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So who’s headed to the playoffs?: a Calgary Flames prospect update

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Photo credit:David Moll/Calgary Wranglers
Ryan Pike
1 month ago
Folks, time keeps marching on. In the hockey world, we’re nearing the month of March, when a lot of European leagues and collegiate conferences hold their playoff tournaments. And as the Calgary Flames chug along in their season, several of their prospects are vying to play in their respective post-season events.
In the American Hockey League, the top seven teams in the Pacific Division qualify for the playoffs. The Calgary Wranglers sit in fourth position. They’re 10 points ahead of the first non-playoff team and hold two games in hand. They’re closer to first place in their division than to missing the playoffs.
So how are the other prospects looking playoff-wise?
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 date4927255240292519226.28
2022-235525396451362818728.82
Bell had a hat trick in one game (a loss) and an empty-netter in the other (a win). He remains a reliable offensive presence for the Americans and one of their key veterans.
Tri-City sits six points behind Spokane for the final playoff spot in the WHL’s Western Conference.

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 date28022222291.95
2022-23 (NCAA)37145353423.69
Notre Dame lost both of their games this weekend to finish their regular season. They ended up in fifth in their conference. They’re off this weekend and then head into their conference tournament next weekend. They’re ranked 21st in the “pairwise” system – which ranks teams based on the quality of the teams they beat – and they’ll need to win their conference tournament to quality for the 16-team NCAA national tournament.

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 date5711698040572912337.17
2022-23 (OHL)686515732312111022.20
Brzustewicz had two assists in two games this week.
Kitchener is currently fourth in the Ontario Hockey League’s Western Conference and have clinched a playoff spot already.

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 date41213232512.92
2022-23 (WHL)6328477553543719429.48
Ciona was a scratch twice 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 date3815264127271713243.00
2022-23 (NCAA)3420163631191614124.31
Coronato continues to be an offensive difference-maker for the Wranglers, posting four points in two games.

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 date2481725181296225.80
WJC season to date531432110n/a
2022-23 (WHL)4323335640362613432.25
Honzek had an assist in a pair of weekend games.
The Giants are sixth in the WHL’s Western Conference, 12 points up on Tri-City. They’ve gone 8-2-0 over their last 10 games and are attempting to chase down Wenatchee to get in the top half of the playoff bracket and gain home ice advantage in the opening round.

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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SHL season to date500000000.00
HockeyEttan season to date40111115n/a
2022-23 (J20)34268373473.82
Hurtig’s junior team is automatically qualified for the J20 playoffs by virtue of finishing in the top 10 in the first half of the season – the second half is used to determine seeding; they’re currently eighth.

Ben Jones – C, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing; 12th-ranked prospect
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Season to date5015163125221713724.71
2022-23 (AHL)7117375441282120230.31
Jones was held off the scoresheet this weekend.

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 date44145343634.21
CHL season to date60111118n/a
2022-23 (Liiga)52581381161189.27
KooKoo is just outside the Liiga playoff picture – they’re tied for the final spot in points, but are just outside on tiebreakers – with five games remaining in the regular season.

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 date411215272217139826.24
2022-23 (ECHL)3817203731252111722.36
Kerins had a pair of helpers over two games.

Adam Klapka – RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

23; Free agent signing; 18th-ranked prospect
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Season to date4411152622191510723.55
2022-23 (AHL)6013122518161110316.61
Klapka didn’t hit the scoresheet this weekend.

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 date316511786537.13
2022-23 (NCAA)3771118121076713.28
Idaho is second in the ECHL’s Western Conference. The top eight teams qualify for the playoffs in each conference.
(Koumontzis is technically still Flames property, but they’ve scrambled to the ECHL to grab depth players for the Wranglers multiple times and he’s never appeared… which should tell you something about his organizational future or lack thereof.)

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 date4656118107719.53
2022-23 (AHL)63514191119116512.02
Kuznetsov was kept off the scoresheet this week.

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 date5616334932221314421.67
2022-23 (WHL)6619325136352315219.14
Lipinski keeps doing his thing. He had two assists in two games.

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 date259122117965.51
2022-23 (BCHL)512939684736278.75
Penticton is in first place in the BCHL’s Interior Conference and has already clinched a playoff spot. (Littler had zero points this week.)

Brady Lyle – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing
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2022-23 (AHL)51724311613612424.22
Lyle is injured and didn’t play this week.

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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2022-23 (QMJHL)6721517247342121325.03
Morin had an assist this week!
Moncton is third place in the QMJHL’s Eastern Conference and have already clinched a playoff spot.

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 date26336666299.20
2022-23 (ECHL)401320332122159718.94
Nikolaev had zero points this week.

Jakob Pelletier – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

22; Calgary’s first round pick (26th overall); 3rd-ranked prospect
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Season to date42133111829.89
2022-23 (AHL)351621373218149242.13
Pelletier is in the NHL.

Emilio Pettersen – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

23; Calgary’s sixth round pick (167th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft; 20th-ranked prospect
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Season to date50722292219137723.11
2022-23 (AHL)6119254435352911828.75
Pettersen didn’t hit the scoresheet this week.

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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Season to date4167242969.74
2022-23 (AHL)699324120211317223.68
Poirier is practising with the Wranglers again! Hooray! We don’t have a timeline from the team estimating his return, but it seems reasonable to expect some news in the next few weeks about his progress.

Topi Rönni – C, Tappara Tampere, Liiga/SM-sarja U20/CHL

19; Calgary’s second round pick (59th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft; 10th-ranked prospect
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Season to date (U20)17920292212124127.98
Season to date (CHL)60110011n/a
2022-23 (Liiga)22235353148.42
Rönni’s primarily playing with Tappara’s U20 team lately. They’re second in SM-sarja U20 and will make their post-season.

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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2022-23 (AHL)7014183220161011818.22
Schwindt had three goals in two games this week, and is rolling along with a four game goal-scoring streak dating back to his assignment from the NHL. That’s some fine work.

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 date3837106967610.49
2022-23 (AHL)684141891688210.55
Solovyov is injured.

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 date46210129764810.40
2022-23 (SHL)45358665318.69
Strömgren was held off 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 date281110211714117424.17
2022-23 (BCHL)5045459073474011.81
Suniev had an assist this week!
UMass is fifth in Hockey East and would go right into the quarterfinal playoff round. They’re ranked 13th in the country via the pairwise ratings, and so they stand a decent chance of being an at-large team in the NCAA national tournament.

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 is done. He dressed twice as backup in the KHL this week, but Vityaz missed the playoffs.

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 date12637.911
2022-23 (NCAA)191104.912
Sergeev is still splitting starts with senior teammate Ethan Haider.
UConn is tied for eighth in Hockey East and would play in the opening round. They’re 23rd in the pairwise ratings, and so they would need to win their conference playoffs to reach the NCAA’s national tournament.

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 date321849.927
2022-23 (AHL)553239.932
Wolf started twice, winning once and losing once.

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 will be backing up Maxim Yeryomenko in the VHL playoffs. MHK Dynamo Moskva has qualified for the first round, avoiding the play-in round.

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