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FlamesNation Prospect Update: Goaltending on the upswing

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Dillon Dube – F, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 28 10 20 30 18 20 13 42.7
Change from last week 2 1 2 3 3 2 2 +1.32

To put in perspective how dominant Dube has been since being reassigned on a permanent-for-now basis, he has passed all but five members of the Stockton Heat in scoring, and those five are the most experienced players the Heat have. Almost every other forward (Andrew Mangiapane and Mike McMurtry being the exceptions) has played at least 30 games or more. That’s nuts.

Zach Fischer – RW, Rapid City Rush, ECHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 31 5 6 11 8 8 6 8.15
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.26

Only played one of Rapid City’s two games this week.

Spencer Foo – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 53 14 13 27 15 20 10 20.3
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 -0.02

A lone assist for Foo this week.

Glenn Gawdin – C/RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 50 10 17 27 10 21 8 21.52
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 0 1 0 -0.07

Let’s not forget about Gawdin either. He’s put together a consistent and solid rookie year, currently sitting eighth in team scoring.

Josh Healey – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 43 1 8 9 7 4 4 8.34
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.41

Nothing for Healey this week.

D’Artagnan Joly – RW/C, Rimouski Oceanic

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 59 18 29 47 29 31 20 18.55
Change from last week 3 1 3 4 3 2 1 +0.67

Another solid week for Joly, who quietly has picked up eight points in his last seven games while playing in a bottom six role for Rimouski.

Pavel Karnaukhov – LW/C, CSKA Moscow, KHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1
Playoffs 2 0 0 0 0 0 0

Currently in the playoffs for CSKA, who swept Vityaz Podolsk in four games.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 34 4 16 20 10 16 8 17.41
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.09

ASU’s regular season is over, having dropped their final series against Minnesota 5-1 and 5-2. We won’t hear from Koumontzis for a while, as ASU doesn’t have to go through a conference tournament as the lone NCAA hockey independent. They are likely going to make the Frozen Four however, and are projected as one of the two seeds.

Linus Lindstrom – C/LW, Skelleftea AIK, SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
SHL Up to date 39 2 3 5 4 4 3 4.1
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 1 1 1 +0.55
SWE-1 Up to date 5 0 2 2 1 1 1 19.55
Change from last week

Finally found the back of the net after having not scored since the fourth game of the season.

Ryan Lomberg – LW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 44 8 10 18 12 14 8 16.3
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 +0.17

Another assist for Lomberg this week. He hasn’t really shown much at the NHL level but he is at least one of the more reliable depth contributors for the Heat.

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, like he hasn’t for the past few. MSU’s season is, barring a miracle, likely over. They’re currently 12-17-5 and are going to be facing 18-13-3 Notre Dame in the first round of the Big 10 tournament. Not looking great.

Adam Ollas Mattsson – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 52 5 10 15 9 7 4 11.5
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.46

No points this week for AOM.

Andrew Nielsen – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 32 0 7 7 4 3 2 8.72
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.28

Did you know that Nielsen scored 39 points as an AHL rookie? I wonder how he can get back to that.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 32 6 20 26 14 17 9 29.25
Change from last week 3 0 2 2 2 1 1 -0.54

Just an assist for MEP. He has three more games before the NCHC tournament kicks off.

Matthew Phillips – RW, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 51 11 17 28 16 21 15 21.88
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.89

No points for Phillips this week.

Brett Pollock – LW/C, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 44 3 9 12 8 8 5 10.86
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.53

Also no points for Pollock this week. Now seems like a good time to mention that Stockton only scored five goals between two games this week, and it was really only one line scoring them.

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

Three more games until freedom.

Rushan Rafikov – D, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, KHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1
Playoffs 4 1 1 2 1 1 1

Lokomotiv is deadlocked at 2-2 versus HC Sochi. Rafikov picked up a goal and an assist in game two of the series.

Milos Roman – C, Vancouver Giants, WHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 56 27 29 56 24 46 17 24.76
Change from last week 3 4 5 9 4 6 4 +2.8

A massive, massive week for Roman, who had a pair of four-point games this week for Vancouver in their push to clinch the WHL’s Western conference.

However, we won’t be hearing from him for a while, as he is heading back to Slovakia to take final exams. He could miss three or four games.

Adam Ruzicka – C/LW, Sudbury Wolves, OHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 59 27 39 66 37 53 32 29.63
Change from last week 3 2 1 3 2 3 2 -0.17

Another solid point-per-game week for Ruzicka. He seems geared to really unleash his full potential in the playoffs. Ruzicka has graduated high school, so he is not going back to Slovakia next week.

Kerby Rychel – F, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 52 21 19 40 26 26 17 30.66
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 -0.42

Just an assist for Rychel. His star faded fast.

Filip Sveningsson – LW, IK Oskarshamn, Allsvenskan

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 41 13 11 24 10 19 9 28.61
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 -0.21

A goal for Sveningsson. Despite his post-WJC slowdown, he’s still put up an impressive season for himself. He’s second in U20 scoring, two points back of first but with seven fewer games played.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, HPK, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 56 12 23 35 18 22 11 23.17
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 -0.17

A goal for Tuulola. He currently sits third in U21 Liiga scoring, but he’s much farther off from the top. The two players ahead of him, who are both younger by a year, sit 0.18 PPG and 0.33 PPG ahead of him.

