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Big week for Flames prospects

by Jason Johnson / Calgary Flames
Ryan Culkin has registered 11 points in 10 games this season for the Québec Remparts of the QMJHL

It was a banner week for a handful of Calgary Flames prospects who were recognized with various accolades in their respective hockey programs this week.

Providence College’s freshman goalie Jon Gillies (South Portland, Maine) was named the Hockey East Co-Defensive Player of the Week as was announced by the conference on Monday afternoon.

Gillies made his collegiate debut for the Friars on Friday night stopping all 14 shots he faced in two periods of play in Providence’s 8-2 home-opening win over Sacred Heart. The following night, Gillies made 30 saves in a 4-2 loss to Boston University with the final goal being scored on an empty net. Gillies was named the game’s third star for his efforts. On the weekend, Gillies posted a 1.80 goals against average, a .936 save percentage and made 44 saves.

Gillies, a product of the Indiana Ice of the USHL, is Providence’s first Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week since Alex Beaudry earned the honor on Dec. 5, 2012.

The goaltender was drafted by the Flames in the 3rd round, 75th overall this past June in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Fellow Providence College teammate Mark Jankowski was also named one of Hockey Easts weekly top performers collecting a pair of goals in his collegiate debut against Sacred Heart.

Jankowski was the Flames first round draft pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft selected 21st overall.

Ryan Culkin of the Québec Remparts was named to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League team that compete against Team Russia in the 2012 Subway Super Series.

The two games between the Russians and Team QMJHL will be held Nov. 5 at the Centre d'Excellence Sports Rosseau in Boisbriand, Que. -- home of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada -- and Nov. 7 at Centre air Creebec in Val-d'Or, Que. -- home of the Val-d'Or Foreurs.

Culkin anchors the defence for the Remparts who boast a 9-1 record to start the 2012-13 regular season. In 10 games this season Culkin has recorded two goals and nine assists and sits second in scoring amongst defenceman in the QMJHL.

The Flames selected Culkin in the 5th round, 124th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

In addition, Sven Baertschi had an incredibly successful pro hockey debut in Abbotsford with the Heat of the American Hockey League. Beartschi contributed a goal and an assist in each of the Heats' victories over the Pioria Riverman as they opened the season 2-0. His four points are good enough for second in scoring in the American Hockey League behind only last season's AHL scoring leader Cory Conacher of the Syracuse Crunch.

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