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FlamesNation prospect update: the winds of change

It’s an exciting time in the hockey world, folks. Even amidst a pandemic, leagues are chugging away and trying to get games in – subject to the necessary health and safety measures, thankfully.

In the prospect realm, a few Calgary Flames properties joined new teams this week.

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In case you missed it:

  • Last week’s update
  • Dustin Wolf won a gold medal at the World Juniors!
  • Jakob Pelletier and Connor Zary captured silver medals at the World Juniors!

Jake Boltmann- D, Lincoln Stars, USHL / University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, NCAA

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
USHL up to date 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Change from last week n/a
NCAA 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

After spending the fall with his USHL team, and getting no points, Boltmann began his collegiate career this weekend with Notre Dame. He also got no points, but he also didn’t get lit up defensively, so that’s a nice first step. He’s starting on Notre Dame’s second defensive pairing.

Lucas Feuk- LW, AIK, Allsvenskan/J20 Nationell / Kalix HC, HockeyEttan

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Allsvenskan up to date 14 1 0 1 1 1 1 2.33
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.17
HockeyEttan up to date 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 n/a
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 n/a
J20 up to date 8 2 8 10 6 6 3 19.78
Change from last week n/a

With Sweden’s junior league, the J20 Nationell, done for the year, AIK finally had some clarity about Feuk’s status going forward. At Feuk’s request, the club loaned him to Kalix HC of the Swedish third league, HockeyEttan. Feuk was barely getting any playing time when he dressed for AIK, so the request makes a lot of sense.

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 32.60
Change from last week n/a

The QMJHL is paused until Jan. 22 due to COVID concerns.

Johannes Kinnvall- D, HV71, SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 23 6 12 18 6 8 3 38.23
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3.66

Kinnvall played twice for HV71 and failed to register on the scoresheet. He’s still one of the top offensive blueliners in the SHL, albeit a tad reliant on the power play for his scoring.

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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 12 3 5 8 6 7 6 18.20
Change from last week n/a

Koumontzis is away from his team this week for undisclosed reasons. He’s expected to return before the end of the month.

Yan Kuznetsov- D, University of Connecticut Huskies, NCAA / Team Russia, WJC

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 n/a

Kuznetsov went back to school, but UConn’s games were canceled due to a COVID-19 positive on the Huskies. He finished fourth at the World Juniors for Russia and received no medal.

Mitchell Mattson- C, Michigan State University Spartans, NCAA

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 12 2 2 4 4 4 4 9.10
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.82

A fourth line centre with the Spartans, Mattson went pointless this week.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
VHL up to date 30 6 5 11 5 10 5 11.76
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1.30
MHL up to date 16 6 8 14 13 13 10 18.66
Change from last week n/a

Nikolayev remains a middle six forward for Buran, getting good amounts of ice time. His offensive contributions remain sporadic, though.

Josh Nodler- C, Michigan State University Spartans, NCAA

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 12 1 7 8 7 7 6 18.20
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 +1.81

It was a wild weekend for the Spartans against their old rivals at Michigan. They were lit up 9-0 in a loss, then came back the next game and won in dramatic fashion. Nodler had the game-winning goal to match his point output from his freshman year.

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Jakob Pelletier- LW, Val-d’Or Foreurs, QMJHL / Team Canada, WJC

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 is headed back to Quebec to quarantine and prepare for the return of the QMJHL (in a bubble) on Jan. 22.

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 n/a

The QMJHL is paused until Jan. 22 due to COVID concerns.

Martin Pospisil- RW, HC Kosice, Tipsport Liga

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 22 9 8 17 9 13 8 n/a
Change from last week 3 0 3 3 2 2 1 n/a

Pospisil finished his final week with HC Kosice with a point-per-game week, all of them assists. He departs from the league second in penalty minutes in the entire league with 102. As Brad Treliving quipped to Sportsnet’s Eric Francis a few weeks back: he could find trouble in church.

Pospisil’s been re-assigned to Stockton and will arrive there next week.

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Ilya Solovyov- D, Dynamo Minsk, KHL / Dinamo Molodechno, Belarus

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
KHL up to date 32 1 0 1 5 3 3 12.33
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 1 1 1 +0.99
Belarus up to date 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 n/a
Change from last week n/a

Solovyov has been playing 15-18 minutes per night on Dynamo Minsk’s third pairing. He finally scored his first KHL goal last week.

Filip Sveningsson- LW, MODO Hockey, Allsvenskan

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 25 2 5 7 7 4 4 9.12
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 +0.98

Sveningsson had an assist in MODO’s only game this past week, which was a shootout win.

Connor Zary- C, Kamloops Blazers, WHL / Team Canada, WJC

Zary is remaining with the Flames’ AHL group through Jan. 20, at which point he’ll likely head with the group to Stockton. The WHL’s start date is a moving target at this point.

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

GP TOI SV%
MHL up to date 14 808 0.932
Change from last week n/a
VHL up to date 15 755 0.912
Change from last week 1 60 -0.003

Chechelev allowed three goals, two of them at even strength, in a 3-0 loss this week. His pro numbers are coming down to Earth a bit, but that may be a product of him playing infrequently lately.

Dustin Wolf- G, Everett Silvertips, WHL / Team USA, WJC

Wolf is remaining with the Flames’ AHL group through Jan. 20, at which point he’ll likely head with the group to Stockton. The WHL’s start date is a moving target at this point.