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Waiting for the AHL’s playoffs: a Calgary Flames prospect update

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Photo credit:Terence Leung/Calgary Wranglers
Ryan Pike
1 month ago
The Calgary Flames will play their final game of the 2023-24 season on Thursday night. The end of the Calgary Wranglers season? Well, we’re not sure when that’ll be quite yet, as they’ve qualified for the Calder Cup playoffs.
The top seven teams in the Pacific Division advance to the playoffs and those teams have been decided. And while there’s like to be a bit of a standings shuffle – Tucson and Ontario are tied in points, for instance – here’s how the playoffs would look if they started today:
  • Coachella Valley [1] gets a bye
  • Tucson [2] vs. Calgary [7]
  • Ontario [3] vs. Bakersfield [6]
  • Colorado [4] vs. Abbotsford [5]
The Wranglers haven’t been on much of a roll lately, but they’re dealing with a hectic schedule and missing key players such as Matt Coronato and Dustin Wolf. That duo – plus Ilya Solovyov and Adam Klapka – are expected to return to the AHL for the final pair of games this coming weekend. At that point, maybe we’ll see the Wranglers get some swagger back.
They’re gonna need some swagger if they want to advance past the opening playoff round. But this is a team that’s shown the ability to get hot and stay hot in the recent past, so don’t rule anything out just yet.
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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2022-23 (WHL)5525396451362818728.82
Bell sat twice last week as the Wranglers are juggling a lot of bodies.

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

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 date6713799246653414036.37
2022-23 (OHL)686515732312111022.20
London eliminated Kitchener from 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 dressed in one of the Wranglers’ two games last 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. He’s eligible to return for the AHL’s playoffs.

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 dressed for both Wranglers games last week.

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 date62156565653.86
2022-23 (OHL)658917101491166.93
Grushnikov played both games last week. He plays a pretty effective, ow maintenance game and aside from the occasional crushing hit or smart defensive play, you can not notice him for big stretches.

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 date331021312216118623.26
WJC season to date531432110n/a
2022-23 (WHL)4323335640362613432.25
Honzek hasn’t officially been assigned to the Wranglers yet, as he’s dealing with a minor injury. But the hope is he could be available for the final weekend of the AHL season.

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 date700000000.00
HockeyEttan season to date40111115n/a
2022-23 (J20)34268373473.82
Hurtig has bounced between the second and third defensive pairing for Kristianstads as they play their playoff round robin. As of this writing, Kristianstads has two games left and is in first place. Hurtig has an assist in seven games.

Ben Jones – C, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing; 12th-ranked prospect
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Season to date7021224334282220524.48
2022-23 (AHL)7117375441282120230.31
Jones continues to be a really reliable, low-risk/low-reward presence for the Wranglers. He’s played every game for them this season.

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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CHL season to date60111118n/a
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Jurmo has yet to dress for the Wranglers, as they continue to juggle many, many bodies on their blueline.

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 date5316163227221811424.06
2022-23 (ECHL)3817203731252111722.36
Kerins remains on a bit of a scoring hot streak of late. He scored a goal over two games last week.

Adam Klapka – RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

23; Free agent signing; 18th-ranked prospect
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Season to date6421244534312218028.02
2022-23 (AHL)6013122518161110316.61
Klapka played twice and then was called up to the NHL. He’s eligible to return for the AHL’s playoffs.

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 finished the ECHL’s regular season as a scratch 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 date6157129118857.84
2022-23 (AHL)63514191119116512.02
Kuznetsov has bounced in and out of the lineup of late due to the glut of defencemen the Wranglers are carrying.

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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AHL season to date100000000.00
2022-23 (WHL)6619325136352315219.14
Lipinski made his AHL debut this past week. He drew praise from head coach Trent Cull for his play.

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 been out since February with an injury. The hope is he could appear in the post-season if the Vees last a couple rounds. (They’ve already advanced past the first round.)

Brady Lyle – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing
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Season to date46691597310013.00
2022-23 (AHL)51724311613612424.22
Lyle is injured. He last played on Feb. 19.

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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Morin made his AHL debut last week. He didn’t play a ton, though.

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

24; Free agent signing
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AHL season to date113255332218.11
2022-23 (NCAA)106287332821.00
Morton rotated out of the lineup for a game last week as the Wranglers try to get fresh bodies in. Morton’s gone a bit quiet offensively in recent weeks.

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’s brief ECHL run ended last week, as Rapid City’s season ended and he was re-assigned back to the Wranglers.

Jakob Pelletier – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

22; Calgary’s first round pick (26th overall); 3rd-ranked prospect
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Season to date1647117653727.40
2022-23 (AHL)351621373218149242.13
Pelletier played twice but didn’t register a point.

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 date21310135524124.67
2022-23 (AHL)699324120211317223.68
Poirier played twice but didn’t register a point.

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 date6414213526221412321.79
2022-23 (AHL)7014183220161011818.22
Schwindt played twice and registered an assist.

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 date50591491398411.16
2022-23 (AHL)684141891688210.55
Solovyov is in the NHL. He’s eligible to return for the AHL’s playoffs.

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 date66718252216147315.10
2022-23 (SHL)45358665318.69
Strömgren played twice and didn’t register a point.

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 date352025.923
2022-23 (AHL)553239.932
Wolf is in the NHL. He’s eligible to return for the AHL’s playoffs.

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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