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The Wranglers are running a bit cold offensively: a Calgary Flames prospect update

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Photo credit:David Moll/Calgary Wranglers
Ryan Pike
1 month ago
The Calgary Flames’ farm club, the Calgary Wranglers, had a mixed bag over the past seven days.
The Wranglers played three games – once against the Manitoba Moose and twice against the Abbotsford Canucks – and went 1-1-1. They allowed five goals. They scored five goals. (The shootout was the difference in their third game.) Only two players on the roster – blueliner Jonathan Aspirot and forward William Strömgren – registered more than a point this week, and the club’s production has been skewed towards special teams lately.
The Wranglers are the victims of their own success… and the injury bug. Their blueline group is missing three regulars right now – Mark Pysyk, Jeremie Poirier and Ilya Solovyov – while Jordan Oesterle and Nick DeSimone went to the NHL. (DeSimone was later claimed off waivers by New Jersey.) Their forward group has missed a slew of veterans at various times – Brett Sutter and Dryden Hunt just retired before Hunt was called up to the Flames – and as a result their group’s lacked continuity at various times.
Such is life in the AHL when your parent club is going through changes. Your best up-and-comers will get called up to the NHL, and you’ll have to keep moving players up the rotation and hope they can succeed in bigger roles. (Case in point: Strömgren seems to be taking a step.)
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 date4723254836282418425.29
2022-235525396451362818728.82
Bell’s been a model of consistency for the Americans this year. He wears a letter. He plays centre and the wing. He wins face-offs. He’s one off the team lead for goals. He’s been exactly what Tri-City needed him to be this season.

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 date26022222282.10
2022-23 (NCAA)37145353423.69
Boltmann had an assist while Notre Dame split a weekend series with Minnesota.

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 date5511677839562811837.56
2022-23 (OHL)686515732312111022.20
Brzustewicz is tied for fifth in points in the OHL. He’s second among OHL blueliners in points. He had five points over three games, including two multi-point outings.

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 sat as a spectator once and played twice. He didn’t register any points 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 date3614233725251612940.96
2022-23 (NCAA)3420163631191614124.31
In a reflection of the general quietness of the team’s five-on-five attack, Coronato had a single assist over three 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 date2281624171185727.02
WJC season to date531432110n/a
2022-23 (WHL)4323335640362613432.25
Good news: Honzek had three points this week, all assists. Bad news: a lot of his offensive production has been on the power play. He’s getting shots and points, but hopefully it translates to even strength scoring before too long.

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 date203695954016.68
SHL season to date400000000.00
HockeyEttan season to date40111115n/a
2022-23 (J20)34268373473.82
Hurtig had an assist this week, surpassing last season’s production in 14 fewer games.

Ben Jones – C, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing; 12th-ranked prospect
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Season to date4815163125221713325.74
2022-23 (AHL)7117375441282120230.31
Jones had a power play goal this week.

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 date41145343524.52
CHL season to date60111118n/a
2022-23 (Liiga)52581381161189.27
Jurmo was held off the scoresheet in a pair of games on KooKoo’s second pairing.

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 date391213252115128925.55
2022-23 (ECHL)3817203731252111722.36
Kerins had a goal this week. He seems to go quiet for a couple weeks offensively, and he’s even been a spectator at times, but he finds ways to string impressive offensive games together.

Adam Klapka – RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

23; Free agent signing; 18th-ranked prospect
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Season to date4211152622191510724.67
2022-23 (AHL)6013122518161110316.61
Klapka had no points this past week, but had plenty of shots on net.

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 date29549786537.13
2022-23 (NCAA)3771118121076713.28
Koumontzis had a goal this week for Idaho.

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 date4456118107669.96
2022-23 (AHL)63514191119116512.02
Kuznetsov had no points in three games. His production is slightly down from last season’s.

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 date5416314731201214021.55
2022-23 (WHL)6619325136352315219.14
Lipinski keeps puttering along. He had two points this week.
Postmedia’s Wes Gilbertson profiled Lipinski this week!
 

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 date239122117965.99
2022-23 (BCHL)512939684736278.75
Littler had two points this week. His production is obviously down a bit from last year’s, as he’s not quite as potent this season with Penticton as he was last season in Wenatchee.

Brady Lyle – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing
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2022-23 (AHL)51724311613612424.22
Lyle had zero points 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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Season to date449314025171114721.17
2022-23 (QMJHL)6721517247342121325.03
Morin served a one game suspension for kicking (that’s bad), and then had four points in the other three games this week (that’s good), including three points in a Moncton comeback against Halifax that ended in an overtime loss.

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 date24336666279.96
2022-23 (ECHL)401320332122159718.94
Nikolaev played once and was scratched twice.

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 date48722292219137424.08
2022-23 (AHL)6119254435352911828.75
Pettersen had one power play assist over three games.

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 working his way back from a serious laceration suffered early this season. There’s no timeline estimated for his return yet.

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 (Liiga)22112111183.37
Season to date (U20)15919282111114030.61
Season to date (CHL)60110011n/a
2022-23 (Liiga)22235353148.42
Rönni had a goal and five assists in two junior games this week.

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 date421012221616117620.87
2022-23 (AHL)7014183220161011818.22
Schwindt returned to the AHL from the Flames this week. He had a fight – tusseling with Tristen Nielsen after a big hit on Matt Coronato – and a goal, then missed the following game with an injury.

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 missed two games due to injury.

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 date44210129764510.87
2022-23 (SHL)45358665318.69
Strömgren had a goal and two assists this week, tied for the Wranglers’ team lead.

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 date27119201613106723.87
2022-23 (BCHL)5045459073474011.81
Suniev had a strong game on Saturday, scoring twice. Unfortunately, the Minutemen lost both games they played against top-ranked Boston College.

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 had one start in the VHL this week and was pulled midway through. The VHL season is over, though, and he’s back to the KHL as a depth goalie for Vityaz.

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 date11637.921
2022-23 (NCAA)191104.912
UConn was off this week.

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 date301733.928
2022-23 (AHL)553239.932
Wolf returned from the NHL this week. He played twice, allowed four goals in two games, and had a win and a loss. (Wranglers third-string goalie Connor Murphy played the other AHL game this week.)

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 made one start and was pulled in the second period after giving up a bunch of goals.

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