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The playoffs continue for some prospects: a Calgary Flames prospect update

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Photo credit:Jenn Pierce/Calgary Wranglers
Ryan Pike
1 month ago
The Calgary Flames’ season ended in mid-April, as the National Hockey League club failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs. But here we are, about a month later, with several prospects still actively involved in the post-season.
The Calgary Wranglers, the top minor league affiliate of the Flames, are in the midst of the second round of the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup playoffs. They’re trailing the Coachella Valley Firebirds by a 2-1 margin through three games in the best-of-five series, but all three games have been close. When you consider that the Firebirds were the Pacific Division’s top team and the Wranglers were the lowest-ranked team to qualify for the playoffs in that division, the competitive balance shown in the series thus far is pretty impressive.
Down in the ECHL, Demetrious Koumonzis, who the Flames technically still have the rights to, has dressed a few times for the Idaho Steelheads. The Steelheads are playing Kansas City in the second round of the ECHL playoffs. Kansas City leads the series 2-1.
And down in the BCHL, Cade Littler has recently returned from a lengthy injury absence to rejoin the Penticton Vees in their playoff journey. The Vees are currently playing Salmon Arm in the conference final round, with the series tied 2-2.
Let’s dive into this week’s prospect update!

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

20; Calgary’s fifth round pick (155th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft
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WHL season to date5933316450353123126.86
AHL season to date200000010.00
2022-23 (WHL)5525396451362818728.82
Bell has yet to dress in the playoffs.

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 is complete. He’s transferred to Northeastern University for the 2024-25 season.

Hunter Brzustewicz – D, Kitchener Rangers, OHL / Calgary Wranglers, AHL

19; Vancouver’s third round pick (75th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft; Acquired in a trade with Vancouver
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OHL season to date6713799246653414036.37
AHL season to date
2022-23 (OHL)686515732312111022.20
Brzustewicz has yet to dress in the playoffs.

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 date55426565674.35
2022-23 (WHL)6328477553543719429.48
Ciona has yet to dress in the playoffs.

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 date4115274228271714040.82
2022-23 (NCAA)3420163631191614124.31
Coronato’s been a fixture on the right side of the Wranglers’ top line through five playoff games. He has six points and is one of the players that’s always out there with the game up for grabs.

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 date661113241916139414.49
2022-23 (AHL)591318312418148720.94
Damiani has been used in a checking role for all five playoff games. He’s been perfectly fine.

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 date63156565653.80
2022-23 (OHL)658917101491166.93
Grushnikov has yet to dress in the playoffs. (The Wranglers are carrying a lot of defenders and even with them dressing seven per game, somebody has to sit.)

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

19; Calgary’s first round pick (16th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft; 4th-ranked prospect
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WHL season to date331021312216118623.26
WJC season to date531432110n/a
AHL season to date200000010.00
2022-23 (WHL)4323335640362613432.25
Honzek has yet to dress in the playoffs.

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
Hurtig’s season is finished. He’ll be joining the Calgary Hitmen next season.

Ben Jones – C, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing; 12th-ranked prospect
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Season to date7221224334282220823.80
2022-23 (AHL)7117375441282120230.31
Jones has played every playoff game so far in a checking role. He has yet to register a point.

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

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
AHL season to date
2022-23 (Liiga)52581381161189.27
Jurmo’s season is finished.

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 date5416163227221811523.62
2022-23 (ECHL)3817203731252111722.36
Kerins has yet to dress in the playoffs.

Adam Klapka – RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

23; Free agent signing; 18th-ranked prospect
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Season to date6521244534312218227.59
2022-23 (AHL)6013122518161110316.61
On one hand, Klapka has seven points in five playoff games and has been very noticeable. On the other hand, he took six minutes in minor penalties in Game 3 against Coachella Valley… and the Firebirds scored twice with him in the box to win the game. He’s good, but he’s not perfect.

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 date4791019111410849.28
2022-23 (NCAA)3771118121076713.28
Koumontzis has an assist in three playoff games.

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 date6358139128888.22
2022-23 (AHL)63514191119116512.02
Kuznetsov has a goal in five playoff games. He’s been playing primarily in a shutdown role with Colton Poolman.

Jaden Lipinski – C, Vancouver Giants, WHL / Calgary Wranglers, AHL

19; Calgary’s fourth round pick (112th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft; 16th-ranked prospect
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WHL season to date6724426647332318124.39
AHL season to date100000000.00
2022-23 (WHL)6619325136352315219.14
Lipinski’s season is finished.

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 has a goal in nine playoff games for Penticton. At present, the Vees are tied 2-2 with Salmon Arm in the conference final round.

Brady Lyle – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing
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Season to date47691597310212.72
2022-23 (AHL)51724311613612424.22
Lyle has yet to dress in the playoffs.

Etienne Morin – D, Moncton Wildcats, QMJHL / Calgary Wranglers, AHL

18; Calgary’s second round pick (48th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft; tied for 5th-ranked prospect
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QMJHL season to date5812374932211319119.67
AHL season to date100000010.00
2022-23 (QMJHL)6721517247342121325.03
Morin’s season is finished.

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 date135277552521.46
2022-23 (NCAA)106287332821.00
Morton has four points in five games so far in the playoffs, centring the second line. Remember, he came in on an amateur try-out deal – his NHL deal begins next season – but he was so good so quickly that they couldn’t take him out of the lineup.

Ilya Nikolaev – C/LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL / Rapid City Rush, ECHL

22; Calgary’s third round pick (88th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft
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AHL season to date29336666338.25
ECHL season to date62687551630.61
2022-23 (ECHL)401320332122159718.94
Nikolaev has yet to dress in the playoffs.

Jakob Pelletier – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

22; Calgary’s first round pick (26th overall); 3rd-ranked prospect
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Season to date1857128764526.57
2022-23 (AHL)351621373218149242.13
Pelletier has three points in five playoff games, working the left side of the Wranglers’ top line.

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 date23310135524422.53
2022-23 (AHL)699324120211317223.68
Poirier has four points in five playoff games, with three of them coming in Game 3 against Coachella Valley. The Wranglers have used seven defenders seemingly in an effort to manage Poirier’s minutes and usage… and it seems to be doing a decent job keeping him fresh.

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 date6614223627231512821.74
2022-23 (AHL)7014183220161011818.22
Playing up the middle on the first line, Schwindt has five points in five playoff games. He’s been quite effective.

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 date51510151014108811.72
2022-23 (AHL)684141891688210.55
Solovyov has a goal over five playoff games. He’s been playing on the top pairing, primarily with Jordan Oesterle.

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 date68720272318157415.82
2022-23 (SHL)45358665318.69
Strömgren has four points over five playoff games. He was excellent against Tucson, but he’s been merely pretty decent against Coachella Valley.

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 date3512132519161210023.02
2022-23 (BCHL)5045459073474011.81
Suniev’s season is finished.

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 finished.

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’s season is finished. He’ll be joining Penn State for the 2024-25 season.

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 date362082.922
2022-23 (AHL)553239.932
Wolf’s been pretty good through five playoff games, winning three and losing twice. Teams seem to be trying to crowd his crease to throw him off his rhythm and trying to get him moving laterally to open up holes in his positioning. It’s had mixed results.

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 season is finished.
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