Friends, we have a problem. We’re at the point in the season where the main prospect topic of conversation is the Stockton Heat. And it’s a problem because we’ve been talking about how good they’ve been – collectively and as individuals – for the entire season.
So please forgive any repetitiveness this week as we lavish praise upon the likes of Dustin Wolf, Jakob Pelletier, Matthew Phillips, Connor Mackey and their teammates.

This and that

  • The playing seasons are over for F Mitchell Mattson (Michigan State), F Josh Nodler (also Michigan State), F Demetrios Koumontzis (Arizona State), D Jake Boltmann (Notre Dame) and F Matt Coronato (Harvard).
  • Nodler has reportedly (a) entered the transfer portal and (b) agreed to play for UMass next season. The school cannot comment on recruitment until a letter of intent has been signed, so we’re still awaiting that rumoured move becoming official.
  • Connor Mackey and Adam Ruzicka have been called up to the NHL.

Jack Beck – RW, Ottawa 67’s, OHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (168th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
33
19
21
40
23
34
20
32.10
Change from last week
3
2
2
4
1
4
1
+0.32
Beck has been a first line fixture for the 67’s this season, when he’s been healthy, playing all three forward positions. He’s also been a really consistent scorer, ranking among the top 67’s players in goals and points despite missing a big chunk of the season. The kid can flat-out play.
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Lucas Ciona – LW, Seattle Thunderbirds, WHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (173rd overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
50
17
15
32
20
24
14
15.85
Change from last week
Ciona hasn’t played since Mar. 20 due to an injury. He’s listed on the WHL’s injury report as being day-to-day with an upper body injury.

Walker Duehr – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
49
9
10
19
12
16
11
15.45
Change from last week
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
-1.01
Duehr’s been quiet offensively for a few weeks now. Part of it might be him sliding down the rotation a bit with the Heat getting healthier up front. Regardless, he’s been a really reliable energy winger for Stockton all season.

Lucas Feuk – LW, Västerviks IK, HockeyAllsvenskan / Nybro Vikings IF/Väsby IK, HockeyEttan

Calgary’s fourth round pick (116th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Allsvenskan up to date
10
1
1
2
2
1
1
6.51
Change from last week
HockeyEttan up to date
32
11
16
27
20
18
16
n/a
Change from last week
The six team round robin (Klavserien) tournament that will promote a team into the second tier HockeyAllsvenskan begins on Wednesday and runs until the end of the month. The team that finishes first moves up from HockeyEttan. (Feuk’s team, Vasby, is part of the tournament.)
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Ryan Francis – C, Stockton Heat, AHL / Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL

Calgary’s fifth round pick (143rd overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #8-ranked prospect
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
AHL up to date
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0.00
Change from last week
QMJHL up to date
42
19
33
52
32
45
28
28.83
Change from last week
3
2
3
5
3
4
2
+0.76
Francis is currently the second line right wing for Saint John, playing behind William Dufour, an Islanders prospect currently playing out of his mind offensively – Dufour has 96 points this season. For his part, Francis has made the second unit really productive, as he’s been a pretty consistent point-and-a-half per game player over the past six-to-eight weeks.
The Flames have Francis’ NHL rights through June 1, at which point they either need to sign him or they relinquish his rights.

Glenn Gawdin – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

St. Louis’ fourth round pick (116th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft; free agent signing; #10-ranked prospect
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
55
14
32
46
23
29
17
33.33
Change from last week
3
1
0
1
1
1
1
-1.16
Gawdin had another quiet offensive week. That said, he’s a reliable two-way player, and he’s bounced around the lineup a bit lately depending on who’s been healthy among Stockton’s centres.
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Cole Huckins – LW, Acadie-Bathurst Titan, QMJHL

Calgary’s third round pick (77th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; #19-ranked prospect
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
28
12
13
25
17
21
13
20.79
Change from last week
Huckins remains unavailable for the Titan for undisclosed reasons.

Cole Jordan – D, Moose Jaw Warriors, WHL

Calgary’s fifth round pick (141st overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
32
2
7
9
7
4
3
6.96
Change from last week
3
1
0
1
0
1
0
+0.13
Jordan remains in a secondary role for a really stacked Warriors team this season. But he scored a power play goal, giving him points in consecutive weeks. (Yes, we’re aware that sounds like a low bar to clear, but it’s a step in a good direction.)

