Torie Peterson has highlighted five Calgary Flames' prospects to keep an eye on at the 2016 Young Stars Classic, being held in Penticton, BC this weekend.
All Flames games will be streamed on CalgaryFlames.com and the Flames' app. Calgary plays the Winnipeg Jets on Friday at 5:00 PM MT, the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday at 8:30 PM MT and the Vancouver Canucks on Monday at 4:00 PM MT.
#88 - ANDREW MANGIAPANE - LEFT WING
What Andrew Mangiapane lacks in size, he more than makes up for with dynamic skill. The Flames' 2015 sixth round pick, who comes in at 5-foot-10 and 185-pounds, is coming off a career year with the Ontario Hockey League's Barrie Colts, where he rattled off 51 goals and 106 points in 59 regular season games. His offensive production was equally as potent in the postseason and he managed 10 goals and 21 points in 15 playoff skates. While his point totals and size have earned him comparisons to Flames star Johnny Gaudreau, he plays a different style of game. He blends speed and skill with a energetic, take-no-prisoners approach and doesn't shy away from physical play.
#82 - TYLER PARSONS - GOALTENDER
With the first of their two second round picks in this summer's draft, the Flames plucked goaltender Tyler Parsons with the 54th overall selection. The Chesterfield, MI product became one of the most highly-touted netminders available in the 2016 NHL Draft after leading the London Knights to an OHL Championship and a Memorial Cup victory this past spring. Parsons strung together a 37-9-3 record with an OHL-best 2.33 GAA and a .921 save percentage in the regular season and went 16-1-1 with a 2.15 GAA and a .925 save percentage in the playoffs. With several goaltenders in the Flames' system, this weekend's tournament will give Parsons a chance to establish his position on the depth chart.
#75 - EETU TUULOLA - RIGHT WING
Everett Silvertips fans will likely get plenty of these calls from play-by-play commentator Mike Benton over the course of the 2016-17 Western Hockey League season with the Finnish winger signing a standard player agreement with the club this past summer. Tuulola, who hails from Hämeenlinna, FIN, turned heads in Everett during the pre-season, scoring two goals and three points in the four games he played in. The winger plays a physical game, possesses a heavy shot, has quick hands, and is able to rattle opponents and get under their skin. The Young Stars Classic will give him more time to acclimatize to the North American game before the regular season gets underway in Everett.
#80 - STEPAN FALKOVSKY - DEFENCE
After being passed over in his first year of draft eligibility, Belarus' Stepan Falkovsky opted to join the Ottawa 67's in the 2015-16 season in hopes of garnering more attention from NHL scouts. It worked. With their seventh round pick this summer, the Flames drafted the hulking rearguard after watching him progress under the watchful eye of Ottawa coach Jeff Brown. At 6-foot-7 and 225-pounds, he's a physically imposing presence on the ice, can skate well and has a high hockey IQ. He wasn't able to make it to North America for the Flames' development camp in July so this will be the fans first chance to see the defenceman amongst his peers.
#60 - BRETT POLLOCK - LEFT WING
In the trade that sent Kris Russell to the Dallas Stars, the Flames received Jyrki Jokipakka, a second round pick and left winger Brett Pollock. Jokipakka immediately jumped into the Flames lineup, the second round pick was turned into centre Dillon Dube, and Pollock closed out the WHL season by leading the Edmonton Oil Kings in scoring with 30 goals and 78 points in 72 games last year. In seven playoff games, Pollock netted three goals and ended up with seven points. After the Oil Kings' first round exit, Pollock joined the Stockton Heat on a tryout agreement and scored one goal in three games.