5. Cole Schwindt
Cole Schwindt is the often forgotten member of the Matthew Tkachuk to Florida trade, as Jonathan Huberdeau and Mackenzie Weegar steal the attention away, and while he’s not lighting it up at the AHL level, he’s clearly got plenty of potential. In 142 games over his past two full AHL seasons, Schwindt has tallied 33 goals and 72 points, so while the production isn’t there, he’s more than capable of going on massive scoring runs, something that could be useful at the top level.
While he may never be considered a top-six player in the NHL, Sportsnet writer Eric Francis mentioned last week that he’s a name to watch this season if the Flames do sell some of their top UFA’s and look to the youth movement, and at 22-years of age, he’s got plenty of time ahead of him. Martin Pospisil wasn’t producing and what some would consider and NHL level with the Wranglers, but has given this team a spark at the top level, and alongside AJ Greer and another grinding player, we could see the best of Schwindt at the next level, so don’t rule it out.