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FlamesNation Prospect Update: Back from break

Holidays are over, back to work.

In case you missed it:

  • Here’s the last update from two weeks ago.
  • Your Hitmen report.
  • We took a look at our top 20 prospects from this summer and did some rethinking:
  • World Juniors is happening, and we’ve been keeping tabs on how Flames prospects are coming along:
  • Transaction news!

Dillon Dube – F, Stockton Heat, AHL – X

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 8 1 7 8 5 4 2 39.85
Change from last week 3 1 3 4 3 3 2 +7.97

Before coming up to Calgary, Dube put in a good body of work, picking up four points in three games. Will he stay in Calgary?

Zach Fischer – RW, Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 19 0 3 3 3 2 2 3.63
Change from last week 5 0 1 1 1 1 1 +0.35

Picked up an assist in KC’s New Year’s Eve game.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 32 9 7 16 9 12 7 19.93
Change from last week 6 1 1 2 1 1 1 -1.54

For reasons we’ll see later, Foo’s window as a feasible NHL prospect is likely closed. If he scored a bit more often, you might wonder if he’s worth a spin, but he’s not even close to the conversation right now.

Glenn Gawdin – C/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 28 6 6 12 3 12 3 17.08
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.21

Likely injured. No word on what it is (if it even is an injury, though it would be weird if they were healthy scratching him) or how long he’ll be out.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 26 1 4 5 5 3 3 7.66
Change from last week 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.4

Back from a three-game suspension.

D’Artagnan Joly – RW/C, Rimouski Oceanic

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 34 12 16 28 17 21 13 19.18
Change from last week 3 1 1 2 2 1 1 -0.35

Since we last checked in on Joly, he’s been traded again. After forcing his way out of a toxic situation in Baie-Comeau, he landed with Victoriaville, who promptly flipped him to Rimouski without Joly ever suiting up for the Tigres.

He’s done well so far for his new team, picking up the late game-tying goal for the Oceanic in his first game, and an assist in his third game.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date (KHL) 19 3 4 7 7 6 6 24.29
Change from last week 5 2 2 4 4 4 4 +6.31
Up to date (VHL) 9 4 1 5 5 5 5 17.31
Change from last week

Don’t look now, but Karnaukhov is actually having a great year in the KHL. He’s struggled to get to Russia’s top league, but now he’s arrived and looking comfortable. I don’t think the Flames will ever sign him – the link was probably severed when he fled the WHL – but his recent strong play is something worth keeping an eye on. The Flames own his rights in perpetuity, so it’s not like there’s a deadline to bring him over.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 22 1 9 10 4 9 3 13.46
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.34

Back from break, but no points for Koumontzis.

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

Still in Calgary. I’ve been tempted to remove him from this list, but I know as soon as I do he’ll be reassigned to Stockton.

Linus Lindstrom – C/LW, Skelleftea AIK, SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 26 1 1 2 2 1 1 2.46
Change from last week 5 0 1 1 1 0 0 +0.96

Finally got his second point of the season. Still on the fourth line, though.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 22 3 4 7 5 5 3 12.68
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 1 1 1 +0.1

With Calgary healing up, he’s probably in Stockton for the long term. Picking up a key goal in a comeback effort against San Jose probably helps his case to come back up.

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

On the IR. Once he clears, he’s likely headed back down to Stockton.

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

MSU played this week, but Mattson didn’t. Recurring theme.

Adam Ollas Mattsson – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 30 3 6 9 6 5 3 11.96
Change from last week 5 1 1 2 1 1 0 +0.8

A goal and an assist for AOM, who continues to make a strong case for an ELC.

Andrew Nielsen – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 16 0 5 5 3 3 2 12.45
Change from last week 6 0 1 1 1 1 1 -3.49

Cooling off after a hot start with the Heat.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 16 5 12 15 7 10 4 38.25
Change from last week 4 0 3 3 2 2 1 -0.32

Back in action, and still racking up the points. Obviously, he was never going to keep up the 2.0 PPG pace he started the season with, but I’m curious to see how he’ll finish heading into the NCAA hockey stretch.

