A couple weeks ago, the Stockton Heat were the hottest team in pro hockey and their players, primarily young Calgary Flames prospects, could do no wrong! Well, now things are getting a bit dodgy, with a tough week against Laval and a tough injury to Martin Pospisil.
Let’s check in on all the Flames’ prospects!

In case you missed it:

  • Last week’s update
  • Done for the season are Daniil Chechelev (MHL), Demetrios Koumontzis (NCAA), Yan Kuznetsov (NCAA), Mitchell Mattson (NCAA), Josh Nodler (NCAA), Ilya Solovyov (KHL) and Filip Sveningsson (HockeyAllsvenskan); Sveningsson’s NHL rights lapse after June 1 and it seems improbable that he’ll be signed given his quiet offensive performance in Sweden.
  • Artyom Zagidulin got called up to Calgary’s taxi squad
  • Tyler Parsons is working through quarantine after recovering from his injury and is expected to join Stockton soon

Jake Boltmann- D, Lincoln Stars, USHL / University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish, NCAA

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
USHL up to date
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0.00
Change from last week
n/a
NCAA up to date
19
0
0
0
0
0
0
0.00
Change from last week
n/a
Notre Dame got an invite as an at-large team to the NCAA national championship tournament, so Boltmann’s quest for his first college point continues! The Fighting Irish will face Boston College on Saturday and they’re the underdog in the match-up.

Lucas Feuk- LW, AIK, Allsvenskan/J20 Nationell / Kalix HC, HockeyEttan

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Allsvenskan up to date
14
1
0
1
1
1
1
2.33
Change from last week
n/a
HockeyEttan up to date
18
12
6
18
13
17
13
n/a
Change from last week
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
n/a
J20 up to date
8
2
8
10
6
6
3
19.78
Change from last week
n/a
Kalix is playing in a best-of-three series with Vannas HC as a play-in for the main HockeyEttan playoffs. The series began with a 3-1 loss on Tuesday.

Ryan Francis- C, Cape Breton Eagles/Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
21
11
22
33
19
24
14
36.60
Change from last week
3
1
3
4
2
3
1
-0.92
Francis had two multi-point games for the Sea Dogs, continuing a really nice run for the forward since his trade to Saint John. Quietly, he’s 16th in the entire QMJHL in scoring.

Glenn Gawdin- C, Stockton Heat, AHL / EHC Visp, Swiss League

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
AHL up to date
11
1
6
7
6
3
2
25.36
Change from last week
4
0
3
3
3
0
0
-1.58
Swiss League up to date
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
n/a
Change from last week
n/a
Gawdin had a multi-point week and moved up to the top line due to a couple injuries.

Rory Kerins- C, Stockton Heat, AHL / Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0.00
Change from last week
n/a
Kerins was a healthy scratch twice for the Heat after making his pro debut the previous week. He’s still just 18 – he turns 19 in mid April – so he probably still benefits from getting his feet wet in a couple games and practicing regularly with established pro players.
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Johannes Kinnvall- D, HV71, SHL

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
29
7
15
22
8
12
5
37.08
Change from last week
n/a
Kinnvall returns to action on Wednesday after being out since late January with a lower body injury. HV71 has four games remaining and has clinched last place in the SHL. They’re destined for the relegation playoffs.

Justin Kirkland- LW, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
15
2
5
7
3
4
1
18.60
Change from last week
4
1
2
3
1
3
1
+4.11
After a slow start, Kirkland is heating up offensively. With Pospisil out for awhile, he’ll be leaned up for more minutes and more offensive production from here on out.

Carl-Johan Lerby- D, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
13
0
5
5
1
3
1
15.33
Change from last week
3
0
1
1
0
1
0
-0.61
Lerby had an assist and was a healthy scratch once. He’s still adjusting to the North American game.

Connor Mackey- D, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
15
1
5
6
6
3
3
15.94
Change from last week
4
0
1
1
1
1
1
-2.17
Playing on the top pairing, now with a demoted Michael Stone, Mackey had an assist.

Ilya Nikolayev- C, Buran Voronezh, VHL / Loko Yaroslavl, MHL

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
VHL up to date
37
7
6
13
5
12
5
11.27
Change from last week
n/a
MHL up to date
21
8
10
18
17
17
14
18.27
Change from last week
n/a
Loko has a 2-0 series lead over SKA-1946 St. Petersburg in the MHL playoffs. They can advance to the conference final on Friday. Nikolayev has no points in the second round thus far.
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Jakob Pelletier- LW, Val-d’Or Foreurs, QMJHL / Team Canada, WJC

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
24
9
25
34
20
22
15
32.99
Change from last week
2
1
2
3
2
2
2
+0.18
Pelletier had another productive week offensively as Val-d’Or maintains their placement on the top of the QMJHL standings. He’s 13th in QMJHL scoring despite missing a bunch of time capturing a silver medal at the World Juniors.

