#3 – Andrew Mangiapane
Position: Left Wing
2019-20 Team: Calgary Flames (NHL)
Drafted in 2015, 6th Round, Pick 166
2019 Ranking: #8
It’s safe to say that the 2019-20 season was another solid step forward in the development of Andrew Mangiapane. He spent the entire season with the Flames and worked himself up into a top six role as the season progressed. He shattered his previous year’s goals and points total as well as significantly outpaced his past seasons. He finished the regular season with 17 goals and 32 points in 68 games, and had the season continued I think he would’ve eclipsed 40 points based on his level of play late in the season.
He was also strong in the playoffs with two goals and five points in ten games for the club. After the year he had, Mangiapane was rewarded with a two year $2.425M AAV contract in the offseason and he’ll look to take on a bigger role next season with more ice time and PP time. Perhaps what is most impressive about Mangiapane’s point totals this past season where that of his 32 points only one single assist came while on the powerplay. His 31 even strength points were 6th on the team, just behind Elias Lindholm (35), Mikael Backlund (32), and Sean Monahan (32) despite the fact they all averaged 4-6 minutes more ice time per game than Mangiapane.
In fact, Mangiapane was the only player in the league to eclipse 30 points at even strength while averaging under 14 minutes of ice time per game. It was a very impressive glimpse into what he could become this season. With added time in a top six role, and becoming a regular player on the 2nd powerplay unit, it isn’t crazy to think Mangiapane could push a 50 point pace if it was an 82 game season.
The flexibility of Mangiapane and the adaptability he’s shown with his play will allow the Flames to utilize him in a number of different spots this season depending on how the Flames choose to set their lineup. There’s no doubting the Flames had Mangiapane on a steal of a contract last year at a measly $715,000 but you could also argue that he may already be a steal at his current price, and another step forward would be a huge win for the Flames at his price tag.
by Michael MacGillivray