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Calgary Flames prospect update: three cheers for Rory Kerins

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Ryan Pike
10 months ago
There have been a few consistently positive stories surrounding the Calgary Flames this season. While the Stockton Heat have been one of them, we cannot forget the excellence of young Rory Kerins. After missing out on the entire 2020-21 season (aside from a handful of games with Stockton), Kerins has utterly dominated the Ontario Hockey League.
Let’s check out how Kerins, and the other Flames youngsters, fared over the past week or so.

This and that:

  • G Tyler Parsons remains on the Flames’ season-opening injury reserve.
  • We’re not including D Juuso Välimäki’s AHL run in here because he’s played enough NHL games that we no longer consider him a prospect. He has seven points in 11 AHL games and returned from injury last week, only to be suspended for three games for shoving an official during a scrum.
  • F Adam Ruzicka is on the Flames’ main roster. D Connor Mackey is on the Flames’ taxi squad.

Jack Beck – RW, Ottawa 67’s, OHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (168th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date1211617915937.52
Change from last week
Beck remains injured. Last word was he was close, but generally still “upper-body, week-to-week.”

Jake Boltmann – D, University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, NCAA/Big10

Calgary’s third round pick (80th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date261898549.45
Change from last week2000000-0.79
Boltmann was held off the scoresheet in a pair of games this weekend. Notre Dame earned a split with highly-ranked Minnesota, though.

Lucas Ciona – LW, Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (173rd overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date3410122215171016.51
Change from last week3224141+2.13
The good news is Ciona is on a point streak! The bad news is a few of his points came in games that were absolute laughers, games where Ciona was one of several players picking points in a Thunderbirds blowout win. Still, it’s better than not getting any points, right?

Matthew Coronato – RW, Harvard University Crimson, NCAA/HE

Calgary’s first round pick (13th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; #1-ranked prospect
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date19881512141119.33
Change from last week3202121-0.76
Coronato had a couple of goals and Harvard had a good week! They beat Colgate and Boston College, and beat Cornell in a shootout (though for standings purposes it was a tie, since shootouts don’t count). With Harvard short a pair of veterans, as they’re at the Olympics, the next few weeks will be a big chance for Coronato to drive the bus offensively for the Crimson.

Walker Duehr – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date27571269517.71
Change from last week1000000-0.68
Duehr registered zero points in Stockton’s lone game.

Lucas Feuk – LW, Västerviks IK, HockeyAllsvenskan / Nybro Vikings IF/Väsby IK, HockeyEttan

Calgary’s fourth round pick (116th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Allsvenskan up to date101122116.51
Change from last week
HockeyEttan up to date175712886n/a
Change from last week2101111
Feuk had a goal in Sweden’s third division. He’s been pretty productive for Väsby, for whatever that’s worth.

Ryan Francis – C, Stockton Heat, AHL / Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL

Calgary’s fifth round pick (143rd overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #8-ranked prospect
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
AHL up to date40000000.00
Change from last week
QMJHL up to date18617231217929.76
Change from last week
The QMJHL is still paused, but Saint John returns on Friday.

Glenn Gawdin – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

St. Louis’ fourth round pick (116th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft; free agent signing; #10-ranked prospect
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date3312203218201338.64
Change from last week1011010+0.03
Gawdin had the primary assist on Matthew Phillips’ shorthanded game-winning goal against Ontario.

Emil Heineman – LW, Leksands IF, SHL/CHL

Florida’s second round pick (43rd overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; acquired via trade; #14-ranked prospect
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
SHL up to date33951412131120.73
Change from last week
CHL up to date9415454n/a
Change from last week
Leksands had an unexpected weekend off, as both of their games were postponed due to COVID issues with their opponents.

Cole Huckins – LW, Acadie-Bathurst Titan, QMJHL

Calgary’s third round pick (77th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; #19-ranked prospect
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date2411112216181221.35
Change from last week
The QMJHL is still paused, but Acadie-Bathurst returns on Saturday.

Cole Jordan – D, Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL

Calgary’s fifth round pick (141st overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date171454337.28
Change from last week
Jordan missed this week’s games due to an injury. He’s listed on the WHL’s weekly report as “lower-body, week-to-week” and there are no indications if this is related to his prior lower-body injury from earlier this season.

Rory Kerins – C, Soo Greyhounds, OHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #18-ranked prospect
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date3925426739553545.50
Change from last week3347565+1.36
After flirting with the top spot basically all season, Kerins had a heck of a week and moved into first spot in the OHL’s scoring race. He’s had a truly excellent season.

Johannes Kinnvall – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date302211012.57
Change from last week1011100+2.64
Kinnvall’s still adapting to North American hockey and he has a small sample size. But hey, two points in three games for somebody who’s been on the shelf since September is pretty good, eh?

Justin Kirkland – LW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Nashville’s third round pick (62nd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft; free agent signing
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date3310616813719.32
Change from last week1000000-0.61
Kirkland registered zero points in Stockton’s lone game.

Demetrios Koumontzis – LW, Arizona State University Sun Devils, NCAA/Ind.

Calgary’s fourth round pick (108th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date23471198813.06
Change from last week
Koumontzis is injured.

Yan Kuznetsov – D, Stockton Heat, AHL / Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL

Calgary’s second round pick (50th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #15-ranked prospect
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
AHL up to date120000000.00
Change from last week
QMJHL up to date412312119.86
Change from last week
The QMJHL is still paused, but Saint John returns on Friday.

