73Martin Pospisil
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FlamesNation Prospect Update: Martin Pospisil fights a fan

There’s not much more to say other than what’s already in the title.

In case you missed it:

  • Here’s the last update.
  • Your Hitmen report.
  • Rinat Valiev has been sent down after eating pressbox popcorn for two games.
  • A look at potential future Flames, provided they keep their pick.

Dillon Dube – F, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 21 7 14 21 13 13 9 39.85
Change from last week 2 2 1 3 3 3 3 +2.1

Back up to a point-per-game for Dube, who put in a stellar week of work with two goals and a primary assist, all at 5v5.

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

Injured? No one has really said anything.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 47 13 12 25 15 20 11 21.2
Change from last week 2 1 2 3 3 2 2 +1.72

Also put in some good work, with a goal and two assists.

Glenn Gawdin – C/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 43 10 12 22 9 19 8 20.39
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 -0.02

Nothing going for Gawdin this week.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 36 1 6 7 6 3 3 7.75
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.45

Played in both of Stockton’s games this week.

D’Artagnan Joly – RW/C, Rimouski Oceanic

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 49 16 21 37 24 26 18 17.58
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 -0.26

Just an assist for Joly this week.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date (KHL) 30 3 6 9 8 8 7 19.78
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.68
Up to date (VHL) 9 4 1 5 5 5 5 17.31
Change from last week

Only played one game this week.

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

Didn’t play this week. ASU is getting some hype as a dark horse Frozen Four team, however.

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
SWE-1 Up to date 5 0 2 2 1 1 1 19.55
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -13.03

Just as things looked to be on the up-and-up, Lindstrom slipped. Zero points in two Allsvenskan games this year.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 37 6 9 15 12 12 9 16.16
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 +1.36

It’s good for Lomberg that he has been a reliable option for the Heat this year. I have severe doubts about his NHL future, but he’s likely going to get another contract.

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

Didn’t play this week.

Adam Ollas Mattsson – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 45 5 7 12 8 7 4 10.63
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 +0.44

A goal for AOM this week.

Andrew Nielsen – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 29 0 7 7 4 3 2 9.62
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.31

Played one game 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

Also didn’t play this week. Denver is likely a lock for the Frozen Four, by the way.

Matthew Phillips – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 44 10 17 27 16 21 15 24.45
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 -0.22

Just an assist for Phillips this week. Still looking to find that hot hand he once had.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 37 2 9 11 7 7 4 11.85
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.72

Two games played this week. Served a penalty, I guess.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 33 12 31 43 23 33 16 29.92
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 -0.39

Now for the main feature:

The context behind this is pretty gross: Pospisil was in the box for roughing and then had garbage thrown at him by the Omaha fans, and he accordingly lashed out. Probably a bit over the edge, but maybe people shouldn’t throw garbage at teenage hockey players. No discipline announced yet although he missed the next game.

Just an assist in that game before he was removed.

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

Didn’t play this week.

Milos Roman – C, Vancouver Giants, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 47 20 20 40 18 34 12 21.08
Change from last week 4 0 1 1 1 1 1 -1.37

Just a lonely assist for Roman in four games this week. Been hot and cold recently.

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sudbury Wolves, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 49 20 33 53 28 40 23 28.65
Change from last week 3 1 2 3 3 2 2 -0.14

Another fine week for Ruzicka. Has found a comfortable spot on Sudbury’s first line.

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 31.88
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2.48

Unusually quiet week for Rychel.

Filip Sveningsson – LW, IK Oskarshamn, Allsvenskan

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 35 11 10 21 8 16 7 29.32
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.78

Still in a bit of a slump.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 49 10 22 33 16 19 9 24.22
Change from last week 2 0 4 4 4 2 2 +1.97

Four assists for Tuulola this week in just two games. He’s also hot and cold, but he has a statline in a pro league that you really can’t ignore.

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

Back in Stockton, but not back soon enough to play.

Juuso Valimaki – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 6 1 4 5 5 1 1 33.21
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 2 0 0 +3.33

Really feeling it at the AHL level. I give him three more weeks.

Dmitri Zavgorodniy – C/LW, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 53 23 30 53 29 37 20 23.29
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.91

Nothing this week.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

Up to date 30 1582 0.869
Change from last week 2 120 +0.002

Two different Gillies this week. Saved 23/26 (0.884) in the first game against Colorado after the Heat were leading 2-0, but followed it up with a 29/31 (0.935) the next game.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks

Up to date 18 1023 0.916
Change from last week 2 120 +0.005

A 33-save shutout and a decent-enough-for-the-win (24/27, 0.888) game in their series against Allen.

