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We’re talkin’ playoffs! A Calgary Flames prospect update

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Photo credit:Terence Leung/Calgary Wranglers
Ryan Pike
1 month ago
The Calgary Wranglers were in the spotlight this past week, as they entered the AHL’s Calder Cup playoffs as the lowest seed in the Pacific Division… and beat the Tucson Roadrunners twice on their home ice to sweep their way into the division semi-final round.
Because the series was a two game sweep and the Wranglers went with 11 forwards and seven defenders in the series, the line and pairing usages were pretty interesting.
Up front, Trent Cull used two offensive-minded lines:
  • Jakob Pelletier – Cole Schwindt – Matt Coronato
  • William Strömgren – Sam Morton – Adam Klapka
And then there were two checking lines:
  • Brett Sutter – Clark Bishop – Klapka or Riley Damiani
  • Mitch McLain – Ben Jones – Damiani or Klapka
On the blueline, it shook out like this:
  • Jordan Oesterle – Ilya Solovyov
  • Colton Poolman – Jeremie Poirier or Yan Kuznetsov
  • Jonathan Aspirot – Mark Pysyk
Dustin Wolf started both games, backed up by Oscar Dansk.
Now, the challenge for the Wranglers is they’re essentially entirely healthy now. And they got bodies back from the Flames. So that means that a bunch of good regular AHL roster players weren’t in the lineup for the first round. Among them: Alex Gallant, Lucas Ciona, Rory Kerins, Brady Lyle and Artem Grushnikov. But if the Wranglers are hoping to push a strong Coachella Valley team in the second round, they’ll need that depth.
Round 2 begins on Friday night in Calgary.
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 didn’t dress in first round.

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 didn’t dress in the first round.

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 didn’t dress in the first round.

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 had a goal and an assist against Tucson, including a very patient empty-netter in Game 1.

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 spent much of the Tucson series playing in a checking role, but he managed to score a goal off the rush.

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 didn’t dress in the first round.

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 didn’t dress in the first 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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2022-23 (J20)34268373473.82
Hurtig’s season is finished.

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 didn’t hit the scoresheet in the first round.

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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2022-23 (Liiga)52581381161189.27
Jurmo didn’t dress in the first round. He was released from his amateur try-out deal on Tuesday.

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 didn’t dress in the first round.

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
Man, Klapka came back to the AHL with some swagger, and he was one of the better Wranglers against Tucson. He had three assists over two games and was used in a lot of different roles.

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
Idaho advanced in the ECHL’s playoffs, but Koumontzis didn’t dress at all.

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 played alongside Poolman on the second pairing, with his usage skewed towards defensive situations.

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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2022-23 (WHL)6619325136352315219.14
Lipinski didn’t dress in the first round. He was released from his amateur try-out deal last 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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BCHL season to date249122117965.51
2022-23 (BCHL)512939684736278.75
Littler returned to the Vees’ lineup for the second round and helped them advance to the conference finals, though he has yet to register a playoff point.

Brady Lyle – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing
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Season to date47691597310212.72
2022-23 (AHL)51724311613612424.22
Lyle didn’t dress in the first round.

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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2022-23 (QMJHL)6721517247342121325.03
Morin didn’t dress in the first round. He was released from his amateur try-out on Tuesday.

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

24; Free agent signing
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AHL season to date135277552521.46
2022-23 (NCAA)106287332821.00
Morton scored a goal in Game 1 against Tucson.

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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ECHL season to date62687551630.61
2022-23 (ECHL)401320332122159718.94
Nikolaev didn’t dress in the first round.

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 had an assist in the Tucson series.

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 played alongside Poolman on the second pairing, with his usage skewed towards offensive situations.

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
Schwindt had a goal and an assist in the Tucson series.

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
Playing on the top pairing with Oesterle, Solovyov was dynamite in all three zones for the Wranglers in round one. He scored a key goal in Game 2, and he was a shot-blocking machine throughout the series.

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 continues to be on a tear since the New Year. He had a goal and an assist against Tucson, including a doozy of a goal that stood up as the series-deciding marker.

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 was spectacular against Tucson, stopping 85 of 88 shots on net.

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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