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Colts teammates Mangiapane, Andersson hoping to turn pro together

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Batman and Robin.

Tom and Jerry.

Chip and Dale.

Andrew and Rasmus?

It doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, but the budding pair of Barrie Colts brothers Andrew Mangiapane and Rasmus Andersson is feeling like quite the dynamic duo.

And just wait for the sequel.

It could be coming out this fall.

“I’m thinking I should take the next step, right?” questioned the 20-year-old Mangiapane. “I’m hoping, right? I’ve spent three years in the OHL. I’ve learned a lot there, especially from my coach, Dale Hawerchuk. The whole organization taught me a lot. I’m ready to make the jump. I just have to show my stuff here in September.

“I guess I’m just excited to make the jump whenever I do it. I’m hoping it’s soon. I’m full of excitement.”

Mangiapane, a left wing, has little left to accomplish back in junior after back-to-back 100-point seasons in Barrie, and 118 goals and 261 points in 195 games split over the past three seasons. He was also named a Second Team All-Stars in the Ontario Hockey league in 2015-16.

He signed an entry-level contract in March, too, all but paving his way to the pro ranks.

He’s ready, his hopeful running mate so eagerly declared.

“He’s a goal scorer. He scored 50 goals. He scored 40-something last year. He’s scored over a hundred goals in the past three years,” said Andersson, who signed his entry-level pact last September. “He’s a goal scorer. You don’t think of him … he’s a small guy. But he works really hard in the corners. He wins battles. I would say he’s a goal scorer, for sure.”

Andersson, who turns 20 in October, feels he’s ready to make the jump, too.

“For sure. I’m done with junior,” he said.

Statistically, Andersson’s claim checks out.

As an import defenceman for the Colts, Andersson has pieced together back-to-back 60-point seasons, and his 60 points in 2015-16 led all OHL defencemen in scoring.

Not much left for the second round pick (No. 56) from the 2015 NHL Draft to accomplish at the junior ranks, suggested Magniapane.

“He’s a great player,” Mangiapane said. “First year in the league he got 60-some points. Second year in the league he had 60-some points. He’s definitely a skilled offensive defenceman. Even his defensive game in the d-zone is remarkable. He’s a great player.

“I hope he turns pro this year.”

So the pair can make the jump together.

And remain as teammates.

And begin as roommates, too.

“He wants to live with me,” Andersson said. “He told me several times. Hopefully.”

The thought has crossed Mangiapane’s mind, too.

“A little bit,” he said. “Maybe living together next year, wherever we end up.

“Our billets were pretty close together. I was with him a lot of the time, just watching TV and watching Flames games and spending our time together.

“I could only take so much of him. I don’t know. Swedes … Rasmus … he’s a little crazy sometimes.

“But he’s a good guy.”

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