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FlamesNation Prospect Update: Klimchuk, Mangiapane return

Something about the Calgary Flames and guys whose names start with the letter “M.”

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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

Didn’t play at all last week. Unknown if it’s healthy scratch or injury.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 20 5 4 10 4 7 2 19.93
Change from last week 4 0 1 1 1 0 0 -2.49

Foo’s struggles have become more and more apparent over the last few weeks. With Andrew Mangiapane out until the latest game, Foo was nominally the team’s top winger and failed to produce. Maybe things will turn around, but he’s certainly running out of room, and single-point weeks aren’t going to move him up the recall list.

Glenn Gawdin – C/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 20 7 2 9 2 9 2 17.93
Change from last week 4 2 0 2 0 2 0 +0.49

Two more powerplay goals for Gawdin this week, who is just feasting on opposing penalty kills. I don’t know if he necessarily has what it takes to be a future NHLer, but if he’s a fourth liner with special teams value, that’s pretty good for a free find.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 18 0 3 3 3 2 2 6.64
Change from last week 4 0 1 1 1 1 1 +0.95

Four games, one assist for Healey. He is one point away from matching his 2017-18 totals.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 26 11 11 22 14 17 11 19.71
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 -1.55

Just a secondary assist for Joly this week. Starting to look very shaky about ever getting an NHL contract.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date (KHL) 14 1 2 3 3 2 2 17.98
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3.68
Up to date (VHL) 7 3 1 4 4 4 4 17.81
Change from last week

Perhaps staying in the KHL for good? He hasn’t been to the VHL since international break.

Morgan Klimchuk – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 16 3 5 8 7 3 3 19.93
Change from last week 4 2 2 4 4 2 2 +6.65

Been looking superb since coming off the IR. Maybe he gets into gear and fights his way back into the prospect conversation.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 16 1 7 8 3 8 3 14.8
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0

Just an assist for Koumontzis this week.

Oliver Kylington – D, Stockton Heat – X

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 18 7 7 14 8 10 8 31
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 -1.38

In Calgary! For how long? Who knows. His parting gift to Stockton was a goal.

Linus Lindstrom – C/LW, Skelleftea AIK, SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 17 1 0 1 1 1 1 1.88
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.25

Back from injury. Still struggling, however.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat – X

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 18 2 4 6 4 4 2 13.28
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.66

Currently in Calgary, but hasn’t played yet.

Andrew Mangiapane – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 12 6 7 13 8 10 7 43.17
Change from last week 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 -0.3

Back from injury and has already potted a goal upon his return.

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

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 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Finally got back into a game for Michigan State after a two-week absence. Was scratched for the second game, however. Unclear if it’s injury, but likely healthy.

Adam Ollas Mattsson – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 20 2 3 5 4 4 3 9.96
Change from last week 4 1 0 1 1 1 1 +2.49

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 12 5 9 14 5 8 3 42
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 -4.8

Powerplay goal for MEP this week.

This may be his final set of games before the Div 1A WJCs, which take place in the second week of December. Denver doesn’t play next weekend, and he’ll (presumably) be in transit before they return.

Matthew Phillips – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 17 4 3 7 5 5 4 16.41
Change from last week 4 1 1 2 1 2 1 +1.08

Chugging along at a half-point-per-game pace. Not bad for a bottom six rookie.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 16 0 4 4 3 2 2 9.96
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 1 1 1 +0.76

Just an assist for Pollock this week. Pushed out of the lineup when Mangiapane returned.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 17 10 21 31 16 23 10 41.87
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 -1.18

Played one game but missed the other two for Sioux City. There’s no given reason, but considering his recent NCAA fallout, it’s one of those things that make you go “hmmm.”

Rushan Rafikov – D, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, KHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 25 3 5 8 6 6 5 21.1
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.83

No points for Rafikov this week.

Milos Roman – C, Vancouver Giants, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 24 12 11 23 10 19 6 23.73
Change from last week 2 2 1 3 1 2 +1.22

Another big week for Roman, who went over a point-per-game for the second week running. Slowly developing into the key piece for Vancouver.

