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Calgary Flames prospect update: almost World Junior season

Jakob Pelletier
Photo credit:Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA Today Sports
Ryan Pike
11 months ago
The World Junior roster announcements are often a bit of a referendum on a team’s prospect base. If that’s true, the Calgary Flames have an unimpressive prospect base – only Matthew Coronato will be at the World Juniors.
But if you look at some of the performances they’ve gotten so far – especially out of some of their players in the American Hockey League – the World Juniors aren’t the be-all, end-all that you might think.

This and that:

  • D Johannes Kinnvall and G Tyler Parsons are on the Flames’ season-opening injury reserve after suffering injuries.
  • We’re not including Juuso Välimäki’s AHL run in here because (a) it’s been three games and (b) he’s played enough NHL games that we no longer consider him a prospect.

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 and is listed as week-to-week. He hasn’t played since Nov. 7. (Despite missing that many games, he’s just one goal behind the team lead.)

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 date1717875412.84
Change from last week3011100-0.81
Boltmann continues his very steady offensive season on the blueline for the Fighting Irish. He’s worked his way up to the top defensive pairing. The Fighting Irish are now off until January.

Lucas Ciona – LW, Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (173rd overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date24481298512.38
Change from last week3112211+0.59
Ciona’s streaky season continues. He had a two point game (in a 6-1 Seattle blowout win), followed by a couple quiet offensive games. He’s eighth on the Thunderbirds in points (and first in penalty minutes).

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 date116612911925.05
Change from last week2202222-0.46
Harvard is now on their holiday break and are off until January. The next time we see Coronato play will be the World Juniors. But he went into the break on a positive note, scoring two goals in a Harvard win.

Walker Duehr – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date1222422213.28
Change from last week20-1-1-1-1-1-6.65
Duehr lost an assist from the prior week due to a stat correction.

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 date8134433n/a
Change from last week2101111
The good news is that Feuk had a goal this week! The bad news is that this goal came in Sweden’s third division, two rungs below the Swedish Hockey League, where NHL prospects rarely return from.

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 weekn/a
QMJHL up to date16614201116829.11
Change from last week2055544+4.16
We’ve been waiting about six weeks for Francis to have an impressive week and announce his presence in the QMJHL with many, many points. Well, that happened this week. His quietest game saw him get two assists.

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 date189152415151153.14
Change from last week2123322+0.83
Gawdin has the highest NHLe in the organization right now. He had another week of over a point-per-game. He’s a very good AHL player.

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 date2784121011921.72
Change from last week2011111+0.22
CHL up to date9415454n/a
Change from last week
Heineman continues to have a very solid season for Leksands. He missed their Champions League game, reportedly due to COVID issues on the club. They were eliminated from the tournament by Frolunda. They’re back in action on Boxing Day.

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 date2210102014171121.17
Change from last week
Huckins missed this week’s games due to an injury.

Cole Jordan – D, Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL

Calgary’s fifth round pick (141st overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date51011114.95
Change from last week3101111+4.95
After missing two months, Jordan returned to Moose Jaw’s line-up! He’s getting first pairing minutes and scored his first goal of the season, sparking a comeback (that resulted in an overtime loss).

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 date2313263924291944.91
Change from last week
The Greyhounds were scheduled to play Sudbury this week, but Sudbury has had COVID issues so instead Soo got the weekend off. Kerins is fourth in the OHL in points.

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 date2035836215.94
Change from last week2022111+2.66
Kirkland is having a quiet offensive season, playing primarily in Stockton’s middle six. He had two assists this week.

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 date1844877712.14
Change from last week3000000-2.42
Koumontzis played his 100th NCAA game this week. He also had zero points.

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 date21011113.24
Change from last week2101111+13.24
Kuznetsov made his QMJHL debut this week (and scored a goal), capping off a weird calendar year that saw him play in the NCAA, the World Juniors, the AHL and the Q. He wasn’t named to Russia’s 2022 World Junior roster, though.

Connor Mackey – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing; #7-ranked prospect
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date2031013611425.90
Change from last week2022200+1.55
Mackey had two secondary assists, continuing an offensive outburst that coincidentally has occurred right as Välimäki returned to the AHL.

