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FlamesNation Top 20 Prospects 2019: #15 Demetrios Koumontzis

It’s been a big summer for Demetrios Koumontzis. He was singled out positively by GM Brad Treliving at prospect camp. He got a shot with Team USA at the Summer Showcase. Even though that didn’t go as well as it could have, he immediately went to China and won the Renaissance Cup with Arizona State University.

Perhaps the biggest accomplishment? He’s moved up four spots from last year in FlamesNation’s prospect ranking, clocking in at 15th on the list.

How did we get here?

Born in Pittsburgh to a very large, Greek family, Koumontzis was drafted straight out of high school in last year’s draft. Before not collecting a paycheck playing collegiate hockey, Koumontzis was a major player for Edina High School in the Minnesota High School League.

After being drafted with the 108th pick in the 2018 draft, he immediately went to one of the less prestigious hockey programs in the NCAA – ASU’s Sun Devils. There may be a lot more fanfare around them this season though, as they’re coming off a year where they were the first independent team to crack the NCAA’s Frozen Four in decades.

The Flames knew that some patience was going to be necessary with their tiny, fit, Greek prospect, and it appears that gamble may pay off one day.

Stats, numbers, and everything therein

One of the biggest reasons that the Sun Devils were able to do so well last year was because of the contributions they received from Koumontzis.

LEAGUE GAMES PLAYED GOALS ASSISTS POINTS
NCAA 35 4 16 21

At first glance, those numbers may seem rather pedestrian. However, as FN’s Ryan Pike detailed in his article about Koumontzis’ freshman year, ASU chose to rely on scoring by committee, meaning that contextually Koumontzis played his part. Only seven players managed to score 20+ points for the Sun Devils, and only one player averaged more than one point per game. Suddenly, 20 points look much better.

Perhaps he would have had greater numbers if he had been more consistent on a game-by-game basis. 40% of his points last year came in two games (both four-point efforts), so you have to imagine everyone involved is hoping for more of those nights and less like the 24 games he was held off the scoresheet.

Those in the know

Arizona State head coach Greg Powers gave us his feelings about how he felt last year went for Koumontzis (spoiler alert: it’s good) and what he wants to see out of his next year:

“It was a tremendously productive season for Kono. Being a True Freshman and 18 years old is very difficult in college hockey playing against Men that in some cases are 24 years old. He developed at an incredible rate, handled a big role and had some great moments helping us win hockey games. He’s only going get better and better the longer he’s here.

“Just the details all young players do. He tends to try and complicate the game at time and make something out of nothing. A lot of that is his really high compete level but he has matured so much in just a year… we can see it coming.”

With the Flames being in a position where they can afford to let Koumontzis rip in the NCAA, it’s encouraging to see the importance he already has there going into his sophomore year.

On the horizon 

It’ll be interesting to see what Koumontzis and the Sun Devils do as a follow-up to last year, especially after winning the Renaissance Cup. Ideally, both the player and the team are able to take that next step forward. It won’t be a direct causation, but Arizona State’s potential growth may end up mirroring Koumontzis. Not too shabby for a fourth round pick.

Previously

#20 – Lucas Feuk #19 – Josh Nodler
#18 – Linus Lindstrom #17 – Carl-Johan Lerby
#16 – Artyom Zagidulin



    • The GREAT WW

      This is the Gaudreau effect; ever since Johnny showed that a tiny player can make it big, the organization has been trying to find that elusive unicorn over and over again.

      Nothing wrong with a few tiny players In our organization, but we have WAY too many….

      WW

          • The GREAT WW

            With generational talent comes a generational pay check……

            I don’t know how this standoff is going to end; not only does BT not have the cap to sign Byng, but he also has the internal cap issue to contend with.
            The Wizzzard is not going to be happy with Byng making more than him. May lead to a trade request by Gaudreau.

            The only way BT saves face with his team is if one of his buddy GMs offer sheets Byng and BT can say that he did not have a choice but to match it….

            It feels like BT went on tilt when the 2 trades he worked on fell through and as a result made the Lucic trade.
            Hopefully he has a clear mind going forward….

            WW

  • Herringchoker1971

    Hey Guys, a couple of thoughts. The comments on a player being small and not wanting too many on the team is valid. I feel the same way. Now if those small players are highly skilled, fearless with a high compete than that’s ok. This team needs more highly skilled players no matter their size in this organization. Bigger depth can be acquired outside the organization as needed. I get the point though.
    My other comment centres around Chucky. The one thing we know about Tre is that the numbers we stress about on this board tend to be higher than the number in Tre’s head. Remember Johnny……everyone was sure he would get 8 mil. Not even close. I personally have no desire to see Chucky sit. Is he worth 10mil…….nope. Should he get more than Aho…..nope. Chucky is a star no doubt. Is he a game changer on the wing…….no. He’s a high end support player. He thinks the game very fast, he knows where to be on the ice and when. He also knows how to be a pain in the ass. He still needs the play maker though. He isn’t Brad Marchand. Now me personally, I just want him signed. I can justify Frolik, Stone and Czarnik as casualties. I stop there though. If we can’t make that trade and he doesn’t accept a bridge then you wait him out. Yeah it will hurt. 70 points is not easy to replace. I think this team has enough depth where it can stay relatively competitive in the pacific. Valimaki’s injury makes Brodie moving a lot less likely. I liked Killingtons game so we’ll be alright there. I’m sure Tre will move Frolik and Czarnik. As I suggested move Frolik, Czarnik to Edmonton for Jesse. It makes so much sense for Edmonton. Czarnik or Frolik could play on mcdavids wing easy and be better than what they have. Neal isn’t keeping up with McDavid…….not even on a busted leg. Even if we ate a million of Froliks salary, that would be ok. We need money…….they need depth to replace Jesse. We get a prospect with a questionable history and cap relief. They get two NHL players. Just my 2 cents