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It’s signing season: a Calgary Flames prospect update

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Ryan Pike
3 months ago
The middle of March is a very interesting time in the world of hockey.
In European and college hockey, playoffs are either beginning or about to begin. In major junior, teams are either making their last dash towards the remaining playoff spots in their leagues… or preparing for next season.
When it comes to National Hockey League teams, this is the time of year where clubs take a good hard look at the players they have on their reserve lists, compare those players to those potentially available in the various free agency markets, and start to make some tough decisions.
The Flames have signed two players this March already, signing OHLer Hunter Brzustewicz and college free agent addition Sam Morton to deals. There could be more deals, but the Flames likely need to make determinations on the hockey futures of college blueliner Jake Boltmann and Finnish defenceman Joni Jurmo, as their rights both lapse this coming summer. That’s the cold hard reality of signing season: teams can’t sign everybody they’ve drafted or acquired, and this time of year forces decisions to be made.
Let’s dive into this week’s prospect update!

Parker Bell – LW/C, Tri-City Americans, WHL

20; Calgary’s fifth round pick (155th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft
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Season to date5633276047343022226.53
2022-235525396451362818728.82
Bell and the Americans are playing out the string, but Bell continues to contribute offensively. He’s been very consistent for them in his overage season. The Americans wrap up their season on the weekend and then it’s reasonable to assume we’ll see Bell head to the AHL to join the Wranglers.
Bell’s already on an NHL contract, so he can just be assigned to the AHL.

Jake Boltmann – D, University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, NCAA/Big 10

22; Calgary’s third round pick (80th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft
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Season to date30022222361.82
2022-23 (NCAA)37145353423.69
Boltmann’s NCAA season and college career are complete.

Hunter Brzustewicz – D, Kitchener Rangers, OHL

19; Vancouver’s third round pick (75th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft; Acquired in a trade with Vancouver
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Season to date6513779044633213736.67
2022-23 (OHL)686515732312111022.20
With two games left in the season Brzustewicz (a) has 90 freakin’ points and (b) has more than doubled his five-on-five production from last season.

Lucas Ciona – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

21; Calgary’s sixth round pick (173rd overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; 11th-ranked prospect
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Season to date50415454593.99
2022-23 (WHL)6328477553543719429.48
A fixture on the Wranglers’ fourth line, Ciona played all three games this week.

Matt Coronato – RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

21; Calgary’s first round pick (13th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; 2nd-ranked prospect
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Season to date4015274228271713741.84
2022-23 (NCAA)3420163631191614124.31
Coronato is in the NHL.

Riley Damiani – C, Texas Stars/Calgary Wranglers, AHL

23; Dallas’ fifth round pick (137th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft; Acquired in a trade with Dallas
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Season to date581013231815128615.80
2022-23 (AHL)591318312418148720.94
Damiani is still trying to find his niche in the Wranglers’ lineup. He’s been playing on the fourth line with Lucas Ciona and rotating wingers.

Artem Grushnikov – D, Texas Stars/Calgary Wranglers, AHL

20; Dallas’ second round pick (48th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; Acquired in a trade with Dallas
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Season to date52145454523.83
2022-23 (OHL)658917101491166.93
Grushnikov missed a game earlier this week, but aside from that he’s been effective as a shutdown defender. He’s playing primarily with Jordan Oesterle.

Samuel Honzek – LW/C, Vancouver Giants, WHL/Slovakia, WJC

19; Calgary’s first round pick (16th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft; 4th-ranked prospect
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WHL season to date311020302116118223.97
WJC season to date531432110n/a
2022-23 (WHL)4323335640362613432.25
Honzek played three games – returning after missing a couple games due to having to take a mandatory exam – and had three points.

Axel Hurtig – D, Rögle BK, J20 Nationell/SHL / Kristianstads IK, HockeyEttan

18; Calgary’s seventh round pick (208th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft
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J20 season to date27381171175415.10
SHL season to date700000000.00
HockeyEttan season to date40111115n/a
2022-23 (J20)34268373473.82
Rögle will face Frölunda in a best-of-three eighth-final series beginning Wednesday to kick off the J20 Nationell’s playoffs.

Ben Jones – C, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing; 12th-ranked prospect
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Season to date5919203931262117026.34
2022-23 (AHL)7117375441282120230.31
Jones had one assist over three games.

Joni Jurmo – D, Ilves Tampere/KooKoo Kuovola, Liiga/CHL

21; Vancouver’s third round pick (82nd overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; Acquired in a trade with Vancouver
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Liiga season to date46145343634.03
CHL season to date60111118n/a
2022-23 (Liiga)52581381161189.27
Jurmo’s Liiga season has concluded.

Rory Kerins – C, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

21; Calgary’s sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; 14th-ranked prospect
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Season to date4612162823181410424.26
2022-23 (ECHL)3817203731252111722.36
Kerins played in two of the Wranglers’ three games. He had zero points.

Adam Klapka – RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

23; Free agent signing; 18th-ranked prospect
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Season to date5317193629251914327.07
2022-23 (AHL)6013122518161110316.61
Klapka had a goal over three games this week.

Demetrios Koumonztis – D/RW, Idaho Steelheads, ECHL

23; Calgary’s fourth round pick (108th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft
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Season to date4181018101397310.08
2022-23 (NCAA)3771118121076713.28
Koumontzis had a couple points over four ECHL games last week.

