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FlamesNation Prospect Update: The season begins (kinda)

“Kinda” because the CHL, USHL, and European kids have already begun (and even then, in different intervals), the AHL kids will get underway this week, and the college prospects have a few more weeks to go. So just kinda.

In case you missed it:

D’Artagnan Joly – RW/C, Baie-Comeau Drakkar, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 5 3 4 7 5 5 3 32.6
Change from last week 3 1 3 4 3 3 2 -2.33

Joly has been putting in work as the Drakkar’s #1 RW and starting to turn heads among QMJHL scouts, at least those that post on Twitter. Four points in three games for the productive winger.

Pavel Karnaukhov – LW/C, CSKA Moscow, KHL/Zvezda, VHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date (KHL) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Change from last week
Up to date (VHL) 3 1 1 2 2 2 2 20.77
Change from last week 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 +20.77

Everyone’s favourite Russian pro tweener prospect finally hit the scoresheet this week, picking up a goal and an assist for the Red Army’s farm team.

Linus Lindstrom – C/LW, Skelleftea AIK, SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 5 1 0 1 1 1 1 6.40
Change from last week 2 1 1 1 1 1 +6.40

Linus has made the most of his recent promotion to Skelleftea’s second line (one of Sweden’s most comprehensive stat resources notes that he has occasionally been listed on the first line – make of that what you will), scoring his first goal of the season. He currently sits third for average ice time among Skelleftea forwards.

Martin Pospisil – C/LW, Sioux City Musketeers, USHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 2 2 3 5 4 3 2 57.4
Change from last week

It’s two games into his season, but Martin Pospisil has been absolute dynamite thus far for Sioux City. The team has only scored eight goals thus far, and Pospisil has seen his name attached to five of them. He’s an overager in a league where overagers are generally in college, but it’s still an eye-popping performance from a work-in-progress type player.

(Turn your volume down for these highlights.)

Perhaps the most impressive stat is that he’s only picked up two penalty minutes thus far.

Rushan Rafikov – D, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, KHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Change from last week 2

Back from injury. Still hasn’t put up any points.

Milos Roman – C, Vancouver Giants, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 4 0 2 2 2 0 0 12.38
Change from last week 2 2 2 2 +12.38

The Vancouver centre finally found the scoresheet with two assists in his fourth game after a very slow start to the season. He hasn’t been on the ice for much at all.

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sarnia Sting, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 3 3 0 3 3 3 3 26.49
Change from last week 2 2 2 2 2 2

Two more games, two more goals for Ruzicka. He’s struggled with consistency so hopefully this is a step in the right direction.

Filip Sveningsson – LW, IK Oskarshamn, Allsvenskan

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 4 2 0 2 1 2 1 24.44
Change from last week 2 1 1 1

Another goal for Sveningsson, who continues to make noise in the Allsvenskan despite averaging fewer than 10 minutes of ice time per game.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 7 1 2 3 1 1 0 15.88
Change from last week 3 -11.92

After a dynamite start to the season, Tuulola put up zeroes in three games this week.

Dmitri Zavgorodniy – C/LW, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 4 2 3 5 4 4 3 29.11
Change from last week 2 -29.11

Ditto Zavgorodniy, who failed to find the scoresheet in two games this week.

  • cjc

    Since Dube and Valimaki have graduated for now, I need to find another prospect to get excited about. For me it goes

    -Parsons (hoping he can steal the show and provide a glimmer of hope in net)
    -Mangiapane (still think he should be up ahead of at least Hathaway, even if it means he sits some times)
    -Phillips (looking to see what he can do with consistent linemates)
    -Gillies (hoping he can find some consistency)
    -Joly (seems super talented)
    -Zavgorodniy (new and shiny)

    (not the same as a prospect ranking, just the players I a most eager to see perform).

    • Heeeeeere's Johnny!

      For me …
      1a. Gawdin – He’s the most intriguing of the remaining to me. He looked like he belonged in preseason and he has enough size to not worry about that. I think the kid is a leader and has a lot to offer once he gets rolling. I see him as more likely to get a call up this year than Phillips (although still not high odds).
      1b. Phillips – Marty is a lot of flash and needs to show he can endure the schedule and the pounding. I thought he was a bit over matched in the preseason so I want to see if he can figure out how to play his game with men.
      3. Joly
      4. Parsons – not sure I’m excited as much as I want someone to calm my nerves about our goaltending future. Goalies are voodoo so I don’t want to have him higher on the list.
      5. Klimchuk (If he doesn’t blow the doors down he will be gone next year). I like his quiet confidence but he has to make a statement

  • oilcanboyd

    On another note: For those of you who missed SN NHL Preview, there was an excellent piece on The Real Deal during the discussion on the Flames. Most important he plays with an edge which the Flames lacked last year. He now joins Matt Tkachuk as players on the team with a real good “give a sh!t” attitude. I like the way Lindholm plays too.

    Hathaway also deserves to be on the team for that reason. If there was at least one person on each line like that the Flames will go far.

    • BlueMoonNigel

      No matter how much piss and vinegar a player spews, it ain’t worth beans if he is the odd man out on game night, and that is exactly where Hathaway should be when the games are for real.

      One test of this coaching staff is how patient it is going to be with underperforming talent–yeah, I’m looking at you Bennett.

      • The Doctor

        Bennett needs to use his linemates and teammates more when he’s entering the O zone (especially) and in the O zone. He’s still trying to deke guys out and barge through them. Earth to Sam: you’re not in juniors anymore. He needs to eat and protect the puck more, wait for and distribute it to a teammate, rather than forcing the play all the time. What’s so frustrating is that he has all the tools to do this.

  • Off the wall

    Thanks for the updates.
    I’m really interested in the boys in the Q.
    Both have very cool names Dimitry Zavgorodniy , D’Artagnan Joly! Double D’s.. looks great.
    Just realized I might have other things on my mind? ?

    My Stockton favourite is Phillips.
    I may have mentioned this once or twice, but I love Matty Phillips!

  • Jumping Jack Flash

    Players to watch:

    1. Parsons – I love his flash but he needs to know when to quiet his game down.
    2. Phillips – likely the most talented player on the Heat. The coaching staff needs to handle this right. He needs to be in the top 6 with some size and skill on his line, perhaps with Robinson and Gawdin.
    3. Little Z

  • Cul Baire

    Is it just me or ever since we started trading away picks for players, circa 2016, our resulting draft picks are somewhat uninspiring. There are some interesting picks like Phillips, Zavgorodniy and Ruzicka but who do you really think has the wherewithal to make it to the big league?

    • JMK

      Outside of Valimaki, I think most of Calgarys picks are long term projects. After a big draft in 2016 and graduating quite a few prospects in the last few years, it’s not a bad plan. I know some people don’t like what was given up in trades but go back a few years to when Calgary were drafting the likes of Kanzig Smith and McDonald in the 2nd round. Things were still uninspiring then.

      • The Doctor

        I’ve got no problem with where we’re at right now. Obviously it would be great to have a bunch of grade A high draft picks in our pool, but the ultimate goal is to have a competitive current Flames team on the ice and I think Tre has delivered that for this season.

  • Bawcos

    How good is Joly? Is this a guy that could be impact at the NHL level?
    These question are not rhetorical. I only have stats to go by and am wondering whether my optimism is tinted glasses or is there something real there to get excited about.