By Torie Peterson
There’s no doubt he’s goal driven.
Selected 166th overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, all Andrew Mangiapane has done since joining the organization is produce.
In 2015-16, he rattled off 51 goals and 106 points with the OHL’s Barrie Colts, becoming just the third player in tea, history to hit the 50-goal plateau. He followed up his regular-season success with 21 points through 15 playoff games that spring.
That season would end up being his last in the OHL, capping off his junior career with 118 goals, 143 assists and 261 points in 195 regular-season games in Barrie.
The Flames concluded the winger had accomplished as much as he could in junior and opted to send Mangiapane to Stockton in the fall of 2016.
In his rookie year with the Heat, he managed 20 goals and 41 points through 66 games, which ranked him fourth in team scoring that year. He added one goal and three points in five post-season games.
This past season, he surpassed his rookie year offensive totals with 21 goals, 25 assists and 46 points in 39 appearances with Stockton.
His impressive play earned him a call-up with the Flames and he would end up skating in 10 games with Calgary.
“Andrew had another year of growth,” Flames assistant general manager Brad Pascall told CalgaryFlames.com. “At times, he was a dominant player in the American League. He was well-deserving of a call-up.
“He continues to progress as a player, knowing the league and knowing the professional game while getting stronger. What’s really evident in his game is his battle level – his compete level – and his skill.
“He’s transcended from junior hockey – 100-point back-to-back seasons with Barrie – into two really good professional years. Two 20-goal seasons? That’s difficult to do. So we’re really pleased with his progression as a young player.”
Standing 5-foot-10 and weighing in at 187-lb., Managiapane has never been the biggest player on the ice but the compete level Pascall referenced – his unyielding, in-your-face style – has elevated his play and enabled him to succeed against his opponents.
Often described as scrappy, he’s more than willing to mix it up with the opposition and thrives when playing the hard areas but his skill level has allowed him to continue to generate plenty of offence.
“Like a lot of younger players, he’s got to continue to get stronger,” Pascall noted. “He always comes into the year in good shape but with the goal being a regular player in the NHL, you have to really work on strength and quickness.
“He has that but to that to the next level, that’s what he needs to do.”
Mangiapane is currently recovering from shoulder surgery, which cut his season short in March. The recovery process is going smoothly and the organization doesn’t anticipate his 2018-19 campaign will be delayed by the procedure.
“We’d like him to come back and put that behind him, be cleared to play and be ready to play at the start of the season, which we fully expect him to do.”