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Flames prospect update: Rounding into playoff form

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Ryan Pike
7 months ago
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, friends. Well, aside from the snow… It’s getting into the meat of the month of April and playoffs are around the corner for basically all of North American hockey. Heck, European leagues are already into the playoff periods.
For the Calgary Flames’ prospects, the vast majority of them are headed to the post-season. Let’s see how they’re preparing!

This and that

  • The playing seasons are over for F Mitchell Mattson (Michigan State), F Josh Nodler (also Michigan State), F Demetrios Koumontzis (Arizona State), D Jake Boltmann (Notre Dame) and F Matt Coronato (Harvard). All indications are that Nodler, Koumontzis, Boltmann and Coronato will be returning to school for the 2023-23 season, though Nodler has entered the NCAA’s transfer portal and is reportedly moving to U Mass (no official announcement has been made yet).
  • Connor Mackey and Adam Ruzicka were both recalled to the Flames’ on regular recalls, so it seems unlikely that they will be sent back to Stockton before the end of the season.

Jack Beck – RW, Ottawa 67’s, OHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (168th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date3622224425382232.37
Change from last week2314242+1.21
Despite missing a good chunk of his season to a pretty gnarly injury – his kidney was bruised, which absolutely sucks – Jack Beck ended up having a superb Draft+1 season. Especially when you consider he didn’t actually have a draft season, as all of 2020-21 was wiped out due to the pandemic. He finished his regular season in his usual consistent manner, racking up three goals and four points over a weekend.
The 67’s will face the North Bay Battalion in the first round of the OHL playoffs starting this coming weekend.

Lucas Ciona – LW, Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (173rd overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date5317183523261616.35
Change from last week2033322+0.81
Lucas Ciona had a rock-solid end to the regular season, including a three point effort in a big Seattle win. He hasn’t had the best Draft+1 season, particularly considering the chunks of time he lost to injury, but he’s been a steady secondary contributor for the Thunderbirds.
The T-Birds will face the Kelowna Rockets in the first round of the WHL playoffs starting this coming weekend.

Walker Duehr – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date5410112114171215.50
Change from last week3011100-0.13
Walker Duehr had an assist for the Heat. He’s been bouncing around their middle six lines over the past few weeks.

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 date32111627201816n/a
Change from last week
Lucas Feuk remains fairly quiet offensively as Vasby battles in the HockeyAllsvenskan qualifying round: six teams play a round robin, and the best team moves into Sweden’s second tier. Vasby has won once so far and remains in last place in the round robin.

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 date4924386237533329.47
Change from last week4437474+1.01
He initially struggled a bit to adjust back to junior after being sent back from Stockton, but Ryan Francis ended up having a very good overage season. The QMJHL runs until the end of the month, but he’s on pace to possibly crack the 30 NHLe plateau, which generally indicates that a player is pretty dang productive offensively.

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 date6014344824311831.88
Change from last week3011111-0.98
Glenn Gawdin’s slowed down offensively of late, in part because Stockton’s played the same few teams over and over and the top line is getting some tough shutdown match-ups. But he remains a very productive AHLer, even if his scoring has slowed down.

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 date3512132517211316.63
Change from last week3000000-1.56
Since returning to the Titan lineup, Cole Huckins has been playing primarily in their bottom six and has zero points.

Cole Jordan – D, Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL

Calgary’s fifth round pick (141st overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date3629119657.57
Change from last week4022222+1.01
Cole Jordan has reportedly been looking more like his draft year self, with an expanded role and a bit more swagger in his game.
The Warriors have qualified for the WHL playoffs and will face the Saskatoon Blades in the first round.

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 date67437511864935846.65
Change from last week2235353+0.61
Rory Kerins is pretty good at hockey. He finished the regular season second in the OHL in points and was named the OHL’s player of the month.
The Greyhounds qualified for the OHL playoffs and will face the Guelph Storm in the first round.

Johannes Kinnvall – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date1808843217.71
Change from last week2000000-2.22
Kinnvall played twice and failed to hit the scoresheet. He was scratched in the third game.

