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FlamesNation Prospect Update: Dmitry Zavgorodniy’s world

The Flames have found an impressive albeit short talent in the late rounds? You don’t say.

In case you missed it:

Yasin Ehliz – LW/RW, Stockton Heat

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

The new German import only factored into the season opener for the Heat. Took a shot on goal.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 2 2 1 3 2 3 2 59.78
Change from last week

If there was anyone who positively stood out for the Heat, it was Foo. With two goals and an assist, he’s been involved in 50% of Stockton goals so far.

Glenn Gawdin – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 19.93
Change from last week

Stick taps to Gawdin, who picked up his first professional goal this weekend.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

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

Suited up for both games this weekend.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 8 5 4 9 6 7 4 26.2
Change from last week 3 2 0 2 1 2 1 -6.4

Joly picked up two goals this week, one at 5v5 and one on the powerplay. The 7-0-0-1 Drakkar are one of the most potent offences in the early goings of the QMJHL, second in goals for with 39, yet Joly seems to be falling behind the pack. He was second (first in PPG) in scoring on the Drakkar last season, but has fallen to fifth this season. Of course, it’s early in the year, but you hope that the gap doesn’t get wider as the year goes on.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date (KHL) 3 1 0 1 1 1 1 21.98
Change from last week 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 21.98
Up to date (VHL) 3 1 1 2 2 2 2 20.77
Change from last week

Karnaukhov also gets stick taps for picking up his first ever KHL goal.

Morgan Klimchuk – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 39.85
Change from last week

The only other AHL multi-point prospect was Klimchuk. It’s likely his last season with the Flames should he not make an NHL impact, so every game is going to be extremely important for the 2013 first rounder.

Demetrious Koumontzis – LW, Arizona State University, NCAA (Independent)

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 29.6
Change from last week

Koumontzis’ college career started with a bang, as he picked up the first goal of ASU’s season and added an assist in their weekend sweep of Alaska-Fairbanks. He was listed as the Sun Devils’ #1 left winger, for what it’s worth.

ASU will face a tougher challenge against #1 Ohio State this week.

Oliver Kylington – D, Stockton Heat

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

The only NHL-calibre defenceman left on Stockton’s roster post-Rasmus, Kylington had a pretty rough weekend, rougher than most of the defence. Tasked with essentially doing everything, he was kind of overloaded. Racked up six shots on net, though.

Linus Lindstrom – C/LW, Skelleftea AIK, SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 7 1 0 1 1 1 1 4.57
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.83

Despite top six ice time, Lindstrom has failed to do much with it besides his goal last week. Hasn’t recorded a shot in his last three outings, despite receiving around 14 minutes of ice time per night.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

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

Played two games. Didn’t really do much, not even a penalty minute.

Andrew Mangiapane – LW/C, Stockton Heat

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

Four shots, but couldn’t crack the scoresheet.

Adam Ollas Mattsson – D, Stockton Heat

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

AOM played his first pro games since November of last year, but essentially got thrown into the fire alongside Kylington. Without a top pairing RHD, Ollas Mattsson was tasked with playing his offside. Didn’t go well.

Matthew Phillips – RW, Stockton Heat

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

Only played one game.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 3 2 4 6 4 4 2 45.92
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 -11.48

Just a mere assist for Pospisil in his lone game this week, but he’s still maintaining the 2.0 PPG average. Picked up his first penalties of the season though, but only four minutes’ worth.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat

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

Suited up twice, racked up five shots, but was held off the scoresheet.

Rushan Rafikov – D, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, KHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Played three times this week.

Milos Roman – C, Vancouver Giants, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 7 1 4 5 4 3 2 17.69
Change from last week 3 1 2 3 2 3 2 +5.31

After a slow start, Roman seems to have found his spark. Hopefully he can continue building on that, as he was one of the more promising WHL draft eligibles before being injured last season.

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sarnia Sting, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 6 3 3 6 3 4 3 26.49
Change from last week 3 0 3 3 0 1 0 0

Ruzicka has kept up his PPG pace with three assists this week. He’s been particularly helpful on the Sting powerplay this season:

Kerby Rychel – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 19.93
Change from last week

Scored Stockton’s first goal of the season. If he wants to find his way to the NHL roster, it’s a good start:

Filip Sveningsson – LW, IK Oskarshamn, Allsvenskan

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 6 2 1 3 1 2 1 24.44
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0

Sveningsson picked up an assist this week. He’s one to keep an eye on, as he’s currently one point out of first for Allsvenskan U20 scoring.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 9 1 3 4 2 2 1 16.47
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 +0.59

Tuulola picked up an assist this week in Liiga action. He’s slowed down considerably from his hot start, so consistency is key for the young winger.

