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Young goaltenders reign supreme: a Calgary Flames prospect update

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Photo credit:Jenn Pierce/Calgary Wranglers
Ryan Pike
5 months ago
Things haven’t been ideal for the Calgary Flames in terms of National Hockey League performance. But if there’s one thing they can take some solace in – organization-wide – it’s their goaltending.
In the NHL, the big club has seen Jacob Markstrom put up some strong performances and do his level best to keep his team in games. In the AHL, young Dustin Wolf allowed just one goal and made 28 saves in a 2-1 win on Saturday in the Wranglers’ home-opener against the Colorado Eagles. In college, UConn’s Arsenii Sergeev allowed just one goal and made 28 saves in a 2-1 win over UMass Lowell. In Russian junior, Yegor Yegorov made 25 saves for MHK Dynamo Moskva in a 1-0 overtime win over MHK Spartak.
Let’s dive into our weekly prospect snapshot!

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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5v5 P1SHNHLe
Season to date955109664127.52
2022-235525396451362818728.82
Bell’s earlier torrid scoring pace has slowed down a little bit, but he’s still among the most productive Tri-City players. We’ll see if his game can find another gear as the season unfolds.

Jake Boltmann – D, University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, NCAA/Big 10

21; Calgary’s third round pick (80th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft
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Season to date500000040.00
2022-23 (NCAA)37145353423.69
Boltmann didn’t dress in Notre Dame’s one weekend game. It’s unclear if he’s injured, ill, or was held out.

Lucas Ciona – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

20; Calgary’s sixth round pick (173rd overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; 11th-ranked prospect
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Season to date610111186.64
2022-23 (WHL)6328477553543719429.48
Ciona remains a fixture in the Wranglers’ bottom six, but didn’t hit the scoresheet this week.

Samuel Honzek – LW/C, Vancouver Giants, WHL

18; Calgary’s first round pick (16th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft; 4th-ranked prospect
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Season to date
2022-23 (WHL)4323335640362613432.25
Honzek remains out 6-8 weeks with an injury.

Axel Hurtig – D, Rögle BK U20, J20 Nationell

18; Calgary’s seventh round pick (208th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft
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5v5 P1SHNHLe
Season to date2101111918.53
2022-2334268373473.82
Good news! Hurtig’s back! He returned on Saturday and had a goal in his first game back, a 4-3 shootout loss.

Ben Jones – C, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing; 12th-ranked prospect
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Season to date61341411026.57
2022-23 (AHL)7117375441282120230.31
Jones had an assist this week, getting a point of one of four Wranglers’ goals scored.

Rory Kerins – C, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

20; Calgary’s sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; 14th-ranked prospect
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Season to date
2022-23 (ECHL)3817203731252111722.36
Kerins was a scratch for the first six Wranglers games.

Adam Klapka – RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

22; Free agent signing; 18th-ranked prospect
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Season to date64375641646.49
2022-23 (AHL)6013122518161110316.61
Klapka had no points this week.

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 date601111166.64
2022-23 (AHL)63514191119116512.02
Kuznetsov had no points this week.

Jaden Lipinski – C, Vancouver Giants, WHL

18; Calgary’s fourth round pick (112th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft; 16th-ranked prospect
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5v5 P1SHNHLe
Season to date112576332515.76
2022-23 (WHL)6619325136352315219.14
After being a little quiet offensively in prior weeks, Lipinski had a good week. First, he got an assist added via a prior-week stats correction. Then, he had two points against Kamloops.

Cade Littler – C, Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, USHL

19; Calgary’s seventh round pick (219th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft
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Season to date1173108752820.87
2022-23 (BCHL)512939684736278.75
Littler continues to produce in the USHL, with a nice deflection goal.

Brady Lyle – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

24; Free agent signing
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Season to date6101111136.64
2022-23 (AHL)51724311613612424.22
Lyle didn’t hit the scoresheet 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 date114596333619.05
2022-23 (QMJHL)6721517247342121325.03
Morin had two assists on the Moncton power play this past week.

Ilya Nikolaev – C, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

21; Calgary’s third round pick (88th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft
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Season to date
2022-23 (ECHL)401320332122159718.94
Nikolaev was a scratch for the first six Wranglers games.

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 date6022222813.28
2022-23 (AHL)6119254435352911828.75
Pettersen didn’t hit the scoresheet this week.

Jeremie Poirier – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

20; 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 out indefinitely after suffering an arm laceration that required surgery.

Martin Pospisil – LW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

23; Calgary’s fourth round pick (105th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft
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Season to date63366221139.85
2022-23 (AHL)2046108554819.93
Pospisil has had a really good start to the season. He had two primary assists this weekend, setting up the Wranglers’ game-winning goals in both games. Every point he has so far this season has been a primary point.

Topi Rönni – C, Tappara Tampere, Liiga/CHL

18; Calgary’s second round pick (59th overall) in the 2022 NHL Draft; 10th-ranked prospect
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Season to date (Liiga)12112111136.18
Season to date (CHL)60110011n/a
2022-23 (Liiga)22235353148.42
Rönni has taken leave from Tappara following the receipt of a court summons related to an investigation into a rape allegation.

Cole Schwindt – C/RW, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

21; Acquired in a trade with Florida; 9th-ranked prospect
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Season to date6213221919.93
2022-23 (AHL)7014183220161011818.22
Schwindt didn’t hit the scoresheet this week.

Ilya Solovyov – D, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

22; Calgary’s seventh round pick (205th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; 8th-ranked prospect
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Season to date41121211019.93
2022-23 (AHL)684141891688210.55
Solovyov missed both of this week’s Wranglers games because he was playing in the NHL. As far as excuses for missing AHL games go, that’s a pretty good one.

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 date601111126.64
2022-23 (SHL)45358665318.69
Strömgren didn’t hit the scoresheet this week.

Aydar Suniev – LW/C, University of Massachusetts Minutemen, NCAA/Hockey East

18; Calgary’s third round pick (80th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft; 13th-ranked prospect
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Season to date63144221821.48
2022-23 (BCHL)5045459073474011.81
Suniev scored a goal on Saturday for UMass.

Connor Zary – LW/C, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

21; Calgary’s first round pick (24th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; tied for 5th-ranked prospect
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Season to date619107641566.42
2022-23 (AHL)7221375836312118332.10
Zary was called up to the NHL on Tuesday and is expected to make his NHL debut on Wednesday. He had two points in two games this week, including the game-winner on Saturday against Colorado, and is the Wranglers’ offensive leader in most categories early in the season.

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 date4240.927
2022-23 (NCAA)191104.912
Sergeev and teammate Ethan Haider have split starts evenly this season. Haider, a senior, has better numbers than Sergeev, but both have performed really well.

Dustin Wolf – G, Calgary Wranglers, AHL

21; Calgary’s seventh round pick (214th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft; 1st-ranked prospect
GPTOISV%
Season to date4243.921
2022-23 (AHL)553239.932
Reigning AHL most valuable player and two-time goaltender of the year has yet to lose in regulation this season.

Yegor Yegorov – G, MHK Dynamo Moskva, MHL

18; Calgary’s sixth round pick (176th overall) in the 2023 NHL Draft
GPTOISV%
Season to date8423.917
2022-23 (MHL)15786.915
Yegorov’s shutout over MHK Spartak was his first in the MHL. He’s neck-and-neck with 19-year-old Maxim Yeremenko for the team lead in save percentage. They’re more or less in a tandem this season, with Yeremenko starting slightly more often than Yegorov.

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