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FlamesNation Prospect Update: QMJHL prospects in the spotlight

Prospects don’t get that much airtime, pretty much only limited to streaming services. This week, the Rimouski Oceanic and Quebec Remparts had the opportunity to do a matinee battle live on Sportsnet. Thankfully for the Flames, their prospects came up big.

In case you missed it:

Dillon Dube – F, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 19 5 13 18 10 10 6 37.75
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 1 1 1 +0.24

The extended AHL look seems to be working well for Dube. He hasn’t yet hit a speed bump during his minors stint, and is generally looking more comfortable with every passing game.

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

Probably injured; there really isn’t any word out there but he hasn’t played in two weeks.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 45 12 10 22 12 18 9 19.48
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 1 2 1 +0.94

Foo has shown a bit more urgency in his game recently, which is good, but it all still feels too little, too late.

Glenn Gawdin – C/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 41 10 11 21 9 19 8 20.41
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.05

Nothing going for Gawdin this week.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 34 1 6 7 6 3 3 8.2
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.25

Healthy scratched once.

D’Artagnan Joly – RW/C, Rimouski Oceanic

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 47 16 20 36 23 26 18 17.84
Change from last week 3 2 1 3 3 2 2 +0.37

D’Artagnan put on a show on national TV, scoring twice in under a minute with two beautiful shots against Quebec on Sportsnet. He’s had two three-point weeks in a row, so maybe he’s finally returning back to form for Rimouski.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date (KHL) 29 3 6 9 8 8 7 20.46
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 1 2 1 +3.37
Up to date (VHL) 9 4 1 5 5 5 5 17.31
Change from last week

Two assists for Karnaukhov, including a shorthanded one. He’s been a pretty good middle sixer in the KHL this year.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 30 2 12 14 7 12 6 13.81
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 +1.14

Finally broke his goalless drought, picking up his first since the opening weekend of NCAA hockey.

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 3 0 2 2 1 1 1 32.58
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 1 1 1 +32.58

His switch to the Allsvenskan seems to be working out for him so far: two assists in two games this week. Lindstorm had a pretty solid offensive side to him in the U20 Superelit, so hopefully hopping back down a level can help him reclaim that.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 35 5 8 13 10 9 7 14.8
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 2 1 1 +0.31

An 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 15 9 8 17 11 13 10 45.17
Change from last week

Back in the NHL, and with another point to his name.

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

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

Played in one 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 43 4 7 11 8 6 4 10.19
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 +0.47

A humble assist for AOM this week.

Andrew Nielsen – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 28 0 7 7 4 3 2 9.96
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 +0.76

Picked up an assist this week.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 25 6 16 22 10 14 6 31.68
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2.75

Pettersen’s slump continues. Since the Div 1A WJC, he’s fallen seven NHLe points in just over a month’s time. Maybe it’s just freshmen nerves, but he hasn’t been looking at all like the same player he was earlier in the season.

Matthew Phillips – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 42 10 16 26 15 20 14 24.67
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 -1.23

Nothing for Phillips this week.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 34 2 9 11 7 7 4 12.89
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.81

Back in action after a brief absence. No points.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 32 12 30 42 22 33 16 30.31
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 1 1 1 -0.48

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 46 5 9 14 8 10 6 20.07
Change from last week 4 1 1 2 1 2 1 +1.67

Continues to rack up powerplay points, picking up a man advantage goal this week.

Milos Roman – C, Vancouver Giants, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 43 20 19 39 17 33 11 22.45
Change from last week 3 2 0 2 0 2 0 -0.46

Two goals for Roman this week.

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sudbury Wolves, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 46 19 31 50 25 38 21 28.79
Change from last week 2 1 2 3 1 3 1 +0.5

His junior hockey renaissance continues in Sudbury, picking up three more points this week. His NHLe just with Sudbury is 31.30, having picked up 13 points in 11 games with the club.

Kerby Rychel – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 43 19 17 36 22 25 15 33.36
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 -0.66

Just an assist for Rychel this week.

Filip Sveningsson – LW, IK Oskarshamn, Allsvenskan

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 33 11 10 21 8 16 7 31.1
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2.01

Hit a speed bump this week, going point-less in two games.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 47 10 18 28 12 17 7 22.24
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 -0.16

Scored a powerplay goal this week. Kind of his thing.

Rinat Valiev – D, Stockton Heat – X

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

In Calgary pending Travis Hamonic’s return. Not so sure he’ll play, as the Flames would only have one right-handed defenceman in their lineup if he does (barring a Valiev-Prout pairing, which sounds yikes), but we’ll see if he can crack the lineup.

Juuso Valimaki – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 4 1 2 3 3 1 1 29.89
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 +9.96

Picked up his second professional goal and an assist this week. If he keeps it up, I think he’ll be in Calgary before the trade deadline. Hard to keep him down, otherwise.

