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FlamesNation Prospect Update: Heading down the stretch

With junior hockey trade deadlines passing and just about a third of the season left to get underway, it’s time for playoff pushes. How will Flames prospects perform?

In case you missed it:

Dillon Dube – F, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 11 2 9 11 6 6 3 39.85
Change from last week 3 1 2 3 1 2 1 0

With three points in three games since returning, Dube does not appear to be content in the AHL. There’s not really a spot open right now in Calgary, but he seems like the de facto call-up should one open up.

Zach Fischer – RW, Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 26 3 5 8 6 6 5 7.06
Change from last week 3 2 1 3 1 2 1 +1.84

Fischer’s had his best week so far as a professional, picking up two big goals and an assist. He’s on the KC powerplay now, which is where he saw some success in the WHL. Perhaps that’s the key to unlocking him.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 37 10 9 19 10 15 7 20.46
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 -0.64

Just an assist for Foo this week.

Glenn Gawdin – C/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 33 8 8 16 6 15 5 19.32
Change from last week 3 1 2 3 2 2 1 +2.05

Gawdin also had a fine week, picking up three points. He also picked up his first non-primary point of the year.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 29 1 5 6 5 3 3 8.25
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.61

Two games and a scratch for Healey this week.

D’Artagnan Joly – RW/C, Rimouski Oceanic

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 39 12 16 28 17 21 13 16.72
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.35

Joly’s struggles seem to have followed him to his new team. He hasn’t scored since his debut weekend with Rimouski.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date (KHL) 24 3 4 7 7 6 6 19.23
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2.75
Up to date (VHL) 9 4 1 5 5 5 5 17.31
Change from last week

No points for Karnaukhov this week.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 26 1 10 11 4 9 3 12.52
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 +0.19

Koumontzis picked up his first assist since December even though Cornell swept ASU.

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 29 1 2 3 2 2 1 331
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.24

Somehow only played 68 seconds in Skelleftea’s game against Tikra.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 27 5 5 10 8 8 6 14.76
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 1 1 1 -0.18

Just another assist for Lomberg this week.

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

First point, hopefully of many, for Mangiapane in the NHL.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Just played in one of two games this week for MSU.

Adam Ollas Mattsson – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 35 4 6 10 7 6 4 11.38
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.07

No points for AOM this week, although he did have an assist stat corrected to a goal.

Andrew Nielsen – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 20 0 5 5 3 3 2 9.96
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.11

Two games for Nielsen this week, no points.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 20 5 15 20 9 12 5 36
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 1 2 1 0

Still rocking a point-per-game pace. That’s good for fifth among freshman scorers, but MEP is the youngest of the top five.

Matthew Phillips – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 34 10 13 23 14 17 13 26.96
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2.61

Just as he was heating up, Phillips hit a speed bump this week. Zero points.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 30 2 9 11 7 7 4 14.61
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.51

Injured, I believe.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 25 11 26 37 20 29 14 33.98
Change from last week 3 0 3 3 1 2 1 -4.69

Pospisil picked up three assists in his return to the USHL. That did some damage to his NHLe, unfortunately, but still a bit ridiculous that the kid can go a point-per-game and somehow fall below his own expectations.

Rushan Rafikov – D, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, KHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 40 3 7 10 7 6 5 16.84
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 -0.98

Three games, no points for Rafikov.

Milos Roman – C, Vancouver Giants, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 34 18 16 34 15 29 10 24.76
Change from last week 2 1 2 3 2 3 2 +0.77

Another stellar week for Roman, who picked up a goal and two assists in a big win against Kamloops.

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sudbury Wolves, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 38 13 27 40 19 29 16 27.88
Change from last week 3 2 1 3 2 2 2 -0.12

Ruzicka was traded to Sudbury in the Wolves’ push for the OHL title, netting a return of three picks. He’s brought his consistent, strong play there so far, picking up a point in every game he’s played for Sudbury.

Kerby Rychel – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 35 16 15 31 20 21 13 35.3
Change from last week 3 1 1 2 1 1 0 -0.82

Another strong week for Rychel, who picked up a couple of points as per usual.

Filip Sveningsson – LW, IK Oskarshamn, Allsvenskan

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 27 9 10 19 8 14 7 34.39
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 +0.56

In his return to Swedish hockey, Sveningsson picked up a powerplay assist in his first game.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 37 6 15 21 10 13 6 20.39
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 -0.66

The season is far from over, but it appears that Tuulola has peaked at being a useful player once every three or four games. Not looking great.

Rinat Valiev – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 28 0 8 8 5 3 3 11.83
Change from last week 3 0 2 2 1 1 1 +1.81

Two assists this week from Valiev.