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 date6122224423361828.75
Change from last week3202121-0.09
Justin Kirkland keeps doing his thing on Stockton’s second line.

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 date2027976511.92
Change from last week1011100+0.77
Yan Kuznetsov returned from injury! For one game! Then he missed the remainder of Saint John’s games, presumably with an injury (again).

Ilya Nikolaev – C, Tri-City Storm, USHL

Calgary’s third round pick (88th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date5723487136462228.60
Change from last week3134231+0.11
The USHL season has one more weekend left and Ilya Nikolaev, an overager who played some European pro hockey, is 11th in the league in scoring. That’s to be expected, but it’s also pretty good given this is his first season in North America.

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 date6127315831442437.89
Change from last week2112020+0.06
Jakob Pelletier had two power play points, then missed a game due to injury. (Hopefully it’s minor.)

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 date5411122321171516.97
Change from last week2101111+0.11
The Emilio Pettersen experience: he scored a goal, but was also a scratch this week. When he plays, he’s in the bottom six.

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 date6029356436503142.51
Change from last week3112020-0.84
Matthew Phillips had two power play points this week and remains Stockton’s top scorer, and one of the top producers in the AHL.

Luke Philp – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date6121234424291828.75
Change from last week3011000-0.80
Philp set up a shorthanded goal this week, but was otherwise quiet.

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 date6214385135322119.53
Change from last week4101111-0.95
Jeremie Poirier’s scoring pace has slowed in the last quarter of the QMJHL season, but he’s still among the top point-producers in the Q.

Colton Poolman – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date570121210558.39
Change from last week3000000-0.47
Poolman did not register any points this week, playing with some combination of Greg Moro and Johannes Kinnvall on the 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 date427172413191122.77
Change from last week3011000-0.73
Pospisil has bounced around Stockton’s middle six lately. He had a secondary assist on a power play goal this week.

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 date463476666.06
Change from last week
Solovyov missed this week’s games due to injury.

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 date60000000.00
Change from last week
J20 up to date4413233617251312.95
Change from last week
CHL up to date2123121n/a
Change from last week
Stromgren dressed as the 13th forward once for Rogle’s SHL team in their league semi-final series with Farjestad, but was scratched for their second game. (It appears that Rogle is rotating their junior-aged forwards through that spot.)

Eetu Tuulola – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (156th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date5614102417201517.08
Change from last week3101111-0.21
Tuulola scored a goal this week. He’s bouncing around Stockton’s bottom two forward lines.

Cameron Whynot – D, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL

Calgary’s third round pick (89th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
GPGAP5v5 PP15v5 P1NHLe
Up to date454131791168.80
Change from last week
Whynot missed this week’s games due to injury. (Yes, he just returned last week, but apparently he is out again.)

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 date5112122415201418.75
Change from last week3000000-1.18
Zary has been centring Stockton’s third line. He failed to hit the scoresheet in three games.

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 date110111003.62
Change from last week1000000-0.37
KHL up to date1003311019.78
Change from last week
Zavgorodniy dressed for one game, played on the fourth line, and had zero points. He was a healthy scratch in the other two Heat games.

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

Calgary’s fourth round pick (96th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft
GPTOISV%
ECHL up to date301715.894
Change from last week
Chechelev is currently the third string goalie with Stockton. Kansas City’s season has ended.

Arsenii Sergeev – G, Tri-City Storm, USHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (205th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
GPTOISV%
Up to date402253.918
Change from last week160n/a
Sergeev won his only start this week, allowing two goals.

Adam Werner – G, Stockton Heat, AHL

Colorado’s fifth round pick (131st overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft; free agent signing
GPTOISV%
Up to date191067.879
Change from last week161-.001
Werner played once over Stockton’s three games, and he was in net for an overtime win.

Dustin Wolf – G, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (214th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #4-ranked prospect
GPTOISV%
Up to date452693.923
Change from last week2118-.002
The Heat had a challenging three games with Henderson, and Wolf had a couple games where he faced a ton of high-quality scoring chances. He hung in there, but he gave up eight goals across a pair of losses.

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