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FlamesNation Prospect Update: Break time

With the lone exception of the Heat playing three games this week, everyone is heading off to enjoy their holiday break. How nice, unless you play for the Heat.

In case you missed it:

Dillon Dube – F, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 5 0 4 4 2 1 0 31.88
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -7.97

The Heat played one game this week, and they lost 1-0. Sorry in advance for reading the same 15 comments on Heat players.

Zach Fischer – RW, Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 14 0 2 2 2 1 1 3.28
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.55

Was healthy scratched once during KC’s three-game series against Idaho, all losses.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 26 8 6 14 8 11 6 21.46
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.86

No points for Foo this week.

Glenn Gawdin – C/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 26 6 6 12 3 12 3 18.39
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.74

Ditto.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 22 1 4 5 5 3 3 9.06
Change from last week

Healey is serving a three-game suspension for an ugly elbow against Manitoba two weeks ago. Two more games to go.

D’Artagnan Joly – RW/C, Victoriaville Tigres, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 31 11 15 26 15 20 12 19.53
Change from last week

Big news for Joly this week. The musketeer’s rocky relationship with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar came to a head on Sunday, when he was traded to the Victoriaville Tigres. Joly had been publicly called out by his coach earlier in the season for his performances and couldn’t find his way out of the doghouse, so he asked for a trade. From Le Droit:

Despite his efforts to defend himself defensively, he never felt that his game was appreciated by his head coach Martin Bernard, nor his general manager Steve Ahern who even allowed a joke against him in an interview with The Sun Wednesday.

“As for his talent, no one has any doubt. D’Artagnan is also a good person and a valued teammate, but respecting the speed limits on the ice is not always appropriate,” said Ahern, who found Joly was not playing with enough intensity.

The principal concerned did not want to respond to this criticism. He heard worse far from the microphones of the reporters.

“I realize we can not always get along with our coaches. For my part, it’s been three years since I try to please them. It was never enough. I never felt that my game was appreciated. Everybody makes mistakes. I am able to accept criticism. It makes me stronger. I made mistakes, but in press briefings after games, it often came back to mine. I was the scapegoat. In this context, it took me a change of air. Mentally, I was no longer there.

Joly does not know where he will be traded yet, but his goal will be clear in the second half of the season.

“I want to make everyone lie. Everything I did last year does not mean anything anymore. People are questioning me because my coach and my GM have said bad things about me. I play for a contract in the NHL and what they said did not help me. After Christmas, I will do everything to know the best half-season of my career. I will bring 100% to the team that will appreciate the type of player that I am. I have always produced points by visualizing opportunities and being defensively responsible.

Hopefully, Joly is right in betting on himself. The forward has fallen flat after a great season last year, and based on the comments and general tone around QMJHL Twitter, the reason for him struggling may not 100% be related to him. Perhaps a fresh start can push him back into contract discussion.

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
Up to date (VHL) 9 4 1 5 5 5 5 17.31
Change from last week

Didn’t play this week.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 20 1 9 10 4 9 3 14.8
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.65

No points for Koumontzis, who is sitting pretty at a 0.5 PPG mark headed into winter break.

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

In Calgary. Has he established himself there?

Linus Lindstrom – C/LW, Skelleftea AIK, SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 21 1 0 1 1 1 1 1.52
Change from last week

All of Swedish hockey was on break last week. Linus will be back in action on Wednesday.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 19 2 4 6 4 4 2 12.58
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.7

Back in Stockton for the time being. Wonder if he stays put or if he might fight his way (which could be literal for him, but not so in this case) back to Calgary.

Andrew Mangiapane – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 13 7 7 14 8 10 7 42.92
Change from last week

Back in Stockton, but didn’t come back in time to play for the Heat this weekend.

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

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

Heading into break while still not being a semi-regular player for your team is an awful spot to be in.

Adam Ollas Mattsson – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 25 2 5 7 5 4 3 11.16
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.46

No points.

Andrew Nielsen – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 10 0 4 4 2 2 1 15.94
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.77

Ditto.

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

The Div 1A WJCs are already over. Norway survived, thanks to Mathias’ strong performances, picking up three goals and three assists in four games for the Norwegians. He’s eligible for one more tournament, so we’ll see him again next season.

Matthew Phillips – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 23 5 4 9 6 7 6 15.59
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.71

No points.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 22 0 6 6 5 2 2 10.87
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.52

You know the deal by now.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 22 11 23 34 18 26 12 38.67
Change from last week 3 1 1 2 1 2 1 -3.2

A goal, an assist, and a trademark misconduct penalty for Pospisil this week.

Rushan Rafikov – D, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, KHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 29 3 5 8 6 6 5 18.19
Change from last week

On holidays.

Milos Roman – C, Vancouver Giants, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 30 16 13 29 12 25 8 23.94
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.82

Didn’t score in the one game he played before heading off to Slovakia’s WJC camp.