Yan Kuznetsov – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

21; Calgary’s second round pick (50th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; 17th-ranked prospect
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Season to date5457129118818.86
2022-23 (AHL)63514191119116512.02
Kuznetsov played in two of the Wranglers’ three games. He had zero points.

Jaden Lipinski – C, Vancouver Giants, WHL

19; Calgary’s fourth round pick (112th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft; 16th-ranked prospect
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Season to date6523426546332317524.76
2022-23 (WHL)6619325136352315219.14
Lipinski had six points, all either goals or primary assists, over three games. He’s having a strong season.

Cade Littler – C, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, USHL / Penticton Vees, BCHL

19; Calgary’s seventh round pick (219th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft
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USHL season to date1383119863019.43
BCHL season to date249122117965.51
2022-23 (BCHL)512939684736278.75
Littler is done for the remainder of the regular season with an injury. It’s unclear when he’ll return.

Brady Lyle – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing
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2022-23 (AHL)51724311613612424.22
Lyle is injured.

Etienne Morin – D, Moncton Wildcats, QMJHL

18; Calgary’s second round pick (48th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft; tied for 5th-ranked prospect
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Season to date5512344630191218219.48
2022-23 (QMJHL)6721517247342121325.03
Morin had a goal and assist over four games this past week. Moncton has three games remaining in their regular season, then it’s playoff time.

Sam Morton – C, Minnesota State University Mankato Mavericks, NCAA / Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing
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NCAA season to date3724103432201915124.00
AHL season to date1011100139.85
2022-23 (NCAA)106287332821.00
Morton made his Wranglers debut on Tuesday night, getting the primary assist on Mitch McLain’s game-winning goal. He played with Jakob Pelletier and Ben Jones on the top line.

Ilya Nikolaev – C/LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

22; Calgary’s third round pick (88th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft
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Season to date29336666338.25
2022-23 (ECHL)401320332122159718.94
Nikolaev played in two of the Wranglers’ three games. He had zero points.

Jakob Pelletier – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

22; Calgary’s first round pick (26th overall); 3rd-ranked prospect
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Season to date52133111023.91
2022-23 (AHL)351621373218149242.13
Pelletier was sent down to the Wranglers on Tuesday. He didn’t hit the scoresheet in his first game back.

Jeremie Poirier – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

21; Calgary’s third round pick (72nd overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; tied for 5th-ranked prospect
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2022-23 (AHL)699324120211317223.68
Poirier is starting to look like he looked early this season before his injury. He’s scoring at just shy of a point-per-game pace.

Cole Schwindt – C/RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

22; Florida’s third round pick (81st overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft; Acquired in a trade with Florida; 9th-ranked prospect
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Season to date5314163022201310222.56
2022-23 (AHL)7014183220161011818.22
Schwindt had an assist over three games this week. He’s just about at last season’s point total, in far fewer games.

Ilya Solovyov – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

23; Calgary’s seventh round pick (205th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; 8th-ranked prospect
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Season to date413710696749.72
2022-23 (AHL)684141891688210.55
Solovyov returned from his injury this week. He didn’t hit the scoresheet, though.

William Strömgren – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

20; Calgary’s second round pick (45th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; 19th-ranked prospect
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Season to date5541317141096112.32
2022-23 (SHL)45358665318.69
Strömgren keeps chugging along in the Wranglers’ middle six. He didn’t hit the scoresheet this week.

Aydar Suniev – LW/C, University of Massachusetts Minutemen, NCAA/Hockey East

19; Calgary’s third round pick (80th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft; 13th-ranked prospect
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Season to date341213251916129423.70
2022-23 (BCHL)5045459073474011.81
Suniev played on the second line as UMass beat Providence College in the Hockey East quarterfinal round. They advance to play top-ranked Boston College in the semi-final round next weekend.

Daniil Chechelev – G, HC Vityaz, KHL / Ryazan-VDV, VHL

22; Calgary’s fourth round pick (96th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft
GPTOISV%
KHL season to date158.880
VHL season to date5271.908
2022-23 (ECHL)392135.892
Chechelev’s season has concluded.

Arsenii Sergeev – G, University of Connecticut Huskies, NCAA/Hockey East

20; Calgary’s seventh round pick (205th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; 15th-ranked prospect
GPTOISV%
Season to date16934.913
2022-23 (NCAA)191104.912
Sergeev played twice. He got the Huskies a win in the opening round of the Hockey East playoffs, but they fell in the quarterfinals to top-ranked Boston College. Their season has concluded.

Dustin Wolf – G, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

22; Calgary’s seventh round pick (214th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft; 1st-ranked prospect
GPTOISV%
Season to date352025.923
2022-23 (AHL)553239.932
Wolf is in the NHL on an emergency recall, so very likely he’ll be returned to the Wranglers when Jacob Markstrom returns to action.

Yegor Yegorov – G, MHK Dynamo Moskva, MHL

18; Calgary’s sixth round pick (176th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft
GPTOISV%
Season to date251319.917
2022-23 (MHL)15786.915
Yegorov’s MHL season is finished, as MHK Dynamo Moskva were upset in a five-game series by Diamond Cherepovets. Yegorov dressed as backup to Maxim Yeryomenko in three of the five games – MHK rotated backups for the series.

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