FlamesNation Prospect Update: Phillips tears up the AHL

And he’s only 5’7!

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    • Jon Gillies was here!
    • But just for a brief minute as David Rittich was recovering from injury. Dillon Dube joined him on the Stockton Shuttle to California, as Andrew Mangiapane has been activated from the IR.

Dillon Dube – F, Stockton Heat, AHL

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

To answer my question from last week, Dillon Dube will not stay in Calgary.

Zach Fischer – RW, Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 22 1 4 5 5 4 4 5.22
Change from last week 3 1 1 2 2 2 2 +1.59

Fischer picked up his first professional goal in addition to an assist in a wild 6-4 game against Rapid City, where he also picked up the first star.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 34 10 8 18 10 14 7 21.1
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 +1.17

Foo contributed a goal and assist during Stockton’s weekend. He’s been heating up the last few weeks, but so has the rest of the team. Might be too little, too late.

Glenn Gawdin – C/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 30 7 6 13 4 13 4 17.27
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 +0.19

Back from a minor injury. Added another goal to his name.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 27 1 5 6 5 3 3 8.86
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 +1.2

Played one game and picked up an assist, but healthy scratched in the second game of Stockton’s weekend.

D’Artagnan Joly – RW/C, Rimouski Oceanic

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 36 12 16 28 17 21 13 18.11
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.07

Didn’t have a great weekend with his new team. No points, and on the ice for a handful of goals against.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date (KHL) 21 3 4 7 7 6 6 24.29
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2.31
Up to date (VHL) 9 4 1 5 5 5 5 17.31
Change from last week

Blanked in both of CSKA’s games this week.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 24 1 9 10 4 9 3 12.33
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.13

A bit of concern developing here, as Koumontzis was listed as the extra forward for ASU’s second game against Boston College this weekend. The NCAA allows hockey teams to dress more than 18 players if they see fit, and Koumontzis, who hasn’t scored since the opening weekend and hasn’t picked up a point since early December, was given that designation. It generally means less ice time and reduced role, which is fine for a freshman forward, but not a great look regardless.

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 27 1 2 3 2 2 1 3.55
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 +1.09

Points in back-to-back weeks for Linus. Maybe he’s heating up, but his ice time still paints him as a fourth line guy.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 24 5 4 9 7 7 5 14.94
Change from last week 2 2 0 2 2 2 2 +2.26

Two goals from Lomberg. If Mangiapane is going to come back down to Stockton to get some time in post-injury, it makes sense that Lomberg is going to come back up.

Andrew Mangiapane – LW/C, Stockton Heat – X

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

Off the IR, but still in Calgary. How long though? We’ll see (probably will be announced before this post goes up).

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

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 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Mattson finally got into both of MSU’s games this weekend, which is a first this season. As you may have gathered, he isn’t playing a heck of a lot this season. Estimated time on ice being what it is, but he’s only on for about six minutes per game.

Adam Ollas Mattsson – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 32 3 7 10 7 6 4 12.45
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 +0.49

Another assist from AOM this week. He’s been the anchor on Stockton’s bare bones defence. Calgary doesn’t need to sign him to an ELC right now, but he’s probably the best candidate to get one.

Andrew Nielsen – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 18 0 5 5 3 3 2 11.07
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.38

Playing on Stockton’s third pairing now.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 18 5 13 18 8 10 4 36
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 -2.25

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 31 10 13 23 14 17 13 29.57
Change from last week 2 1 3 4 2 4 2 +3.46

The headliner has had himself a year. Since starting the year point-less in eight games, he has racked up 23 in 23, with the majority of that scoring being recent as he’s found a home for himself on the top line. If Lomberg doesn’t do it for you as a potential call-up, maybe Phillips gets a chance?

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 29 2 9 11 7 7 4 15.12
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 +0.32

Phillips’ former linemate isn’t doing that poorly for himself, also continuing a hot (mild?) streak.

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

Back from the WJC, having picked up two points in five games for the Slovaks. He was generally a nuisance for the opposition, and naturally led the Slovaks in PIMs with eight.

He still hasn’t suited up for Sioux City though. He’s fallen from first to 12th in USHL scoring during his departure, although everyone ahead of him has played anywhere from five to 12 more games than him.

Rushan Rafikov – D, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, KHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 37 3 7 10 7 6 5 17.82
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 +0.87

Picked up an assist in KHL action this week. The KHL’s website tells me he is #289 in the “Priceless league,” and I guess that’s good.