Dmitri Zavgorodniy – C/LW, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 51 23 30 53 29 37 20 24.20
Change from last week 3 3 2 5 1 4 1 +0.91

Not to be overshadowed by teammate and fellow Flames prospect Joly, Zavgorodniy picked up two shorthanded goals in Saturday’s nationally broadcast 6-0 demolition of the Remparts. He had a great week overall, getting back to his usual production after a prolonged lull.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

Up to date 28 1462 0.867
Change from last week 1 26 -0.001

Pulled after 26 minutes after allowing four goals on 17 shots. Unfortunately, this is the norm for him now.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks

Up to date 16 913 0.911
Change from last week 3 179 +0.006

Started all three of KC’s games this week, posting a shutout, a 0.906 performance, and a 0.929 performance. Pretty good stuff for a guy who likely is running out of space to get a second contract down.

Tyler Parsons – G, Stockton Heat

Up to date 14 724 0.889
Change from last week 2 93 +0.003

Had a solid relief effort for Gillies, stopping 20 of 22 (0.909). His start went just about the same, stopping 28 of 31 (0.903).

Nick Schneider – G, Kansas City Mavericks

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.

  • Skylardog

    On a side note we may get an idea on a top limit for Matty’s new contract in the next few days. TSN is saying that A. Matthews is close to signing. While these “experts” are often out to lunch, if the rumours are true, then the estimated deal Matthews will sign is in the $11.5 million per season range. While Tkachuk is ahead in scoring this season, his PPG rate is at 1.08 vs Matthews 1.21 (23G-23A-46P).

    Also giving some idea as to the number for Tkachuk, is the Marner estimate of $10.0 million per season, he too is a 1.21 PPG player (20G-43A-63P) and is ahead of Tkachuk (24G-33A-57P) in scoring this season. TSN also said that the Leafs would like to keep Marner to single digits, but will have difficulty doing that.

    This information has both a good and a bad news scenario. The good news is that Tkachuk is producing at a lower rate than these guys, meaning we should be able to get him under $10.0, although Matthews signing earlier could set a very high bar for guys in this point range. Marner may not sign until after Tkachuk, leaving Matthews as the benchmark. That could cause problems.

    On the bad news side, unless BT can convince Tkachuk to sign a number to keep the team competitive, his number being anywhere near $7.0 is a pipe dream. Based on these two “estimates” anything under $9.0 would be a good deal. We have to remember that Tkachuk, unlike Matthews and Marner, is driving his own line, while the two in Toronto have strong high end supporting staff on their lines.

    TSN also said they expect the cap to be $85 million next season, a bit more than the initial $83 that has been out there for a while.

    • Orrwasbest

      While I love Chucky as a player he is no where near the driver of play that the two M’s are for TO. He would only rank as the third most valuable player on the Flames in my opinion and while $’s have gone up, its an insult to JG and Gio to pay Chucky $2 to $3 million more a season. Hope he settles in the 7 million range for team harmony!

      • Skylardog

        Cap increases alone put him in the $8.0 range. JG and Mony were sub 1.00 PPG guys when they signed their contracts, Matty is a +1.00 player. You can’t look at JG today and assess his contract. It was signed before he was an elite player. Matty is near elite now with his production.

        We could get the annual hit lower by signing him for 8 years.

          • Skylardog

            No – guaranteed money. $8Mx5Y = $40. If the player is injured, in year 2, that is all they get. $7Mx8Y=$56. Guaranteed money.

            If the players production falls off in year 4, they may not even get a contract after the 5th year on a five year deal. It is all about guaranteed money.

            I am not the only one saying this. Part of the Marner/Matthews discussion had a bit on term, and how cap hit goes down if the term is longer.

          • Kevin R

            Cant agree with you dog. & I cant understand if Leafs are talking 5 or 6 year deal with even Matthews & marner how those deals arent in the single digit mill range. I would say 6 years Mathews just under 9 mill per & Marner will be a tad lower in the 8’s as well. If we go shorter than 8 for Chucky we should be able to get his number down below 8.0. Knowing Tre, I would say 7 years comes in around 7.8 per & 6 years, which Tre seems to prefer will probably be in that 7.3 range. 6 year deals eat up most of the prime years of the player but leave the player at a reasonably younger age for the next contract.
            Dont care what the cap does, the salary structure has changed so much, more 22 & 23 year olds are getting a much bigger piece of the pie.

        • 31 Thoughts With Morgan Freeman

          Something no-one seems to be acknowledging is that scoring in the NHL has risen 12.5% since JG and Mony signed their contracts. It’s not directly comparable to say that they were sub 1.00 PPG guys and Matty is +1.00 player. League rules and goalie equipment have changed and Matty is the beneficiary of this as are Marner and Matthews. I’m not saying they aren’t equal or better players at this stage of their career, just that you have to be careful when making these comparisons.

