had better become great trade bate or god sends or we will be in for a long or should I say a short season for yrs to come. And well Fox another 2 season before we even know if he is willing to suit up for the flames cross our fingers with him.

    • McRib

      Valimaki is a much better skater and better defensively than Andersson was at the same age. I like Rasmus, but I wouldn’t compare his numbers alone to Valimaki.

      • Baalzamon

        And that’s even if you assume that Andersson’s results were as good, which they weren’t. Even considering that the WHL is a weaker league than the OHL (and it is) Valimaki’s results are actually far more impressive.

        Not to take anything away from Andersson, but the Colts were a great team in those days. His numbers were padded liberally with secondary assists (which isn’t a huge deal for a defenseman, especially one that’s been able to propagate his scoring to the next level as Andersson has). Valimaki, on the other hand, scored more primary assists than secondary assists, and also produced goals at more than double the rate this year than Andersson did in 15/16. All this is a long way of saying that when you look at primary point production, Valimaki pulls ahead by an enormous margin. We’re talking 0.7PPG vs 0.45PPG.

        Again, we’re not taking anything away from Andersson here, but people are right to be excited about Juice, given what he’s done in junior.

  • Slowmo

    McRib
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    Valimaki is a much better skater and better defensively than Andersson was at the same age. I like Rasmus, but I wouldn’t compare his numbers alone to Valimaki.

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    And that’s even if you assume that Andersson’s results were as good, which they weren’t. Even considering that the WHL is a weaker league than the OHL (and it is) Valimaki’s results are actually far more impressive.

    Not to take anything away from Andersson, but the Colts were a great team in those days. His numbers were padded liberally with secondary assists (which isn’t a huge deal for a defenseman, especially one that’s been able to propagate his scoring to the next level as Andersson has). Valimaki, on the other hand, scored more primary assists than secondary assists, and also produced goals at more than double the rate this year than Andersson did in 15/16. All this is a long way of saying that when you look at primary point production, Valimaki pulls ahead by an enormous margin. We’re talking 0.7PPG vs 0.45PPG.

    Again, we’re not taking anything away from Andersson here, but people are right to be excited about Juice, given what he’s done in junior.
    Thats great to know all I did was follow the points and how is doing this yr in the A. I am now curious how you would compare Kylington to Anderson since there point production is so close I know Rasmus gets top line play but how about all around play?

  • Slowmo

    I don’t know what happened I copied your comments and added a question under your Quotes it did not show up. So I will try again I am curios Between Rasmus and Kyl Who you guys believe are the better of the 2 I know Kyl has a couple bad habits he can’t seem to shake but seems to me they are pretty close in the point department. How would you compare them in other parts of there 200 ft game?