Milos Roman – C, Vancouver Giants, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 32 17 14 31 13 26 8 23.99
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 1 1 0 +0.05

Finished the WJC at just under a point per game, with three goals and an assist in five games. He was tied for first in Slovak goalscoring.

He also brought that back over (it’s hard to say “back” as the WJC was in Victoria, but I digress) to the WHL, picking up a goal and an assist for the Giants along with a first star nod.

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sarnia Sting, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 35 11 26 37 17 27 14 28
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 1 2 1 -0.89

Ruzicka, Slovakia’s captain, finished with two goals and an assist.

Back in the OHL, he picked up two assists upon his return.

Kerby Rychel – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 32 15 14 29 19 20 13 36.12
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 0 1 0 +0.25

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 26 9 9 18 8 13 7 33.83
Change from last week

Didn’t pick up a point in his four WJC games, partially owing to a bout of illness, partially owing to being on the fourth line. Still hasn’t returned to Allsvenskan action.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 37 6 15 21 8 13 6 21.05
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 +0.45

Another powerplay assist for Tuulola in his lone game this week.

Rinat Valiev – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 25 0 6 6 4 2 2 9.56
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 +0.9

Back from a minor injury, picked up an assist.

Dmitri Zavgorodniy – C/LW, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 39 19 24 43 24 30 17 25.68
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 -0.76

Just an assist from Zavgorodniy this week. In a bit of a minor slump.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

Up to date 22 1135 0.865
Change from last week

Was in Calgary for the week, so the reins were handed off to Tyler Parsons.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks

Up to date 12 674 0.907
Change from last week

Neither he nor Schneider played this week. No word as to why.

Tyler Parsons – G, Stockton Heat

Up to date 8 384 0.865
Change from last week 2 80 -0.015

Stockton’s goaltending issues don’t appear to be getting a resolution any time soon. Parsons allowed three in the first period on 19 shots (0.842) and was given the prompt hook (backup and old ATO buddy Ryan Faragher didn’t fare much better, allowing four on 26 shots). It wasn’t injury related, as he returned the next night to allow six against Colorado. Granted, the Heat were leading 7-3 in the third period before Colorado came storming back, but 23 of 29 (0.793) doesn’t inspire much confidence. Let’s see how things are handled in the next few weeks with two healthy goalies.

Nick Schneider – G, Kansas City Mavericks

ECHL Up to date 10 602 0.894
Change from last week
AHL Up to date 11 220.16 0.922
Change from last week

Didn’t play.

  • Stu Gotz

    Don’t even think of calling up Phillips at this point. Let this kid develop in Stockton for a couple of years. The game is changing in his favour. Given his size he needs to be Johnny Hockey good to be successful in the NHL. As well he needs to play top 6 with the Flames and now is not the time IMO.

    • cjc

      There are plenty of forwards close to JH’s size who can play in the NHL but are not stars. Also, he doesn’t need to play in the top 6. 5 of those spots are already spoken for for the foreseeable future. I’d be keen to see them roll out a line of Mangiapane-Dube-Phillips at the end of the regular season, just to see how they look together (bonus: Phillips is a RHS).

      That said, I agree with keeping him in Stockton for the time being since there isn’t a pressing need to see what he can do at an NHL level.

  • Kzak

    I’m going to assume that you meant to say the players ahead of Pospisil in the scoring race have played five to 12 MORE games than him, not fewer.

    With that being said, it seems he might be one of our best prospects.

  • MWflames

    Could the goalie problems in stockton be a bit evidence of defensive problems? Are these guys giving up weak goals or is the stockton D leaky? Or both?

    I mean if AOM is your best defenseman thats probably not good. Add 2 of 3 three rookie defencemen back to stockton and the goalie conversation probably improves.

    Nice to see phillips getting the hang of things, after a rough start, he’s officially an exciting prospect again.

    Flames need to hang onto their high picks for the next couple years, you have to squint a little for exciting talent right now. Which is not a condemnation on the players or the flames, just that we’ve traded a lot of picks recently, and promoted our best, so thats bound to happen. time to re-stockton the cupboards (sorry)!

    • Jumping Jack Flash

      I was curious about the porous defence as well so I have been checking the highlights over the last few weeks. I am sure some other Stockton fans can answer better but from what I saw the goalies have been left out to dry. Both Gillies an Parsons give up a lot of PP goals. Stockton seems to be regularly out shot with a high rate of HDSC. Having said that, I noticed Gillies had some ill advised puck handling goals and soft goals. Parsons looked he had figured it out but then stumbled again.

