Where will Calgary Flames prospects be playing in 2022-23?
By Ryan Pike1 year ago
The Calgary Flames have a lot of prospects. As the 2021-22 league calendar prepares to officially flip over to 2022-23 with the opening of free agency on Wednesday, the picture is becoming clearer in terms of where the Flames’ up-and-comers will be playing next season.
Here’s how everything looks prior to free agency.
North American minor pro
The Flames’ American Hockey League affiliate has relocated to Calgary for the foreseeable future. Details regarding where they’re playing are still being ironed out and are expected to be announced around the time that the AHL announces their league schedule later in July.
The Flames’ ECHL affiliate last season was the Kansas City Mavericks. We’re still awaiting confirmation for their affiliate in 2022-23, but it seems probable that it’ll be the Mavericks once again.
The Flames will have three prospects in the WHL this coming season. Parker Bell will play with the Tri-City Americans, Lucas Ciona will play with the Seattle Thunderbirds, and Cole Jordan will play with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Tri-City and Seattle don’t visit the Calgary Hitmen this season, but Flames fans can check out Cole Jordan on Dec. 4 and Feb. 5.
Out in Ontario, Jack Beck will play with the Ottawa 67’s and he’s the only Flames property in the OHL this coming season.
Meanwhile, in the QMJHL, Cole Huckins was traded to the Sherbrooke Phoenix from the Acadie-Bathurst Titan, while Cameron Whynot remains with the Halifax Mooseheads.
And for the first time in a long time, the Flames will have a player in junior A. Over in the BCHL, Cade Littler will be playing with the Wenatchee Wild. (He’ll head to college at Minnesota State-Mankato in 2023.)
The Flames will have five college players in 2022-23.
Over in the Big 10, Jake Boltmann returns for his junior year at Notre Dame.
In ECAC, 2021 first-rounder Matt Coronato returns for his sophomore season at Harvard.
In Hockey East, there are two newcomers: after playing three seasons at Michigan State (in Big 10), Josh Nodler transferred to Massachusetts for his senior year. He’ll be joined by Arsenii Sergeev, who’s headed to Connecticut for his freshman year after being superb in the USHL last season.
Finally, Demetrios Koumontzis returns for a COVID senior year at the independent Arizona State – the NCAA is allowing any player who was active during the wonky 2020-21 season to come back for a fifth season if they so desired, though it was dependent on roster slots on each college team.
Two European prospects are under contract for 2022-23, while one other is looking for a gig.
In Finland, Roni Toppi will be playing with Tappara Tampere in the Liiga.
In Sweden, William Stromgren will be with Rogle BK in the SHL.
Finally, Lucas Feuk was in Sweden’s third-tier HockeyEttan last season, but a deal for him for this coming season has yet to be announced. (He’ll probably land somewhere.)
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