Dmitri Zavgorodniy – C/LW, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 42 19 26 45 25 31 17 24.95
Change from last week 3 0 2 2 1 1 0 -0.73

Zavgorodniy hasn’t looked like himself in the last few weeks. He hasn’t really been the same dynamic playmaker he was earlier in the year. Don’t get me wrong, two assists is pretty nice, but it isn’t as promising as what he was doing earlier in the season.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 24 1253 0.867
Change from last week 2 118 +0.002

A Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for Gillies. He allowed six on 40 (0.850%) against San Diego, but followed it up by stopping 31 of 33 (0.939%) against San Jose.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV%
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

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 9 447 0.870
Change from last week 1 63 +0.005

Got shellacked against Ontario, stopping 41 of 46 shots in an OT win (0.891%).

Nick Schneider – G, Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV%
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.

  • freethe flames

    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
    You will notice that none of these guys on my list are D, and the cupboards are truly bare. Anyone we draft this year on D will likely be 3 years away from the NHL. The only current prospect under contract for next year who is currently not an NHLer is Nielsen; the Flames organization will need to do some serious work to fill these holes.

  • withachance

    For all the talk about the lack of quality forward prospects, the Flames looks to have a good stable of B prospects in Roman, Ruzika, Zav, Petterson and Pospisil all in Junior hockey.

    Along with Dube, Gawdin and Phillips, hopefully 2 or 3 out of these 8 can contribute as a middle 6 option for the big club in the future

    • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

      Petterson could easily turn into an A Prospect. He’s currently leading all NCAA true freshman in scoring ahead of multiple first round NHL Drafts picks. His numbers are actually better than Gaudreaus at the same age because the NCHC is a slightly strong we league than the HE. Pospisil and Zav could also turn into legit prospects as well next season.

    • withachance

      Assuming BT doesnt trade any picks, Flames have 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th rounder this year. I think early rounders should probably be forwards to up the quality of prospects, and late rounders be dmen to increase prospect depth of the cupboards

      • freethe flames

        Remember that the draft picks are a few years away. You can only play in the AHL if drafted from the CHL when you are 19. For CHL kids that are drafted it’s NHL or CHL.

    • everton fc

      I think the best-case-scenario for Foo, from the scouts, was he’d “maybe” be a 3rd/4th line guy. He was never projected any higher than that. That was the ceiling the scouts gave him. So, as much as I wish Foo could produce, he’s probably what he is…

      Phillips is a very interesting little prospect. Pun intended. So is Gawdin. How’s Gawdin’s skating?

      You forgot to mention Fischer’s 107 PLMs in 26 games – back to the way he played in junior. He and Pospisil, on the same line in Stockton next season would be quite a sight, if either makes it that far, next season.

        • everton fc

          Yep. Many had him on RW, with Gaudreau and Monahan. But I’ve made my own poor projections on this site, since I joined in 2010!

          I still stand by my projection on Fischer, though. I had him as a better prospect than Joly. I’ll stand by that call. If he keeps trending as he currently is, and doesn’t end up with multiple concussions like Ferland (they played a similar, physical game in junior, and now at the pro level – not saying Fischer is Ferland, or ever will be – simple comparison of styles) then I think Fischer may earn a look in Stockton, by season’s end. We’ll see. Fischer may never see the NHL – he may be the next “Austin Carroll”. But I just get a feeling he may nudge his way up the depth chart, like Lomberg, in Stockton next season.

    • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

      Foo was a 23 year old when he started putting up big points in the NCAA. The likelihood of someone who took off that late, becoming a legit NHLer is incredibly slim. When the Flames look to sign NCAA FAs in the future they should try to sign talent that showed more promise before 22 years old.

      Brinson Pasichnuk (Arizona State), Brandon Biro (Penn State), Ethan de Jong (Quinnipiac), Colt Conrad (Western Michigan), etc are all players who have showed promise in the NCAA before 20 years old.

      • freethe flames

        I don’t know any of these guys but just did a little digging(very little) Pashchuk is a defencemen and the other 3 are forwards: Biro LHS, and the other 2 RHS. What is it that you like about each of these guys. Also how close are they to graduating from the NCAA?

        • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

          “I don’t know any of these guys but just did a little digging(very little) Pashchuk is a defencemen and the other 3 are forwards: Biro LHS, and the other 2 RHS. What is it that you like about each of these guys?”

          I’ve watched them all in the AJHL / BCHL. They all have put up decent NCAA point totals (1.0 PPG+) before turning 21 years old, which is a good indicator that they could have NHL upside, whereas with players like Foo who didn’t become an impactful NCAAer until 22+, where they should already be in pro at that age, so they’re behind the developmental curve. Brinson Pasichnuk is the best AJHLer I have seen in 10+ years to go undeafted. He’ll be a hot commodity whenever he decides to go pro. Brandon Biro would be another great target as well.

    • benfr

      Foo will be 25 in a few months. He has been outperformed by many younger players. He has the worst +/- on the team. Unless he turns it around dramatically in the 2nd half of the season I think he drops off the prospect list. Quine, Graovac are considered journeyman but are outperforming him. Lazar who is a year younger is also outperforming him and has been selected for the AHL All Star game.
      Flames should look at signing Hamilton for defensive depth. He is Foo’s age and has performed quite well it would seem.

    • Stockton's Finest

      @buts: Foo is starting to remind me of Morgan Klimchuk. You don’t know he is playing until you look at the game recap and see he had a point. He is quickly becoming a “Claude Rains” player.