          • Albertabeef

            It’s not just equipment. A lot of elite goalies have aged and/or retired. Too many teams and too few elite goalies in the league. It’s crazy to think there are probably at least 20 teams this year with struggling goaltending this season. With all the goalie struggles throughout the pro leagues maybe the equipment changes has something to do with it. If it is the changes we may have to change our mental approach to our goalies(Smith and Gilles for example). Take these struggles with a grain of salt maybe.

      • How's She Goin'

        The cap is higher now than when Gio and Johnny Hockey signed their deals. It’s all about percentage of the cap and Chucky won’t take less than his fair share which is $8-$9M.

          • Off the wall

            Good lord. Treliving signs Lindholm to $4.85x 6 years!
            How great does that look right now?

            Tkachuk is going to get paid. What the magic number is going to be is up for debate until it’s inked.

            It could be anywhere from $7M- 9 M depending on Tkachuk’s camp. Term is going to be extremely important here.

            Matthews appears to want a 5-6 year term. He’s going to capitalize on UFA years. $11M?
            Marner is probably in a similar scenario.
            Toronto will sign them, but there’s no way they keep 3-4 other players who also need contracts.

            When Tavares makes $11Mx 7 with a NMC, it just bottlenecks future stars.

            Good luck Dubas!

            Treliving has been really smart. He’s got most of our important players outperforming their contracts.Perhaps that’s an understatement!

            He’s going to sign Tkachuk, the number is anyone’s guess at this point!

    • The Red Knight

      Doesn’t marner play on the topline? If TKACHUK played on a topline with taveras etc , TKACHUK might be leading the league , i says d this before the season started that they better sign TKACHUK before the season starts because his ticket price is just gonna keep going up . Instead of 6-7 mill per season, now it will likely look like a Lion Draidle contract, which I’m still good with . But 10 mill ? Not a chance, there’s like 4-5 other players that have great numbers too ,but all under 7 mill, does TKACHUK want to be payed 3-4 mill more that Gaudreau ? HE better plan to lead this team in points then . There’s a defenceman (Gio) with almost as many points at 6.75 mill so if I were TKACHUK agent I’d keep things in perspective.

    • cjc

      RFA contracts are based on the body of work, not the previous season. Marner has 193 pts. in 211 games, Matthews has 178 in 182, and Chucky, god bless, has 154 in 197, well back of those 2.

      There are a number of factors that will play into it, but it won’t be more than 8 million, and I’d say 7.5 million is more likely. Treliving seems okay with signing players for shorter term, so that will also bring the cap hit down (not buying UFA years).

        • Albertabeef

          If I were an NHL GM and an agent used Edmonton or Toronto as a comparative, I would laugh hysterically and then say “call me back when you wake up buddy” and hang up the phone. I am pretty sure there are 29 GMs out there who would do the exact same thing.

    • withachance

      Everyone and their grandma knew the Leafs needed a top 4 Dman, doesnt take a genius GM really. Completely different situation compared to the Flames.

      Besides, not sure how they’re going to fare with 5 LHS on their top 6 dman

    • Sea of Redd

      Toronto is going to have a very short window to win. So makes sense for them to go all in this year. With Tavares at $11M, M&M around $10M each, Nylander at $6.9M. Trading away draft picks. They won’t be able to re-sign Muzzin after next season. (Reilly for $5M is a great signing) But, only 4th liners to fill out the line-up.

        • cjc

          So Matthews just signed for 11.63 x 5. This leaves Toronto with somewhere between 8-13 million in cap space to work with next year, but just 14 players signed. However, this doesn’t account for Nathan Horton going on LTIR, so more like 13-18 million in space. It’s a tough ask, for sure. However, they have options to make it happen. Maybe they move Marleau (salary retained) to an out of conference contender? Maybe they trade Zaitsev along with a sweetener? They have three pretty good D prospects on ELCs next year. Kapanen/Johnsson could both get bridge contracts. Hyman and Brown are both movable and not that essential to Toronto’s success.

          Gardiner seems gone for sure, but they’d really be parting ways with him at just the right time.

          • Kevin R

            That contract is just insanity. I guess I need to apologize to dog because I would never have dreamt Dumbass would give that kind of money away for a 5 year deal. Wow. Just Wow! They are so screwed next year. Obviously Dumbass cant handle these high end kids contract negotiations.
            I looked at Matthews previous two years & this year & he doesnt come close to McDavid numbers , no where close. Other than being a mega hyped #1 overall his highest point total is 69 points!

