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FlamesNation Prospect Update: Return of the ‘Mak(i)

You know that he’d be back (here he is).

In case you missed it:

  • Here’s the last update.
  • Your Hitmen report.
  • Your Stockton report, focusing on potential black aces for the Flames.
  • Juuso Valimaki, fresh off the IR, and Andrew Mangiapane were sent down to Stockton for the break.

Dillon Dube – F, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 17 4 12 16 9 9 5 37.51
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 2 1 1 +0.31

Still cruisin’ in the AHL.

Zach Fischer – RW, Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 27 3 5 8 6 6 5 6.8
Change from last week

Didn’t play at all this week. Curiously enough, eliteprospects has Fischer listed as a recall for the Stockton Heat, though the AHL says this didn’t happen on their transaction page. There’s no news about his status on the Mavericks website or through the ECHL portal. One of those things that makes you say “huh.”

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 43 11 9 20 11 16 8 18.54
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 +0.07

Picked up a goal this week.

Glenn Gawdin – C/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 39 10 11 21 9 19 8 21.46
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 +1

Just an assist for Gawdin this week (and a bonus one, stat corrected to him from weeks prior).

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 33 1 6 7 6 3 3 8.45
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 +0.74

Also picked up a humble assist this week.

D’Artagnan Joly – RW/C, Rimouski Oceanic

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 44 14 19 33 20 24 16 17.47
Change from last week 2 1 2 3 1 1 1 +0.84

His most productive week as a member of Rimouski, picking up three points and a second star nod against the Quebec Remparts.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date (KHL) 27 3 4 7 7 6 6 17.09
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.37
Up to date (VHL) 9 4 1 5 5 5 5 17.31
Change from last week

Two more KHL games 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 28 1 11 12 5 10 4 12.67
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 +0.15

Picked up an assist in ASU’s sweep of struggling traditional hockey powerhouse Boston University.

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

Safe in the NHL for now with Juuso Valimaki heading down to the AHL.

Linus Lindstrom – C/LW, BIK Karlskoga, Allsvenskan

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
SHL Up to date 32 1 3 4 3 3 2 4
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 +0.91
SWE-1 Up to date 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Change from last week

Skelleftea and Lindstrom finally reached a breaking point. The 20-year-old has seen dramatic cuts in his ice time (he’s played roughly 27 minutes in his last five games, though 14 of those minutes have come in just four of those games) and has finally been shipped off on loan to the Allsvenskan after being an SHL regular for the past two and a half seasons. Not a great development, but hopefully Lindstrom can find ice time and some of his offensive flair in a lower league.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 33 5 7 12 10 9 7 14.49
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 2 1 1 +1.63

A pair of assists for Lomberg this week, eager not to be left out of the black aces conversation.

Andrew Mangiapane – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 15 9 8 17 11 13 10 45.17
Change from last week 2 2 1 3 3 3 3 +2.25

Welcome back to the AHL, Andrew Mangiapane. Hope you enjoy your brief stay.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Played in both of MSU’s games this weekend.

Adam Ollas Mattsson – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 41 4 6 10 7 6 4 9.72
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.5

No points for AOM this week.

Andrew Nielsen – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 26 0 6 6 3 3 2 9.2
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.76

No points for Nielsen this week.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 23 6 16 22 10 14 6 34.43
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 -1.57

Denver was taken to the cleaners by Western Michigan this weekend, only scoring two goals while allowing eight. Pettersen did pick up one of them, but that means his season totals have dipped below the point-per-game mark for the first time this season. Hopefully he can get back above that point.

Matthew Phillips – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 40 10 16 26 15 20 14 25.9
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 -0.32

An assist for Phillips this week.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 32 2 9 11 7 7 4 13.7
Change from last week

Appears to be injured.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 30 12 28 40 21 32 15 30.61
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 -1.37

Just a powerplay marker for Pospisil this week.

Rushan Rafikov – D, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, KHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 42 4 8 10 7 8 5 18.40
Change from last week 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 +1.56

Picked up two powerplay points in a 7-0 destruction of Slovan Bratislava.