Connor Mackey – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing; #7-ranked prospect
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date34416201014623.44
Change from last week
Mackey is on the Flames’ taxi squad.

Mitchell Mattson – C, Michigan State University Spartans, NCAA/Big10

Calgary’s fifth round pick (126th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date151233225.46
Change from last week
Michigan State was off this week.

Ilya Nikolaev – C, Tri-City Storm, USHL

Calgary’s third round pick (88th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date3111243516231125.92
Change from last week2202020-0.21
Nikolaev had a power play goal and an overtime game-winner for Tri-City. His NHLe actually dipped down slightly, which speaks to how productive he’s been this season. (But yeah, we notice that more than half of his points come on special teams, too.)

Josh Nodler – C, Michigan State University Spartans, NCAA/Big10

Calgary’s fifth round pick (150th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date265712510512.60
Change from last week
Michigan State was off this week.

Jakob Pelletier – LW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s first round pick (26th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft; #3-ranked prospect
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date3412213321241538.68
Change from last week1000000-1.17
Pelletier registered zero points in Stockton’s lone game. He’s still among the top offensive players in the entire AHL (at age 20) despite this quiet week. And his quiet “week” is more like a quiet single game.

Emilio Pettersen – LW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (167th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft; #11-ranked prospect
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date2817875411.39
Change from last week1000000-0.42
Pettersen registered zero points in Stockton’s lone game.
Over at Postmedia, Wes Gilbertson profiled Pettersen.

Matthew Phillips – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (166th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft; #5-ranked prospect
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date3214193320261841.10
Change from last week1101010-0.04
In typical Phillips fashion, he had a key goal for the Heat. This time, it was a shorthanded marker that stood as the game-winner against Ontario.

Luke Philp – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date33912211014825.36
Change from last week1112111+1.70
Philp had himself a nice week, with the game-opening goal against Ontario and a stat correction assist added from a prior week.

Jérémie Poirier – D, Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL

Calgary’s third round pick (72nd overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #9-ranked prospect
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date309233223201524.84
Change from last week
The QMJHL is still paused, but Saint John returns on Friday.

Colton Poolman – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date290554116.87
Change from last week1000000-0.25
Poolman registered zero points in Stockton’s lone game.

Martin Pospisil – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s fourth round pick (105th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft; #16-ranked prospect
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date256814912822.32
Change from last week1000000-0.93
Pospisil registered zero points in Stockton’s lone game.

Adam Ruzicka – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s fourth round pick (109th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft; #6-ranked prospect
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date1310616913949.05
Change from last week
Ruzicka is in the NHL.

Ilya Solovyov – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (205th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #20-ranked prospect
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date273365558.86
Change from last week1011111+1.20
Solovyov had a primary assist in Stockton’s lone game.

William Strömgren – LW, Rögle BK, J20 Nationell/CHL/SHL / IF Björklöven, HockeyAllsvenskan

Calgary’s second round pick (45th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; #13-ranked prospect
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
SHL up to date20000000.00
Change from last week1000000n/a
J20 up to date3611193015221213.19
Change from last week1022020+0.53
CHL up to date2123121n/a
Change from last week
Strömgren had himself an eventful week. He set up the game-tying goal and then the game-winning overtime goal for Rögle’s junior team. Then he was called up to the SHL for a COVID-ravaged senior team. Then the following day, the pro side’s season was paused due to that COVID outbreak.
He has subsequently been double-registered with IF Bjorkloven in the second-tier HockeyAllsvenskan, so he can move freely between Rogle and Bjorkloven for the remainder of the season.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (156th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date308513811717.27
Change from last week1000000-0.59
Tuulola registered zero points in Stockton’s lone game.

Cameron Whynot – D, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL

Calgary’s third round pick (89th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date283121579412.48
Change from last week
The QMJHL is still paused, but Halifax returns on Saturday.

Connor Zary – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s first round pick (24th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #2-ranked prospect
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date2345967515.59
Change from last week1000000-0.71
Zary registered zero points in Stockton’s lone game.

Dmitry Zavgorodniy – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL / HC Sochi, KHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (198th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
AHL up to date60000000.00
Change from last week
KHL up to date1003311019.78
Change from last week
The KHL is paused until Feb. 22.

Daniil Chechelev – G, Stockton Heat, AHL / Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

Calgary’s fourth round pick (96th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft
GPTOISV%
Up to date181014.891
Change from last week3140+.002
Chechelev played seven periods and had generally positive results, though not uniformly positive (since the ECHL is defensive chaos).

Arsenii Sergeev – G, Tri-City Storm, USHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (205th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
GPTOISV%
Up to date261508.936
Change from last week2124+.002
Sergeev returned from his suspension and collected a pair of wins. He leads the USHL in everything goaltending by a country mile.

Adam Werner – G, Stockton Heat, AHL

Colorado’s fifth round pick (131st overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft; free agent signing
GPTOISV%
Up to date11661.892
Change from last week
Werner dressed as backup for Stockton.

Dustin Wolf – G, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (214th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #4-ranked prospect
GPTOISV%
Up to date231400.932
Change from last week160+.002
Wolf allowed one goal to capture another win. He is among the AHL’s statistical leaders in roughly every goaltending category.

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