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Calgary Flames prospect update: almost World Junior season

The World Junior roster announcements are often a bit of a referendum on a team’s prospect base. If that’s true, the Calgary Flames have an unimpressive prospect base – only Matthew Coronato will be at the World Juniors.

But if you look at some of the performances they’ve gotten so far – especially out of some of their players in the American Hockey League – the World Juniors aren’t the be-all, end-all that you might think.

This and that:

  • D Johannes Kinnvall and G Tyler Parsons are on the Flames’ season-opening injury reserve after suffering injuries.
  • We’re not including Juuso Välimäki’s AHL run in here because (a) it’s been three games and (b) he’s played enough NHL games that we no longer consider him a prospect.

Jack Beck – RW, Ottawa 67’s, OHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (168th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft

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GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 12 11 6 17 9 15 9 37.52
Change from last week

Beck remains injured and is listed as week-to-week. He hasn’t played since Nov. 7. (Despite missing that many games, he’s just one goal behind the team lead.)

Jake Boltmann – D, University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, NCAA/Big10

Calgary’s third round pick (80th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 17 1 7 8 7 5 4 12.84
Change from last week 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 -0.81

Boltmann continues his very steady offensive season on the blueline for the Fighting Irish. He’s worked his way up to the top defensive pairing. The Fighting Irish are now off until January.

Lucas Ciona – LW, Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (173rd overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft

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GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 24 4 8 12 9 8 5 12.38
Change from last week 3 1 1 2 2 1 1 +0.59

Ciona’s streaky season continues. He had a two point game (in a 6-1 Seattle blowout win), followed by a couple quiet offensive games. He’s eighth on the Thunderbirds in points (and first in penalty minutes).

Matthew Coronato – RW, Harvard University Crimson, NCAA/HE

Calgary’s first round pick (13th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; #1-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 11 6 6 12 9 11 9 25.05
Change from last week 2 2 0 2 2 2 2 -0.46

Harvard is now on their holiday break and are off until January. The next time we see Coronato play will be the World Juniors. But he went into the break on a positive note, scoring two goals in a Harvard win.

Walker Duehr – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 12 2 2 4 2 2 2 13.28
Change from last week 2 0 -1 -1 -1 -1 -1 -6.65

Duehr lost an assist from the prior week due to a stat correction.

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Lucas Feuk – LW, Västerviks IK, HockeyAllsvenskan / Nybro Vikings IF/Väsby IK, HockeyEttan

Calgary’s fourth round pick (116th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Allsvenskan up to date 10 1 1 2 2 1 1 6.51
Change from last week
HockeyEttan up to date 8 1 3 4 4 3 3 n/a
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 1

The good news is that Feuk had a goal this week! The bad news is that this goal came in Sweden’s third division, two rungs below the Swedish Hockey League, where NHL prospects rarely return from.

Ryan Francis – C, Stockton Heat, AHL / Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL

Calgary’s fifth round pick (143rd overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #8-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
AHL up to date 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Change from last week n/a
QMJHL up to date 16 6 14 20 11 16 8 29.11
Change from last week 2 0 5 5 5 4 4 +4.16

We’ve been waiting about six weeks for Francis to have an impressive week and announce his presence in the QMJHL with many, many points. Well, that happened this week. His quietest game saw him get two assists.

Glenn Gawdin – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

St. Louis’ fourth round pick (116th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft; free agent signing; #10-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 18 9 15 24 15 15 11 53.14
Change from last week 2 1 2 3 3 2 2 +0.83

Gawdin has the highest NHLe in the organization right now. He had another week of over a point-per-game. He’s a very good AHL player.

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Emil Heineman – LW, Leksands IF, SHL/CHL

Florida’s second round pick (43rd overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; acquired via trade; #14-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
SHL up to date 27 8 4 12 10 11 9 21.72
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 +0.22
CHL up to date 9 4 1 5 4 5 4 n/a
Change from last week

Heineman continues to have a very solid season for Leksands. He missed their Champions League game, reportedly due to COVID issues on the club. They were eliminated from the tournament by Frolunda. They’re back in action on Boxing Day.

