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Calgary Flames prospect update: a January stats update

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Ryan Pike
1 year ago
Another month has come and gone in the hockey world, and the far-flung prospects of the Calgary Flames in various leagues have racked up some impressive (and less so) on-ice performances. It’s time for our month deep dive into the numbers for the players vying for eventual NHL employment.
Here’s a statistical rundown of prospect performances in January!

Jack Beck – RW, Ottawa 67’s, OHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (168th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; 9th-ranked prospect
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Season to date2241822151296826.49
January122795533219.86
Beck finally returned to playing in early January, after missing all of November and December due to injury. That’s good! He’s scoring at below a point-per-game pace. That’s bad! But he’s on a really successful and deep 67’s team right now, and he’ll probably get a long run in the playoffs. That’s good!
And if you want an indication of how dang good Beck is, look at that primary points (P1) column: 15 of his 22 points have been him scoring a goal or being the primary assist on it. (That’s good.)

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

Calgary’s fifth round pick (155th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft
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Season to date4021305140272114231.57
January86399443127.86
There’s no way to dress it up, friends: Bell’s having an awesome season. He had a slightly over point-per-game January. He’s been consistently one of the top offensive players on Tri-City, and he’s a primary point-per-game player – he scores or sets up a goal on average every game. He good.
Bell has a really strong case for an entry-level deal at this point.

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

Calgary’s third round pick (80th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft
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Season to date28134242353.90
January901101053.03
On one hand, Notre Dame is one of the top college teams around, sitting 18th in the pairwise rankings. But obviously, Boltmann is not a huge offensive needle-mover. He plays a big role, but he’s a defensive shutdown guy for them, not a power play quarterback or scorer of any significant kind.

Lucas Ciona – LW, Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (173rd overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
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Season to date4121355639413013433.82
January956117863230.27
Ciona was named Seattle’s captain at the end of January. He’s an important player for arguably the best team in the entirety of the Canadian major junior system. They just clinched a playoff spot, too.
Ciona is averaging a 5v5 point per game, and hes just shy of averaging a primary point per game. He good.

Matt Coronato – C/RW, Harvard University Crimson, NCAA/ECAC

Calgary’s first round pick (13th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; 2nd-ranked prospect
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Season to date211411252213119627.23
January97299554622.96
Coronato has maintained his strong finish from the 2021-22 season into his sophomore campaign. He’s averaging just over a primary point per game, and he’s one of the Harvard’s top offensive players. Harvard is tied for 10th in the pairwise rankings and looks primed for a lengthy run in the national championship tournament this spring.

Walker Duehr- RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

Free agent signing; 19th-ranked prospect
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Season to date33136191811106822.95
January43033111829.89
Duehr spent much of January in the NHL, so he didn’t play a lot in the AHL He had three goals, two of which were empty-netters.

Lucas Feuk – LW, Rapid City Rush, ECHL

Calgary’s fourth round pick (116th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft
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Season to date302810684467.65
January11213311216.26
30 games into his North American pro career, Feuk is… a depth player and occasional scorer in the ECHL. Of the Flames’ three ECHL players, he’s the least impressive offensively so far this season.

Dennis Gilbert – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

Free agent signing
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Season to date25235533157.97
January9123322613.28
Gilbert spent a portion of January in the NHL. When he was in the AHL, he was good, scoring a decent amount and generally being the Wranglers’ most consistent blueliner from an offensive standpoint.

Cole Huckins – RW, Sherbrooke Phoenix, QMJHL

Calgary’s third round pick (77th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
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Season to date4519203928312214720.18
January11731091093821.17
Huckins has scored at a pretty consistent clip this season, with January being a fairly representative month for him. He’s not Sherbrooke’s top offensive player, but he plays with their top players.

Ben Jones – C, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

Free agent signing; 20th-ranked prospect
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Season to date4110253526181311134.02
January13481210873136.79
As we go through this update, you’ll notice that a few Wranglers had down offensive months in January. That’s not the case for Jones, who scored at just under a point-per-game clip.

Cole Jordan – D, Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL

Calgary’s fifth round pick (141st overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
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Season to date172575442410.20
January
Jordan’s season is over due to injury.

Rory Kerins – C, Calgary Wranglers, AHL/Rapid City Rush, ECHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; 6th-ranked prospect
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AHL season to date6112121713.28
January100000010.00
ECHL season to date3115163126211810122.96
January74264641919.68
Kerins had a pretty typical month, in the context of how his first pro season has been going. He’s a point-per-game ECHL player and has been decent in small windows of AHL time. If there was less forward depth at the AHL level, he probably would have gotten more AHL time by now, but depth is what depth is.

Adam Klapka – RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

Free agent signing
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Season to date3137105744212.86
January12022111176.64
Klapka has been a work in progress in his first North American pro season, and he has yet to really go on a nice offensive run. (He’s also missed chunks of time here and there due to injuries.)

Demetrios Koumontzis – RW/D, Arizona State University Sun Devils, NCAA/Independent

Calgary’s fourth round pick (108th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft
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Season to date2766129863712.14
January7123211911.70
A red-shirt senior in his fifth year in college, Koumontzis was used as a blueliner a bit in January due to a bunch of injuries afflicting the Sun Devils’ regular defenders. He did fairly decent, all things considered, and put up a few points.

Yan Kuznetsov – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

Calgary’s second round pick (50th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; 11th-ranked prospect
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Season to date34291151153512.89
January9044040817.71
Kuznetsov was scratched a bit here and there, because he’s young and inconsistent. But he’s put up fairly decent offensive numbers – both this season and this past month. He just needs to find a bit more consistency in all three zones, is all.

