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A couple new faces join the prospect pool: a Calgary Flames prospect update

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Ryan Pike
20 days ago
The Calgary Flames made a trade this past week. Elias Lindholm is now a Vancouver Canuck.
And the Flames have a couple new defencemen in their prospect pool.
Joining the Flames’ reserve list are left-shot Finnish defender Joni Jurmo and right-shot Canadian defender Hunter Brzustewicz.
Jurmo’s NHL rights lapse on June 1, but he seems like a pretty reliable defender, and his size and defensive acumen could translate well to the AHL. From there, we’ll see. We suspect he joins the Wranglers once KooKoo’s Liiga season ends in the spring.
As for Brzustewicz, indications are that the Flames and his camp could already be talking turkey. Contracts for the 2024-25 season can be filed and announced starting on March 1. We wouldn’t be surprised if the Flames and their newest defensive prospect have something hammered out before too long.
Neither guy is necessarily a sure thing, but there are things to really like about both of them.
Let’s dive into this week’s prospect update.

Parker Bell – LW/C, Tri-City Americans, WHL

20; Calgary’s fifth round pick (155th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft
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Season to date4021194031232016124.76
2022-235525396451362818728.82
Bell remains a model of consistency for the Americans. You would probably hope for slightly more offence from an overager, but Tri-City is a bit offensively challenged and Bell does a lot of good things for his team.

Jake Boltmann – D, University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, NCAA/Big 10

22; Calgary’s third round pick (80th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft
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Season to date22011111231.24
2022-23 (NCAA)37145353423.69
Notre Dame split a weekend series with Michigan State. Boltmann didn’t score at all, but he made some contributions that led to goals.

Hunter Brzustewicz – D, Kitchener Rangers, OHL

19; Vancouver’s third round pick (75th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft; Acquired in a trade with Vancouver
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Season to date49861693350239937.30
2022-23 (OHL)686515732312111022.20
Brzustewicz had a rare weekend with zero points after his rights were acquired by the Flames. He’s still tied for the OHL’s scoring lead among blueliners.

Lucas Ciona – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

21; Calgary’s sixth round pick (173rd overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; 11th-ranked prospect
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Season to date36213232433.32
2022-23 (WHL)6328477553543719429.48
With the Wranglers getting some bodies back from the Flames during the NHL All-Star break, Ciona was bumped to the press box for two of the Wranglers’ three games.

Matt Coronato – RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

21; Calgary’s first round pick (13th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; 2nd-ranked prospect
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Season to date3012203223221610642.51
2022-23 (NCAA)3420163631191614124.31
Coronato had an eventful week. He had his first pro fight against Ontario’s Brandt Clarke.
Then he was teammates with Clarke at the AHL All-Star Classic, winning the three-on-three tournament.

Samuel Honzek – LW/C, Vancouver Giants, WHL/Slovakia, WJC

19; Calgary’s first round pick (16th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft; 4th-ranked prospect
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WHL season to date166121814864427.86
WJC season to date531432110n/a
2022-23 (WHL)4323335640362613432.25
Honzek had a pretty nice goal this week. He hasn’t really hit his offensive stride yet, but he’s quite consistent so far.

Axel Hurtig – D, Rögle BK, J20 Nationell/SHL / Kristianstads IK, HockeyEttan

18; Calgary’s seventh round pick (208th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft
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J20 season to date183585853616.47
SHL season to date400000000.00
HockeyEttan season to date40111115n/a
2022-23 (J20)34268373473.82
Hurtig dressed twice for Rögle’s SHL team as their seventh defender, and played one J20 game on the top pairing (and earned an assist).

Ben Jones – C, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing; 12th-ranked prospect
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Season to date4214142823221710826.57
2022-23 (AHL)7117375441282120230.31
Mr. Consistency, Ben Jones, had three points in three games.

Joni Jurmo – D, Ilves Tampere/KooKoo Kuovola, Liiga/CHL

21; Vancouver’s third round pick (82nd overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; Acquired in a trade with Vancouver
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Liiga season to date37145343525.01
CHL season to date60111118n/a
2022-23 (Liiga)52581381161189.27
Jurmo had an assist this week. He’s playing on KooKoo’s second pairing.

Rory Kerins – C, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

21; Calgary’s sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; 14th-ranked prospect
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Season to date331113242014117528.98
2022-23 (ECHL)3817203731252111722.36
Kerins had a quiet week offensively, though he was noticeable against Ontario. He was also scratched this week, as the Wranglers juggled a lot of bodies.

Adam Klapka – RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

23; Free agent signing; 18th-ranked prospect
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Season to date361113242017139826.57
2022-23 (AHL)6013122518161110316.61
Klapka had three points in three games. His next point matches his 2022-23 offensive production in far fewer games.

Demetrios Koumonztis – D/RW, Idaho Steelheads, ECHL

23; Calgary’s fourth round pick (108th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft
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Season to date24235443454.78
2022-23 (NCAA)3771118121076713.28
Koumontzis was pointless this week.