  • Joeyhere

    While trades have helped The key to Calgary’s great year has been sontelaint drafted players – Gadreau Monahan thachuk anderson Kylington
    Very dangerous for us to trade away picks at this deadline this year given our depth is getting much thinner

    • withachance

      Agreed! Dont trade picks or prospects please! Keep drafting well and promoting prospects that are playing well to the big club.

      Also dont forget Brodie, Gio, Janko, Backlund, Bennett, Hathaway that are homegrown and contributing to the season!

  • freethe flames

    The cupboards are bare and the draft picks are rare! Not really at least not in the forward ranks: the Heat could look forward to having quite a crop of forwards next year; I think all the CHL guys are eligible for the AHL, plus it would not surprise me to see a couple of the Euroe’s come over seas to see if they fit and if Popisil cannot go the NCAA then he will likely also be in the AHL. Add this to Phillips, Dube, Gawdin, and Fischer the forward ranks look sound. Buddy is under contract next year and they have 6 guys who are RFA with arbitration rights to figure out. The forward ranks should be okay.
    In net; the Flames will likely say goodbye to Smith at the NHL ranks and MacDonald on the farm. Leaving them with Gilles, Parsons and Schneider to fill the back role with the Flames and the two spots with Heat and the need to fill the net at KC. The Flames organization will need to add some FA’s, NCAA guys, CHL overagers, Euro find or make a trade to fill these holes. So the cupboard here is not bare but needs to filling. Again let’s be clear no one we draft this June will be eligible to play in the AHL.

    Where the cupboard is bare is on D. B/C of the graduation of Valimaki, Kylington and Andersson to being NHLer’s there are no real prospects on the farm and we have no D prospects ready to graduate from the CHL or anywhere else. (I’m happy all the hard work and development has paid off) AOM who has according to SF has been the best of the Heat defenders is not even under contract. The only guy under contract next year is Nielsen, Valiev is a RFA and Healy is RFA with arbitration rights. Hopefully the scouting staff have identifid some Euro’s, some NCAA senior classmen or some overagers to help fill the development gap that exists. I have tried to find a list of NCAA top undrafted prospects who the Flames to consider but have had no luck.

    Again whoever we draft this year will not likely beat out Andersson, Valimaki, Hanifin or Klyington and will not be old enough to fill the holes in the AHL.

  • everton fc

    Forgot to add – if neither Schneider or McDonald are tending net in KC, looks like Ben Halford is getting the starts. So, with Gillies being what he is, and Parsons, to me, a real long shot… We desperately need to focus on goaltending. McDonald’s ELC ends this season. I think we can hold onto Schneider, as a backup in Stockton, and/or the #1 in KC. But we have no goalie depth. Clearly.

    If they can move Gillies, they should. Soon. Get that contract off the books.

  • b

    Does anyone have any insights on Rob Hamilton? I realise he’s unsigned, should that be changed? Whilst on the older side (just turned 25), he’s producing at a good rate (20pts in 24 games), how’s the rest of his game? Looking for some potential on D…

    • Stockton's Finest

      Rob Hamilton is on loan from Manchester (Kings). He has stepped up his defensive game but is still more offensive in nature. Think a stickier Kylington, without the speed. He is currently playing on the top PP unit, does some PK time, and is middle pair with either Tansey, Nielsen, or AOM.

  • Stu Gotz

    We can all get excited and rightly so at this list. But reality sugggests that the majority of these kids are not top level prospects. The acquisition of Hamilton & Hamonic in the past few years has left the cupboards bare at the top end and rightly so as those trades have contributed to the success of today’s Flames. My point BT must keep his top draft picks and not trade them away. Focus on defensemen & goaltending.

  • cjc

    The “who to qualify” article this year will be interesting. Aside from Mangiapane, Bennett, Tkachuk and Rittich, the choices are not obvious. Pollock is the youngest remaining, but his production is down from last year’s modest numbers. Assets were expended for Lazar, but is there any compelling reason to keep him around (aside from a positive attitude?). Think they’ll give him a chance to sign elsewhere, given that he was gracious about his demotion this year. The rest are guys who will be 24+ and tweeners/fringe NHLers – Rychel, Foo, Lomberg, Quine, Healey and Graovac. Typically Treliving hasn’t qualified guys who fall into that description, though I could see them bringing back Rychel (was part of a trade) or Quine (best PPG on the Heat).

    MacDonald won’t likely be brought back either.

    • everton fc

      I’d keep Lazar. I’d also keep Rychel, Lomberg, Quine, and maybe Graovac. I’d keep Valiev. I am on the fence about Foo and Pollock. Neither will matter, if we let them walk.

      I think Lazar will be in Calgary for the playoff run, and will solidify himself as an extra forward up here, next season. Wishful thinking, perhaps.

  • Parallex

    Anyone know how much Rafikov makes in the KHL? Just curious since if EP is right his contract with Lokomotiv is up this year and he’d only have a 1 year ELC if he signed this year.