Cade Littler – C, Wenatchee Wild, BCHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (219th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft
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Season to date38182442272317n/a
January8358131n/a
Littler, one of the few NCAA-bound players in his league, is consistently one of their better offensive producers. He’s essentially cleared the bar of expectations one should reasonably have for him this season and given he’s playing junior A, it’s hard to really read much more into his results.

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

Calgary’s third round pick (88th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft; 18th-ranked prospect
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AHL season to date500000040.00
January500000040.00
ECHL season to date311015251616107618.52
January4112222911.48
Nikolaev got his first AHL action of the season in January, playing bottom six while the Wranglers were short bodies due to injuries and call-ups. He was fine, but didn’t generate any offence.

Josh Nodler – C, University of Massachusetts (Amherst) Minutemen, NCAA/HE

Calgary’s fifth round pick (150th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft
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Season to date25235242304.59
January700000080.00
On a team that’s 28th in the NCAA (according to the pairwise rankings), Nodler hasn’t registered a point since Dec. 28 and has two points since the beginning of November and his face-off numbers aren’t anything to write home about.
He’s a senior and unless he has a stellar end to the season, it’d be very surprising to see the Flames offer him a contract.

Jakob Pelletier – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

Calgary’s first round pick (26th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft; 3rd-ranked prospect
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Season to date321620363118148644.83
January3224433853.14
Pelletier spent a good chunk of January in the NHL. When he was in the AHL, he had a good amount of offensive production. For somebody considered one of the top prospects in the system, he had a good January (and has had a very good season).

Emilio Pettersen – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (167th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft; 14th-ranked prospect
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Season to date361118292321187032.10
January123365432419.93
Pettersen seemed like he turned a corner with a strong December. His January was less strong, with a return to producing at about a half a point per game clip. Pettersen remains one of the Wranglers’ better offensive producers, but is he part of the top group of scorers (with Pelletier, Phillips, Zary and Jones) or is he a secondary guy?

Matthew Phillips – RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (166th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft; 7th-ranked prospect
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Season to date3624224638272510150.92
January1365119973833.72
A bad offensive month for Phillips is one where he scores at just shy of a point-per-game pace. He’s a very good offensive producer in the AHL, and scores at a very consistent pace.

Jeremie Poirier – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

Calgary’s third round pick (72nd overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; 8th-ranked prospect
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Season to date4042226121279925.90
January110552112218.11
Poirier has been scratched here and there lately. He’s a really good offensive player, especially on the power play. The details of the rest of his game are still coming together.

Martin Pospisil – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

Calgary’s fourth round pick (105th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft; 12th-ranked prospect
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Season to date2046108554819.93
Januaryn/a
Pospisil missed every game in January due to injury.

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

Calgary’s second round pick (59th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft; 13th-ranked prospect
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Liiga season to date1411212135.29
January400000000.00
CHL season to date50111111n/a
January20000000n/a
U20 season to date4167542228.70
January2022211016.40
Rönni played in the World Juniors for Finland at the beginning of the month, and has played a little bit everywhere since that tournament. His only points were in the junior league, though, and he’s been a fourth liner (or 13th forward) in Liiga since the tournament.

Cole Schwindt – C/RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

Acquired in a trade with Florida; 10th-ranked prospect
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Season to date40101323141278622.91
January13123232259.20
Schwindt had three points in January. That’s not a lot, obviously, and he seems to be settling into the secondary offensive group for the Wranglers this season, rather than the top scoring group.

Ilya Solovyov – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (205th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; 17th-ranked prospect
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Season to date38099181349.44
January110441411114.49
Solovyov is part of the Wranglers’ group of young defenders that (a) play sometimes and generate some points but (b) aren’t consistent enough to stay in the lineup every game right now.

William Strömgren – LW, Rögle BK/Brynäs IF, SHL/J20 Nationell/CHL/Sweden, WJC

Calgary’s second round pick (45th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; 16th-ranked prospect
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SHL season to date323475541510.69
January6112111416.29
J20 season to date1303311447.48
January
CHL season to date20000000n/a
January
Strömgren has been a top six fixture for Brynäs this season, and he’s continued to be a reliable contributor for the team since returning from the World Juniors.

Cameron Whynot – D, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL

Calgary’s third round pick (89th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
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Season to date40320231314104513.39
January9077343818.11
The good news: Whynot had a good amount of offensive contributions in January. The bad news: much of that offence came on the power play. That said, he’s been quite consistent offensively this season and has been a reliable player on a good junior team.

Connor Zary – C, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

Calgary’s first round pick (24th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; 4th-ranked prospect
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Season to date4214284226221411739.85
January1347118853633.72
Zary’s been a point-per-game player pretty consistently throughout this season, and that continued in January. He’s been one of the Wranglers’ most consistent offensive contributors and has had a pretty good season.

Daniil Chechelev – G, Rapid City Rush, ECHL

Calgary’s fourth round pick (96th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft
GPTOISV%
Season to date311727.898
January7401.867
Chechelev remains one of the busiest and most-used goaltenders in the ECHL. He’s not one of the best, but you can discount ECHL goaltending stats a bit because of how defence-optional that league can be.

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

Calgary’s seventh round pick (205th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; 15th-ranked prospect
GPTOISV%
Season to date14864.917
January4243.899
Sergeev has been playing in a tandem with Logan Terness at UConn. He started in four of their six January games, suggesting that perhaps he may be taking over 1A duties. (Sergeev’s save percentage is a little bit better than Terness’, but not hugely so.)

Dustin Wolf – G, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (214th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft; 1st-ranked prospect
GPTOISV%
Season to date321886.928
January9539.928
Wolf won seven of nine starts he had in January. He had a shutout. He played a lot and played well. He’s one of the top goaltenders in the AHL.

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