The Calgary Flames announced on Thursday morning that they have assigned forward Dillon Dube to the Stockton Heat of the AHL.
But he hasn’t been finding offence as easily as he’d like, so this send-down isn’t exactly a big surprise. He has just one goal and five points in 20 games. It doesn’t help that he’s been getting a limited number of minutes and is on a line that is generally not that offensively gifted, but he’s still had chances. However, he hasn’t been able to bury those chances and has been struggling to find the back of the net.
The Flames drafted Dube in 2016 in the second round of the draft while he was playing with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL. After being named the captain of Team Canada at the World Juniors last year and leading them to a gold medal, to having an incredible season with the Rockets and finishing it off with the Stockton Heat, he deserved to make the Flames opening-night roster.
But again, success hasn’t been coming to him as easily. I’m fine with him getting more ice-time down in Stockton and further developing his skills at the pro-level. The thing I’m not fine with is having Ryan Lomberg in instead, which seems like may be the case when the Flames play the LA Kings tomorrow night.
I’d much prefer someone like Andrew Mangiapane over Dube since Mangiapane plays LW as well. I’d even prefer Spencer Foo, who may be on his off-wing, but that’s not always the end of the world. Replacing Dube with Lomberg is definitely not the solution, but I guess the team may just be holding out until Michael Frolik returns from injury.