Cole Huckins – LW, Acadie-Bathurst Titan, QMJHL

Calgary’s third round pick (77th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; #19-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 22 10 10 20 14 17 11 21.17
Change from last week

Huckins missed this week’s games due to an injury.

Cole Jordan – D, Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL

Calgary’s fifth round pick (141st overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft

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GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 5 1 0 1 1 1 1 4.95
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 1 1 1 +4.95

After missing two months, Jordan returned to Moose Jaw’s line-up! He’s getting first pairing minutes and scored his first goal of the season, sparking a comeback (that resulted in an overtime loss).

Rory Kerins – C, Soo Greyhounds, OHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #18-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 23 13 26 39 24 29 19 44.91
Change from last week

The Greyhounds were scheduled to play Sudbury this week, but Sudbury has had COVID issues so instead Soo got the weekend off. Kerins is fourth in the OHL in points.

Justin Kirkland – LW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Nashville’s third round pick (62nd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft; free agent signing

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GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 20 3 5 8 3 6 2 15.94
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 1 1 1 +2.66

Kirkland is having a quiet offensive season, playing primarily in Stockton’s middle six. He had two assists this week.

Demetrios Koumontzis – LW, Arizona State University Sun Devils, NCAA/Ind.

Calgary’s fourth round pick (108th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 18 4 4 8 7 7 7 12.14
Change from last week 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2.42

Koumontzis played his 100th NCAA game this week. He also had zero points.

Yan Kuznetsov – D, Stockton Heat, AHL / Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL

Calgary’s second round pick (50th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #15-ranked prospect

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GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
AHL up to date 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Change from last week
QMJHL up to date 2 1 0 1 1 1 13.24
Change from last week 2 1 0 1 1 1 1 +13.24

Kuznetsov made his QMJHL debut this week (and scored a goal), capping off a weird calendar year that saw him play in the NCAA, the World Juniors, the AHL and the Q. He wasn’t named to Russia’s 2022 World Junior roster, though.

Connor Mackey – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing; #7-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 20 3 10 13 6 11 4 25.90
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 2 0 0 +1.55

Mackey had two secondary assists, continuing an offensive outburst that coincidentally has occurred right as Välimäki returned to the AHL.

Mitchell Mattson – C, Michigan State University Spartans, NCAA/Big10

Calgary’s fifth round pick (126th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft

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GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 10 1 1 2 2 2 2 5.46
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -0.61

Mattson played once. He didn’t get a point. He was scratched in the other Michigan State game.

Ilya Nikolaev – C, Tri-City Storm, USHL

Calgary’s third round pick (88th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 19 5 13 18 8 12 6 21.75
Change from last week 3 0 2 2 0 2 0 -1.21

After going point-per-game since the beginning of the season, Nikolaev only had two assists this week.

Josh Nodler – C, Michigan State University Spartans, NCAA/Big10

Calgary’s fifth round pick (150th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 18 4 7 11 4 9 4 16.69
Change from last week 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 -2.08

Nodler had no points this week, but continues to play big minutes in virtually every important situation for Michigan State.

Jakob Pelletier – LW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s first round pick (26th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft; #3-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 20 9 16 25 17 19 11 49.82
Change from last week 2 2 1 3 3 3 3 +1.11

Friends, Gawdin has super impressive numbers in the AHL, but he’s 25. Pelletier has super impressive numbers in the AHL, and he’s a 20-year-old rookie.

Emilio Pettersen – LW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (167th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft; #11-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 17 1 5 6 6 3 3 14.07
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 +3.44

Pettersen’s had a quiet offensive season this year – primarily because he’s fallen down the rotation a bit due to the arrivals of Duehr, Pelletier and Connor Zary. But he had a good week, with two primary points.

Matthew Phillips – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (166th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft; #5-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 17 9 11 20 15 17 13 46.88
Change from last week 2 2 2 4 4 3 3 +4.37

Another week, another strong performance from a small man who is excellent at ice hockey.