Rory Kerins – C, Soo Greyhounds, OHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #18-ranked prospect
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
63
40
67
107
59
82
53
44.98
Change from last week
2
1
4
5
3
3
2
+0.69
We frequently run out of superlatives to describe Kerins. He’s good. He’s really good. He consistently produces key goals and big games when the Greyhounds need them. He’s among the top scorers in all of Canadian junior hockey. He’s good.
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Johannes Kinnvall – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
14
0
8
8
4
3
2
22.77
Change from last week
1
0
1
1
1
1
1
+1.31
Kinnvall has been Stockton’s eighth defender, but he got into the lineup with Connor Mackey and Juuso Valimaki called up to Calgary. He set up a goal in a Stockton win, which could be his ticket to staying in the lineup… depending on which players stay in Calgary and which do not.

Justin Kirkland – LW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Nashville’s third round pick (62nd overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft; free agent signing
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
56
18
22
40
20
32
15
28.47
Change from last week
3
2
2
4
1
4
1
+1.40
Kirkland has been used as a complimentary piece to a rotating cast of characters on Stockton’s second line depending on who’s been healthy and/or not with Calgary. He’s thrived in the role, particularly in terms of producing on the power play.

Yan Kuznetsov – D, Stockton Heat, AHL / Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL

Calgary’s second round pick (50th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #15-ranked prospect
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
AHL up to date
12
0
0
0
0
0
0
0.00
Change from last week
QMJHL up to date
19
2
6
8
6
6
5
11.15
Change from last week
Kuznetsov has been out since Mar. 9 with an injury.
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Connor Mackey – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing; #7-ranked prospect
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
53
5
31
36
16
20
8
27.07
Change from last week
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
-0.52
Mackey played one game and then was called up to the NHL.

Ilya Nikolaev – C, Tri-City Storm, USHL

Calgary’s third round pick (88th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
51
21
41
62
32
40
20
27.91
Change from last week
3
1
1
2
1
1
0
-0.79
Nikolaev is a first line fixture for Tri-City this season. He’s also an overager, which somewhat taints his excellence. Roughly half of his points come on special teams, too. We’ll see what the Flames end up doing with him at the end of the season.

Jakob Pelletier – LW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s first round pick (26th overall) in the 2019 NHL Draft; #3-ranked prospect
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
57
26
30
56
31
42
24
39.15
Change from last week
3
0
1
1
1
1
1
-1.44
A fixture on Stockton’s top line and both sides of special teams, Pelletier got his chances this week but generated just one assist. He’s still among the top rookie scorers in the entire league, so he’s doing just fine.

Emilio Pettersen – LW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (167th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft; #11-ranked prospect
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GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
50
9
12
21
19
15
13
16.74
Change from last week
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
-1.07
Primarily playing in the bottom six lately, Pettersen has been chipping in points fairly consistently until this past week. Time will tell whether this is a blip or if his offense is drying up.

Matthew Phillips – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (166th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft; #5-ranked prospect
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
55
27
34
61
36
47
31
44.20
Change from last week
3
2
1
3
2
2
3
-0.25
With his points this week, Phillips is the first Flames farm team player to score 60 or more points since Max Reinhart and Ben Street did so in 2013-14 with Abbotsford. He’s a very good AHL player.

Luke Philp – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
56
21
19
40
22
29
18
28.47
Change from last week
3
0
1
1
1
0
0
-0.86
Philp had just a single assist this week. His brother, Noah, signed with the Edmonton Oilers after a strong USports run.

Jérémie Poirier – D, Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL

Calgary’s third round pick (72nd overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #9-ranked prospect
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
55
13
36
49
33
30
19
20.75
Change from last week
2
0
1
1
0
1
0
-0.34
Poirier was held out of a game this weekend with an illness or minor injury, but returned for the final game of the weekend. He’s quieted down offensively over the past few weeks, but he remains one of the top producing defenders in the QMJHL.
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Colton Poolman – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Free agent signing
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
52
0
11
11
9
4
4
8.43
Change from last week
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
-0.52
Poolman’s been used as Stockton’s utility defender lately, playing with whoever is around depending on recalls or injuries. He didn’t get any points this week, but he doesn’t get many points most weeks.

