52Martin Pospisil
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FlamesNation Prospect Update: Pospisil takes control

Famed for his high penalty numbers pre-draft, 2018 Flames pick Martin Pospisil has returned to be the leading scorer in the USHL, hitting just under two points per game. Not a bad transformation to make, especially when you’ve been written off as a coke machine since being drafted.

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Yasin Ehliz – LW/RW

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

Good night, sweet prince.

Zach Fischer – RW, Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 11.48
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 +11.48

Picked up his first pro point.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 11 4 3 7 3 6 3 25.36
Change from last week 3 1 1 2 1 2 1 +0.45

Back into the points column for Foo, bouncing back from a quiet week last week.

Glenn Gawdin – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 11 4 2 6 2 6 2 21.74
Change from last week 3 0 2 2 1 2 1 +1.81

Gawdin has been one of the early season surprises, becoming one of the more reliable producers from the Stockton bottom six. He’s mostly a powerplay option thus far, but he’s been strong in that role and should eventually start seeing more production at other areas of the game.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 10 0 1 1 1 0 0 3.99
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 +3.99

Picked up his first point of the year, a helper on a Kerby Rychel goal.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 18 8 7 15 9 11 7 19.41
Change from last week 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 -0.77

Still in the Baie-Comeau doghouse (two consecutive fourth line appearances this week) but hopefully he’s off the schneid soon.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date (KHL) 8 1 2 3 3 2 2 24.72
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 +5.88
Up to date (VHL) 5 2 1 3 3 3 3 18.7
Change from last week

An assist for Karnaukhov this week upon returning to KHL action.

Morgan Klimchuk – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 7 1 2 3 2 1 1 17.08
Change from last week

Injured, UBI.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 10 1 6 7 2 7 2 20.72
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -5.18

ASU got their first ever win over a ranked school, but Koumontzis didn’t pick up a point during the festivities.

Oliver Kylington – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 11 3 4 7 4 5 4 25.36
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -9.51

Kylington was finally held off the scoresheet this week.

Linus Lindstrom – C/LW, Skelleftea AIK, SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 15 1 0 1 1 1 1 2.13
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.54

Still playing bottom six minutes in the SHL, not really making a convincing argument to get back into the Skelleftea top six.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 11 1 3 4 2 3 1 14.49
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 -0.45

Picked up his first of the year, a shorthanded goal against Bakersfield.

Andrew Mangiapane – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 11 5 7 12 8 9 7 43.47
Change from last week 3 2 1 3 2 3 2 -1.36

Ho hum, just a point-per-game week for Mangiapane.

Mitchell Mattson – C/LW, Michigan State, NCAA (Big 10)

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

Only a game for Mattson out of two.

Adam Ollas Mattsson – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 11 0 2 2 2 1 1 9.96
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2.71

Not much on-ice for AOM this week.

Mathias Emilio Pettersen – C/LW, Denver Pioneers, NCAA (NCHC)

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 6 3 8 11 5 6 3 66
Change from last week 2 1 2 3 1 1 0 -6

Didn’t maintain his furious two-points-per-game streak, falling short by just one. Still pretty good, though:

Matthew Phillips – RW, Stockton Heat

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

Playing more frequently but still in search of that first point.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 13 7 18 25 14 17 8 44.15
Change from last week 3 2 4 6 3 3 2 +0.53

Still has yet to not score at least one point in a game.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 8 0 1 1 1 0 0 4.98
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 +4.98

Tallied his first point of the season.

Rushan Rafikov – D, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, KHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 19 2 3 5 4 3 3 17.35
Change from last week 3 1 1 2 2 1 1 +4.99

Pretty explosive week for Rafikov, picking up a goal and an assist (both at 5v5) in three games.

Milos Roman – C, Vancouver Giants, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 17 8 6 14 8 11 5 20.39
Change from last week 1 1 -1 2 1 1 1 +0.27

Just a goal (and a stat correction taking away an assist) this week for Roman:

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sarnia Sting, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 16 3 13 16 8 10 6 26.49
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 2 2 2 0

Two assists for Ruzicka this week.

Kerby Rychel – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 11 6 3 9 5 6 4 32.61
Change from last week 3 2 0 2 1 2 1 -2.25

Two goals this week for Rychel, who is picking himself up after a huge drop off.

Filip Sveningsson – LW, IK Oskarshamn, Allsvenskan

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 15 7 8 15 5 11 5 48.87
Change from last week 3 0 3 3 1 3 1 0

Three assists keeps him at a PPG pace and in the Allsvenskan top 10.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 20 6 9 15 8 9 5 27.8
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 -1.03

A goal and an assist this week (although one assist was stat corrected away from him) to build on Tuulola’s strong recent body of work.

Rinat Valiev – D, Stockton Heat

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

Three games played.

