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FlamesNation Prospect Update: Sensational Schneider

If there was one goalie who you could pin your hopes on as the Flames’ best throughout the entire org, it was definitely Nick Schneider.

In case you missed it:

Zach Fischer – RW, Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 7 0 1 1 1 1 1 3.28
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.31

Two games, no points.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 16 5 4 9 3 7 2 22.42
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 +0.96

Just a powerplay marker for Foo this week, who hopes to climb out of a minor slump (three points in his last 10 games).

Glenn Gawdin – C/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 16 5 2 7 2 7 2 17.44
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 -0.95

Gawdin’s powerplay prowess struck again, as he picked up another goal on the man advantage.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 14 0 2 2 2 1 1 5.69
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 1 1 1 +2.07

Only played one game, healthy scratched for the other.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 23 11 10 21 13 17 11 21.96
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 -0.92

An empty netter for D’Artagnan this week.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date (KHL) 11 1 2 3 3 2 2 17.98
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -6.74
Up to date (VHL) 7 3 1 4 4 4 4 17.81
Change from last week

Firmly in the KHL for the time being. Played three games of third line minutes for CSKA.

Morgan Klimchuk – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 12 1 3 4 3 1 1 13.28
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0

An assist this week for Klimchuk, who still looks to get back into the swing of things post-injury.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 14 1 6 7 2 7 2 14.8
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2.47

No points, but a 10-minute misconduct for Koumontzis this weekend against Harvard.

Oliver Kylington – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 16 6 6 12 8 10 8 29.89
Change from last week 3 1 1 2 0 1 0 -0.77

Goal and an assist for Kylington, Stockton’s empty net hero of the week. He set up Adam Ollas Mattson for his first ever North America goal to force Colorado to overtime and sealed a 3-1 win against Tucson with an empty netter.

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

Hasn’t played in Skelleftea’s last two games. Likely injury related, as Sweden counts healthy scratches as games played with 0:00 time on ice. Don’t ask me why.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 16 2 4 6 4 4 2 14.94
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 1 1 0 -0.39

One assist for Lomberg, who seems to be finding at least some sort of consistency with regards to scoring.

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

Injured.

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

Hasn’t played for Sparty for two weeks. Unknown if it’s healthy or injury scratches.

Adam Ollas Mattsson – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 16 1 2 3 2 2 1 7.47
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 +1.34

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 10 4 9 13 5 7 3 46.8
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 -7.2

Powerplay assist for MEP, who has slowed down in recent weeks. Maybe he’s due for a bounce back.

Another thing coming up for Pettersen is the Div 1A WJC tournament, which will run starting on Dec. 9. He’s 100% going to suit up for Norway, but that’ll likely come at the expense of missing two major games against North Dakota for Denver.

Matthew Phillips – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 13 3 2 5 4 3 3 15.33
Change from last week 3 2 1 3 2 2 2 +7.36

Little Matty Phillips has woken up in recent weeks after a very slow start to the season. His circumstances haven’t changed much, as he’s still getting bottom six minutes. Hopefully, he can force his way up the rotation.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 13 0 3 3 2 1 1 9.2
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 +1.23

Just an assist for Pollock this week.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 16 10 20 30 16 22 10 43.05
Change from last week 1 2 2 4 2 4 2 +3.25

Took his snapped 14-game point streak in stride, responding with a four-point outburst against Des Moines.

Aside from his four-point game, the most intriguing thing to happen to him this week is the news that he’s not going to college:

Who knows why this happened – could be academic reasons or he could have been ruled ineligible based on the NCAA deeming he played “pro” in Europe – but if it is true that Pospisil is not going to play college hockey at all (he could, theoretically, go to a different school with lower standards should the reason be academics) then it opens a floodgate of interesting opportunities.

Pospisil could possibly be signed and go straight to the AHL, as he wasn’t drafted out of the CHL and is therefore not bound by the 20-year-old rule. However, he can’t go to the CHL unless he is drafted in the import draft, which isn’t until next year, but it’s unlikely he gets selected anyways. Pospisil is a ’99 birthday, meaning that he would take up both an overage and an import slot: not desirable for CHL franchises, who have used zero picks on 20-year-old import players since 2010. If he’s not going to college, the USHL is kind of pointless.

It might be AHL or bust for Pospisil, but that’s up to the team. We’ll hopefully find out shortly enough.