Tyler Parsons – G, Stockton Heat

Up to date 14 724 0.889
Change from last week

Out for undisclosed reasons.

Nick Schneider – G, Stockton Heat

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

In the AHL on backup duty. Didn’t play.

  • everton fc

    I’ve not been that excited by Tuulola, but he’s third on his team in scoring. 6’3″, 225 lbs… Is he eligible to come over the North America, next season?

    Both Parsons’ and Fischer’s undisclosed absences are concerning. Hope these two kids are okay.

    Also… I like Pospisil. Tuulola and Pospisil on the same line, in Stockton. Could be fun. Outside Dube and Lomberg, seems our Stockton forwards have hit a dry spell, though Foo seems to have found something, of late.

    • withachance

      I think its about time the Flames got him over on the AHL team and see what hes got on the NA ice. He could be a solid 3rd liner in a couple years… maybe even a Ferland lite

      • BigChefJeff

        I’m less optimistic. Ferland had 96 points in 68 games with the Wheat Kings before jumping into the AHL. Tuulola had 31 pts in 62 games during his Everett stint. I would be surprised if he ever plays in the NHL, but if he’s grown as much as he will in Finland I agree it’s worth bringing him over for a look to see if he’s worth keeping in the organization.

        • Albertabeef

          Not 100% sure but I think Ferly was an over ager with the Wheaties, where that was Etu’s draft year(+1?). He was still under contract in Finland and had to go back to finish it. He has stated his desire to play in the NHL and I doubt that has changed. He would be a good guy to have on the PP2 as a finisher(Finnisher? lol)

          • BigChefJeff

            Fair point. Ferland was still 56 pts in 56 games in his the D+1, though. I wonder if we’re not over valuing Tuulola because he came into his first camp looking like a men amongst boys. 155 players were taken ahead of him in his draft. According to Scott Cullen, players taken in that range of picks typically have a 92% chance of being a fourth line player or worse. Admittedly haven’t seen him play a single game in Finland this year, but from what I saw in camp I didn’t see anything to suggest he would be more than a fringe guy. Just think even if he does take enough steps forward to get a shot in the NHL, by the time that happens he will have been lapped by other players and new draft picks. Not sure his shot will be with the Flames, if he ever gets one. Hopefully I am wrong and he does end up being Ferland 2.0 because that would be like found money for an organization with a pretty bare cupboard

    • FLT

      Putting up numbers like that in a men’s league at age 20 is pretty impressive. Combined with his size, it should be more than enough to get him a look over here at some point.

    • RealMcHockeyReturns

      Well as Tuulola said in his ancient wisdom voice at a Flames prospect summer camp: Anything is possible in this life. But he definitely had some moves that year which I think was 2017 summer.

  • Justthateasy

    Good for you Posp.
    Judge should make grown man (fan??) clean up the arena of all garbage. Grown man might learn a lesson for himself and be an example for others.

  • Skylardog

    Lets take a trip into LOONEYLAND!
    Hear me out.

    Mark Stone & Thomas Chabot for Matthew Tkachuk & TJ Brodie

    We then sign Stone to $8.0Mx5.

    If you look 2 years out, the window begins to close because of expiring contracts for Brodie and Hamonic. Adding Chabot, extends the window to 5 years, especially when we sign Stone to 5 years.

    Chabot is one of the really, really good young defensemen.
    Tkachuk is great, but like most young players, he is inconsistent. We need consistency now, and get that in spades by adding Stone. He also brings Stanley Cup Finals experience.

    We now also have cap room for next season by shipping out Brodie. We could use that for another top 6 forward. Lets go get one, you guys choose…

    We could also expand on this deal by adding in something for Dzingel.
    How about shipping out something for Anders Nilsson?

    This started with me looking at Stone, Chabot, Dzingel, & Nilsson for Tkachuk, Brodie, Mangiapane, Phillips, Smith, & a conditional 3rd rounder. The third would become a second if the Flames made the Conference Final this year, and a first if they made a Stanley Cup Final in the next 2 seasons. I would love to hear your thoughts on adding another forward and a stabilizing our goaltending. That gets very complicated to assess.

    • The Red Knight

      I wouldn’t trade TKACHUK for Stone , let alone give them extra prospects and picks, if we want to do good in playoffs or wouldn’t we want an experienced Brodie over chabot right now ? Besides Flames already have a plan in , Anderson ,Kylington,Valimaki, I’d rather trade our Stone , Brodie,Frolik for There Stone .

