The second week in December typically signals winter break for NCAA Men's Ice Hockey. That lull in the action is a good time to take a look at how the Flames prospects skating in US College Hockey are doing. Calgary has 5 players at this level, playing at 4 different colleges, none of which are goaltenders. All their elite NCAA prospects either man the blue line or are wingers and centers. Here's a breakdown of how they've fared so far this season.
Tim Harrison- Forward
Colgate University, 6-3, 205 lbs, Jr.
Total Points: 5
Career +/-: -6
Games Played 2015-16: 17
Mark Jankowski- Forward
Providence College, 6-4, 186 lbs, Sr.
Total Points: 16
Games Played 2015-16: 13
Matt DeBlouw- Forward
Michigan State University, 6-1, 189 lbs, Sr.
Total Points: 4
Games played 2015-16: 8
Brandon Hickey- Defense
Boston University, 6-2, 190 lbs, Soph.
Total Points: 7
Game Played 2015-16: 16
John Gilmour- Defense
Providence College, 6-0, 180 lbs, Sr.
Total Points: 10
Games Played 2015-16: 12
So there's the breakdown of who the Flames have playing right now and where they stand halfway through the 2015-16 NCAA Men's Hockey season.
Jankowski and Gilmour are the two having the most success so far this season. Their point totals and +/- are better than the other Flames prospects, but there are a few caveats that come with those stats. They both play on an undefeated (11-0-3) power house team at Providence and they are both Seniors, which is good news for the Flames. Jankowski's numbers are on pace with last year's totals where his team won the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship and the same can be said for Gilmour. Opinions vary on Jankowski, but if he continues playing like he is this season the Flames brass should be thrilled.
Brandon Hickey is having himself a very good season as a Sophomore at Boston University. His play has landed him a spot on Team Canada's Juniors squad and having a young, shot blocking defense man playing well down the line has to make the Flames extremely excited. He has a long was to go in college, but the play and stat lines are promising.
Harrison and DeBlouw's numbers are aren't stellar, but they is plenty of time for Harrison. He's only a Junior and has the games left in his college career to improve. DeBlouw has only been in half MSU's games this season, but he could still crank it up come the second half. The Michigan native had 13 total points last season and could match that this season if his game time increases.
So there's your look at the Flames NCAA prospects so far this season. Calgary NCAA players have fared well for them with Johnny Gaudreau being the poster boy for that success. Jankowski is the next highly touted college player the Flames have in waiting. Will he and any of his other college ice mates produce at the next level? Like most things, only time will tell.