Rushan Rafikov – D, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, KHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 23 2 3 5 6 6 5 22.93
Change from last week 3 1 2 3 2 3 2 +6.45

A big week for Rafikov, who picked up a goal and two assists in just three games. He’s kind of been inconsistent so far (and generally throughout his career), but hopefully this is a step in the right direction.

Milos Roman – C, Vancouver Giants, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 22 10 10 20 9 17 6 22.51
Change from last week 3 2 4 6 1 6 1 +4.26

A huge week for Roman, who picked up six points for Vancouver this week in just three games. He contributed at 5v5, on the powerplay, and on the penalty kill. If he can develop some consistency, he could be a great find in the fourth round.

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sarnia Sting, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 21 3 16 19 8 11 6 23.96
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 -2.53

A rough week for Ruzicka, who only picked up a powerplay assist in three games this week.

Kerby Rychel – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 16 7 3 10 7 8 6 27.59
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 1 1 1 -2.68

One goal for Rychel this week.

Filip Sveningsson – LW, IK Oskarshamn, Allsvenskan

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 18 8 9 17 7 12 6 46.16
Change from last week 3 1 1 2 2 1 1 -2.71

Sveningsson continues his strong play, picking up a goal and an assist for Oskarshamn this week. It’ll be interesting to see how long he’ll be able to keep up an NHLe of 40+ in a men’s league. He hasn’t shown signs of slowing down at all.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 23 6 9 15 8 12 5 24.17
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3.63

Three games, no points for the baby-faced assassin.

Rinat Valiev – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Ho-hum.

Dmitri Zavgorodniy – C/LW, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 23 12 18 30 16 21 11 30.38
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2.89

We’ll forgive Zavgorodniy’s poor week in QMJHL action, as he did a number on his Q compatriots in the CHL-Russia series, burying two goals – including the game-tying goal in the dying seconds of the series – and setting up the eventual series winner for Team Russia.

Clearly, he saved his heroic performances for his home country and was just gassed afterwards.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 12 632.46 0.855
Change from last week 1 39.02 -0.004

Gillies had another rough outing before being pulled right before the end of the second period. It was revealed he is currently injured, though it’s unclear if it’s a recent development or something he’s been carrying for a while.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 6 371 0.916
Change from last week 1 65 -0.002

One game for McDonald, stopping 29 of 32 (0.906 SV%) in a shootout win after coming back from a minor injury.

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%
ECHL Up to date 4 242.82 0.907
Change from last week
AHL Up to date 4 161.03 0.963
Change from last week

Schneider has come in and stolen the net in the absences of Gillies and Parsons. He stopped 32/33 (0.970) and 33/35 (0.942) in both of his starts, picking up four important points for the Heat. He also picked up an assist, so his NHLe is now 9.84, just for those wondering.



  • radiomonkey

    Serious question: How big does the sample size have to be before we can say Pospisil is enjoying a genuine breakout year and is a serious NHL prospect?

    • FLT

      Most serious NHL prospects playing in the USHL graduate into college hockey in their D+1 season. It’s absolutely a good sign that he’s dominating there, but I’d like to see what he does in a higher league. Too bad college is not an option.

      • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

        Here is some real data for everyone via Elite Propects: 19.20% of current NHLers went through the USHL. Only the OHL is better now at 22.24% in terms of junior leagues in the world for producing NHL talent. The WHL is now running behind at a 17.25% clip and the QMJHL is in fourth at 10.57%.

        In the last two or three years alone the USHL has surged forward as a breading ground for NHL talent, where most players stay in the league until 19-20 before going NCAA, true freshman are really becoming rarer by the year (Hello Mathias Emilio Pettersen leading all true freshman in NCAA scoring). If Martin Pospisil keeps up an 43.05 NHLe the AHL next season is going to be a fairly modest step up, very similar from going WHL to AHL at 20 years old. Looking at someone like Eeli Tolvanen who had 1.04 PPG in the USHL and then the next year he had 0.74 PPG in the KHL (a better league than the AHL). If Martin Pospisil keeps this up it wouldn’t be a stretch to say he could step in and be one of the better 20 year olds in the AHL next year, honestly he had no business going to a school like St. Lawrence anyway. Kyle Connor another big time USHL scorer just recently was in the NHL only a little more than a year and a half. Getting Emilio Pettersen, Martin Pospisil, Dmitry Zavgorodniy, Demetrios Koumontzis and Milos Roman all in the fourth round or later could end up being on of our best drafts in flames history. All five have NHL upside, even if you hit on two or three what a STEAL.