      • Skylardog

        Ottawa is asking for a roster player, a first, and a prospect. Stone is worth nothing, Frolik has no value to them as he would not be part of a rebuild.

        And explain how you fit Stone in under the cap next season.

    • Cfan in Van

      Holy left-field Skylar. Personally, I don’t like it, but I don’t think there’s any way in hell you could sell the optics of that trade to the average Flames fan. Everyone loves Chucky.

      • calgaryfan

        not everyone, my issue is the Flames have 2 poor skaters in their top 5 forwards. I would like to see how the team does in the playoffs. When the opposition decides to shut down Johnny it seems to shut down the whole team.

    • Raffydog

      I’m totally down with that. Tkachuk has really become a detriment to the team. All he can do anymore is talk about how much money he’s going to make, at the same time his game plummets off a cliff. Pretty ineffective when not playing that agitating style, and now that he thinks he’s a superstar he’s stopped playing the way that got him to this point. If you can trade him for someone better and more consistent I say go for it.

        • SouthernFlame

          Raffydog only agrees with you because you are both dogs. Im joking. You do make some alright points with the stone chabot deal. But how old is Stone and how old is Chucky? I would prefer Chucky in these playoffs than I would Stone. Maybe an offseason trade? Especially if Chucky thinks he is gonna get 10 million dollars. If anything you got some people thinking this morning Skylardog.

    • Al Rain

      Sure! We could probably get some good players for Monahan too. But then trading Gio will have to wait for the off season so we don’t disrupt the room too much.

      Or maybe that would be too line of too much shake up of the room mid-season?

    • cberg

      That could be a great deal for both teams but Stone re-signing is a must and overall I’m not sure it advances the team significantly. The expanded deal would be more beneficial.

    • everton fc

      I actually think the Sens would do this deal. Where it would be risky, is if Stone decided not to sign here.

      Not saying I approve of this deal. I’d prefer our 1st, for Dzingel.

      • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

        Mark Stone is a below average skater, you know what happens to 30+ year old big below average skaters…. They fall off a cliff (See Milan Lucic, James Neal, etc). Not to mention Matthew Tkachuk is just still 2 years away from prime and is only going to get better!!! This trade would be crazy in that sense. Plus Ottawa never does it becuase they’re cheap and Thomas Chabot is still on an affordable entry level deal.

    • Flameon13

      Add Backlund & Duchene into that and have

      Move Fro at draft day to a competitive team with cap space and sign Robyn Lehner in the Offseason

    • MDG1600

      Skylar – have you considered how this would play out in the Seattle expansion draft? It seems to me we can protect so few players we need to be careful about adding core players with term if it means we end up losing either the new or an existing core player. At this point I don’t really know will be exempt from the expansion draft and who isn’t but it seems it is an important aspect to be considered.

    • Off the wall

      Well it looks like we have SNOW WEEK!
      Trust our resident expert Dog to take us on a journey most of us would never have the snowballs to suggest.

      From a long -term prospective I like it. I agree , it extends the window of winning a few more years, which is what GM’s are trying to accomplish.

      Giving the magnitude of players already added to our team I sincerely doubt Treliving will be that aggressive by the TDL. Personally I’m for extending the window as long as we can.

      But I don’t think Ottawa will do us favours though.

      Tkachuk is a fan favourite, he’s only 21 and yes his skating needs work, but his IQ never has.
      His recent drop off in play is more reflective of a team scoring challenge, than his own play. It always looks worse than it seems.

      Getting Chabot would be a
      cout de tete (headbutt) to Dorion. He would need Concussion Protocol if he traded him.

      I’m not going to comment on the rest, cuz I had a conniption fit the minute I saw Phillips name in there. Nobody trades my lil’ smurf. Nobody! I’ll bite your ankles if you suggest it again.

      Great post Skylar. It’s always fun reading the newest segment of WWYD Dog!

      • BringtheFire 2.0

        I think Chucky is hampered by injury. That’s my theory on why he turtled earlier in the year. Lindholm, too. And Mony’s probably never been healthy. Hamonic could be playing with anything up to and including a punctured lung.

        Injuries could explain a drop off in play from Chucky.

        • Off the wall

          BTF, I think 90% of our players are dealing with pain that’s never reported. It’s the life of a hockey player.

          Hamonic ( that was funny) is the prime example of a guy who battles through injuries, yet you never hear him complain.
          Poor Neal lost a few teeth in Vancouver. Came right back to finish the game. That’s a tough man. I don’t care what anyone says.

          Love the updated pic of your lil’ guy. So cute!!

