Calgary Flames prospects Yegor Yegorov and Cade Littler are off to strong starts
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By Ryan Pike2 months ago
We know that it seems like the Calgary Flames just started training camp – it’s true, they literally did – but a lot of leagues around the globe have already begun their seasons. A pair of Flames draft choices, Yegor Yegorov and Cade Littler, have gotten off to strong starts.
Let’s tell you about ’em!
A 2023 sixth-rounder, Yegorov is the youngest player in the Flames system. Point of fact: he was a literal child three weeks ago, and he turned 18 on Aug. 30. He’s currently with MHK Dynamo Moskva, a junior team within the Dynamo Moskva system.
Yegorov is one of two goaltenders MHK is carrying, the other being 19-year-old Maxim Yeryomenko. Yeryomenko started the first two games… then got lit up in the second game a bit, so the pendulum has swung towards Yegorov.
Yegorov has played four games:
- Allowing two goals in relief, but making 17 saves in a 6-5 shootout win.
- Starting and making 18 saves in a shutout win.
- Starting and making 32 saves (but getting pulled with the team down 2-1) in a game MHK eventually won 3-2.
- Starting and making 31 saves in a 2-0 loss.
Through four games, he has a 1-1-1 record with a 1.69 goals against average and a sparkling .942 save percentage. If only he had a bit more run support…
A seventh-round pick back in 2022, Littler spent last season in the BCHL, but changed college commitments during the spring and so he’ll spend another season in junior, this time a rung up in the United States Hockey League.
The USHL started its season this week with the annual USHL Fall Classic. Littler’s team, the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, lost to Sioux Falls 5-2 on Wednesday (boo) but beat Youngstown by a 5-1 score on Thursday (yay). Littler had a hat trick in their win over the Phantoms.
The third goal was super weird, with a Youngstown defender accidentally ricocheting the puck into their own net with the goalie pulled on a delayed Cedar Rapids penalty call.
Three goals in two games to start off your 19-year-old season in the USHL is not shabby at all.
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