Matthew Phillips – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 29 9 10 19 6 7 6 26.11
Change from last week 6 4 6 10 0 0 0 +10.52

To bring it back to what I said about Foo earlier, Phillips has completely usurped him for Stockton. It’s impressive that Phillips has stepped up for Stockton, especially with the roster uncertainty and injuries they’ve piled up among their forwards. Phillips was definitely going to take time to acclimate to the pros, but he appears to be further along than what we thought. Contingent on him keeping up the torrid pace, however.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 27 2 8 10 7 6 4 14.76
Change from last week 5 2 2 4 2 4 2 +3.89

Pollock has also stepped up. He may be further away than Phillips, but positive development is positive development. He started heating up around this point last year, so maybe he’s finally found his form.

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

At the WJC! He only has an assist through four games, but he has been getting under the skin of his opponents.

Rushan Rafikov – D, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, KHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 35 3 6 9 6 6 5 16.95
Change from last week 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 -1.23

Played six games, picked up an assist.

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

Also at the WJC. Has two goals and an assist.

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

Like Roman, Captain Slovakia has two goals and an assist thus far at the WJC.

Kerby Rychel – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 30 15 12 27 19 19 13 35.87
Change from last week 5 2 4 6 3 4 2 +2.39

Picked up where he left off in Stockton.

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

At the WJC. No points in three games. He’s playing through illness, however, as he missed Sweden’s most recent game.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 36 6 14 20 8 13 6 20.59
Change from last week 4 0 3 3 0 1 0 -0.41

After a few silent weeks from Tuulola, he bounced back with three assists in his last two games, all coming on the powerplay.

Rinat Valiev – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 23 0 5 5 3 2 2 8.66
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 0 0 0 +2.97

Valiev picked up two assists, and then got hurt.

Dmitri Zavgorodniy – C/LW, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 37 19 23 42 23 30 17 28.08
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 -1.64

Just an assist from Zavgorodniy this week.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 22 1135 0.865
Change from last week 4 210 +0.004

He had a mixed week. Started off stellar with a 0.929 SV% against Bakersfield, followed it up with two stinkers against Iowa and Tucson (0.822, 0.815 respectively) and finished with a relief appearance shutout on 14 shots.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 12 674 0.907
Change from last week 1 60 +0.006

Played in one game this week (0.967 SV%) after a brief disappearance. Might be injured, because Nick Schneider hasn’t been playing well yet hasn’t received the hook in any of his games.

Tyler Parsons – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 6 304 0.880
Change from last week 3 138 +0.049

Has had a really stellar return for Stockton. Nearly shut out Iowa (0.969 SV%) and had an exceptional 39-save performance against Tucson (0.951 SV%). He did crumple against San Jose on New Year’s Eve, allowing six before getting pulled midway through the second (0.806 SV%). His defence didn’t help a lot, allowing 31 shots by about the halfway mark of the game.

Nick Schneider – G, Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV%
ECHL Up to date 10 602 0.894
Change from last week 5 300 -0.013
AHL Up to date 11 220.16 0.922
Change from last week

Schneider has the starter’s net in KC, but hasn’t been doing too well. He’s allowed three or more goals in each of his appearances this week.

  • freethe flames

    You look at this list and you think Rychel might be a black ace come the playoffs, Phillips looks to be developing well and after that a bunch of guys either playing Europe or not in a position to help come the playoff push. Makes me think BT may need to be active before the trade deadline.

  • everton fc

    I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Phillips passes Mangiapane, at some point. Wonder what Stockton’s Finest has to say about that.

    Fischer has 100 PLMs in 20 games. Seems this is the chosen path – and probably the only path for him to get to Stockton. Unless he begins to show some offence, or unfortunately ends up out of the game by his mid-20’s, with concussion issues.

    • Stockton's Finest

      I like Phillips. Once he broke the scoring seal, he has been one of the best players for the Heat. He was on the top line last night with Lazar and Rychel. He was also on PP1 yesterday. He had a 3-point night (1-2).

      He is not afraid of the front of the net. He still gets pushed off the puck a little. It is funny to watch him “finish a check” as most times he just bounces off the defender. I can’t see him in Calgary this year. He needs at least a full year here.

      As for Christian’s comment that he has surpassed Foo, I don’t think just yet, but the gap has definitely closed quickly. I think Foo has a better shot and shoots more, but Phillips has a higher scoring percentage. Phillips is 5th on the team in scoring with 19 points (9-10) while Foo is 7th (9-8). Foo has played 3 more games than Phillips. Foo is just a bit stronger today, but Phillips is looking more comfortable each and every day.

