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Flames prospect update: Stockton advances and the T-Birds pull off a shocker

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Ryan Pike
6 months ago
Since the last time we checked in with the fresh-faced prospects of the Calgary Flames organization, two pretty impressive things happened. First, the Stockton Heat got out the brooms and swept the Bakersfield Condors in the Calder Cup playoffs. (That’s Edmonton’s farm team.)
Second, the Seattle Thunderbirds rallied back from a 3-1 series deficit to eliminate the favoured Portland Winterhawks in the WHL playoffs, and Flames prospect Lucas Ciona was a big part of it.
Let’s check in on the youngsters!

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), F Matt Coronato (Harvard), F William Stromgren (Rögle), F Lucas Feuk (Väsby), G Arsenii Sergeev (Tri-City) and F Ilya Nikolaev (Tri-City).
  • Connor Mackey, Adam Ruzicka and Adam Werner are with the Flames as extra depth players for the playoffs.
  • The Stockton Heat swept the Bakersfield Condors 3-0 in the opening round of the Calder Cup playoffs and will play the Colorado Eagles starting Monday to determine the playoff champion of the Pacific Division.
  • We’re expecting some, but likely not all, of the Flames’ prospects that were eliminated from the junior playoffs to join the Heat on amateur try-outs. We should get clarity on that soon.

Jack Beck – RW, Ottawa 67’s, OHL / Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (168th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
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OHL up to date3622224425382232.37
Change from last week
Beck didn’t dress for Stockton in the first round.

Lucas Ciona – LW, Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (173rd overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
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After trailing the Portland Winterhawks 3-1 in their series, the Thunderbirds clawed back and won the series in seven games. Ciona had two goals in the series, and has six goals and two assists in 11 playoff games. He reportedly had a very good series besides the two goals.

Walker Duehr – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing
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Duehr had two goals and an assist in three games in the first round. He played primarily with Alex Gallant and Byron Froese.

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
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AHL up to date40000000.00
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QMJHL up to date5425406540563628.03
Change from last week
The bad news is that Saint John was eliminated by Rimouski in five games (in overtime) and so the Sea Dogs cannot be the QMJHL champions. But since they’re hosting the Memorial Cup, they have a spot there waiting for them. They’ll await whoever wins the three junior leagues. Francis had a goal and an assist over four games in the first round.

Glenn Gawdin – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

St. Louis’ fourth round pick (116th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft; free agent signing; #10-ranked prospect
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Gawdin had a goal and three assists in three games in the first round. He played with Jakob Pelletier and Matthew Phillips.

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 date4112142618221414.77
Change from last week
The Titan beat the Halifax Mooseheads in five games to advance to the next round of the QMJHL playoffs. In that next round, they’re currently down 2-0 to the Charlottetown Islanders and have been out-scored 9-2 so far. Huckins has been playing on the third line and has a goal and two assists through seven games.

Cole Jordan – D, Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL

Calgary’s fifth round pick (141st overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
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Up to date3629119657.57
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Moose Jaw were eliminated by Winnipeg in the second round of the playoffs. Jordan had two assists in 11 games.

Rory Kerins – C, Soo Greyhounds, OHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #18-ranked prospect
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Up to date67437511864935846.65
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The Greyhounds were eliminated by Flint in the second round of the playoffs. Kerins had one goal and nine assists over 10 games.

Johannes Kinnvall – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing
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Change from last week
Kinnvall didn’t dress in the first round.

Justin Kirkland – LW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Nashville’s third round pick (62nd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft; free agent signing
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Kirkland had one goal in three games in the first round. He played with Luke Philip and a combination of Martin Pospisil and Tyrell Goulbourne.

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
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As noted, the Sea Dogs were eliminated but await the three junior league champions as Memorial Cup hosts. Kuznetsov had two assists in four games in the first round.

Jakob Pelletier – LW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s first round pick (26th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft; #3-ranked prospect
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Up to date6627356233462537.44
Change from last week
Pelletier had two goals and an assist in three games in the first round. He played with Glenn Gawdin and Matthew Phillips.

Emilio Pettersen – LW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (167th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft; #11-ranked prospect
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Pettersen had two goals and an assist in three games in the first round. Both of his goals were game-winners. He played with Connor Zary and Eetu Tuulola.

Matthew Phillips – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (166th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft; #5-ranked prospect
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Phillips had one assist in three games in the first round. He played with Glenn Gawdin and Jakob Pelletier.

Luke Philp – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing
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Philp had two assists in three games in the first round. He played with Justin Kirkland and either Martin Pospisil or Tyrell Goulbourne.

Jérémie Poirier – D, Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL

Calgary’s third round pick (72nd overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #9-ranked prospect
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Up to date6716415740352419.81
Change from last week
As noted, the Sea Dogs were eliminated but await the three junior league champions as Memorial Cup hosts. Poirier had three assists in five games in the first round.

Colton Poolman – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing
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Poolman had one assist in three games in the first round. He played with Andy Welinski

Martin Pospisil – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s fourth round pick (105th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft; #16-ranked prospect
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Up to date477182513191121.20
Change from last week
Pospisil was held pointless in his opening game, suffered an apparent injury, and missed the next two games. When he was in, he played with Justin Kirkland and Luke Philp.

Ilya Solovyov – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (205th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #20-ranked prospect
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Solovyov had zero points in three games in the first round. He played with Juuso Valimaki.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (156th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft
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Tuulola had one assist in three games in the first round. He played with Emilio Pettersen and Connor Zary.

Cameron Whynot – D, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL

Calgary’s third round pick (89th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
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Halifax lost to Acadie-Bathurst in the opening round of the playoffs. Whynot had zero points in two games.

Connor Zary – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s first round pick (24th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #2-ranked prospect
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Up to date5413122516211518.80
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Zary had zero points in three games in the first round. He played with Emilio Pettersen and Eetu Tuulola.

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

Calgary’s seventh round pick (198th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft
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AHL up to date120111003.32
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KHL up to date1003311019.78
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Zavgorodniy didn’t dress for Stockton in the first round.

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

Calgary’s fourth round pick (96th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft
GPTOISV%
AHL up to date163.848
Change from last week
ECHL up to date301715.894
Change from last week
Chechelev dressed in every first round game for Stockton, serving as Dustin Wolf’s backup.

Dustin Wolf – G, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (214th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #4-ranked prospect
GPTOISV%
Up to date472810.924
Change from last week
Wolf started all three first round games for Stockton, posting three wins with a 2.33 goals against average and .926 save percentage.

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