Dmitri Zavgorodniy – C/LW, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 19 11 17 28 14 20 10 34.32
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 -1.3

Not his best week, but still fine production from Big Z.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 9 494.27 0.854
Change from last week 3 174 +0.023

Gillies seems to be plagued with the typical Flames problem of looking really solid and then coming undone and allowing three goals in the span of about two minutes. Happened to him twice this weekend.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 3 186 0.901
Change from last week 2 117.04 -0.025

Not great performances from McDonald this week, who allowed five goals on 44 shots in two games.

Tyler Parsons – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 3 146.58 0.831
Change from last week 0 0 0

Out with a UBI.

Nick Schneider – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 4 242.82 0.907
Change from last week

Tending bench in Stockton until Parsons recovers.

  • Atomic Clown

    The prophecy update looks good until it hits the goalies, then it looks really bleak. Do the flames need to hire better goalie scouts to make better picks? Or trade for other goalie prospects?

  • BlueMoonNigel

    The listless start to the Blackhawks’ season coupled with last season’s flameout was the handwriting on the wall for Coach Q. Whatever Q was selling, his players had stopped buying a long time ago. My sense is that he is not ready to retire, so where and when does he resurface? LA? Willie Boy is, after all, just an interim and with a high-profile coach like Q available, who’d fault the Kings for trying to lure Q to LA ASAP?

    Sabres would be advised to make a play for Q because Q has proved himself as a shaper of high-end, elite talent, which Buffalo has in spades.

    Does Q stay in the Central and resurface in St. Louis where their inept coach is once more on the hotseat?

  • Stu Gotz

    That’s a bleak list. I’m sure BT knows this and will keep his draft choices and rebuild his system. The young goalies remain a major concern and would suggest a stronger focus in Europe. Maybe another Rittich out there?

  • Off the wall

    It’s nice to see Gawdin having some success in the bottom 6.

    What’s happened to Phillips? 11 games, all zeros across the board. It is his first year, perhaps he’s having difficulty producing in a bottom 6 role. I’m really hoping he gets something going, he’s way too offensively gifted to not put up the points.

    • Beer League Coach

      It could be that it is tougher playing against grown men instead of other teenagers a year or two younger than him. He has always had to fight to gain recognition as a talented hockey player. Hopefully his work ethic will eventually get him regular playing time in a top 6 role. He has always overcome the stigma of being the little guy on the team. Do it one more time and make the show. Remember Marty St. Louis started with the Flames and did little or nothing at all for the first couple years. Then he exploded when Tampa gave him a chance to play with other talented players.

  • Hockeysense9393

    Looking at the Players for the Week…I think so far it looks like the scouts are definitely earning their pay. Granted a few of them should be going gangbusters cuz of their ages, but they are…
    With 2 stud defenceman making their way in the big show, it’s good to see the Flames forwards in the pipeline are starting to look pretty solid.

  • cjc

    Too bad that some 2017 picks have taken a step back or held steady (Ruzicka, Joly), but nice to see some 2018 picks having great starts (Pettersen, Pospisil, Zavgorodniy). When does Mangiapane get a call up?

    • Beer League Coach

      I am not sure they have taken a step back. More like they may have plateaued. In their draft year these kids will work hard to get drafted and then sometimes they slack off and their draft +1 year. Just like the big boys after they get their multi year big $$ contract in the NHL. Ruzicka, when drafted, was listed at 215 lbs. On the Sarnia web site he is now listed at 200 lbs. Could he be watching his nutrition and working out to shed some body fat and replace it with muscle? I find the change in his weight to be quite encouraging. All I have heard about Joly is that he is in the coach’s dog house at Baie Comeau. Not sure why. Hope he hasn’t become lazy because he showed a lot of promise last year and in the summer rookie camp.

  • Off the wall

    We all thought Stockton was going to have a great season.
    Our D graduates- Valamaki and Andersson have created a thin crust for our D in Stockton.

    We better start hanging on to our draft picks, we’re going to need them!

    • Beer League Coach

      We still have all of our draft picks in 2020 and 2021 draft. I think Tre has realized that he must retain his picks to build the team with young, fast, and skilled players. If Dougie and Hamonic had come in here and stood the league on its head we would be telling ourselves that he did a great job getting established stars for a few chances in a lottery. The way they have turned out he is being criticized for making bad trades. Isn’t hind sight great?

    • Hockeysense9393

      English: unemployment will last

      I’m just thinking about how many potentials there really could be. Don’t count the Oilers out, just because they are sorta winning this early in the season. Phili instantly springs to mind, but then of course Master Q just may ask Stevie Y what he is thinking. Could you imagine Yzerman as GM of thee shiny new franchise in Seattle with Quenneville as head coach?

      Dare to dream…

    • Beer League Coach

      At first I though he was a 20 year old playing against 17 year olds. Then I checked his personal info and found he will just turn 19 in about 2 weeks. He could be the real deal if he can learn to play disciplined hockey. Definitely worth a 4th rd pick.

    • oilcanboyd

      Pospisil – what scouts said – “He plays with emotion and passion and compete. He is an interesting prospect, and he’s somewhat flying under the radar.”

      Like to read about compete level!