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Calgary Flames prospect update: an April stats rundown

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Photo credit:Candice Ward/Calgary Wranglers
Ryan Pike
11 months ago
It’s April, folks, and the majority of the Calgary Flames’ top prospects have had their seasons end. Well, aside from the youngsters on the Calgary Wranglers, who are in the midst of the AHL’s Calder Cup playoffs.
How are all the prospects looking as May kicks off? Let’s conduct our monthly check-in!

Jack Beck – RW, Ottawa 67’s, OHL

19; Calgary’s sixth round pick (168th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; 9th-ranked prospect
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Regular season4512415341322613931.19
Playoffs1157129992228.89
The 67’s were knocked out in the second round of the OHL playoffs by Peterborough. It appears that Beck’s season has come to an end.

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

19; Calgary’s fifth round pick (155th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft
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WHL regular season5525396451362818728.82
Playoffs62464431924.76
AHL regular season2011010219.93
Tri-City was booted out of the playoffs in the first round by Prince George. The Flames opted to bring Bell onto the Wranglers roster as an extra body for the playoffs. He played twice at the end of the regular season, but has yet to dress in the playoffs.

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

21; Calgary’s third round pick (80th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft
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Regular season37145353423.69
Boltmann’s season is over.

Lucas Ciona – LW, Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL

20; Calgary’s sixth round pick (173rd overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
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Regular season6328477553543719429.48
Playoffs105055332812.38
The Thunderbirds continue to roll along in the playoffs. They’re currently playing in the conference final against Kamloops. Ciona’s been pretty consistent, with four goals in the first eight post-season games (and one in the first two games against Kamloops).

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

20; Calgary’s first round pick (13th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; 2nd-ranked prospect
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Regular season3420163631191614124.31
Coronato made his NHL debut at the end of the Flames’ regular season. He’s not eligible to play in the AHL with the Wranglers this season because of the mechanics of his deal – he joined the NHL directly, so he’s not eligible to go down to the AHL because he wasn’t on the AHL roster as of the trade deadline. He’s back at Harvard finishing his semester.
But he might find his way to Europe later this month…

Walker Duehr – RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

25; Free agent signing; 19th-ranked prospect
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Regular season411511262514139225.27
Playoffs200000060.00
Duehr spent much of April in the NHL. He returned to the AHL after the season ended, making his return to the Wranglers’ lineup in Game 1 of the playoffs.
He also signed a two-year contract extension.

Lucas Feuk – LW, Rapid City Rush, ECHL

22; Calgary’s fourth round pick (116th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft
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Regular season4539127105736.12
Feuk’s season is over.

Dennis Gilbert – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

26; Free agent signing
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Regular season26235533157.66
Gilbert’s season is over. (He wasn’t sent down to the AHL at the trade deadline, so he’s not eligible to play in the AHL playoffs.)

Cole Huckins – RW, Sherbrooke Phoenix, QMJHL

19; Calgary’s third round pick (77th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
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Regular season6428305845473519221.10
Playoffs103587653818.63
Huckins continues to have a pretty solid season. The Phoenix is currently in the conference finals against Halifax.

Ben Jones – C, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing; 20th-ranked prospect
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Regular season7117375441282120230.31
Playoffs2112121839.85
Y’know who’s had a really good season and is quietly a very effective AHL player? Ben Jones. He currently centres the Wranglers’ top line between Jakob Pelletier and Matthew Phillips.

Cole Jordan – D, Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL

20; Calgary’s fifth round pick (141st overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
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Regular season172575442410.20
Jordan suffered a season-ending injury in mid-November.

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

20; Calgary’s sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; 6th-ranked prospect
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AHL regular season6112121713.28
ECHL regular season3817203731252111722.36
Kerins had a really solid first pro season in the ECHL, though it was derailed a bit by a mid-season injury. He’s up with the Wranglers for the playoffs.

Adam Klapka – RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

22; Free agent signing
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Regular season6013122518161110316.61
Playoffs2101111219.93
Klapka had a really strong second half to his AHL season, and he’s quietly becoming a really effective net-front guy for the Wranglers’ power play. He’s huge!

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

23; Calgary’s fourth round pick (108th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft
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NCAA regular season3771118121076713.28
ECHL regular season100552521211.48
Koumontzis caught on with Idaho of the ECHL, but he hasn’t played in the ECHL playoffs yet.

Yan Kuznetsov – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

21; Calgary’s second round pick (50th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; 11th-ranked prospect
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Kuznetsov was scratched in the first two games of the playoffs in favour of Kristians Rubins, a product of the Wranglers having extra bodies and Mitch Love’s seeming preference for keeping players on their toes.

Cade Littler – C, Wenatchee Wild, BCHL / Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, USHL

18; Calgary’s seventh round pick (219th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft
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BCHL regular season51293968473627n/a
Playoffs10426522n/a
USHL playoffs401101045.74
Littler’s BCHL team was eliminated from the playoffs. He joined Cedar Rapids in the USHL, helped them advance through one round of the USHL post-season, but they, too, were eliminated. It appears that his season has concluded.

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

21; Calgary’s third round pick (88th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft; 18th-ranked prospect
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ECHL regular season401320332122159718.94
Nikolaev wasn’t brought up to the Wranglers when the Rush’s season ended due to an injury. It appears that his season is over.

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

21; Calgary’s fifth round pick (150th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft
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Regular season27235242304.25
Nodler’s season is over, but it appears his college career will continue with a redshirt senior season. He’s transferred to Bowling Green for 2023-24.