Dmitri Zavgorodniy – C/LW, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 8 7 8 15 8 10 6 43.67
Change from last week 4 5 5 10 4 7 3 +14.56

Zavgorodniy had multi-point games in all four of his outings this week, including a hat trick. Interestingly enough, Rimouski has appeared to break up Zavgorodniy and 2020 superstar Alexis Lafreniere, which is a testament to the Flames prospect’s dominance this week. The two were only on the ice together for two of Zav’s 10 points this weekend. It could be a blip, but if it isn’t, that’s very exciting.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 2 93.55 0.813
Change from last week

Perhaps it’s rust (didn’t play since Sept. 22), but Gillies began the year on the completely wrong note. He was put into game action to relieve Parsons after he struggled against Bakersfield, but didn’t fare much better. He brought those struggles to the Heat home opener, where the team blew a four-goal lead.

Tyler Parsons – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 1 28.53 0.750
Change from last week

Parsons also had a rough go of it. Perhaps all Flames goaltending is cursed.

  • Skylardog

    The depth in Stockton right now has to be a concern. Mangi no points, defense that appears more than just porous, and the result is a goaltending disaster. Foo had a great week. After the guys up in Calgary, who is there that is truly ready or close to ready in Stockton when the injury bug hits?

    There are others that are not considered prospects, Peluso and Lazar, but the drop off appears to be much bigger than it was last season.

    • Stu Gotz

      Agree. I see two major factors for this the Hamilton & Hamonic trades & the many call-ups that are playing for the Flames. Time for Trelving to secure all his future draft choices and stack the cupboards.

    • cjc

      I wouldn’t read too much into these two games – it’s too early to tease everything out because there are so many confounding factors

      -New Coach, new systems
      -huge roster turnover, even for the AHL
      -Abysmal defensive options (the D on their roster have played a grand total of 15 NHL games, and Valiev, who has played 12 of them, has been injured).
      -Goalies who may not be all they are cracked up to be

      That middle point in particular could be the problem. They used to have tweeners or guys with an NHL track record in there (e.g. Goloubef) who could stabilize things.

      I was hoping Mangiapane would hit the scoresheet and make a case for a quick callup, but perhaps it takes a bit more time. Not too worried about him yet, still thinking he’ll be motivated by being passed over.

      • Rudy27

        You can probably add that a few of the players (e.g. Mangiapane, Kylington, maybe even Anderson in the first game) are playing a bit deflated on not making the big team out of the pre-season.

  • Skylardog

    I see a week playing against Vancouver has given the Canucks a nice bump in the TSN power rankings going from 30th to 25th. You know what that means. Yes, the Flames slid 10 spots from 12th to 22nd.

    Remember when McLellan left SJ for Edmonton and the Sharks went on the next season to the Cup finals? Edmonton despite one decent year really hasn’t done much since that change.

    Carolina starts the season unbeaten and moves up 19 spots from 27th to 8th in the post-Peters era.

    • Rudy27

      Wills was on 960 this morning talking about that subject. Seem goals are up all around the league, and some are attributing that to the goalies getting use to the new streamlined equipment. And based on the decision to streamline the goalie equipment, you would assume the GA will be higher overall even after the goalies adjust. That’s why they made the change.

      • HOCKEY83

        They also said on the fan that there have been 195 goals scored so far to this point in the league and last year at this time there was 196 goals scored. The teams just need time to settle in before it drops just like last season.

  • ZZMiddle

    If Kylington was truly the only NHL caliber d man left in the minors, he would not have had a pretty rough weekend. He had a rough weekend in the AHL because he is not an NHL caliber d man. I can not believe you folks are still pumping his tires. Move on.

    • cjc

      You don’t just move on from a defender who posts well over 0.5 ppg in the AHL as a 20 y.o. Time will tell if he works out, but it would be foolish to move on from the 21 y.o. right now. Also, who’s spot is he taking? The Flames have exactly zero defense prospects in junior, college and overseas (unless you count Rushan Rafikov, which, not sure why you’d bother?). Even if Kylington sucks they may as well stick with him.

  • TheBear64

    Time is running out on Spencer Foo and Morgan Klimchuk. Have to think that this is a make or break season for both those guys. If they don’t make the jump to the NHL this season, then I think they will be gone.