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FlamesNation prospect update: starts and stoppages

Someway, somehow, it’s mid November. A few hockey teams and leagues have hit snags as they try to navigate the pandemic. A few more are beginning their schedules. The hockey world keeps on turning.

Let’s check in on the prospects, shall we?

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In case you missed it:

  • Last week’s update
  • Michigan State (Josh Nodler and Mitchell Mattson) begin play on Thursday against Arizona State.
  • Connecticut (Yan Kuznetsov) was supposed to begin play this week, but their intended opponent, Vermont, has decided they won’t begin play until Dec. 18. Ah, 2020.
  • Jakob Pelletier and Connor Zary are in Red Deer for Hockey Canada’s World Junior selection camp.

Jake Boltmann- D, Lincoln Stars, USHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a

Boltmann played one game, and had the other postponed due to safety requirements not being met. Ah, 2020.

Lucas Feuk- LW, AIK, Allsvenskan/Superelit

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Allsvenskan up to date 6 1 0 1 1 1 1 5.19
Change from last week
Superelit up to date 8 2 8 10 6 6 3 19.78
Change from last week

As noted last week, the entire Superelit league has been paused until the end of 2020 due to COVID-19 flare-ups. The AIK pro team is also experiencing an outbreak, so at least for the time being Feuk is idle because there’s nowhere for him to play.

Ryan Francis- C, Cape Breton Eagles, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 14 5 13 18 7 13 6 29.94
Change from last week 2 1 2 3 1 2 0 +0.83

The good news: Francis had three points in two games. The bad news: the Eagles lost both of their weekend games.

Glenn Gawdin- C, EHC Visp, Swiss League

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a
Change from last week

Gawdin’s time with Visp has ended. His debut was delayed by a week due to COVID-19 cancelling some of their games, and he ended up only playing a single game. He’s headed back to North America to prepare for the NHL season. (He’ll be removed from this rundown next week.)

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Johannes Kinnvall- D, HV71, SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 8 4 7 11 5 5 3 67.20
Change from last week

HV71 was off again this week due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the team. They’re scheduled to be back in action on Nov. 19, but the situation is obviously fluid.

Demetrios Koumontzis- LW, Arizona State Sun Devils, Independent

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a

Arizona State lost a pair of weekend games to Michigan by a combined score of 11-1. Koumontzis was pointless with a minus-3 rating, which actually was about average for his team.

Ilya Nikolayev- C, Buran Voronezh, VHL / Loko Yaroslavl, MHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
VHL up to date 12 4 1 5 2 5 2 13.36
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 +0.54
MHL up to date 12 6 7 13 12 12 9 23.10
Change from last week

Nikolayev had a quietly productive week, playing a regular shift and getting a point. He’s carving out a niche for himself as a reliable two-way pro centre as a 19-year-old.

Jakob Pelletier- LW, Val-d’Or Foreurs, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 9 3 10 13 6 11 6 33.64
Change from last week 2 0 3 3 1 2 1 +0.37

Pelletier’s off to World Junior camp and boasting some nice offensive numbers. It’s also worth noting that he’s shooting 6.5%, roughly half of his career average, so potentially we could see pucks start going in for him in bunches when he returns to action for Val-d’Or – possibly not until 2021.

Jeremie Poirier- D, Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 14 5 9 14 9 11 7 23.29
Change from last week 2 3 0 3 1 3 1 +1.94

Poirier had two games this weekend. In one, he had zero points in a 9-2 win. In the next, he had a hat trick in a 4-3 win. This is very much who he seems to be.

Martin Pospisil- C/LW, HC Kosice, Tipsport Liga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 10 5 2 7 4 6 4 n/a
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 1 1

Kosice’s opponent (MHK 32 Liptovsky Mikulas) on Sunday no-showed the game, despite travelling to town. They played two other games this week and Pospisil was fine.

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Ilya Solovyov- D, Dynamo Minsk, KHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
KHL up to date 18 0 3 3 3 1 1 10.96
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 +2.19

Solovyov generated an assist! He was originally credited with a goal, but it was changed after the game.

Filip Sveningsson- LW, MODO Hockey, Allsvenskan

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 13 2 1 3 3 2 2 7.51
Change from last week 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3.34

Sveningsson had a busy week. He played four times. Unfortunately, he had zero points across those games.

Eetu Tuulola- RW, Vasterviks IK, Allsvenskan / SaiPa, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Allsvenskan up to date 11 2 2 4 4 3 3 8.88
Change from last week
SM-Liiga up to date
Change from last week

Tuulola’s loan with Vasterviks in Sweden has come to an end, but he’s caught on with SaiPa in Finland on a loan.

Juuso Valimaki- D, Tampereen Ilves, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 14 2 12 14 8 11 6 36.98
Change from last week 2 0 3 3 2 3 2 +3.08

Valimaki is back to scoring at a point per game pace, and is leading defensive scorer in SM-Liiga. He remains one of the top players in Finland’s top pro league.

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Dmitri Zavgorodniy- C/RW, SKA St. Petersburg, KHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 5 0 3 3 3 2 2 39.46
Change from last week

Zavgorodniy was scratched in three games this week as SKA leans on some of their younger players as they prepare for the World Juniors. They still have a bunch of extra bodies kicking around.

Daniil Chechelev- G, Russkie Vityazi Chekhov, MHL / HC Ryazan, VHL

GP TOI SV%
MHL up to date 10 571 0.943
Change from last week
VHL up to date 7 322 0.910
Change from last week 1 60 -0.028

Chechelev has looked human lately. He’s given up nine goals over two games over the past two weeks. Since getting lit up, he’s dressed as backup twice.

Artyom Zagidulin- G, Metallurg Magnitigorsk, KHL

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 5 226 0.869
Change from last week

Zagidulin remains on Metallurg’s injured list.