Photo: Calgary Flames prospect Andrew Mangiapane was a top-ten scorer in the OHL last season, showing he has the work ethic and the skill level to put doubts about his physical game aside (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Calgary Flames have been able to quickly assess whether or not a number of their prospects are ready for NHL action over the last few years. With Sam Bennett, Micheal Ferland, and Joni Ortio playing a role in the team’s recent success, there are a number of players behind them working to do the same.
The Flames prospect pool is interesting because skaters who play professionally outnumber those who play junior or amateur hockey by a decent margin. The Flames’ penchant for patience, both in preferring older CHL players and allowing their collegiate prospects to play out their four years, results in an older and more experienced prospect pool.
Photo: Stockton Heat goaltender and Calgary Flames prospect Jon Gillies has appeared in seven games for the Heat so far in 2015-16, posting a 2.31 goals-against average and .920 save percentage (courtesy of Asvitt Photography)
Jon Gillies doesn’t look or act like a rookie for the Stockton Heat.
The 21-year-old goaltender is calm and poised while defending the net for the Calgary Flames’ AHL affiliate, and he doesn’t get rattled by the big moments. He is also a leader in the locker room for a team that is playing its first season in Northern California. Read more»
Photo: After a slow start to his 2015-16 season, Calgary Flames rookie forward Sam Bennett has picked up the pace, posting three goals and nine points in 14 games this season (courtesy of Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)
Jack Eichel and Sam Bennett score do-it-all goals for their respective teams, and Thomas Chabot didn’t see much of a need to pass the puck, either. Likewise, Nick Ritchie is on fire in the AHL with eight goals in his first nine games, though his game-winner this week was a little awkward. Finally, an unlikely league with a phenomenal talent is featured in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more»
Photo: Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Connor McDavid has begun to produce after a quiet start to his 2015-16 season, netting five goals and 12 points in 11 games (courtesy of Chris LaFrance/Icon Sportswire)
The final section of the Hockey’s Future ranking of the Top 50 NHL prospects features the least controversial 1-2 ranking in memory. Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres are two of the most dynamic young players to arrive on the NHL scene since Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin debuted a decade ago. Read more»
Photo: A 2015 second-round pick, Calgary Flames prospect Rasmus Andersson can quiet some of his doubters with another big offensive season with the Barrie Colts (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The Calgary Flames are just now beginning to reap the rewards of patience with the prospect group. After three consecutive quality drafts, there are a number of quality prospects already signed with the team that are either on the verge of playing in the NHL or already there. Among them, Sam Bennett is at the top of the heap, and for good reason.