CALGARY FLAMES PROSPECT RANKINGS
1. D Erik Brannstrom - HV71 - SHL (-)
While the stat-watchers may not be turned on by Brannstrom's production, little do they know the SHL is a very hard league for young defenders to produce numbers in. For example, Erik Karlsson had 10 points in 45 games in his Draft + 1, for comparison, Brannstrom has 14 points in 41 games in his Draft + 1. By no means is Brannstrom being labelled the next best NHL defender, but it goes to show that production is hard to come by in the SHL for young defenders, and he is actually on pace for an amazing season production-wise. He is currently 2nd in U20 SHL points amongst defenders...behind, you guessed it, Rasmus Dahlin.
Brannstrom also had a very strong WJC tournament in Buffalo with 4 points in 7 games, and showed that he will undoubtedly be a top defender for Sweden at the WJC's once again next year in Vancouver/Victoria. His development has been on a tremendous uprise, and he has only impressed ever since we have drafted him.
2. D Sami Niku - Manitoba Moose - AHL (+3)
Sami has been absolutely tremendous this season is arguably one of our top defensive prospects. He is currently sitting 1st in points for U24 AHL defenders, with 41 points in 58 games - and this year is his first taste of the AHL. He sits 4th in pts/game for U24 defenders who have played more than 10 AHL games this season, with a pts/per game of 0.71 - only 0.03 pts/per game behind the leader. He has burst onto the scene and already surpassed his production from his season in Liiga last year (27pts in 59gp in Liiga), while scoring more goals. He is a dynamic, offensively gifted defensemen who is your typical new age defender that can burn you on the offensive size of the puck. He still needs some work defensively, but for an AHL rookie, he has absolutely exceeded expectations.
Acquiring Sami via trade may be one of the most underrated trades for this organization, if Sami can keep developing onward and upwards like he has this season.
3. D Henri Jokiharju - Portland Winterhawks - WHL (+3)
Henri has had a great Draft + 1 season, as he currently sits with a 1.16 points/game ratio which has him at 65 points in 56 games. He has 17 more points in 15 less games compared to his last year totals - basically the exact kind of jump you would want, and love to see. Henrik sits 5th in WHL defensemen scoring, however, every other defensemen ahead of him (except for two), have at last a handful more games played than Henri. It is certainly not out of the question he is sitting top 2 right now if he hadn't gone to the WJC...
...but it was a good thing he did go to the WJC because he ended becoming a prominent player playing more minutes than most likely would've expected when the tournament was beginning as Finland had very experienced defenders. Henri ended up with 4ptsin 5 games, and will be a key cog to Finland's defensive core in the WJC once again next year.
4. F Taylor Raddysh - Sault St. Marie Greyhounds - OHL (-2)
Taylor is currently sitting at a 1.48 points/game clip, which is down from his incredible 1.87 points/game from last season, however, this year Erie was a team that was fluttering with .500 at best, and therefore sold off at the deadline. He will once again be on a highly competitive, top contender and could very well end up with another OHL championship under his belt with a Memorial Cup appearance. It seems wherever he plays, he has success, personally and team-wise.
Taylor currently sits 11th in OHL scoring among forwards, and now with being on a top contender, we hope to see him finish in the 7-10 range to end his regular season.
5. F Jesse Gabrielle - Regina Pats - WHL (-2)
The AHL, admittedly, didn't welcome Jesse with open arms. He struggled to be the type of player he was in the WHL and with Providence being very deep to begin with, was in tough to earn many minutes. Getting that pro experience will go a long way to helping transition his game next year, as he will look to stick fulltime as the WHL will not be an option if he can't make it. However, with the state of the roster in Providence being deep, Jesse returning to the WHL with the Regina Pats, who are going to host the Memorial Cup and are a top WHL contender, is going to be an incredible experience for Gabrielle to help take leadership of that team as they look to have a long run in the playoffs - with the Memorial Cup appearance already guaranteed.
He is already showing good production with 14 points in 21 games with 11 goals, and very excited to see the Gabrielle of old, comeback to terrorize the WHL with his hard-nosed, pesky, in your face game. We would've liked to see him stick in the AHL this year, but are not overly worried considering the circumstances - next year will be a huge year to see where he is at developmental wise, but for now, are going to enjoy him pissing off every single team he plays against for the rest of the WHL season.
6. D Sebastian Aho - Bridgeport Sound Tigers - AHL (+6)
7. D Vladislav Gavrikov - SKA St. Petersburg - KHL (NEW)
8. D Filip Berglund - Skelleftea AIK - SHL (NEW)
9. D Mitch Vande Sompel - Bridgeport Sound Tigers - AHL (+10)
10. F Joni Ikonen - KalPA - Liiga (-6)
11. F Tyler Steenbergen - Swift Current Broncos - WHL (+12)
12. F Joachim Blichfeld - Portland Winterhawks - WHL (+3)
13. F Fabian Zetterlund - Farjestad BK - SHL (+4)
14. F Joona Koppanen - Ilves - Liiga (-)
15. F William Lockwood - Univ. of Michigan - NCAA (-8)
16. G Alexandar Georgiyev - New York Rangers - NHL (+5)
17. F Tyler Soy - Victoria Royals - WHL (+6)
18. F Igor Shvyrov - Metallurg Magnitogorsk - KHL (-8)
19. F Denis Smirnov - Penn State Univ. - NCAA (+1)
20. G Dylan Ferguson - Kamloops Blazers - WHL (+5)
21. F Mathias From - Rogle BK - SHL (-3)
22. F Thomas Di Pauli - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins - AHL (-6)
23. D Alexei Bereglazov - Metallurg Magnitogorsk - KHL (-12)
24. F Patrick Bajkov - Everett Silvertips - WHL (NEW)
25. G Matiss Kivlenieks - Cleveland Monsters - AHL (-3)
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