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sarnia Sting, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 25 7 18 25 11 17 9 26.49
Change from last week 4 4 2 6 3 6 3 +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 20 9 6 15 12 11 9 29.89
Change from last week 4 2 3 5 5 3 3 +2.30

A huge week for Rychel, who was especially dominant at 5v5.

Filip Sveningsson – LW, IK Oskarshamn, Allsvenskan

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 21 8 9 17 7 12 6 46.16
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -6.6

Sveningsson’s miniature reign of terror in the Allsvenskan may be over, at least temporarily. No points in his last four games.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 25 6 9 15 8 12 5 23.72
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.45

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 16 0 3 3 3 2 2 7.47
Change from last week 4 0 3 3 3 2 2 +7.47

First three assists of the season for Valiev.

Dmitri Zavgorodniy – C/LW, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 26 14 19 33 18 23 13 29.56
Change from last week 3 2 1 3 2 2 2 -0.82

Set such a high bar for himself that a point-per-game week results in his NHLe going down.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 14 632.46 0.852
Change from last week 2 +79.54 -0.003

Returned from injury to have a very Jon Gillies and anti-Jon Gillies week. The first part means that he returned and got pulled after allowing a flurry of goals. The second part means that he did the exact opposite when Nick Schneider got lit up.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks

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

Allowed five goals on 44 shots (17/20 = 0.850 and 22/24 = 0.917).

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 8 161.03 0.935
Change from last week 4 158.94 -0.028

Perhaps the Schneider-mania is disappearing just as quickly as it showed up. Three quick goals in less than three minutes against Tuscon and three goals on 14 shots in the first period against San Diego were major lowlights this week for Schneider. He did have a strong start (33/35 = 0.943) and stole a win in relief of Gillies.

    • Heeeeere’s Johnny

      He seems pretty high on MEP. SPeed and size are his shortcomings. Additional bulk often comes with age, and with strength often comes more speed. You can’t teach vision and hockey IQ, which are already his strengths.

    • tank_06

      I believe it was that since he played a little bit of pro hockey in Europe before coming over he is not eligible. I also heard may have to do with his grades.

    • cjc

      Let’s see:

      -Mangiapane back and scores a goal. (If he was a right shot he’d be getting minutes over Hathaway, and maybe even Dube)

      -Kylington getting a call up and continuing to play well in the AHL

      -4 prospects with an NHLe over 40 (2 of whom are in their D+1 seasons)

      Not a single first rounder in the bunch, because they are all with the big team. Sure there’s a few guys struggling, and the goaltending situation ain’t pretty, but overall there are lots of bright spots.

      • Greg

        IIRC, 40 NHLe is roughly the cut off where a prospect projects as having a legitimate chance of making the NHL. And 30 for a dman. So we’ve got 4 forwards that barely make that cut, and 1 dman. Ya, I’d say that qualifies as “not much to get excited about”.

        The saving grace is we’ve spent a lot of future assets to accumulate a pretty young core. Gio is the only “post-apex” player and there’s 3 d under 22 in the flames to help ease us into the post-gio world. So luckily, we’ve got several years to rebuild the farm and have a sustainable pipeline before the current core starts to age out.

        • Heeeeere’s Johnny

          Agreed. The downside of this is that we have to stop spending the future at least right now. This does not yet feel like a “push your chips into the middle” team. Close, but I gotta see more.

  • deantheraven

    Gawd, it must be tough playing in the minors and dreaming about the Bigs. Without playing time, numbers don’t improve or get worse. But not playing means “not good enough” to anyone watching. The coaches at lower levels have so much influence on a player’s career. Personally, I hope Klimchuk can at least cook. Then maybe he can make some nice cookies for the coaches and get in their favour.

  • MDG1600

    Could everyone just cool their jets on NHLe being some sort of magical affirmation that prospect x is a sure fire NHLer. First off, every GM in the league employs an army of scouts rather than just save the $$ and rely on NHLE when drafting. Secondly, a guy like Petterson drops from NHLE of 47 to 42 in 2 games. So if the same thing happens next week he goes from sure fire NHLer to fringe prospect in 2 weeks?

    • benfr

      Also I would like to see something which rates games on more than offensive stats. Olas-Mattson and the like will never look good with only offensive stats. At least add +/-.