Jakob Pelletier – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

22; Calgary’s first round pick (26th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft; 3rd-ranked prospect
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Regular season351621373218149242.13
Playoffs2112111339.85
Pelletier played a couple games for the Wranglers in the regular season after the Flames’ season ended. He has yet to dominate a playoff game, but he’s been pretty clutch so far. He scored the overtime game-winner in Game 1 and assisted on Matthew Phillips’ OT winner in Game 2.

Emilio Pettersen – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

22; Calgary’s sixth round pick (167th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft; 14th-ranked prospect
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Regular season6119254435352911828.75
Playoffs100000020.00
Pettersen was scratched in Game 2 of the Wranglers’ playoff series.

Matthew Phillips – RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Calgary’s sixth round pick (166th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft; 7th-ranked prospect
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Regular season6636407661443919345.89
Playoffs2112200539.85
Noted goon Phillips – who had 12 penalty minutes in the regular season – was ejected from Game 1 of the Wranglers’ playoff series for spearing. He returned for Game 2 and scored the game-winner in overtime.

Jeremie Poirier – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

20; Calgary’s third round pick (72nd overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; 8th-ranked prospect
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Regular season699324120211317223.68
Playoffs2011010419.93
Poirier finished off a superb rookie season and moved onto the playoffs. He’s on the Wranglers’ second pairing alongside Colton Poolman.

Martin Pospisil – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

23; Calgary’s fourth round pick (105th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft; 12th-ranked prospect
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Pospisil has been out due to injury since the end of December. (He has yet to dress for a game in 2023.)

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

18; Calgary’s second round pick (59th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft; 13th-ranked prospect
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Liiga regular season22235353148.42
CHL tournament50111111n/a
U20 regular season7281076423.43
Playoffs1251015113320.50
Rönni bounced around a bunch this season, playing with Tappara in three different levels of competition and playing in the World Juniors. Tappara was a good environment for him, though, as the team won the SM-sarja U20, Liiga and Champions League crowns. Rönni finished second in the SM-sarja U20 playoffs in points and was a big reason why his team won.

Kristians Rubins – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

25; Acquired in a trade with Ottawa
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Regular season3022121426.57
Playoffs2011111419.93
Rubins was acquired at the AHL trade deadline to be useful veteran depth for the Wranglers. So far, he’s been exactly as advertised.

Cole Schwindt – C/RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

21; Acquired in a trade with Florida; 10th-ranked prospect
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Regular season7014183220161011818.22
Playoffs100000010.00
Schwindt was scratched in Game 1 of the playoffs, but rotated back in for Game 2. He hasn’t had the best first season in the organization, but he’s also competing for playing time with a lot of established AHLers and players who had already spent time in the Flames’ system.

Ilya Solovyov – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

22; Calgary’s seventh round pick (205th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; 17th-ranked prospect
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Regular season684141891688210.55
Playoffs2011111319.93
It’s hard to believe that Solovyov is the same player that started the season. In October, he was a little jumpy in his own zone. But over the past while, he’s found a nice niche alongside Nick DeSimone. Keep an eye on him in the playoffs.

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

19; Calgary’s second round pick (45th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; 16th-ranked prospect
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SHL regular season45358665318.69
Relegation series50111113n/a
J20 regular season2426532747.48
CHL tournament20000000n/a
AHL regular season200000000.00
Strömgren signed his entry-level deal, hung around the Wranglers for a couple weeks, and then headed back home to get a start on his off-season training. (Which was always the plan.) He’s played a lot of hockey and played all over the place, and it’ll be interesting to see how he adjusts to North America in 2023-24.

Cameron Whynot – D, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL

19; Calgary’s third round pick (89th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
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Regular season48322251515115212.13
Playoffs401111105.82
Whynot missed a bunch of games during the regular season, and missed time late in the regular season due to blocking a shot. He returned for the second round.

Connor Zary – C, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

21; Calgary’s first round pick (24th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; 4th-ranked prospect
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Regular season7221375836312118332.10
Playoffs200000040.00
Zary was the only Wranglers player to play in every single regular season game, which will probably be important for his development given how uneven his prior season was due to injury. The strength of his game may be his consistency; his NHLe didn’t really wobble around much all season, usually hanging around just north of 30. Let’s see if he can find another level in the future.

Daniil Chechelev – G, Calgary Wranglers, AHL / Rapid City Rush, ECHL

22; Calgary’s fourth round pick (96th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft
GPTOISV%
AHL regular season2125.881
ECHL regular season392135.892
Chechelev spent the season as the top goalie with the Rush, and he’s joined the Wranglers as their third goalie for their post-season run.

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%
Regular season191104.912
Last season, Sergeev split goaltending duties at UConn with sophomore Logan Terness. Well, Sergeev got slightly more starts and got the bigger ones down the stretch. Terness entered the transfer portal and will play his junior year at Ohio State, leaving Sergeev as the undisputed starter for UConn next season.

Dustin Wolf – G, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

21; Calgary’s seventh round pick (214th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft; 1st-ranked prospect
GPTOISV%
Regular season553239.932
Playoffs2140.924
Wolf had a busy April. He won three of his four AHL starts. He made his NHL debut in the Flames’ season finale and won that game, too. Then he backstopped the Wranglers to a pair of overtime wins against Abbotsford in the playoffs. Wolf is good at getting in the way of pucks.

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