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Where are Flames prospects playing in 2021-22?

The 2021-22 hockey season is already getting underway, with Champions Hockey League competition beginning in Europe and domestic leagues like the Kontinental Hockey League starting their schedules.

For a glimpse at where the many Calgary Flames reserve list players will (or likely will) be playing in 2021-22, here’s a quick rundown of who’s under contract where in the hockey world.

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European pro

  • F Lucas Feuk – Vasterviks IK (HockeyAllsvenskan)
  • F William Stromgren – Rogle BK (SHL)
  • F Emil Heineman – Leksands IF (SHL)

Feuk and Heineman see their Swedish contracts expire at the end of this season, while Stromgren is under contract through 2023-24. It’s possible that all three could come to North America in 2022-23, though, as there’s a transfer agreement that allows players to leave Sweden early.

For the first time in a long time, the Flames will have no prospects playing anywhere in Russian hockey.

United States junior and college

  • F Ilya Nikolayev – Tri-City Storm (USHL)
  • G Arsenii Sergeev – Tri-City Storm (USHL)
  • D Jake Boltmann – University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish (NCAA)
  • F Josh Nodler – Michigan State University Spartans (NCAA)
  • F Demetrios Koumontzis – Arizona State University Sun Devils (NCAA)
  • F Mitchell Mattson – Michigan State University Spartans (NCAA)
  • F Matthew Coronato – Harvard University Crimson (NCAA)

Nikolayev and Sergeev are both using up import spots on Tri-City’s roster – USHL teams get four – while Nikolayev is also using up an overage spot – USHL teams get four.

Canadian major junior

  • D Cole Jordan – Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
  • F Lucas Ciona – Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
  • F Jack Beck – Ottawa 67’s (OHL)
  • F Rory Kerins – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
  • F Cole Huckins – Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)
  • D Cameron Whynot – Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
  • F Ryan Francis – Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)
  • D Jeremie Poirier – Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL)

Francis is using up one of Saint John’s overage spots – CHL teams get two.

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(Seattle is in the United States, but the WHL is a Canadian league, so this is where we decided to put Ciona.)

North American pro

  • G Dustin Wolf – Stockton Heat (AHL) [entry-level deal]
    • Eligible to play for the WHL’s Everett Silvertips as an overager.
  • G Tyler Parsons – Stockton Heat (AHL)
  • G Adam Werner – Stockton Heat (AHL)
  • G Daniil Chechelev – TBD
    • Eligible to play for the USHL’s Sioux City Musketeers, but isn’t on their roster.
  • D Johannes Kinnvall – Stockton Heat (AHL) [entry-level deal]
  • D Yan Kuznetsov – Stockton Heat (AHL) [entry-level deal]
    • Eligible to play for the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs, too.
  • D Ilya Solovyov – Stockton Heat (AHL) [entry-level deal]
  • D Colton Poolman – Stockton Heat (AHL)
  • D Connor Mackey – Stockton Heat (AHL)
  • F Emilio Pettersen – Stockton Heat (AHL) [entry-level deal]
  • F Connor Zary – Stockton Heat (AHL) [entry-level deal]
    • Eligible to play for the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers as an overager.
  • F Jakob Pelletier – Stockton Heat (AHL) [entry-level deal]
    • Eligible to play for the QMJHL’s Val-d’Or Foreur as an overager.
  • F Walker Duehr – Stockton Heat (AHL) [entry-level deal]
  • F Eetu Tuulola – Stockton Heat (AHL) [entry-level deal]
  • F Adam Ruzicka – Stockton Heat (AHL) [entry-level deal]
  • F Martin Pospisil – Stockton Heat (AHL) [entry-level deal]
  • F Dmitri Zavgorodniy – Stockton Heat (AHL) [entry-level deal]
  • F Justin Kirkland – Stockton Heat (AHL)
  • F Matthew Phillips – Stockton Heat (AHL)
  • F Glenn Gawdin – Stockton Heat (AHL)
  • F Luke Philp – Stockton Heat (AHL)

A disclaimer: everybody listed as “Stockton” is a pro player who could play for Calgary this coming season at some point.

Alright, some details on the pro kids: Players on entry-level deals can be assigned to the ECHL’s Kansas City Mavericks freely, but minor leaguers not on entry-level deals cannot without giving permission. The entry-level contracts for Wolf, Kuznetsov, Zary and Pelletier will run regardless of whether they’re playing in pro or in junior. Wolf, Zary and Pelletier would use up an overage spot (each CHL team gets three), while Kuznetsov would use up an import spot (each CHL team gets two).