Yan Kuznetsov – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

21; Calgary’s second round pick (50th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; 17th-ranked prospect
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Season to date38561181075611.54
2022-23 (AHL)63514191119116512.02
Kuznetsov isn’t traditionally an offensive force, but he was effective this week with three points in three games.

Jaden Lipinski – C, Vancouver Giants, WHL

19; Calgary’s fourth round pick (112th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft; 16th-ranked prospect
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Season to date4814284229161112321.67
2022-23 (WHL)6619325136352315219.14
Lipinski was quiet offensively this weekend, but he remains one of the Giants’ most consistent and important players.
Our pal Steven Ellis over at Daily Faceoff had some nice things to say about this gentleman.

Cade Littler – C, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, USHL / Penticton Vees, BCHL

19; Calgary’s seventh round pick (219th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft
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USHL season to date1383119863019.43
BCHL season to date18791613645.83
2022-23 (BCHL)512939684736278.75
Littler had two points in two games.

Brady Lyle – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing
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2022-23 (AHL)51724311613612424.22
Lyle was quiet offensively this week and was scratched once.

Etienne Morin – D, Moncton Wildcats, QMJHL

18; Calgary’s second round pick (48th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft; tied for 5th-ranked prospect
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Season to date389273622151013122.06
2022-23 (QMJHL)6721517247342121325.03
Morin missed Moncton’s games this week, reportedly due to an illness.

Ilya Nikolaev – C/LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

22; Calgary’s third round pick (88th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft
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Season to date20235555189.96
2022-23 (ECHL)401320332122159718.94
Nikolaev played in zero of the Wranglers’ games this week.

Jakob Pelletier – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

22; Calgary’s first round pick (26th overall); 3rd-ranked prospect
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Season to date42133111829.89
2022-23 (AHL)351621373218149242.13
Pelletier played three games, got three points, and then was called up to the NHL.

Emilio Pettersen – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

23; Calgary’s sixth round pick (167th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft; 20th-ranked prospect
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Season to date42720272119136625.62
2022-23 (AHL)6119254435352911828.75
Pettersen earned a point this week, snapping a few quiet weeks for him offensively.

Jeremie Poirier – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

21; Calgary’s third round pick (72nd overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; tied for 5th-ranked prospect
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Season to date4167242969.74
2022-23 (AHL)699324120211317223.68
The good news: Poirier is back skating, according to his Instagram. There’s still no timeline for his return quite yet.

Topi Rönni – C, Tappara Tampere, Liiga/SM-sarja U20/CHL

19; Calgary’s second round pick (59th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft; 10th-ranked prospect
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Season to date (Liiga)22112111183.37
Season to date (U20)13814221810103526.49
Season to date (CHL)60110011n/a
2022-23 (Liiga)22235353148.42
Rönni played in Liiiga on the fourth line in three games.

Cole Schwindt – C/RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

22; Florida’s third round pick (81st overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft; Acquired in a trade with Florida; 9th-ranked prospect
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Season to date40812201415107319.93
2022-23 (AHL)7014183220161011818.22
Schwindt was quiet offensively, but played a strong 200-foot game. He was called up to the Flames.

Ilya Solovyov – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

23; Calgary’s seventh round pick (205th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; 8th-ranked prospect
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Season to date3437106966111.72
2022-23 (AHL)684141891688210.55
Solovyov had an assist this week. He keeps playing a reliable 200-foot game.

William Strömgren – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

20; Calgary’s second round pick (45th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; 19th-ranked prospect
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Season to date39189765389.20
2022-23 (SHL)45358665318.69
Strömgren has quietly had a really solid season in a two-way checking role.

Aydar Suniev – LW/C, University of Massachusetts Minutemen, NCAA/Hockey East

19; Calgary’s third round pick (80th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft; 13th-ranked prospect
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Season to date238917131075723.82
2022-23 (BCHL)5045459073474011.81
Suniev had zero points in a pair of weekend games, but he was noticeable in both. He’s found a home on UMass’ first line.

Daniil Chechelev – G, HC Vityaz, KHL / Ryazan-VDV, VHL

22; Calgary’s fourth round pick (96th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft
GPTOISV%
KHL season to date158.880
VHL season to date4238.926
2022-23 (ECHL)392135.892
Chechelev made his KHL debut over the weekend, albeit in a loss.

Arsenii Sergeev – G, University of Connecticut Huskies, NCAA/Hockey East

20; Calgary’s seventh round pick (205th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; 15th-ranked prospect
GPTOISV%
Season to date10580.920
2022-23 (NCAA)191104.912
Sergeev continues to split starts with teammate Ethan Haider.

Dustin Wolf – G, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

22; Calgary’s seventh round pick (214th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft; 1st-ranked prospect
GPTOISV%
Season to date281612.927
2022-23 (AHL)553239.932
Wolf start twice and played in a third game in relief of Oscar Dansk. He also played in, and won, his second consecutive AHL All-Star Classic.

Yegor Yegorov – G, MHK Dynamo Moskva, MHL

18; Calgary’s sixth round pick (176th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft
GPTOISV%
Season to date211160.926
2022-23 (MHL)15786.915
Yegorov dressed as backup this week but didn’t get any action in.

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