Emilio Pettersen- LW, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
14
4
6
10
6
7
4
28.47
Change from last week
3
0
1
1
1
1
1
-4.14
Pettersen missed one game due to a minor injury, but returned for Tuesday’s game.

Matthew Phillips- C/RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
15
6
9
15
9
11
7
39.85
Change from last week
4
1
0
1
1
1
1
-10.87
For a snapshot of what happened to Stockton this week, here’s Phillips. The pace-setter for Stockton’s offense was limited to just one goal, a consequence of some injuries, some shuffling in the team’s top six as a result, and generally just a tough match-up against a Laval team that defends pretty well.

Luke Philp- C/RW, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
15
5
8
13
7
9
5
34.54
Change from last week
4
2
3
5
3
3
3
+5.56
Philp caught up a bit to last year’s offensive pace with a couple multi-point games. For someone who had been defined by his goal-scoring in his rookie season, it’s encouraging to see him get assists and utilize his teammates a bit more frequently.
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Jeremie Poirier- D, Saint John Sea Dogs, QMJHL

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
21
6
16
22
14
16
9
24.40
Change from last week
3
0
2
2
2
1
1
-1.48
Poirier had a multi-point game against Moncton, earning assists on the game-tying and game-winning goals against the Wildcats. He’s 12th in the QMJHL among defensemen in points.

Colton Poolman- D, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
10
0
2
2
2
2
2
7.97
Change from last week
n/a
Poolman missed all of this week’s games due to an injury.

Martin Pospisil- LW, Stockton Heat, AHL / HC Kosice, Tipsport Liga

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
AHL up to date
14
5
6
11
4
8
3
31.31
Change from last week
3
0
1
1
1
1
1
-4.92
Liga up to date
22
9
8
17
9
13
8
n/a
Change from last week
n/a
Pospisil had a point this week, then had his leg obliterated by a pretty nasty knee-on-knee hit from Laval’s Yannick Veilleux. Pospisil is expected to be out for 4-6 weeks, which would see him return sometime in late April or early May. The last Heat game is scheduled for April 29, so there’s a decent chance that his season is over.

Adam Ruzicka- C, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
15
7
7
14
7
12
7
37.20
Change from last week
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
-13.52
As with Phillips, Ruzicka went cold offensively this week as a consequence of injuries, line shuffling, and Laval being a tough, hard-checking team to play against.

Eetu Tuulola- RW, Stockton Heat, AHL / Vasterviks IK, HockeyAllsvenskan / SaiPa, SM-Liiga

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
AHL up to date
14
1
2
3
3
1
1
8.54
Change from last week
4
0
1
1
1
0
0
+0.57
Allsvenskan up to date
11
2
2
4
4
3
3
8.88
Change from last week
n/a
Liiga up to date
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
0.00
Change from last week
n/a
Playing in Stockton’s bottom six with a rotating cast of depth players, Tuulola had an assist.
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Alexander Yelesin- D, Stockton Heat, AHL

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
Up to date
14
1
3
4
4
2
2
11.39
Change from last week
4
1
1
2
2
2
2
+3.42
Yelesin quietly had a very nice week offensively, doubling his season’s offensive production and doing so entirely at even strength.

Connor Zary- LW, Stockton Heat, AHL / Kamloops Blazers, WHL / Team Canada, WJC

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
AHL up to date
9
3
4
7
7
5
5
31.00
Change from last week
n/a
Zary begins his WHL season on Friday against the Vancouver Giants.

Dmitry Zavgorodniy- RW, Stockton Heat, AHL / SKA St. Petersburg, KHL

GP
G
A
P
5v5 P
P1
5v5 P1
NHLe
AHL up to date
15
0
0
0
0
0
0
0.00
Change from last week
4
0
0
0
0
0
0
n/a
KHL up to date
6
0
3
3
3
2
2
32.88
Change from last week
n/a
Zavgorodniy is still awaiting his first AHL point.

Dustin Wolf- G, Stockton Heat, AHL / Everett Silvertips, WHL / Team USA, WJC

GP
TOI
SV%
AHL up to date
3
148
0.895
Change from last week
WHL up to date
2
120
1.000
Change from last week
2
120
+1.000
Wolf had an excellent week. Like, as good as he possibly could have had, given he played twice, won twice, and allowed zero goals on 40 shots. He earned two shutouts, raising his career total to 22 shutouts – third all-time in WHL history.