AHL star Dustin Wolf headlines the Flames’ prospect depth in net
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By Ryan Pike1 year ago
The 2022 NHL Draft is just three weeks away, and the Calgary Flames own three selections in this year’s event. The Flames have made a lot of selections over the past handful of drafts and so they have a lot of different types of players at various positions.
As part of our run-up to this year’s draft, let’s see what the Flames have at their disposal prospect-wise. First up: goaltenders. (Spoiler: They have a few good ones.)
Potential NHL number one
Dustin Wolf was a small bantam goalie, but put up superb bantam numbers. He was a small Western Hockey League goalie, but put up superb WHL numbers. He’s currently a small American Hockey League goalie, but has put up superb AHL numbers. Over the past three seasons – split across the WHL and AHL – he’s been voted the top goaltender in his league, and he also captured World Junior gold as backup to Spencer Knight in that span. He’s not physically big, but he’s one of the top goaltenders in the world in his age group.
Behind Wolf, the Flames have a pair of Russian netminders who are more long-term plays: Daniil Chechelev and Arsenii Sergeev. Chechelev played this season primarily with the ECHL’s Kansas City Mavericks, and the quality of defending in the ECHL makes it tough to judge how good he is – he faced a lot of high-danger chances. As for Sergeev, he’s headed to the NCAA’s University of Connecticut next season after an awesome season in the United States Hockey League with the Tri-City Storm, where he was named that league’s top goaltender. Sergeev arguably has more potential than Chechelev given their recent results, but it’s way too early to get excited (or to write either guy off) just yet.
Pending free agents
Stockton backup Adam Werner is slated to become a Group 6 free agent on July 13. Tyler Parsons is also still technically Flames property and could become a restricted free agent, but he seems unlikely to receive a qualifying offer given he missed the entire 2021-22 season due to injury.
Based on the depth at this position, drafting a goalie isn’t a pressing organizational need at the 2022 NHL Draft.
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