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Flames 2018 draft: A closer look at Demetrios Koumontzis

The Flames generally always pick high scoring yet slightly small players in every draft. It’s a promising well and they keep going back to it for the same reasons every year: it’s a higher percentage choice than most you can find in late rounds. Given the way some like Andrew Mangiapane and Matthew Phillips have turned out, it’s not like they’ll stop taking those players.

Demetrios Koumontzis (KOO-moan-zees) was one of their selections that checked those boxes this previous draft. The Minnesota high schooler isn’t a big figure at 5’10” and 183 lbs, but the winger has been praised for his offensive skills and intelligence, making him a late round favourite of high school scouts.

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Numbers and such

GP G A P Primary points 5v5 points 5v5 primary points
Minnesota HS 24 20 21 41 33 32 28
Upper Midwest Elite High School League 21 16 33 49 35 43 33

We’ll start with Koumontzis’ performances in Minnesota high school hockey. As a member of the powerhouse Edina High School hockey team (they scored 50 goals through their first six games and beat a team 20-0 once last year), Koumontzis was a regular contributor. He started the season off really hot, but cooled down before an explosive four-goal performance. From there, he gained a little bit more consistency, finishing the year with 20 points in his last 10 games.

Relative to his team, he was a middle of the road contributor. He finished four on the Hornets in scoring, 17 points behind the leader (although the leading scorer is 19 and was drafted last season). Koumontzis only contributed to 25.88% of AS goals, and 26.46% of 5v5 goals. Those numbers take a modest drop to 20.83% (AS) and 23.14% (5v5) when only considering primary contributions. They’re alright numbers, but not dominant.

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Koumontzis saved his real damage for the UMHSEHL, where he finished as the top scorer in the high performance league. He averaged two points per game or above throughout the entire schedule and was only held off the scoresheet twice. Considering that the purpose of the league is to place all of the Mideast’s (Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota) best high school hockey talent into one group, it’s pretty impressive that Koumontzis was the standout.

It’s interesting to note how Koumontzis’ role changed between the two competitions. With Edina, he was more of an all around goal scoring threat, potting 20 goals. However, he switched to more of a playmaking role in the Elite League, picking up more assists (33 vs 21) than goals (13 vs. 20). Notable is his seven-assist game, but he did pick up two or more assists in seven different games.

Accordingly, Koumontzis’ goal contribution stats were off the charts. With Team Northeast, Koumontzis was an absolute monster, contributing to 47.57% of AS goals and an absurd 50% of 5v5 goals. However, he was less of a primary playmaker in the UMHSEHL, with his numbers dropping to 33.98% (AS) and 38.37% (5v5). Still really good, though.

Of course the problem with assessing high school hockey prospects is that there’s no real barometer to measure performances. It’s hard to say which performances actually matter and which are telling of future stars in the making. According to eliteprospects, there were kids in the Minnesota High School leagues who scored three points per game and won’t even be heading to college. High school hockey is a weird beast and making predictions based off those performances is guesswork at best.

Even the UMHSEHL is a bit sketchy. It’s such a new league (started in 2016-17) that Koumontzis is, so far, the all-time league leader in points. Clearly, it’s still too early to see how exactly Elite League players develop and what impact the league has (if any) on player progression. It could mean a lot (Buffalo’s Casey Mittelstadt and the Islanders’ Kieffer Bellows played in the league and one is a pro while the other is on his way) or it could mean nothing at all.

Final thoughts

Koumontzis lit up the high school leagues, which is all fine and good. Again, it’s impressive, but it’s not much to work with when projecting his future.

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His first year at the upstart Arizona State hockey program will be very telling. There’s going to be a lot of struggles with that program (they won all of eight games last season), but Koumontzis has his chance to be a standout player. He’s likely a long-term project, but if he’s able to translate his high school offensive ability to the NCAA, he could be a diamond in the rough.

Previously

Martin Pospisil


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  • dewtel

    I know the development camp still has the scrimmage, but could you please do a few articles on a few different groups of prospects.
    First, I would like to see an article on the ‘veterans’. How have they progressed since last camp? Who look posed to make the NHL or star in the AHL.
    Second, how have the ‘tweeters’ look? What is the progress and where do you think they should play next and improvements they need?
    The third group is the ‘invites’. Do you think any of invites will get a contract,
    another look, or a future invite?

    • freethe flames

      What is a tweeter? Do you mean tweener? If so who do you consider a tweener? I hope to go and see the scrimmage tomorrow and will give some sort of opinion when it’s over.

      • dewtel

        Sorry, tweener (auto correct changed it and I type looking at the keyboard). I would consider new draft picks and players several years from NHL, if at all.
        The vets would be our top prospects that could get a chance this year or next, at minimum as AHL regulars. Let me know who, in your opinion , stands out and why. Thanks

  • deantheraven

    This League With Too Many Words In Its Title to Make It a Proper League (UMHSEL? Really? It looks and sounds like the words of an unsure stockholder, if you say it like it reads) has me curious. Am I to understand that this kid and others deemed by whomever to have ‘talent’, left their High School teams to build a ‘pool of talent’ ?
    Who’s idea was that?

    • Vernon30

      The MN HS league runs Nov-Mar. I’m assuming that other league is either a summer or fall league, for those invited. I live in Fargo, ND, and my nephew played in the MNHS league. It’s good hockey, best HS league in the country, but most of the kids go to the USHL, then get drafted. It seems a reach. 40-50 point players are common, and many don’t even play juniors.

  • kz82

    I didn’t see any picture or interview after the draft. Now i know why… lol
    “Because none of the newbies were in attendance at the annual prospect pick-em in Dallas, they were summoned Saturday for a surprise ceremony, presented by general manager Brad Treliving and chief amateur scout Tod Button with commemorative draft jerseys emblazoned with their names and No. 18.”-ottawacitizen

  • Gmo85

    the final Jiri Hudler trade from the Flames looks like this and in my opinion I think the Flames won this trade

    Calgary Flames
    Demetrios Koumontzis
    Tyler Parsons

    Florida Panthers
    Jiri Hudler