    • freethe flames

      I’m hopeful that Phillips will be an NHLer but he will need to a top 6 scorer. What I hope happens is he becomes the Johnny to Tkachuk down the road.

  • Stu Gotz

    As much as I like Dube and his speed on that 4th line I would like to see him develop in Stockton for 1-2 years playing in all situations including PK & PP. The remaining games for the Flames are going to get tighter for the top 6 making it critical for the bottom 6 to score goals. I liked Quine who has played in big games and can be productive at this level.

  • freethe flames

    I spent a little time yesterday looking at last years trade deadline activity and tried to decide which ones really mattered. The most important one was Washington acquiring Kempny and then I would the Jets getting Stastny. So I’m reluctant to put together a shopping list for BT. So my shopping list begins at home: first James Neal builds on his effort the last 3/4 games and becomes close to the player we signed. If that happens there may be no need to go forward shopping. Second: a return to health for both Valimaki and Stone; this would negate needing to lose assets to add depth on D for a playoff run. These would be my hope and off course that the core remain healthy.

      • freethe flames

        Start looking around the league at teams back ups and third goalies and ask your self who is available. If the Flames could find a guy and move Gilles or someone lower on the food chain but as we frequently say goalies are voodoo.

        • Stu Gotz

          Once the trade deadline approaches and non-playoff teams are identified the market will open up for a potential trade. As a fan my preference is to draft and develop…Gillies and MacDonald are disappointments and the other guys are young.

        • Stockton's Finest

          Based on Christian’s Prospect Report, would you package Gillies and Foo for an AHL goalie? I posted yesterday that I would re-sign Smith for a 1 year-$2M as Rittich’s back up, as right he would be our beat option for 22 or so games. This organization is lacking a #3 goalie, as Parsons is #4 and still needs at least a full year in Stockton (as was on display last night). Figure Schneider is #5.

  • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

    Mathias Emilio Pettersen has 17 Points in 16 GP. You have it as 15 Point in 16 GP. You actually just miscalculated the the addition between goals (5) and assists (12).

    Therefore he is currently still slightly ahead of Gaudreaus freshman point totals in a slightly better league and that means he leads all true freshman in scoring with 17 Points. He is really looking like a potential steal. I’ve watched a couple of their games online and he is all over the place and has a ton of tools to build on down the road as he get stronger. He can score from anywhere with a deceptive wrist shot is a great skater with elite edging, has a solid passing touch and a high end motor who never stops going. As a comparison first rounder Joel Farabee has 6 less points in the same amount of games and Oliver Wahlstrom a Top. 10 pick has 12 less points.

    Demetrios Koumontzis is currently six in true freshman points, but has played a ton of games. Still it’s not a bad start considering how young he is for the NCAA and he should most likely still be in the USHL.

    • freethe flames

      How far away are these kids from making their pro debut? As NCAA freshmen likely 2/3 years till they reach the AHL then another couple till the NHL. My concern of course is this year. I’m glad they are doing well and just like the Euro’s I hopeful some will come over next year and the organization will be better.

  • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

    “I don’t think the Flames will ever sign (Karnaukhov) – the link was probably severed when he fled the WHL“

    Glad you’re still featuring him now that he is playing well. To be honest, I don’t know about him never coming over…..

    When a kid for Minsk gets an opportunity to go make $100,000+ in pro hockey, I don’t think the Flames would ever hold that against him. We’re talking about Belarus one of the poorest countries in the former Soviet Union. If he was from the USA or Canada, I could totally buy that theory, but we’re talking about a place where they don’t have a lot and signing a KHL deal would be life changing money for his family. I always thought Pavel Karnaukhov was fairly talented when he was with the Hitmen and he was just getting acclimatized to the North American game when he left, but if he starts lighting it up in the KHL, it might not be out of the question to see him again in a year or two. If he just remains a average KHLer he isn’t coming back to the AHL, I think we can all agree on that, but if he’s legit I could see it. Most of the Russians the Hitmen get are respresented by a Calgary based, former Russian player agent (name escapes me), so I’m sure he’ll still be in contact if his camp thinks he is ready for the NHL.