Fantasy Summary

A silky smooth playmaker who reads the ice at an advanced level. He has some warts away from the puck as with most small wingers but if a team is willing to bank on his skill, they could get a solid winger who excels with a good triggerman.


Click to Expand
July 2022 – Francis has signed a one-year AHL contract with the Laval Rocket. He will report to them in the fall, and look to play his way up the lineup and potentially earn a two-way deal next year. Hadi Kalakeche
June 2022 – Ryan Francis will be entered into the 2022 NHL Draft for possible re-selection. His rights are not owned by the Flames any longer. Chris Fekete

May 2022 – It is widely expected that Francis will be making the jump from the QMJHL to the AHL next season. He was just on a tear this season for the Sea Dogs and he hopes to continue that translation into the minors and then one day, the NHL. He has been compared to current Flames forward Andrew Mangiapane as they both have similar statures. As a fifth round pick in 2020, he is starting to look like an absolute steal if he continues to develop his game. Chris Fekete


October 2020 – Francis was drafted 143rd overall by the Flames. Francis is expected to spend another year in the QMJHL before turning pro.  Jokke Nevalainen


June 2020 – The Cape Breton Eagles forward exploded onto the scene this year as he more than doubled his production from the previous season, putting up 72 points in 61 games. Francis has seemed to find his way as a small forward and has shown the ability to work through traffic with more consistently in his draft year. Francis will need to continue to get stronger as he proceeds through his development. He has a lot of tendencies that succeed in junior hockey but will not at the next level. He carries the puck all over the zone and sometimes overhandles it which leads to errors. He has the high-end puck skills to do that on occasion but very few players can dance teams with any sort of real consistency outside of the elite of the elite. His shot isn’t necessarily a weapon but he does locate it well and when given the chance to score, he capitalizes. The trademark of Francis’ game is that he has unreal vision and the creativity that allows him to strike teams at any moment in the offensive zone. Should he put a bit more strength on his frame as he develops physically, the Cape Breton forward could wind up being a mid-round steal. Tony Ferrari

Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country CAN
Position RW
Roster Type Free Agent, Minors
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth December 2, 2001
Height 5‘9”
Weight 168 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 5; Overall: 143


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 ACA Rangers U15NSU15MHL33 9 1524 30|Playoffs3 0 22
  ACA Rangers U15NS Bantam Prov.4 0 22 2|        
 2015-2016 ACA Rangers U15NSU15MHL31 20 3151 58|Playoffs3 3 25
  Team Nova Scotia U15 (ACC)ACC-U155 4 610 10|        
 2016-2017 Cole Harbour Wolfpack U18NSU18MHL37 17 3451 12|Playoffs7 2 57
  Team Nova Scotia QGC-165 2 810 0|        
 2017-2018 Cape Breton EaglesQMJHL58 11 2334 23|Playoffs5 0 11
 2018-2019 Cape Breton EaglesQMJHL64 10 2232 26|Playoffs9 0 22
 2019-2020 Cape Breton EaglesQMJHL61 24 4872 40|        
  QMJHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 0 00 0|        
 2020-2021 Cape Breton EaglesQMJHL15 6 1521 12|        
  Saint John Sea DogsQMJHL17 10 1929 12|Playoffs6 4 610
 2021-2022 Stockton HeatAHL4 0 00 0|        
  Saint John Sea DogsMemorial Cup4 2 46 6|        
  Saint John Sea DogsQMJHL54 25 4065 34|Playoffs4 1 12
 2022-2023 Laval RocketAHL4 0 11 2|        
  Trois-Rivières LionsECHL57 23 2447 32|        
 2023-2024 Ontario ReignAHL19 1 12 4|        
  Greenville Swamp RabbitsECHL31 9 1221 37|