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Cade Littler’s the last prospect standing in the playoffs: a Calgary Flames prospect update

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Photo credit:Mike Zitek/Coachella Valley Firebirds
Ryan Pike
28 days ago
Every season, it’s interesting to see which Calgary Flames prospect stays active in the post-season for the longest. Sometimes it’s their American Hockey League farm team. Or maybe there’s a prospect headed to the Memorial Cup.
This year’s post-season iron man is Cade Littler, who ironically enough started the post-season behind the eight-ball as he was out with a lingering injury before rejoining the BCHL’s Penticton Vees for their second round series against the Vernon Vipers. But the Vees beat Salmon Arm in a seven-game clash to advance to the BCHL Final series against Surrey.
The winner of that series will face the winner of the BCHL’s Alberta playoffs, because the BCHL’s structure is very bizarre this season for reasons we don’t need to get into.
Meanwhile, the AHL’s Wranglers were ousted by the Coachella Valley Firebirds for the second consecutive season and the Idaho Steelheads (who feature Demetrious Koumontzis, who the Flames technically hold the rights to) were eliminated by Kansas City in the ECHL post-season.
Let’s dive into this week’s prospect update!

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

20; Calgary’s fifth round pick (155th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft
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WHL season to date5933316450353123126.86
AHL season to date200000010.00
2022-23 (WHL)5525396451362818728.82
Bell’s season is finished. He didn’t dress in the playoffs.

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 date30022222361.82
2022-23 (NCAA)37145353423.69
Boltmann’s NCAA season is complete. He’s transferred to Northeastern University for the 2024-25 season.

Hunter Brzustewicz – D, Kitchener Rangers, OHL / Calgary Wranglers, AHL

19; Vancouver’s third round pick (75th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft; Acquired in a trade with Vancouver
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OHL season to date6713799246653414036.37
AHL season to date
2022-23 (OHL)686515732312111022.20
Brzustewicz’s season is finished. He didn’t dress in the playoffs.

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 date55426565674.35
2022-23 (WHL)6328477553543719429.48
Ciona’s season is finished. He didn’t dress in the playoffs.

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 date4115274228271714040.82
2022-23 (NCAA)3420163631191614124.31
Coronato played in all six Wranglers playoff games, scoring a goal and adding five assists. He led the Wranglers with 21 shots on goal.

Riley Damiani – C, Texas Stars/Calgary Wranglers, AHL

23; Dallas’ fifth round pick (137th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft; Acquired in a trade with Dallas
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Season to date661113241916139414.49
2022-23 (AHL)591318312418148720.94
Damiani had a goal in six playoff games for the Wranglers. He was tied with Clark Bishop and Jordan Oesterle with a minus-4 plus/minus, lowest on the team.

Artem Grushnikov – D, Texas Stars/Calgary Wranglers, AHL

20; Dallas’ second round pick (48th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; Acquired in a trade with Dallas
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Season to date63156565653.80
2022-23 (OHL)658917101491166.93
Grushnikov’s season is finished. He didn’t dress in the playoffs.

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

19; Calgary’s first round pick (16th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft; 4th-ranked prospect
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WHL season to date331021312216118623.26
WJC season to date531432110n/a
AHL season to date200000010.00
2022-23 (WHL)4323335640362613432.25
Honzek dressed for one playoff game, the elimination game against Coachella Valley.

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 date27381171175415.10
SHL season to date700000000.00
HockeyEttan season to date40111115n/a
2022-23 (J20)34268373473.82
Hurtig’s season is finished. He’ll be joining the Calgary Hitmen next season.

Ben Jones – C, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing; 12th-ranked prospect
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Season to date7221224334282220823.80
2022-23 (AHL)7117375441282120230.31
Jones played in all six Wranglers playoff games, but registered zero points.

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

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 date46145343634.03
CHL season to date60111118n/a
AHL season to date
2022-23 (Liiga)52581381161189.27
Jurmo’s season is finished.

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 date5416163227221811523.62
2022-23 (ECHL)3817203731252111722.36
Kerins dressed for just one playoff game, their elimination game against Coachella Valley.

Adam Klapka – RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

23; Free agent signing; 18th-ranked prospect
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Season to date6521244534312218227.59
2022-23 (AHL)6013122518161110316.61
Klapka was all over the place – in good and bad ways – in the Wranglers’ playoff run. He led the team in points… and penalty minutes.

