Flames NCAA prospects update

By Nick Lowman

The Calgary Flames have just three prospects playing NCAA hockey.

Jimmy Spratt, G

Bowling Green State University
Drafted 2004 7th round (213th overall)

Spratt is in his third year with the Falcons. Last season, the starting netminder played 31 games posting a 6-22-1 record, with a 3.64 GAA and a .886 save percentage.

This season, Spratt is splitting time in goal with Nick Eno (BUF) after a slow start to the season. In 14 games, Spratt is 5-8 with a 2.88 GAA and a .892 save percentage. In the majority of his starts, he hasn’t had much help offensively.

Spratt’s inconsistency is a concern. He has a tendency to be very active in the crease, many times putting himself out of position. In addition, he possesses good lateral movement but needs to focus on limiting his movement and cutting off angles.

Spratt could be a good minor league goalie. He will have to continue to work hard at being consistent between the pipes and developing his technique.

Jordan Fulton, C

University of Minnesota Duluth
Drafted 2006 6th Round (179th overall)

Fulton is playing in his second year as a Bulldog. The 6’0, 190-pound center from Brooklyn Park, Minnesota has already surpassed last season’s point total. In 26 games this season, he’s netted 5 goals and 8 assists for 11 points. Currently, he is tied for fourth on the team in points.

Fulton started the season as a second line center, has also played left wing and recently has been centering the first line before moving back to left wing in an effort to provide more scoring for the Bulldogs. Fulton is getting every opportunity offensively as he ranks fourth on the team in shots on goal.

Fulton still has a way to go before competing at the professional level. He will need to work on developing into a two-way center and showing self discipline in his own zone. He is an offensive minded player that has a great shot and nose for the goal. If he continues to improve, more than likely he’ll get an opportunity to go pro.

C.J. Severyn, LW

The Ohio State University
Drafted 2007 7th Round (186th overall)

Severyn is in his rookie season with the Buckeyes. In 23 games played, he’s registered only one assist.

The Beaver, Pennsylvania native is considered to be more of a hard-hitting defensive forward and penalty-kill specialist. Currently, he is only one of three Buckeyes who have a plus rating.

Severyn is excellent on the forecheck and finishes every check. With a 6’1 frame he uses his body well to shield defenders when he has possession of the puck.

In just 20 games at the collegiate level, Severyn is starting to build more confidence as he adjusts to a new level of hockey. He is a smart player with a strong work ethic. If he stays the course, he has a strong opportunity to play professionally.