Luke Philp – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 20 6 6 12 5 8 4 23.91
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 -0.44

Philp had a quiet offensive week.

Jérémie Poirier – D, Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL

Calgary’s third round pick (72nd overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #9-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 28 9 21 30 22 19 15 24.95
Change from last week 2 2 1 3 3 2 2 +0.77

Poirier joined in on a productive week for Saint John. He’s third in points among QMJHL defenders.

Colton Poolman – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 17 0 4 4 3 1 1 9.38
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 0 0 +1.41

Poolman is a fixture on Stockton’s third pairing.

Martin Pospisil – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s fourth round pick (105th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft; #16-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 14 4 6 10 7 8 6 28.47
Change from last week 2 0 2 2 2 1 1 +1.90

Pospisil remains a consistent secondary offensive contributor for Stockton this season.

Adam Ruzicka – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s fourth round pick (109th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft; #6-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 13 10 6 16 9 13 9 49.05
Change from last week

Ruzicka is in the NHL right now.

Ilya Solovyov – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (205th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #20-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 12 2 1 3 3 3 3 9.96
Change from last week 2 2 0 2 2 2 2 +5.97

Solovyov finally had an offensive breakthrough this week, scoring two goals. This matches his entire offensive output last season in the KHL.

William Strömgren – LW, Rögle BK, J20 Nationell/CHL

Calgary’s second round pick (45th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; #13-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
J20 up to date 29 9 14 23 14 16 12 12.55
Change from last week 3 1 0 1 1 1 1 -0.84
CHL up to date 2 1 2 3 1 2 1 n/a
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Strömgren played a lot of hockey this week, scoring a goal in the J20 and helping Rögle advance into the semi-final round of the Champions League.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (156th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 15 3 2 5 5 5 5 13.28
Change from last week 2 0 1 1 1 1 1 +1.02

Tuulola had an assist. He’s not a massive offensive contributor, but he’s able to chip in when he’s put with good linemates.

Cameron Whynot – D, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL

Calgary’s third round pick (89th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 25 3 12 15 7 9 4 13.97
Change from last week 2 1 2 3 1 2 0 +1.82

Sure, he’s really reliant on special teams for his points. But Whynot had a productive weekend for Halifax.

Connor Zary – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s first round pick (24th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #2-ranked prospect

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
Up to date 12 4 1 5 4 5 4 16.61
Change from last week 2 1 1 2 2 2 2 +4.65

Zary’s had a slow offensive start to the season after missing the first month of the season with a broken foot. But he was really dangerous this week and doubled his season-to-date point total.

Dmitry Zavgorodniy – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL / HC Sochi, KHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (198th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft

GP G A P 5v5 P P1 5v5 P1 NHLe
AHL up to date 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Change from last week
KHL up to date 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Change from last week 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

Zavgorodniy made his return to the KHL and debuted for HC Sochi this week. He played first line minutes, but didn’t score. Sochi is off until after Christmas.

Daniil Chechelev – G, Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

Calgary’s fourth round pick (96th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 8 475 .897
Change from last week 3 166 -.012

The good: Chechelev played a lot. The bad: he allowed many goals and his save percentage dropped below the .900 mark, hockey’s goaltending Mendoza Line.

Arsenii Sergeev – G, Tri-City Storm, USHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (205th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 16 919 .937
Change from last week 2 119 n/a

Sergeev allowed three goals across two starts. He remains a statistical beast and the leader in the USHL in basically every goaltending category.

Adam Werner – G, Stockton Heat, AHL

Colorado’s fifth round pick (131st overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft; free agent signing

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 7 427 .880
Change from last week 1 65 -.002

Werner allowed four goals in a shootout loss. His save percentage remains… well, it’s bad.

Dustin Wolf – G, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (214th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #4-ranked prospect

GP TOI SV%
Up to date 13 788 .939
Change from last week 1 60 +.002

Wolf played a game, won, and bumped his strong save percentage up a tad. He’s 20 and, like Sergeev, is among the statistical league leaders in basically every goaltending metric.

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