Martin Pospisil – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s fourth round pick (105th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft; #16-ranked prospect
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
37
7
13
20
11
17
9
21.54
Change from last week
2
0
1
1
0
1
0
-0.09
Pospisil had an assist and was held out of a game, we’re hearing due to a minor non-COVID illness. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: if this kid can stay healthy (or have better injury luck), he has the raw tools to get to the NHL.

Adam Ruzicka – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s fourth round pick (109th overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft; #6-ranked prospect
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
16
11
9
20
13
16
12
49.82
Change from last week
1
1
1
2
2
2
2
+2.00
Ruzicka missed a game due to a non-COVID illness. Then he played for the first time in almost two weeks, scoring a goal and setting one up. Then he was called back up to the NHL. All-in-all, an eventful week for him.
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Ilya Solovyov – D, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (205th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #20-ranked prospect
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
46
3
4
7
6
6
6
6.06
Change from last week
2
0
1
1
1
1
1
+0.63
Solovyov, Stockton’s seventh defender, slotted in when Mackey was called up. He got an assist, so that’s something, but he’s still a depth piece at this point.

William Strömgren – LW, Rögle BK, J20 Nationell/CHL/SHL / IF Björklöven, HockeyAllsvenskan

Calgary’s second round pick (45th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft; #13-ranked prospect
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
SHL up to date
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0.00
Change from last week
J20 up to date
44
13
23
36
17
25
13
12.95
Change from last week
CHL up to date
2
1
2
3
1
2
1
n/a
Change from last week
Stromgren has helped Rogle get to the final four of the J20 playoffs, which become single elimination now (after being best-of-three series to this point). They play Djurgardens on Saturday, with the championship and bronze medal games taking place on Sunday.

Eetu Tuulola – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s sixth round pick (156th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
51
13
10
23
16
19
14
17.97
Change from last week
3
2
0
2
1
2
1
+0.53
Tuulola did this week what Tuulola tends to do: he potted a pair of goals in one game, then was fairly quiet for the rest of the week. He’s got some talent, but it comes in flashes rather than a consistent beam.
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Cameron Whynot – D, Halifax Mooseheads, QMJHL

Calgary’s third round pick (89th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
43
4
13
17
9
11
6
9.21
Change from last week
Whynot missed Halifax’s games this week with an unspecified injury.

Connor Zary – C, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s first round pick (24th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #2-ranked prospect
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
46
11
12
23
15
19
14
19.93
Change from last week
3
2
0
2
1
2
1
+0.47
Zary had a pair of goals this week. While he hasn’t had the type of freshman season that Pelletier or Dustin Wolf have enjoyed, he’s gradually bounced back from some early injury troubles and is finding some consistency in his offensive output.

Dmitry Zavgorodniy – RW, Stockton Heat, AHL / HC Sochi, KHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (198th overall) in the 2018 NHL Draft
GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
AHL up to date
10
0
1
1
1
0
0
3.99
Change from last week
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
-0.44
KHL up to date
10
0
3
3
1
1
0
19.78
Change from last week
Zavgorodniy played on the fourth line once, getting his first game action in a few weeks.

Daniil Chechelev – G, Stockton Heat, AHL / Kansas City Mavericks, ECHL

Calgary’s fourth round pick (96th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft
GP
TOI
SV%
Up to date
29
1657
.897
Change from last week
1
56
n/a
Chechelev has settled in as backup to Matt Greenfield lately. He allowed three goals in a 3-1 loss in his lone start this week.
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Arsenii Sergeev – G, Tri-City Storm, USHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (205th overall) in the 2021 NHL Draft
GP
TOI
SV%
Up to date
36
2048
.922
Change from last week
1
60
-.002
Sergeev played once, getting a win. His numbers are coming down to earth lately, but he’s still the runaway leader in all USHL goaltending categories.

Adam Werner – G, Stockton Heat, AHL

Colorado’s fifth round pick (131st overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft; free agent signing
GP
TOI
SV%
Up to date
18
1006
.880
Change from last week
Werner dressed for three games as Dustin Wolf’s back-up.

Dustin Wolf – G, Stockton Heat, AHL

Calgary’s seventh round pick (214th overall) in the 2020 NHL Draft; #4-ranked prospect
GP
TOI
SV%
Up to date
41
2446
.927
Change from last week
3
179
+.002
Wolf started all three games and won two of them, allowing just four goals in the entire week. That’s pretty good. Wolf remains one of the top goaltenders in the entire AHL, though he has yet to register a shutout this season.

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