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2022 FlamesNation Prospect Rankings: The individual lists

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Ryan Pike
3 months ago
Our consensus list has been revealed. The Calgary Flames’ top prospect according to our voting panel is reigning American Hockey League goaltender of the year Dustin Wolf.
Let’s take a look at how our list came to be.

The top 20

Our six voters were tasked with sifting through Calgary’s 36 eligible prospects and crafting a list of who they deemed the top 20. (What constitued a “top prospect” was left deliberately vague and up to each voter’s interpretation.)
With each ballot submitted, FlamesNation managing editor Ryan Pike assigned 20 points to every prospect ranked No. 1 on each individual ballot and a single point for each No. 20-ranked prospect (and divided up as such for the in-between spots).
Nine prospects — Daniil Chechelev, Lucas Ciona, Lucas Feuk, Demetrios Koumontzis, Carl-Johan Lerby, Cade Littler, Mitchell Mattson, Josh Nodler and Eetu Tuulola — received no votes and, correspondingly, earned zero points towards their final ranking. (When we did the vote, Mattson was still Flames property.)
Parker Bell, Cole Jordan and Adam Klapka each earned one point, while Jake Boltmann received two points, Cameron Whynot three points, Dennis Gilbert five points and Cole Huckins six points. All ultimately missed the cut. Everybody that was on more than one ballot reached the top 20 list.
Here’s how the top 20 came together:
RANKPROSPECTPOINTSCHANGE FROM 2021
1
DUSTIN WOLF118UP FROM 4
2
MATT CORONATO113DOWN FROM 1
3
JAKOB PELLETIER111NONE
4
CONNOR ZARY98DOWN FROM 2
5
ADAM RUZICKA96UP FROM 6
6
RORY KERINS91UP FROM 18
7
MATTHEW PHILLIPS78*DOWN FROM 5
8
JEREMIE POIRIER78*UP FROM 9
9
JACK BECK74UP FROM NR
10
COLE SCHWINDT65NEW
11
YAN KUZNETSOV60UP FROM 15
12
MARTIN POSPISIL45UP FROM 16
13
TOPI RÖNNI42NEW
14
EMILIO PETTERSEN34DOWN FROM 11
15
ARSENII SERGEEV32UP FROM NR
16
WILLIAM STRÖMGREN26DOWN FROM 13
17
ILYA SOLOVYOV25UP FROM 20
18
ILYA NIKOLAEV20UP FROM NR
19
WALKER DUEHR19UP FROM NR
20
BEN JONES18NEW
* – Phillips and Poirier each received 78 points and were in the exact same spot on four of six ballots. Ultimately, Phillips won a coin-toss to break the tie.
Seven new players feature on the 2022 rankings. Cole Schwindt joined the Flames via trade, Topi Ronni was their second-round selection in the 2022 NHL Draft, while Ben Jones joined the club via free agency. Four players rebounded from missing last year’s list to land on this year’s top 20: Jack Beck, Arsenii Sergeev, Ilya Nikolaev and Walker Duehr.
Daniel Vladar (No. 12) graduated to the NHL from last year’s list. Connor Mackey (No. 7) and Johannes Kinnvall (No. 17) aged out of this year’s list. Ryan Francis (No. 8), Glenn Gawdin (No. 10) and Emil Heineman (No. 14) all left the organization. Cole Huckins (No. 19) was eligible for this year’s list but didn’t receive enough support.
The 2022 top 20 features two goaltenders, three defencemen, and 15 forwards. In geographical terms, the list contains eight Canadians, three Americans, three Russians, two Slovaks, a Swede, a Finn, a Belarusian and a Norwegian.

Individual lists

Eight of our contributors submitted individual lists for the 2021 rankings. Here’s the breakdown:
RANKRYANMIKE
SHANEPAIGECOLTONPRAJEYA
1WOLFWOLFCORONATOWOLFWOLFWOLF
2CORONATOCORONATOPELLETIERPELLETIERCORONATOPELLETIER
3PELLETIERPELLETIERWOLFCORONATOPELLETIERCORONATO
4KERINSZARYKERINSRUZICKAZARYZARY
5RUZICKARUZICKAZARYZARYRUZICKARUZICKA
6ZARYPOIRIERRUZICKAPHILLIPSPOIRIERKERINS
7PHILLIPSKERINSBECKKERINSKERINSPHILLIPS
8BECKPHILLIPSPOIRIERPOIRIERBECKBECK
9POIRIERSCHWINDTKUZNETSOVSCHWINDTPHILLIPSSCHWINDT
10KUZNETSOVKUZNETSOVSCHWINDTBECKKUZNETSOVPOSPISIL
11SCHWINDTBECKPHILLIPSRONNISERGEEVPOIRIER
12RONNIPOSPISILSOLOVYOVDUEHRPOSPISILKUZNETSOV
13PETTERSENRONNIPOSPISILPOSPISILSCHWINDTPETTERSEN
14NIKOLAEVSERGEEVSERGEEVPETTERSENRONNISTRÖMGREN
15STRÖMGRENNIKOLAEVHUCKINSKUZNETSOVSOLOVYOVRONNI
16GILBERTSTRÖMGRENPETTERSENJONESDUEHRSERGEEV
17JONESSOLOVYOVSTRÖMGRENSTRÖMGRENNIKOLAEVSOLOVYOV
18DUEHRPETTERSENWHYNOTNIKOLAEVPETTERSENJONES
19SERGEEVBOLTMANNRONNISOLOVYOVJONESDUEHR
20KLAPKAJONESJONESSERGEEVBELLJORDAN
Everybody had Wolf, Coronato and Pelletier 1-2-3 in some order, but things got a bit chaotic after that.
Which list do you most agree with? Which ballot is the most removed from your opinion? Let us hear it in the comments!

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