    • BendingCorners

      Another conversation starter from our favorite Dog.
      Stone for 8×5? He would sign that because …. nah, he wouldn’t sign that. 9.5×8 maybe, or 11×7 or 15×5.
      Dorion won’t make any trade that does not include a 1st, so he can at least say he has one.
      The rest of the trade is too one-sided in Calgary’s favour to pass muster.

    • Flint

      I’m not going to respond to anything other than “Tkachuk is great, but like most young players, he is inconsisent”

      He’s 21 and has .63PPG/.17GPG…. .72PPG/.35GPG…. .1.04PPG/.44GPG … is he inconsistent because he gets measurably better every year? He has more jam than Stone, draws more penalties, and is younger. He’ll also very likely finish with the same points in his 19,20,21 year old seasons than Stone had in his 22,23,24 year old seasons.

      I personally don’t see Stone’s contract coming in any cheaper either.

    • RealMcHockeyReturns

      Honestly thought about this type of trade also in order to get Mark Stone AND keep him for next 6 years and he could become captain in 3 years. Tkachuk is costly as will take $8M-$9M but is likely to skate worse in future (already not great), this season may be his career high in points, and he is not large like Mark Stone. I like the idea even if unpopular….Treliving has eye to future. Mark Stone may have longer/better future than Tkachuk….Tkachuk could be like Phaneuf and start strong and peter out after 3-4 years.

    • Skylardog

      If I am correct and I only looked quickly this AM, Stone is 26. At 5 years on a deal we get him at his peak. He is bigger, tougher and will post better numbers than Matty over the next few years, which is our window.

      Pot stirred…

    • Vinnsanity0412

      How is the window beginning to close in 2 years? The core forwards are here for 4 at least (Johnny would need to re-up in 3), the young defence still wouldn’t be in their prime, Gio will be gone as well as his money of the books (sorry kids, when this team wins a cup, he will be retired), so to trade Tkachuk would be ludicrous. Brodie, on the other hand….

      • Albertabeef

        Just for the record TJ’s goals against per 60 minutes at even strength are the lowest among the top 4 D. Hamonic has the highest. Why trade Brodie? (Side note Kylington has the lowest ES-GA/60 of all D)

        • Albertabeef

          Trashing my post does NOT make it any less true lol. Truth is in the numbers. Seriously Hammer’s ES-GA is at 3.5 Hamonic 3.2 Gio 2.5 and Brodie is 2.2. Valimaki is a 2.4 Andersson is 2.0 and Kylington is an amazing 1.2(only Lomberg with a 0.0 is lower)

          Numbers are from hockey-reference.com

    • Pete_R

      The flaw I see in this logic is the assumption that Brodie is what will limit the Flames window to win… If Stone follows a typical career trajectory he has about one or 2 years before his production drops, while Tkachuk has another 6-7 years before he starts to decline. Chabot is an LD and that is a position of (relative) strength for the organization… So at best I see this trade as a wash, at worst it’s a downgrade.

      • MDG1600

        Doesn’t really matter if he is injured or battling some personal issues, his lack of playing time and inconsistency has to be a concern. This is year two of pretty much zero traction in his development. He is a young man and can certainly still pan out but I believe it is only prudent to consider that he may not be the long term answer in net that many of us hoped he would be.

  • Jimmyhaggis

    Notice to FN, change next game on home page to properly reflect who is home team, it’s not Tampa Bay VS Flames, that implies Calgary home team, should be Flames VS Tampa Bay. Didn’t they teach you at school.

    • Ralph Waldo Emerson

      There are no strict rules for the order in which two teams are named to the match in which they will, or are, playing. European, standard, for example, is to have the “home” team listed first. In most of Asia it can be displayed either way. In North America, the standards vary as well.

      • No, they don’t vary at all. Canadian Press and Associated Press both call for Calgary versus Tampa reflecting home team last when writing wire copy in North America. If you write for international wires, Reuters for example, it is the opposite.

    • Cfan in Van

      Don’t the do Tampa @ Flames if they play in Calgary, and Tampa vs. Flames if they play in Tampa? That was my understanding, but could definitely be wrong.

    • SouthernFlame

      I hope not, I had really high hopes that he would take Gillies job by now and that the big club would call him up for a game or two towards the end of the season. HOPE

  • Flameon13

    Anyone know if Kyle Palmieri is available in NJD? He could be interesting on our second line RW and is under contract for a reasonable price until the season before JH contract expires freeing up some room down the road and maybe by then Phillips could be ready for that spot. They could be willing to part with him if the price is right.