            Here’s the thing! I love Chucky, he’s is a character player, & a solid core for years to come. But no way he’s worth anywhere near 10 million per . No way no how. No way we can pay him that kind of money more than Gaudreau, Monahan or Gio. That will cause a riff in our dressing home. Sorry, & I will get trashed for this, but if his salary demands are that ridiculous, then its time to trade him for a kings ransom to some team that will pay that outrageous amount. How does Matthews think they will be able to keep that team together with kind of contract?? Dont expect a deal done anytime soon with Chucky guys, that is going to spill right into training camp. At this point, maybe Tre should just do a 2-3 bridge & give him 6.0-6.5 mill per.

        • Sea of Redd

          Maybe so, but some teams like the flames have the core guys signed long term to manageable contracts. I think draft picks will become more valuable. Leafs will need players locked in at 975k for their entry level to play on the team and contribute.

    • Alberta Ice

      No doubt Muzzin had an energetic lift from going from a last place team to a contender. Might be a very good addition for the Leafs to make a run against the mighty Lightning.

    • Jumping Jack Flash

      I will reserve judgement for another couple months when the media vultures start to dissect his game. He looked good last night albeit against a tire fire of a team…Anaheim. I must say I enjoyed when he sent Perry into the dasher.

  • Off the wall

    I don’t know how much credence I put into this, however word is that our 1st pick this year is available? Is Treliving going to be aggressive this deadline?

    Looks like Winnipeg is using the same tactics as last season. Making the 1st pick available again.

    Reading this stuff gives me ulcers…

    • cjc

      It would be foolish not to shop that 1st to see what can be had. Having absolute rules like “we won’t trade our 1st” is silly. That doesn’t mean they should trade it for help no matter what, either. Gotta explore your options.

    • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

      I really hope we don’t trade that first rounder. When the cap crunch happens for us in coming seasons we could really use cheap entry level talent. This draft is also so deep, it’s one of the better ones in years.

    • Jumping Jack Flash

      I was thinking about this yesterday when I watched a clip about Winnipeg’s “all in” mentality. It makes total sense for them to put their first in play. They are going to be challenged to keep their stars together.

      My gut says that if Tre sees SJ, Nash, Vegas, or Winnipeg looking for a high priced rental he will need to follow suit. IMO, players like Stone, Panarin, Bob, and maybe Duschene can put a team over the top. If one of those teams gets Stone, I could see them instantly being the favourite.

      • Jumping Jack Flash

        The flip side of the argument is the danger of mortgaging the farm for a rental that could get injured the next day is risky. Case in point, Muzzin looks like a good acquisition but he is a rugged defender and they sometimes get hurt playing this style. Toronto looks better with him but without him they would be the same team pre trade…not quite good enough and with less significant pieces. At least a Muzzin has another year.

  • redwhiteblack

    Not a lot left in the prospect pool. After Dube it falls off. Hoping Phillips can improve. The value of guys like Gawdin, Pollock, Gillies, Foo and Lomberg is eroding as time passes. Send some away for a something that can help now and hopefully get under contract for a few years. Focus on the next 3-4 years.

  • Off the wall

    Well I feel like telling a story.

    I’m bored, it’s freezing cold here and my work has come to a standstill. And NO, I’m not going to shovel snow. I’ve seen enough in my lifetime, thanks.

    My wonderful Landlord thinks it’s a great idea to fire up his motorbike on the coldest day of the year. All the while, he’s got it in a 8×20 steel container, with one door slightly open, whilst throttling the motorcycle for 15 minutes straight.
    Guess he hasn’t heard of carbon monoxide poisoning?

    All this to make sure his battery is working. Ever heard of a slow-trickle battery charger?
    I have one on my travel trailer. Works great!

    Treliving is smart. He knows about carbon monoxide poisoning. Too much sharing leads to poisoning his future decisions. Chevy is throwing his futures out there. I’d love to see what happens.
    Treliving has also got his battery fully charged for some decisive action, should it warrant it.

    We’re hearing/ reading trickles of potential trade rumours.
    We’ll never know what he’s up to, until he (throttles) the next move swiftly and silently.

    That’s a sign of intelligence.
    Too bad my Landlord doesn’t have it.

    I should probably check and see if he’s still alive..

    • How's She Goin'

      I also think Big Z will make some noise in the future and if Joly can reign in his “enigma” reputation (whether deserved or not) he could be a beast. Unfortunately, most guys from the Q fizzle in the pro ranks.

    • MDG1600

      I think the only people that ever said he was the real deal were some over optimistic fans. Frankly he is probably just reverting to a more realistic stat line. Don’t get me wrong – he looks great for a 6th round pick but he is long way from being a player you can expect to be a lock as an NHLer. Like most of these prospects only time will tell us what his upside is.