  • everton fc

    Exciting week for Phillips – putting up points in a bottom-six role, Peluso on his other wing.

    Gawdin is another who looks to be doing well. We need PP specialists – this was one of the reasons Czarnik was signed.

    As for Pospisil, let him play in the ECHL. Then bring him to the AHL, if the CHL is not an option.

  • cjc

    Funny to think for hockey players that NOT going to college might open up options. Though it sounds like the only option is the AHL. Pospisil just turned 19 yesterday, so he’s a bit old compared to other draft +1 players in the USHL, so his numbers might just reflect physical development. Wasn’t that happy with this pick when they made it, but he is changing my mind.

  • FlamesFanOtherCity

    Is Filip Sveningsson eligible for WJC play and has he received any call yet? Seems like he’s still young, though Sweden usually has so many players to choose from he may not get the call?

  • Baalzamon

    This little quip caught my eye:

    Another electrifying kid from the QMJHL who was picked in the 7th round because he was Russian.

    I’m actually not sure that’s the reason (or not the only one). He’s very small and his results were only okay (40 points). Better scorers (in better leagues) who were not Russian have slipped further. Example: Andrew Mangiapane.

    Mangiapane was bigger in his draft year than Zav was, and he also scored more (51 points) playing in a better league (OHL vs QMJHL). But not only was Andrew passed over altogether in his first draft eligible season (Zav was taken in his), he had to wait all the way until the 6th round in his second season.

    So that tweeter saying “because he was Russian” is a bit disingenuous. There were a couple dumb reasons contributing to his slipping in the draft.

  • oilcanboyd

    Big Z is progressing nicely…He likely will play in the NHL before Phillips.

    If the Flames get any regular season games from Schneider, a free agent signing during 2015 training camp, that will be a bonus…

    • cjc

      Think you need to look at it in context. In the past 4 seasons, the Flames have drafted just seven times in the top 90 (and one of them has been traded). They graduated 3 prospects this year, and Kylington and Mangiapane are oh so close. Given all that, I think they should be pretty chuffed about current performances. Sure there are a few disappointments, but there are also some nice surprises.

      • KKisTHEproblem

        And that is part of BT’s problem I think. 7 in the top 90 in 4 years? We have to stop giving away all those draft picks. If he drafts thhis well in the later rounds, I’d like to see more of what he does with earlier rounds: Valimaki, Andersson, Kylington, Tkatchuk (lucky at 6), Dube. That is a pretty good track record for rounds 1 and 2

    • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

      Emilio Pettersen is honestly tracking better than Gaudreau did at the same age in the NCAA in a better league. He literally has 2-3x more points than Oliver Wahlstrom and Joel Farabee both Top. 15 NHL Picks. Martin Pospisil is also putting up generational numbers for a U20 in the USHL. Throw in Dmitri Zavgorodniy and the Flames could honestly end up with three of the biggest steals in the 2018 draft.

      If that’s underwhelming there is no helping you (he’s likely an Oilers Troll anyway), I wouldn’t be saying this to a lot of people, because it’s not going to look great in a few years time.

  • Redleader

    Go snieder !! , Rafikov, zadgornovy, looks like there will be a lot of prospects getting pushed off the ladder next season too as a few are definitely underperforming but look at all these nice surprises ! Very intriguing prospect pool.

  • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

    Mathias Emilio Pettersen (NHLe 46.08), Martin Pospisil (NHLe 43.05), Dmitri Zavgorodniy NHLe (30.38), Milos Roman NHLe (22.51), Demetrious Koumontzis NHLe (14.08).

    Brian Burke leaves and Mr. Treliving just outright destroys the draft like it’s on easy mode without a pick in the Top. 104….. The Flames could easily get 3-4 legit NHLers from this draft (worse case two of Mathias Emilio Pettersen, Martin Pospisil, Dmitri Zavgorodniy, etc will pan out if they keep this up) and they didn’t pick in the first 3 Rounds!!!

    If Burke wasn’t around in 2014, I don’t even want to know who would be a Flame (Brayden Point, Thatcher Demko, etc). Yes, I know Trelving was the GM in 2014, but he was just hired and it clearly was Burke making the “Truculence” decisions back then, because look at this. WOWZA! Mr. Treliving and the Flames scouting staff…. Take a bow!!! Fun times ahead.

  • Bawcos

    I really enjoy these prospect updates. But, I would love to see beside their name/ pos./ league… Their age and draft status. Sorry for the extra work request.