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 date4791019111410849.28
2022-23 (NCAA)3771118121076713.28
Koumontzis had one assist in five ECHL playoff games for Idaho.

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 date6358139128888.22
2022-23 (AHL)63514191119116512.02
Kuznetsov played in all six playoff games, primarily in defensive situations, and he had a goal and was plus-1. Not bad.

Jaden Lipinski – C, Vancouver Giants, WHL / Calgary Wranglers, AHL

19; Calgary’s fourth round pick (112th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft; 16th-ranked prospect
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WHL season to date6724426647332318124.39
AHL season to date100000000.00
2022-23 (WHL)6619325136352315219.14
Lipinski’s season is finished.

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 date249122117965.51
2022-23 (BCHL)512939684736278.75
Littler is the last man standing in terms of Flames prospects active in their post-seasons. He has three points in 12 BCHL playoff games, playing primarily second and third-line centre for the Vees.

Brady Lyle – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing
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Season to date47691597310212.72
2022-23 (AHL)51724311613612424.22
Lyle’s season is finished. He didn’t dress in the playoffs.

Etienne Morin – D, Moncton Wildcats, QMJHL / Calgary Wranglers, AHL

18; Calgary’s second round pick (48th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft; tied for 5th-ranked prospect
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QMJHL season to date5812374932211319119.67
AHL season to date100000010.00
2022-23 (QMJHL)6721517247342121325.03
Morin’s season is finished.

Sam Morton – C, Minnesota State University Mankato Mavericks, NCAA / Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing
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NCAA season to date3724103432201915124.00
AHL season to date135277552521.46
2022-23 (NCAA)106287332821.00
Let’s give a stick-tap to Morton, who joined the Wranglers on an amateur try-out deal (in advance of his NHL deal starting in the fall) and basically made it impossible to take him out of the lineup. He played all six playoff games and had four points.

Ilya Nikolaev – C/LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL / Rapid City Rush, ECHL

22; Calgary’s third round pick (88th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft
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AHL season to date29336666338.25
ECHL season to date62687551630.61
2022-23 (ECHL)401320332122159718.94
Nikolaev’s season is finished. He didn’t dress in the playoffs.

Jakob Pelletier – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

22; Calgary’s first round pick (26th overall); 3rd-ranked prospect
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Season to date1857128764526.57
2022-23 (AHL)351621373218149242.13
Pelletier played in all six playoff games and registered three points.
Over at Postmedia, Danny Austin had a great piece on how challenging the year was for Pelletier.

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 date23310135524422.53
2022-23 (AHL)699324120211317223.68
Poirier played in all six playoff games and seemed to show more and more swagger and confidence offensively as the playoffs wore on. He had four points overall.

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 date6614223627231512821.74
2022-23 (AHL)7014183220161011818.22
Schwindt doesn’t get a ton of fanfare, but he was really good in the late stages of the season and into the playoffs. He led the Wranglers in playoff goals with four and had five points overall.

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 date51510151014108811.72
2022-23 (AHL)684141891688210.55
Solovyov had a goal over six playoff games.

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 date68720272318157415.82
2022-23 (SHL)45358665318.69
Strömgren had a superb first round, but then quieted down a bit offensively against Coachella Valley. He finished with four points over six games.

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 date3512132519161210023.02
2022-23 (BCHL)5045459073474011.81
Suniev’s season is finished.

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 date5271.908
2022-23 (ECHL)392135.892
Chechelev’s season is finished.

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 date16934.913
2022-23 (NCAA)191104.912
Sergeev’s season is finished. He’ll be joining Penn State for the 2024-25 season.

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 date362082.922
2022-23 (AHL)553239.932
Wolf was lights-out early in the post-season, but his numbers dipped a bit against Coachella Valley as they tried to get screens going and get him moving laterally. He ended up with a 3-3 record with a 2.84 goals against average and .924 save percentage.

Yegor Yegorov – G, MHK Dynamo Moskva, MHL

18; Calgary’s sixth round pick (176th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft
GPTOISV%
Season to date251319.917
2022-23 (MHL)15786.915
Yegorov’s season is finished.
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