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 date101122225.46
Change from last week1000000-0.61
Mattson played once. He didn’t get a point. He was scratched in the other Michigan State game.

Ilya Nikolaev – C, Tri-City Storm, USHL

Calgary’s third round pick (88th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date1951318812621.75
Change from last week3022020-1.21
After going point-per-game since the beginning of the season, Nikolaev only had two assists this week.

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 date18471149416.69
Change from last week2000000-2.08
Nodler had no points this week, but continues to play big minutes in virtually every important situation for Michigan State.

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 date209162517191149.82
Change from last week2213333+1.11
Friends, Gawdin has super impressive numbers in the AHL, but he’s 25. Pelletier has super impressive numbers in the AHL, and he’s a 20-year-old rookie.

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 date1715663314.07
Change from last week2112222+3.44
Pettersen’s had a quiet offensive season this year – primarily because he’s fallen down the rotation a bit due to the arrivals of Duehr, Pelletier and Connor Zary. But he had a good week, with two primary points.

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 date179112015171346.88
Change from last week2224433+4.37
Another week, another strong performance from a small man who is excellent at ice hockey.

Luke Philp – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date20661258423.91
Change from last week2011000-0.44
Philp had a quiet offensive 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 date289213022191524.95
Change from last week2213322+0.77
Poirier joined in on a productive week for Saint John. He’s third in points among QMJHL defenders.

Colton Poolman – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date170443119.38
Change from last week2011100+1.41
Poolman is a fixture on Stockton’s third pairing.

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 date14461078628.47
Change from last week2022211+1.90
Pospisil remains a consistent secondary offensive contributor for Stockton this season.

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 right now.

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 date122133339.96
Change from last week2202222+5.97
Solovyov finally had an offensive breakthrough this week, scoring two goals. This matches his entire offensive output last season in the KHL.

William Strömgren – LW, Rögle BK, J20 Nationell/CHL

Calgary’s second round pick (45th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; #13-ranked prospect
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
J20 up to date299142314161212.55
Change from last week3101111-0.84
CHL up to date2123121n/a
Change from last week1000000
Strömgren played a lot of hockey this week, scoring a goal in the J20 and helping Rögle advance into the semi-final round of the Champions League.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (156th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date1532555513.28
Change from last week2011111+1.02
Tuulola had an assist. He’s not a massive offensive contributor, but he’s able to chip in when he’s put with good linemates.

Cameron Whynot – D, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL

Calgary’s third round pick (89th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date253121579413.97
Change from last week2123120+1.82
Sure, he’s really reliant on special teams for his points. But Whynot had a productive weekend for Halifax.

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 date1241545416.61
Change from last week2112222+4.65
Zary’s had a slow offensive start to the season after missing the first month of the season with a broken foot. But he was really dangerous this week and doubled his season-to-date point total.

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 date10000000.00
Change from last week1000000
Zavgorodniy made his return to the KHL and debuted for HC Sochi this week. He played first line minutes, but didn’t score. Sochi is off until after Christmas.

Daniil Chechelev – G, Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

Calgary’s fourth round pick (96th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft
GPTOISV%
Up to date8475.897
Change from last week3166-.012
The good: Chechelev played a lot. The bad: he allowed many goals and his save percentage dropped below the .900 mark, hockey’s goaltending Mendoza Line.

Arsenii Sergeev – G, Tri-City Storm, USHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (205th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
GPTOISV%
Up to date16919.937
Change from last week2119n/a
Sergeev allowed three goals across two starts. He remains a statistical beast and the leader in the USHL in basically every goaltending category.

Adam Werner – G, Stockton Heat, AHL

Colorado’s fifth round pick (131st overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft; free agent signing
GPTOISV%
Up to date7427.880
Change from last week165-.002
Werner allowed four goals in a shootout loss. His save percentage remains… well, it’s bad.

Dustin Wolf – G, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (214th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #4-ranked prospect
GPTOISV%
Up to date13788.939
Change from last week160+.002
Wolf played a game, won, and bumped his strong save percentage up a tad. He’s 20 and, like Sergeev, is among the statistical league leaders in basically every goaltending metric.

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