Flames 2008-09 NCAA prospect update

By John-Eric Iannicello

The Calgary Flames currently have only four players in the NCAA this season — three forwards and one goaltender.

Aaron Marvin, C – St. Cloud State
6’2, 192lbs
Acquired: 3rd round, 89th overall in 2006

Marvin is a sizable center from St. Cloud State who was taken in the third round of the 2006 draft.

Marvin has scored 23 points through 30 games this season.  He has almost doubled his point totals from a season ago, and is showing flashes of power forward ability that he has been noted for.  He has posted 40 penalty minutes which puts him in the top three for his team. 

An area of concern for Marvin after being drafted was his defensive game.  But he is among the team leaders with a +10. 

Marvin still needs to add strength to his frame, but will have more than enough time to work on his areas of weakness as he continues in school. 

Jordan Fulton, LW – University of Minnesota-Duluth

6’0, 190lbs
Acquired: 6th round, 179th overall in 2006

Though Fulton hasn’t quite reached the offensive potential that he displayed in his final year of high-school hockey, but he has seen moderate increases in his point totals for Minnesota-Duluth.

He has started to display more of a goal scoring prowess this season as junior, doubling his totals from a year ago.  This season, Fulton has recorded 10 goals, and five assists for 15 points in 29 games, coming overwhelmingly in victories.  Fulton has also been one of the team leaders in penalty minutes with 46.

Fulton will return next season as he continues his development.  He should have the opportunity to take the reins of the No. 1 center role for the Bulldogs.

C.J. Severyn, F – The Ohio State University

6’1, 185lbs
Acquired: 7th round, 186th overall in 2007

Severyn is a second-year forward for Ohio State University. The 19-year-old forward has notched six goals and three assists in 21 games this season, mostly at fourth-line center.  All of his goals have been scored at even strength, and two of his three assists have been collected on the power play.  Severyn missed nine games this fall due to an ankle injury.

Severyn will be looked at to provide more offense in the years to come at Ohio State.  He was a late-round choice in 2007 and is expected to play out the full four seasons of his NCAA career.

Jimmy Spratt, G – Bowling Green State University

6’1, 185lbs
Acquired: 7th round, 213th overall in 2004

Goaltender Jimmy Spratt is in his final year of his NCAA career with Bowling Green State University.  The 23-year-old has not had a stellar career in the NCAA, averaging more than three goals against each season and a save percentage of approximately .885.  Though his numbers have improved this season somewhat at .893 and 3.01 GAA, they are still sub-par. He has managed to keep his starting job over sophomore Nick Eno (BUF).

Spratt is noted as a long-shot prospect at best, but given his numbers in the NCAA it is highly unlikely that Calgary tenders an offer to him at the end of the season.