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Flames prospect update: picking up steam

The Calgary Flames continue to chug along and so do the seasons of many of their top prospects. A lot more of them will be getting going later this week when Stockton gets going this weekend. In the interim, just continue to be impressed by Jakob Pelletier.

Let’s check in on all the Flames’ prospects.

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In case you missed it:

  • Last week’s update
  • The Heat start their 2020-21 season on Feb. 21. That’s this Sunday! Catch the games on AHL Live (or listen on the Spreaker site and app)! Rob Kerr is calling the home games!
  • Rory Kerins, Dustin Wolf and Connor Zary will start the season with Stockton, though Wolf will be headed back to Everett (WHL) pretty quickly.

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 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 n/a

2020 third round pick Jake Boltmann is playing NCAA hockey, which is good! He’s playing the third pairing on a .500 college team and hasn’t gotten embarrassed, which is pretty good for a 19-year-old playing at a high level.

But he still hasn’t gotten a single point (at either the NCAA or USHL level) since being drafted.

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 n/a
HockeyEttan up to date 12 9 6 15 10 14 10 n/a
Change from last week 2 2 1 3 3 3 3 n/a
J20 up to date 8 2 8 10 6 6 3 19.78
Change from last week n/a

Feuk has had a bit of an up-and-down year, playing in Sweden’s second tier, going back to junior, then returning to the second tier when Sweden’s junior circuit got shut down. He’s since been loaned to Sweden’s third tier and so far he’s one of the team’s most productive players. Granted, Sweden’s third tier isn’t full of players with a ton of upside – it’s basically the Swedish ECHL – but scoring a bunch at 19 is better than not, regardless of the level.

Ryan Francis- C, Cape Breton Eagles/Saint John Sea Dogs, 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

New Brunswick remains a national COVID-19 hot-spot and the next scheduled Sea Dogs game is Mar. 3, though that may be revised if the situation improves. Francis hasn’t played a game since Nov. 18 and he has yet to debut for Saint John.

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Johannes Kinnvall- D, HV71, SHL

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 29 7 15 22 8 12 5 37.08
Change from last week n/a

Kinnvall is injured. He’s been out two weeks so far from an estimated six-to-eight week injury. HV71 is in the middle of the playoff pack: they could make the qualifying playoffs, the relegation playoffs, or fall somewhere in the middle and just have their season end.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 18 4 6 10 6 8 6 15.17
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 -0.19

Koumontzis had a power play goal as the Sun Devils split their weekend set with Michigan State.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 11 1 4 5 5 3 3 14.65
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -3.25

Kuznetsov had no points this week and he’s slightly off his previous 0.5 points-per-game pace. He needs a couple points this weekend to return to that pace. He still remains a fixture on UConn’s top pairing, though.

Mitchell Mattson- C, Michigan State University Spartans, NCAA

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 18 2 2 4 4 4 4 6.07
Change from last week n/a

Remember when Mattson was a healthy scratch all the time? (Basically his first two years of college.) Well, he might be back in that hockey purgatory, as he didn’t dress for either of MSU’s games this weekend. He hasn’t had points in months despite playing a regular shift, so perhaps this was inevitable.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
VHL up to date 37 7 6 13 5 12 5 11.27
Change from last week n/a
MHL up to date 20 8 10 18 17 17 14 19.19
Change from last week 4 2 2 4 4 4 4 +0.53

Nikolayev has returned to junior with Buran’s season winding down. But so far, his return is what he probably would’ve hoped for: Loko is undefeated and he has four points in four games.

Josh Nodler- C, Michigan State University Spartans, NCAA

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 20 2 8 10 8 8 7 13.65
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 n/a

MSU’s first line centre played a bunch and had a power play assist this week as the Spartans split their weekend set with Arizona State.

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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 15 5 16 21 13 15 10 32.60
Change from last week 3 1 4 5 4 3 3 +1.55

Spoiler: Pelletier is really good at hockey. He had five points over three games this week and has points in five of six games since returning from the World Juniors. He’s been good and consistent, and that’s what you expect from a first round pick (and what Val-d’Or hoped to get out of their captain).

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

New Brunswick remains a national COVID-19 hot-spot and the next scheduled Sea Dogs game is Mar. 3, though that may be revised if the situation improves. Like Francis, Poirier hasn’t played since Nov. 18.

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

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
KHL up to date 36 1 6 7 5 4 3 12.79
Change from last week 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 +1.52
Belarus up to date 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 n/a
Change from last week n/a

Solovyov returned from injury and registered an assist in his first game back. Dynamo Minsk is currently in a playoff spot.

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Filip Sveningsson- LW, MODO Hockey, Allsvenskan

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 38 3 6 9 7 6 4 7.71
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 +0.27

Sveningsson registered a power play goal this week.

MODO has about a dozen games left and probably won’t qualify for playoffs or the relegation tournament, so Sveningsson has about that many games left to make a case for being signed by the Flames. (It doesn’t look promising, as he doesn’t move the needle a ton offensively.)

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

GP TOI SV%
MHL up to date 19 1107 0.924
Change from last week 3 177 -0.004
VHL up to date 21 1116 0.912
Change from last week

Chechelev’s save percentage keeps sliding as he’s getting the most game action he’s gotten in awhile. It’s a bit of a challenge that after a period of being fairly idle, relatively speaking, he’s playing a bunch in junior where often defensive play is, uh, variable. He’s lost his last five starts for Chekhov.