Rinat Valiev – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 43 2 16 18 10 13 8 16.68
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 1 2 1 +1.16

The more I see of Valiev, the more I wonder how much more there is to offer. He’s not lighting up the scoreboard, but he is doing much, much better than expected for an AHL acquisition.

Juuso Valimaki – D, Stockton Heat

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 13 2 7 9 6 4 3 27.59
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 -1.39

Picked up his second AHL goal this week. Barring any injuries, I think he spends his time in the AHL for the rest of the year.

Dmitri Zavgorodniy – C/LW, Rimouski Oceanic, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 63 26 37 63 33 43 22 23.29
Change from last week 3 0 4 4 1 2 0 -0.39

Back at the point-per-game mark with a four-assist week, contributing mostly on special teams, though we should mention that he’s been great on both the powerplay and the penalty kill.

Jon Gillies – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 34 1929 0.881
Change from last week 2 118 +0.005

Don’t look now, but Gillies has suddenly started playing his best hockey of the season. This week, he stopped 34 of 36 (0.944) and 33 of 35 (0.943). In his past seven games, he’s only dropped below the .930 mark twice. I don’t know how long this will last, but any sign of life is positive at this point.

Mason McDonald – G, Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 26 1447 0.916
Change from last week 1 180 0

A stellar week for McDonald, stopping 31 of 34 in two separate games (0.912) and 35 of 36 (0.972) in the other. To make the achievement even more meaningful, two of those games were back-to-backs. I’m not sure why he hasn’t been given a shot with the Heat, but it really couldn’t hurt to see what McDonald might have before casting him away forever.

Tyler Parsons – G, Stockton Heat

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 15 783 0.891
Change from last week

Didn’t play.

Nick Schneider – G, Kansas City Mavericks

GP TOI SV%
ECHL Up to date 15 902 0.886
Change from last week 1 57 +0.001
AHL Up to date 11 220 0.922
Change from last week

He’s been relegated to a bench role because of McDonald’s outstanding appearances, but hasn’t done much to at least force the coaching staff to split starts. He really only got the start because KC had a rare back-to-back-to-back, and he stopped 27 of 30 (0.900).

  • cjc

    After the performances that Mangiapane and Jankowski put up in their early AHL careers, people seem to forget that Phillips and Gawdin are actually doing pretty well given their bottom six roles on the team.

  • Korcan

    I get why people are so high on Parsons, but i am really beginning to wonder if he will ever have a career. He seems to be always hurt, poor kid.

    I really like Gawdin. It may take a couple of years, but i do think he will be an NHLer one day.

    I too would like to see McDonald, the forgotten goaltender, given another shot in Stockton. He’s earned it.

    Curious to see how much improvement Phillips shows next year with a long summer of training and a year of experience under his belt. My bet is that there will be a huge jump in performance.

    Same thing can be said for Dube, but in his case with the Flames. He may be the winger they currently seem to be lacking.

  • Harley Hotchkiss’s Ghost

    I had a friend who went to a Vancouver Giants game this past weekend and he said Milos Roman looked phenomenal. He’s a Canucks fans, so it likely took a lot for him to say that.

  • Albertabeef

    Can we please sign Griffen Outhouse as soon as his season ends? Please someone stick this idea in Flames brass’ heads. At least at the WHL level he has been fairly consistent with the royals. Doesn’t give up on pucks. Plus the headlines after wins would be super awesome lol. “From Outhouse to Coaches good grace” “The Outhouse won again” “League’s most coveted trophy goes to the Outhouse” and my personal favorite “Tkachuk hugs the Outhouse after Stanley cup win”. I’ve only been in Vic 2 years and have only seen him play twice but he won both times and played well. He was invited to Vegas’s prospect camp but has not been drafted or signed to my knowledge. Saves wasting a draft pick on a goalie and he turns 21 next week so he would still have 2-4 more years to develop instead of 5-7.

    • cjc

      Just looked up his numbers – not too shabby. It probably hinges on whether they re-sign McDonald, who is posting a higher save % than he has at any level this year. Outhouse could then start in the ECHL next year. Even though Gillies might be coming around, I can’t see them handing him an NHL roster spot next year (though he is on a one way contract).

      • Albertabeef

        From what I have seen watching our prospects in junior I would put Outhouse ahead of our other goalies at that level. The Royals are not a great team, they aren’t a bad team either. Griffen gives them a quality chance to win more often than not.

        Kody McDonald was pretty good in the game I saw last week. He is a hell raiser! lol. The cougars were trying to injure him a lot. What I didn’t know was he used to play with them. Definitely seems like some animosity with his former team lol. They probably didn’t like him scoring twice lol. The game ended with him face washing a cougar player. Good times :). Kody is not drafted or signed either, could be a good FA pick up.

  • Albertabeef

    Etuu could be the RW sniper we seriously need. He wanted to play in the NHL but had to finish his contract back home. I wonder if there are any plans to bring him over. Would be cheaper than selling the farm for an elite RW and may just get the job done. I still remember how much this kid loves to score goals, if I remember correctly he has a wicked one timer.