59Daniil Chechelev
Photo Credit: courtesy VHL

FlamesNation prospect update: hooray for Europe

The Calgary Flames have more prospects playing right now than at any other point in the season. The most exciting young players they have are concentrated in Europe, especially with some COVID-19 stoppages impacting some of their North American prospects.

Let’s check in on the prospects!

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In case you missed it:

  • Last week’s update
  • 2019 first round pick Jakob Pelletier and 2020 first round pick Connor Zary are in Red Deer for Hockey Canada’s World Junior selection camp. They both played in the first two scrimmages, with Pelletier accumulating a goal and an assist and Zary getting a goal (empty net) and three assists. The third scrimmage was postponed due to some positive COVID-19 tests within the player group.

Jake Boltmann- D, Lincoln Stars, USHL

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 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a

Boltmann has seen half of his scheduled games postponed due to player safety reasons related to COVID-19 arena preparations. His next scheduled game is set for Dec. 3 in Fargo and is slated to be a three games in three nights situation.

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

Feuk hasn’t played in a few weeks due to COVID-19 causing a shutdown of Sweden’s Superelit junior league.

Ryan Francis- C, Cape Breton Eagles, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 15 6 15 21 10 15 8 32.6
Change from last week 1 1 2 3 3 2 2 +2.66

The good news: Francis had a great game against Saint John. The bad news: due to some positive tests on Saint John, they and Cape Breton have been sidelined for the time-being.

Johannes Kinnvall- D, HV71, SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 10 5 8 13 5 7 3 63.53
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 0 2 0 -3.67

HV71 returned from a COVID-19 pause and played well. Kinnvall continues to impress. His NHLe dipped simply because he’s scoring so damn much. He’s scoring just shy of a point per game on the power play alone.

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Demetrios Koumontzis- LW, Arizona State University Sun Devils, NCAA

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a

The Sun Devils continue to struggle, winless in four games. Koumontzis is rocking a series of offensive goose-eggs.

Yan Kuznetsov- D, University of Connecticut Huskies, NCAA

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 16.11
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 +16.11

Kuznetsov had an assist in a winless opening weekend for UConn. He’s headed to Russia next week for World Junior camp.

Mitchell Mattson- C, Michigan State University Spartans, NCAA

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 13.65
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 +13.65

In his third season of college hockey, Mattson finally got a goal. It held up as the game-winner.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
VHL up to date 15 4 2 6 2 5 2 12.82
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 -0.54
MHL up to date 12 6 7 13 12 12 9 23.10
Change from last week

Nikolayev had an assist, but Buran is in the midst of a five game losing skid.

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Josh Nodler- C, Michigan State University Spartans, NCAA

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 13.65
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 +13.65

Nodler had an assist and got off to a pretty solid start. He’s under consideration for a World Junior roster spot for the Americans.

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 n/a

Pelletier was at World Junior camp and didn’t play in the Q this week.

Jeremie Poirier- D, Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 15 5 11 16 11 12 8 24.84
Change from last week 1 0 2 2 2 1 1 +1.55

Poirier had two assists in his one game, but positive COVID-19 tests have but the Sea Dogs on the shelf for a couple weeks.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 12 7 2 9 5 8 5 n/a
Change from last week 2 2 0 2 1 2 1 n/a

For what it’s worth, Pospisil is an effective offensive player for Kosice. Sure, it’s the Slovak league, but it’s better than not playing and not scoring.

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Ilya Solovyov- D, Dynamo Minsk, KHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
KHL up to date 21 0 3 3 3 1 1 9.39
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.57

Solovyov is in a unique little niche for Minsk: he plays a ton, in a shutdown role. He’s not used in a lot of offense-generating situations, but he’s 20 and getting reps in the second-best league in the world and not getting his doors blown off.

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 n/a

MODO didn’t play this week as their games were rescheduled due to COVID-19 cases.

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 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a

Tuulola made his debut for his new team. He didn’t score, but at least he’s still playing.

Juuso Valimaki- D, Tampereen Ilves, SM-Liiga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 17 2 15 17 10 13 8 36.98
Change from last week 3 0 3 3 2 2 2 n/a

Point per game Valimaki remains scoring at at a point per game. As a defenseman. In a really good league.

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

Once again, Zavgorodniy didn’t play this week. We’re told he’s healthy, but should get into games next week when four of SKA’s 19 forwards head to World Junior camp.

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 11 531 0.919
Change from last week 4 209 +0.009

Chechelev had a busy week. He joined one game in relief (mopping up in a loss), then made three consecutive starts and picked up three wins.

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 with an unspecified injury.