Well that was an awful October for the Calgary Flames. Just purely awful. Looking down at the prospects is a nice dose of positivity in these negative times. Please get to the NHL soon, we need the help:
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- Freddie Hamilton's doing well! He really must want to join his brother up north.
- Kenny Agostino should probably get a call up sometime. He's a left-winger with speed and scoring ability, and now he looks, at the very least, ready for bottom six work in the NHL. He could easily replace Brandon Bollig, and maybe even Mason Raymond.
- Nakladal probably should've received at least one look during his stint with Calgary. He's putting up points, being defensively responsible, and basically being a leader for the Heat. He can't be any worse than Kris Russell.
- Oliver Kylington looked pretty good as an 18 year old one step below the NHL. Sure, he's heavily sheltered, but he's holding his own. That's a huge relief for a supposed draft hazard.
- Morgan Klimchuk and Emile Poirier are vastly underperforming expectations as first rounders. They've had two seasons to grow, but the growth has stagnated. It's still early, but something needs to kick in.
- Hunter Smith was a second rounder.
- Andrew Mangiapane is fifth in OHL scoring! That's nice. His teammate Rasmus Andersson is second in defensive scoring for the Barrie Colts. That's also nice.
- Riley Bruce had three points in 52 games last year, and zero goals. So far, he has three points and one goal in 13 games. Baby steps.
- Pavel Karnaukhov sustained an upper body injury with the Hitmen, and is now week to week. Shame, since he was getting hot.
- I will fully admit that I wrote off Mark Jankowski this offseason, but I think this type of production wasn't even expected by his supporters. He's been performing pretty well so far with the Providence Friars, and if he wants an NHL job, he's going to have to keep it up. I still don't think he'll be the player Jay Feaster said he would, but hey, postives are positives.
- Matt DeBlouw and Tim Harrison could be AHLers, which is way higher than I would've ever expected.
- John Gilmour is also performing well, as is Brandon Hickey. The college system keeps rewarding the Flames.
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Yeah, I'm not so certain about these guys' futures. Best of luck to the both of them.
- Jon Gillies has two shutouts!
- He's also been yanked once and allowed nine goals in his two losses. Still some work to do.
- Mason McDonald does play in the goal-happy QMJHL, but his numbers are still a little bit concerning. He's a preliminary candidate for the goaltending job at the WJC though, so we'll see how that develops.
- I'm not sure what they saw in Nick Schneider at training camp that warranted a contract. He is only 18, but still.
Prospect of the Month: Andrew Mangiapane
It's hard to give this to anyone else. Mangiapane is on pace for another triple digit points season, and may even have his eye on the OHL scoring title. It's early in the season, sure, but it's not hard to be impressed with what he has to offer for the future. He could potentially be with the team at the start of next year. Not too shabby.
And there's your prospect check-in for October! We'll be back next month, hopefully with some more positive news to share with you.