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sarnia Sting, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 33 11 24 35 16 25 13 28.09
Change from last week 2 1 3 4 1 2 1 +1.6

Ruzicka is getting hot at the right time. He’s been a very steady player this year, but hitting his stride right before the biggest junior tournament of the year is going to be key.

Kerby Rychel – F, Stockton Heat – X

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 25 13 8 21 16 15 11 33.48
Change from last week

Rychel’s hard work has finally paid off, as he’s been recalled to the Flames. Let’s see how long he’ll stick as Bill Peters’ excuse not to play Austin Czarnik.

Filip Sveningsson – LW, IK Oskarshamn, Allsvenskan

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 25 9 9 18 8 13 7 35.19
Change from last week

Didn’t play this week.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 32 6 11 17 8 13 6 21
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.92

One assist for Tuulola this week.

Rinat Valiev – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 21 0 3 3 3 2 2 5.69
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.29

You know the drill.

Dmitri Zavgorodniy – C/LW, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 34 19 22 41 22 30 17 28.08
Change from last week 3 2 0 2 1 2 1 -1.22

Two goals this week for Zavgorodniy, including a shorthanded marker. This kid can really play.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 18 925 0.861
Change from last week

Didn’t play this week due to recall.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 11 674 0.901
Change from last week

Backup Ben Halford saw starting time over McDonald, no reason given.

Tyler Parsons – G, Stockton Heat

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

Back (on the bench) this week!

Nick Schneider – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV%
ECHL Up to date 5 302.82 0.894
Change from last week 1 60 -0.013
AHL Up to date 11 220.16 0.922
Change from last week 1 59.13 +0.007

Got shellacked in the ECHL (28/33, 0.848 SV%) and then bounced back in the AHL to stop 30/31 (0.968 SV%) and keep the Heat in it against Bakersfield.

FlamesNation Prospect Update won’t be back next week, as it is Christmas. See you in the New Year.

  • withachance

    Hate to hear that about Joly. Absolutely despise coaches and players who air dirty laundry in the media. Hope karma comes around for the coach and GM of that team. Good for Joly to restrain himself in the media and focus on the future.

  • Off the wall

    Mrs Otw surprised me with World Junior tickets.

    I will get a first hand look at our Flames prospects from Slovakia.

    I hope to give you a brief summary of Pospisil, Ruzicka and Milos Roman. I haven’t seen their roster,( too early) but I’m hoping all 3 are on it..

  • everton fc

    Can’t see Kylington back in the “A”, ever. He’s an NHL defenceman.

    I can see Valimaki in Stockton, as soon as he’s ready to play.

    I believe Lomberg adds more to the Flames, than Czarnik. Too bad Mangiapane hit posts on several occasions, but he and Dube can’t seem to score up here. Quine has. Though no longer a “prospect”, Quine should also remain in Calgary. He’s actually younger than Czarnik. So is Lazar, by two years. Send Czarnik to the “A”. The Heat could use him.

    • Brian McGrattan's Salute

      Yeah, I mean I like Czarnik. With his underlying numbers, he could have many more points if he actually played regularly on a consistent line.

      That being said, BP is doing a good job making him more and more irrelevant with the help of strong prospect performances.

      Quine going on a tear would be glorious!

  • Squishin

    I think this is good news for Joly. If he’s being publicly called out and scapegoated on multiple occasions, the signs are there that the relationship has become harmful and corrosive. I hope this young man can gain a fresh start and rediscover his skills and love for the game.

  • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

    “Perhaps a fresh start (for Joly)
    can push him back into contract discussion.”

    I really hope the Flames don’t give up on Joly and that he can earn a contract here, he had 1.23 PPG as only a 18 year old last year. Its not everyday that a 6’3” forward whose also a standout athlete puts up those kind of numbers. Glad he is getting a fresh start, those coaches seem fairly biased against him. If his intentions were misguided he would have asked for a trade a long time ago. The fact that he tried to stick it out as long as he did shows character to me. Hope he has a ton of success with Victoriaville.

  • The Doctor

    Re Joly, glad for him he has a chance to get out of the doghouse. We all know from our experience with Gulutzan that coaches’ judgment is not infallible. Sometimes coaches are incredibly biased and stubborn and form very fixed views about certain players based on feelings as much as facts.

  • fumanchu1968

    Those nasty hits on Dube in his start in the NHL probably killed his confidence. Him and Mangy need a good year in the AHL (maybe two years?) and wait for a spot to open up on the NHL roster. Neither one of those kids belongs in the bottom 6.

  • Squishin

    One more from me:
    I think Schneider is a very interesting case. He seems to enjoy the AHL far more than the ECHL or the WHL. Either way, the book is not out yet on this kid. I will eat the required crow if he makes it, as I had zero confidence in his abilities after last season.