Milos Roman – C, Vancouver Giants, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 40 18 19 37 17 31 11 22.91
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 1 1 1 -1.18

Just one assist for Roman this week.

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sudbury Wolves, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 44 18 29 47 24 35 20 28.29
Change from last week 3 3 2 5 3 4 2 +1.16

Ruzicka’s come alive with Sudbury. While it appeared that he lost his goalscoring touch with Sarnia, he’s found it again with his new team. He has seven in nine games with the Wolves and is four away from matching his goal output with the Sting.

Kerby Rychel – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 42 19 16 35 21 24 14 34.02
Change from last week 2 2 0 2 1 2 1 +0.3

Another week, two more goals for Rychel. He’s making it look easy in the AHL.

Filip Sveningsson – LW, IK Oskarshamn, Allsvenskan

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 31 11 10 21 8 16 7 33.11
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 -0.59

Another goal this week for Sveningsson. He looks very comfortable in the Allsvenskan, which is great considering he’s 19 years old and a rookie pro.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 45 9 18 27 12 17 7 22.24
Change from last week 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 +0.18

Tuulola is putting up some pretty good numbers heading into the final stretch of the Liiga season. With 15 games left in the year, it’ll be interesting to see how he performs after his numbers took a slight dive earlier this season.

Rinat Valiev – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 34 1 10 11 5 5 3 12.89
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 +0.45

Another point this week for Valiev.

Juuso Valimaki – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 19.93
Change from last week

Valimaki’s back! After becoming a permanent departure following the 2017-18 season, he’s back in the AHL to get back in the groove of pro hockey, as he hasn’t played since November. We’ll see how long he sticks around, as it’s hard to keep a player like Valimaki down for long, but it’s very hard to replace him given the way Kylington has been playing as of late.

Dmitri Zavgorodniy – C/LW, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 48 20 28 48 28 33 19 23.29
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 -0.5

Zavgorodniy is still in a bit of a prolonged cold streak. Alexis Lafreniere going completely bonkers has pushed Z out of the spotlight, but hopefully he can recover his form in the final 20 games of the season. It would be a disappointing end to a promising start if he didn’t.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 27 1371 0.868
Change from last week 1 1436 +0.001

Decent performance in his one appearance of the week, stopping 27 of 30 (0.900 SV%)

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 13 734 0.905
Change from last week 1 60 -0.002

Back in action after a long absence. Stopped 24 of 27 (0.888 SV%) in his only appearance.

Tyler Parsons – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 12 631 0.886
Change from last week 1 59 -0.006

Followed up his stellar performances last week by getting lit up, allowing five goals on 28 shots (0.821 SV%) against Texas.

Nick Schneider – G, Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV%
ECHL Up to date 12 725 0.889
Change from last week
AHL Up to date 11 220.16 0.922
Change from last week

Didn’t play this week.

    • Brian McGrattan's Salute

      But boy when he starts to put them in the net? He had some glorious chances, especially early on, during his call up. They would have been real beauts if they went in. So, I guess the jury is still out if he can transfer his game to the big league, but I’m hopeful. And like I say, once he starts potting a few of em, I think he’ll be off to the races.

      Watch for him as a Bennett-like black ace!

      • Brian McGrattan's Salute

        I agree. Barring injuries, I would like to see him play higher up in the lineup. Maybe Neal or someone will get the flu or a cold coming up…but there is a lot of hockey left to play. I think it’s good that he’s at least getting some playing time in the A’, and ideally getting hungrier for that success. The Heat will have to play a top notch game night in a night out here to make the playoffs. Having Valimaki down there will help, and I’m hoping that having that drive–and hopefully success–down there will help guys like Mangiapane continue to learn just what it takes to win, and convert on your chances.

        Anyways, its hard being patient with prospects!

