Prospect Need to Know: Walman not satisfied, Reway’s bizarre demotion

Blues pick Jake Walman  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Welcome back to another spin around the world of prospects. The big news this week concerns Montreal Canadiens pick Martin Reway. Just last week, I wrote in this space about how amazing the Slovakian youngster was playing in the Czech League – he was the leading scorer on the circuit. But then, he was sent down by Sparta Praha to a lower-tiered team. It sounded like insanity. According to insiders that I spoke with, Sparta wanted to sign Reway to a contract extension, but the left winger wasn’t agreeable. That led to a rift, which led to a trade request, which is where we stand now.

Here are some other names you need to know right now:

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Futures mailbag: Ryan Pulock, Panther pride and more

Ryan Pulock (Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

It’s about that time again. For all of you who love prospects or just want to know what your NHL team has in the pipeline, the THN Futures mailbag is here for you. If you have any questions relating to the next generation of stars, hit me up on Twitter at @THNRyanKennedy and use the hashtag #thnfutures to make sure I see it.

Let’s get to this week’s questions.

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Karri Ramo demoted to AHL as Flames’ goaltending situation finally has clarity

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Karri Ramo (Derek Leung/Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames goaltending situation finally has some clarity.

Netminder Karri Ramo has cleared waivers and was subsequently demoted to the AHL’s Stockton Heat Thursday. Ramo, 29, signed a one-year, $3.8-million deal with the Flames in the off-season and was supposed to challenge for the starting job in Calgary this season. Instead, he’s gotten off to a horrific start which led to the Flames placing the netminder on waivers Wednesday afternoon.

Flames coach Bob Hartley had publicly lamented the fact neither of his netminders, Ramo nor Jonas Hiller, was able to show they outright deserved the starting gig. Monday Hartley hit his most frustrated point, telling’s Aaron Vickers he wanted one of his two top goaltenders to step up. Read more

To mark Canada’s red wave, we celebrate hockey’s well-known Reds

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Red Kelly (right) and Ted Lindsay  (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

An unexpected red wave washed over Canada Monday night, ushering Justin Trudeau into power. Trudeau’s Liberal party is more commonly known as The Big Red Machine or the Grits, two terms that are closely associated with Canada’s national sport as well.

So to mark the occasion, we thought it would be appropriate to celebrate some of the other Reds who have made their mark in hockey history:

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Prospect Need to Know: Dillon Dube keeps Kelowna rolling

Kelowna's Dillon Dube  (Photo by Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Welcome back to Prospect Need to Know, the gathering formerly known as The Hot List. I’m debuting some new sections this week and there will be a rotation, so don’t worry if things continue to look different from here on out. There’s a lot to cover with the AHL and NCAA getting into full swing, so let’s get to it.

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Top five 2014-15 AHL scorers that made NHL rosters to start 2015-16

Teemu Pulkkinen (Photo by Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

Player development in the AHL seems to have a more important impact on the NHL each year. According to the AHL’s Guide & Record Book, 88 percent of current NHL players are AHL alumni.

This season is no exception, with 24 AHL players having made their NHL debuts already, less than two weeks into the new campaign.

Here, we feature the top five AHL scorers from 2014-15 that made NHL rosters to start 2015-16.

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Brock McGinn scores first NHL goal on first shift in first minute of first game

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Brock McGinn had a debut for the ages on Friday evening.

Just 55 seconds into his first NHL game, the 21-year-old Carolina Hurricanes left winger followed up on his own rebound and beat Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard to spot his club an early 1-0 lead. His first NHL goal. On his first NHL shift. In the first minute of his first NHL game.

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Prospect Need to Know: Kieffer Bellows is living up to his last name

Kieffer Bellows (photo courtesy Rena Laverty/USA Hockey)

Welcome back to the new iteration of The Hot List, now known as Prospect Need to Know. The NCAA season kicked off in earnest on the weekend and though I’d like a bit more of a sample size before handing out accolades, let it be known that Arizona prospect Maxim Letunov had a hat trick in his first game with UConn. And yes, Calgary Flames fans, Mark Jankowski is off to a hot start with Providence. There’s a lot of goodness to cover off this week, so let’s get right to it:

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