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A look at the state of the Flames reserve list (and changes since ‘the pause’)

The 2019-20 NHL season was long, tumultuous, and now it’s complete. It featured a five month pause and an intense 24-team tournament. Once the pause began, teams began making moves with the future in mind – and that ramped up once the playoffs ended.

How does the Calgary Flames’ organizational depth look? And how has that depth changed? Let’s take a look at the current state of the team’s reserve list – the players under contract and the unsigned draft picks whose rights they retain.

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Goaltenders

Player Age Country NHL GP Status
Jacob Markstrom 30 SWE 272 Signed through 2025-26; NMC
David Rittich 28 CZE 115 Signed through 2020-21
Louis Domingue 28 CAN 139 Signed through 2020-21
Artyom Zagidulin 25 RUS 0 Signed through 2020-21
Tyler Parsons 23 USA 0 Restricted free agent
Dustin Wolf 19 USA 0 Signed through 2023-24
Daniil Chechelev 19 RUS 0 Unsigned; rights held indefinitely

Changes since March: Markstrom, Domingue & Chechelev IN; Gillies & Schneider OUT

It’s hard not to see the Flames’ goaltending as upgraded. A 1-2-3 punch of Markstrom-Rittich-Domingue is vastly improved from Talbot-Rittich-Gillies. The minor depth is what it is, but Wolf and Chechelev are an intriguing pair of longer-term prospects.

Defensemen

Player Age Country NHL GP Status
Mark Giordano 37 CAN 893 Signed through 2021-22; modified NTC
Rasmus Andersson 23 SWE 160 Signed through 2025-26
Noah Hanifin 23 USA 389 Signed through 2023-24
Chris Tanev 30 CAN 514 Signed through 2023-24; modified NTC
Juuso Valimaki 22 FIN 24 Signed through 2020-21
On loan to Ilves (SM-Liiga)
Oliver Kylington 23 SWE 87 Restricted free agent
Connor Mackey 24 USA 0 Signed through 2020-21
Alex Petrovic 28 CAN 263 Signed through 2020-21
Alexander Yelesin 24 RUS 4 Signed through 2020-21
Carl-Johan Lerby 24 SWE 0 Signed through 2020-21
Johannes Kinnvall 23 SWE 0 Signed through 2021-22
On loan to HV71 (SHL)
Colton Poolman 24 USA 0 Signed through 2020-21
Yan Kuznetsov 19 RUS 0 Unsigned; rights held through Aug. 15, 2023
Jeremie Poirier 18 CAN 0 Unsigned; rights held through June 1, 2022
Jake Boltmann 18 USA 0 Unsigned; rights held through Aug. 15, 2025
Ilya Solovyov 20 BEL 0 Unsigned; rights held indefinitely
Rushan Rafikov 25 RUS 0 Unsigned; rights held indefinitely

Changes since March: Tanev, Mackey, Petrovic, Kinnvall, Poolman, Kuznetsov, Poirier, Boltman & Solovyov IN; Brodie, Forbort, Stone, Gustafsson, Hamonic, Nielsen & Valiev OUT

So, there’s been a lot of turnover on the blueline. The NHL-level depth, it can be argued, has been diminished with the loss of five NHL regulars (and Valiev, who’s played NHL games). But the additions of seven youngsters aged 24 and under has definitely helped their prospect depth. And Tanev’s addition, as an age group asset, makes sense when you see how dang young everyone on the blueline is (aside from Young and Fresh Giordano).

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Forwards

Player Age Country NHL GP Status
Matthew Tkachuk 22 USA 293 Signed through 2021-22
Johnny Gaudreau 27 USA 464 Signed through 2021-22
Sean Monahan 26 CAN 541 Signed through 2022-23; modified NTC
Mikael Backlund 31 SWE 690 Signed through 2023-24; NTC
Milan Lucic 32 CAN 958 Signed through 2022-23; NMC
Elias Lindholm 25 SWE 525 Signed through 2023-24
Derek Ryan 33 USA 302 Signed through 2020-21
Sam Bennett 24 CAN 364 Signed through 2020-21
Dillon Dube 22 CAN 70 Signed through 2020-21
Andrew Mangiapane 24 CAN 122 Restricted free agent
Glenn Gawdin 23 CAN 0 Restricted free agent
Matthew Phillips 22 CAN 0 Signed through 2020-21
Zac Rinaldo 30 CAN 370 Signed through 2020-21
Buddy Robinson 29 USA 12 Signed through 2020-21
Byron Froese 29 CAN 110 Signed through 2021-22
Justin Kirkland 24 CAN 0 Signed through 2020-21
Jakob Pelletier 19 CAN 0 Signed through 2023-24
Emilio Pettersen 20 NOR 0 Signed through 2022-23
Adam Ruzicka 21 SLO 0 Signed through 2021-22
Eetu Tuulola 22 FIN 0 Signed through 2021-22
On loan to Vastervik IK (Allsvenskan)
Martin Pospisil 20 SLO 0 Signed through 2021-22
On loan to HC Kosice (Tipsport Liga)
Luke Philp 24 CAN 0 Signed through 2020-21
Dmitry Zavgorodniy 20 RUS 0 Signed through 2022-23
On loan to SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
Connor Zary 19 CAN 0 Unsigned; rights held through June 1, 2022
Ilya Nikolayev 19 RUS 0 Unsigned; rights held indefinitely
Josh Nodler 19 USA 0 Unsigned; rights held through Aug. 15, 2023
Demetrios Koumontzis 20 USA 0 Unsigned; rights held through Aug. 15, 2022
Lucas Feuk 19 SWE 0 Unsigned; rights held through June 1, 2023
Ryan Francis 18 CAN 0 Unsigned; rights held through June 1, 2022
Rory Kerins 18 CAN 0 Unsigned; rights held through June 1, 2022
Filip Sveningsson 21 SWE 0 Unsigned; rights held through June 1, 2021
Mitchell Mattson 22 USA 0 Unsigned; rights held through Aug. 15, 2022
Pavel Karnaukhov 23 RUS 0 Unsigned; rights held indefinitely
Yuri Trubachyov 37 RUS 0 Unsigned; rights held indefinitely

Changes since March: Zary, Francis, Kerins IN; Rieder, Jankowski, Czarnik, Quine, Lomberg OUT

Admittedly, the structure of the team’s fowards is a bit weird. They have 10 no-doubt NHLers, ending with Mangiapane. After that, there’s a mixture of potential call-ups that’s part “we know these guys are fringe NHLers but we can’t afford anything else” and part “we haven’t had a chance to try these young guys out and now we might need to use them.” And beyond the quasi-NHL cluster, there’s another layer of untested (but promising) youngsters who haven’t played much, if any, pro hockey yet. Among all areas of the team, it’s hard to argue that the forward group isn’t shallower than they were in March.

There’s been a lot of change on the reserve list since March. What changes do you think are the best? (The worst?) Sound off in the comments!