      • Eggy

        Very true it was apparent to me in his first nhl game this here he had a lot of talent and that game he wasn’t winning every puck battle but I just didn’t get to see him as much I’d like

      • Albertabeef

        He is averaging about the same about of minutes as Dube, if I remember correctly. It takes time to adjust and some players take longer. The modern game is a lot faster than the old days. It took Ferland 3 years to adjust to the NHL. Backlund and other need a few seasons before the game starts to slow down for them(meaning they caught up). You can’t panic with young players. Look at the guys who came in at 24 or older Like Ryan, Czar, Hath, Janks, and Ferland. Then they still don’t click till their third seasons. It’s very common and Mange is younger and is fine. Peters likes him because he plays the right way. Peters has worked with enough young guys to know if you play the right way you will be rewarded.

        • cjc

          It is to early to pull the ‘chute on Mangiapane, but he will be 23 in April. Next season (his 23 y.o. season) will be crucial. He has too much skill not to succeed

          Also, Jankowski made the show full time at 23, Czarnik played 49 games when he was 23, Ferland cracked the playoff roster at 22 and was a f/t player at 23. The key with these guys was ice time – they all got significant ice time in their 23 y.o. seasons. Just speculating, but I wonder if they move on from Bennett or Mangiapane, either at the deadline or in the offseason. They are a similar age, both play LW, and ideally slot in on the 3rd line. Bennett will be pretty expensive for what he brings, and if they feel a guy like Mangiapane can replace his production on the 3rd line, then I can see them moving him. The return on Bennett would be greater than Mangiapane. Then again, maybe they move Mangiapane – better to stick with the devil you know (Bennett) than a player who may end up a tweener (Mangiapane). If I’m not mistaken, Mangiapane will also require waivers next season.

  • everton fc

    Says Fischer was sent to Stockton on 1/25/19. Strange. Maybe Stockton’s Finest can do some digging!

    As for Magiapane being too good for the AHL, but can’t find his “groove” in the NHL – same for Rychel. But it’d be nice if Mangiapane got some shifts off the 4th line. Perhaps he hasn’t earned those shifts, in the eyes of Peters and the staff…?

    • Chucky

      Since returning from injury Mangiapane has played with more jump and aggression. If he has not worked his way into Peters’ vision continuing what he has been doing will get the job done shortly.

    • Stockton's Finest

      The AHL is just now coming back from their All-Star break so news is hard to come by. My Heat source is out of town until tomorrow. I will hit them up then

      • Albertabeef

        Hey SF, what is the news with AOM? Is he worthy of an ELC? Do you think he might add insurance for the playoffs for the Flames? He Currently leads the team in +/- so I am curious about the “eye test”.

        • Stockton's Finest

          @Albertabeef: I would sign him through next season. He has been mostly steady. There have been a few rough plays where the winger has wheeled right around him but for the better part of the season, he has been the most defensively minded blue liner.

  • Albertabeef

    Okay I googled Black Ace and I guess this is the current idea behind it:

    1940 when legendary NHL defenseman Eddie Shore had just retired and bought minor-league franchise Springfield Indians. A skilled hockey player noted for his tough and (sometimes) brutal approach to playing the game, Shores hardnosed personality carried over to ownership where he would often punish his players for not playing the style he wanted. Once in Shores doghouse, you’d have a hard time getting back on the ice unless you played exactly like the former NHL:er wanted.

    Today, a Black Ace is born when a young prospect – whose AHL, junior or European season has just ended – gets summoned to their respective NHL team during a Stanley Cup run.

    https://www.eprinkside.com/2018/4/11/the-black-ace-a-badge-of-honor-for-an-nhl-prospect

  • Garry T

    Watched Rimouski play the Quebec Ramparts this week. We have two guys with Rimouski. Zavorgodniy and D’Artagn Joly. Play on different lines. Joly looks good. Big, loves going to the net, good skater but needs a little more jump. Both guys scored two goals, all four goal scorer goals. Patrick Roy owns, coaches and manages Rimouski. That team is stacked. They have a younger goalie named Ellis. A STAND up GOALIE.. I think he would be worth a fourth or fifth in June’s draft. Roy likes older players and boy is he intense!
    They have a crossover center free agent that moves like Newy did on the ice. Boy would I like to see him in a Flames Jersey. Natural goal scorer.

    Roy has them playing a pro game and they just flow up and down the ice.