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Top prospects for Calgary Flames

Valimaki could push for roster spot; Andersson has chance at role on defense

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth prospect analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, the top five prospects for the Calgary Flames, according to NHL.com.

 

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1. Juuso Valimaki, D

How acquired: Selected with No. 16 pick in 2017 NHL Draft

Last season: Tri-City (WHL): 43 GP, 14-31-45

The 19-year-old could push for a spot in Calgary's lineup after completing his junior career with Tri-City of the Western Hockey League. Valimaki, who was Finland captain at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, had 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 12 playoff games for Tri-City last season. 

Valimaki (6-foot-2, 204 pounds) had 138 points (40 goals, 98 assists) in 159 WHL games and was twice named a WHL Western Conference Second Team All-Star.

Projected NHL arrival: Next season

Video: Valimaki is pushing to make the Flames' roster

 

2. Dillon Dube, F

How acquired: Selected with No. 56 pick in 2016 NHL Draft

Last season: Kelowna (WHL): 53 GP, 38-46-84; Stockton (AHL): 6 GP, 0-4-4

The 20-year-old is a dark horse to crack Calgary's roster following the end of his junior career. He was an alternate captain for Kelowna last season and had five points (three goals, two assists) in seven games as captain of Canada's 2018 WJC-winning team.

Dube (5-11, 183) earned his second taste of professional hockey with Stockton in the American Hockey League after his season in Kelowna. 

Projected NHL arrival: Next season

 

3. Tyler Parsons, G

How acquired: Selected with No. 54 pick in 2016 NHL Draft

Last season: Kansas City (ECHL): 28 GP, 12-12-2, 3.16 GAA, .902 SV%; Stockton (AHL): 7 GP, 1-3-0, 4.39 GAA, .856 SV%

The 20-year-old struggled following a standout junior career with London of the Ontario Hockey League. He was limited to 35 total games last season because of injuries.

There's reason to remain high on Parsons (6-1, 185), who helped the United States win the 2017 WJC and London the Memorial Cup in 2016.

Projected NHL arrival: 2020-21 season

 

4. Rasmus Andersson , D

How acquired: Selected with No. 53 pick in 2015 NHL Draft

Last season: Calgary: 10 GP, 0-0-0; Stockton (AHL): 56 GP, 9-30-39

Andersson (6-1, 214) is expected to push for a full-time spot on Calgary's defense after averaging 15:26 of ice time in 10 games with the Flames late last season. The 21-year-old had a standout season in the AHL and improved his NHL bid with an increased focus on his skating and conditioning.

Projected NHL arrival: This season

 

5. Andrew Mangiapane, F

How acquired: Selected with No. 166 pick in 2015 NHL Draft

Last season: Calgary: 10 GP, 0-0-0; Stockton (AHL): 39 GP, 21-25-46

The 22-year-old led Stockton in scoring during his second season of professional hockey. The upside is evident in Mangiapane (5-10, 184), who had 261 points (118 goals, 143 assists) in 195 games, including two 100-point seasons, with Barrie of the OHL.

Projected NHL arrival: This season

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