      Delia, Chicago’s stand out goalie in last night’s game had poor ECHLand AHL numbers and learned his trade playing roller hockey so there is no perfect blue print.

    • RealMcHockeyReturns

      AOM has looked very good at past development camps, Just perhaps unsigned into NHL-AHL contract due to past clogging of D pipeline. He is solid and should be signed as insurance and prospect. At least he does not run back to Europe l8ke other guys who don’t make NHL first year over here

    • canadian1967

      3M is done, that is so 2 years ago. Unless you want to designate Backlund’s line as 3M, as in Mikael Backlund 3rd line C without Matty. Which would be a good thing, by the way. Tkachuk has outgrown both Backs and Fro, and that is absolutely Fantastic.
      I can see the lines moving to a more balanced look like:

      JG SM EL
      MT MJ JN
      SB MB MF
      DD DR GH

      Although I’d prefer something more like this for the Playoffs:
      JG SM JN (If Neal can’t get it going, then try Bennett there)
      MT MJ EL
      This would spread out the scoring a bit to make us harder to shut down.

      It has become clear that EL is not being carried by JG and SM, so putting him with Chucky is tantalizing. Just imagine having 2 lines with top 30 scorers!

  • Scoring_guru

    Someone needs to explain to me why Ryan Lomberg keeps getting a chance with the big club? Am I missing something? Don’t we have better options in Stockton, even if it is for a 4th liner?

  • MDG1600

    Not sure how much of this falls on BT and how much on Brad Pascall but shouldn’t the Flames organization take a little “Heat” for Stockton being such a crappy non-playoff team yet again? The defence in particular is just plain awful and completely devoid of prospects. And as always, the organizational ability to evaluate goaltending is terrible. It might be nice for some of these youngsters to learn how to win in the AHL rather than learn how to give up 6 goals a game and miss the playoffs.

    • R4anders

      The goalies we drafted were taken well within slotted range so every scout who put together the rankings was wrong as well, not really uncommon when it comes to goalies. When the year started Stockton anticipated having Kylington, Anderson and Valimaki in the lineup. Not surprising they’re struggling, that’s what happens when you have D prospects who graduated to the show, I’d argue it’s more of a sign of success in developing prospects.

      • The GREAT WW

        MacDonald was a horrible pick right from the start.
        Even worse; Demko was still on the board.

        Parsons wasn’t highly ranked either.
        Posters on FN thought we outsmarted everyone (again) when we picked him way too early.

        Our amateur goalie scouts are terrible….


    • KootenayFlamesFan

      To be fair, they likely should have had at least one if not two more D prospects, but they’ve been up here playing for the flames. Hammer was out to begin the year and now Stone and Valimaki.

  • Bionicle77

    On rafikov, priceless league is a purely voting related thing done by the khl.
    Fans vote after each game for the “priceless player” , ie player of the game.
    The priceless league ranking is just total votes in all games.

    • freethe flames

      I agree. We have seen enough of both Dube and Mangiapane at this point. Maybe he is looked at if we move Frolik? I generally like Frolik’s game but for some reason he has fallen out of favour with BP and IMO he is our best trade trip outside of our first rounder.

  • Derzie

    NHLE of 40 is the minimum for being NHL-worthy. Right now, that’s Mangiapane. That’s it. A few knocking in the 30s but no one else appears ready at this point.

  • freethe flames

    I know that not everyone needs as much information as me but I made a little chart with some information on the non pro’s
    Flames Prospects Additional information
    This is information that has been gathered from “elite prospects” not currently playing in professional hockey in North America. I have excluded the players playing Russia as I think there is little chance they return to NA.
    Name Handedness Ht Wt DOB
    Joly R 6’3 181 April 7 99
    Koumuntizis L 5’10 183 March 24 00
    Lindstrom L 6’ 165 Jan 8 98
    Pettersen L 5’10 172 April 3 00
    Popisil L 6’2 183 Nov 19 99
    Roman L 6’ 192 Nov 6 99
    Ruzicka L 6’4 203 May 11 99
    Sveningsson L 6’ 182 July 3 99
    Tuulola R 6’2 190 March 17 98
    Zavgrodniy L 5’9 174 Aug 4 00