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Calgary Flames Prospect Roundup: New signings abound, big leaps for prospects

While things on the Saddledome ice have not been as good as we all expected, there is some very good news on the prospect front. Dustin Wolf continues to be the best goaltender in the WHL, and boasts a GAA of just 1.12. Connor Zary had a great week but was not able to score on a lacrosse style goal from behind the net. Something tells me he will get along well with Matthew Tkachuk when he makes it to the NHL. Jakob Pelletier ended his regular season with Val d’Or this week. They finished first in their division, and have a bye in the first round. While all three were excellent, someone else is our standout performer this week

Welcome to the TWC Flames prospect update. Each week, we’ll take a dive into how the Flames’ prospects have done in their respective leagues. We have defined a prospect as a skater who has played fewer than 65 NHL games, and is younger than 25 years of age. All data is from QuantHockey and EliteProspects. We also use an NHLe calculator built by Christian Roatis (@Croatis) which is used to estimate a player’s equivalent point total in the NHL based on how they are performing in their respective league. The calculator uses the difficulty of the given league combined with the ease at which a player puts up points to determine the NHLe.



Jeremie Poirier: Saint John Sea Dogs

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It has been an awesome week for Jeremie Poirier. He racked up five points this week and was named to the QMJHL’s Team of the Week. He had two goals this week including a beautiful powerplay goal, in which he picked up the puck in the slot, outwaited the defender and fired it past a sprawling netminder

He also had a goal in tight in which he used his sweet hands to deke out the goalie. Don’t forget that he is a defenceman.

The Flames third-round pick has been incredibly impressive this season. Sitting at above a point-per-game, he is sixth in the QMJHL in points among defencemen and fourth in points-per-game. On top of that, he has been an excellent quarterback for the Sea Dog’s powerplay, which sits third in the league at 26.5%. Poirier has five goals and eight assists with the man advantage.

Offence has never been an issue for Poirier. It has been his defensive issues that have been cause for concern. Over the last two seasons, he sat at a combined -66 in 125 games with the Sea Dogs. Not great. However, this season he is only -1, and has looked much better defensively game in and game out. He continues to play with the same defense partner as last season in William Villeneuve, so it is unlikely that he is benefitting from having a strong partner. It is great to see him taking another step forward this season and working on his back-end play.

Saint John has a few more games still to play before the playoffs. They have loaded up at the deadline, acquiring Flames prospect Ryan Francis and others, and will be hoping for a long run this year. Hopefully, we get to see Saint John face off against Jakob Pelletier and the Val d’Or Foreurs in the finals.

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  • Sticking with the Sea Dogs, Friend of the Blog Ryan Francis has continued to impress. He had a goal and two assists this week while playing on the Sea Dogs’ top line. He sits 15th in points league-wide and 10th in points-per-game. The Sea Dogs still have a handful of games left in their schedule because of COVID-19 shutdowns, so there is still time for him to climb up the scoring charts.
  • Francis sits just four points back of Jakob Pelletier in Q scoring. Pelletier potted two powerplay goals and added an assist in his final week of the regular season. This will be his final season, and he will be hoping to win the President’s Cup to cap off an impressive junior career.
  • Moving west, there is no news on a hard start date for the OHL. This really impacts Rory Kerins, who has struggled to hold a roster spot in Stockton this season. Kerins has only played two seasons of junior hockey so far, so this should not come as a surprise, but undoubtedly practicing with a professional team can only be good for his development. He likely has another season in the OHL before he makes his way back to the AHL.
  • Speaking of the AHL, Friend of the Blog Yan Kuznetsov has signed his ELC. He will report to the Heat once he completes his mandatory quarantine, and becomes one of just ten NCAA defencemen to turn pro after their sophomore year. It is clear that the Flames value him very highly to offer him a contract at this point.
  • Sticking with the Heat, it has been a rough week for them, and their top players have especially struggled. No points this week for Glenn Gawdin or Matthew Phillips, and just one goal each for Luke Philp and Mathias Emilio Pettersen. The team needs to find a way to get their best players going, and fast.
  • Artyom Zagidulin has continued to take strides this season. His GAA and save percentage have both gotten better over the last few weeks. While the team has struggled to score, he has at least tried to keep it close.
  • Speaking of goalies, Tyler Parsons is apparently almost ready to play again. He will join the team as early as the end of this week.
  • Continuing our journey west, Connor Zary had a goal and two assists this week. He has been a difference-maker for the Blazers this season, and sits 13th in points-per-game league-wide. He has only played five games, while most of the rest of the league has already passed the ten-game mark. Expect this to rise as the season goes on.
  • Dustin Wolf continues to be Dustin Wolf. The Friend of the Blog was named the WHL’s Goalie of the Month for March, and although he picked up his first loss, he continues to be the best goalie in the league. He also picked up a primary assist in Everett’s comeback win last night.
  • Going across the pond westward, the Flames have signed seventh-round pick Ilya Solovyov to a three-year ELC. He will likely report to the Stockton Heat once his work visa is sorted out. He will have to quarantine for a week prior to getting on the ice.
  • Elsewhere in Europe, Johannes Kinnvall had returned from injury but was held out of HV-71’s first playoff game likely as a precaution. He has played few minutes since he returned.
  • Finally, a very big Happy birthday to Friend of the Blog Matthew Phillips, who celebrated his 23rd birthday yesterday!

Overall totals for all Flames prospects


Feuk, LucasLW14101002.1AIKAllsvenskan
8281010AIKJ-20 Nationell
171261800Kalix HCHockeyEttan
Francis, RyanC271227394233.6Saint John SeadogsQMJHL
Gawdin, GlennC/RW1828100023.4Stockton HeatAHL
1000000EHC VispNational League
Kerins, RoryC0000000Soo GreyhoundsOHL
3000000Stockton HeatAHL
Kirkland, JustinLW/RW172571017.4Stockton HeatAHL
Koumontzis, DemetriosLW2246100012.4Arizona State Sun DevilsNCAA
Mattson, MitchellC21224005.5Michigan State SpartansNCAA
Nikolayev, IlyaC21810181012.7Loko YaroslavlMHL
4087154010.9Buran VoronezhVHL
Nodler, JoshC2738110011.6Michigan State SpartansNCAA
Pelletier, JakobC/LW281330434035.8Val-d’Or ForeursQMJHL
Pettersen, Mathias EmilioC2156112021.9Stockton HeatAHL
Phillips, MatthewC22610162030.4Stockton HeatAHL
Philp, LukeC2288162030.4Stockton HeatAHL
Pospisil, MartinC/LW1456113031.3Stockton HeatAHL
22981721HC KosiceSlovakia
Ruzicka, AdamC/RW21109192036.1Stockton HeatAHL
Sveningsson, FilipLW497714108.4MODO HockeyAllsvenskan
Tuulola, EetuRW112240010.7Västerviks IKAllsvenskan
21235009.5Stockton HeatAHL
Zary, ConnorC93470031.0Stockton HeatAHL
52570134.7Kamloops Blazers
Zavgorodny, DmitriC/RW60330033.0SKA St PetersburgKHL
21011001.9Stockton HeatAHL


Boltmann, JakeRHD6000000Lincoln StarsUSHL
19000000Notre DameNCAA
Kinnvall, JohannesRHD32715223033.6HV-71SHL
Kuznetsov, YanLHD161560012.9UConn HuskiesNCAA
Lerby, Carl-JohanLHD200770014.7Stockton HeatAHL
Mackey, ConnorLHD19311140022.8Stockton HeatAHL
Poirier, JeremieLHD27923325027.6St. John Sea DogsQMJHL
Poolman, ColtonLHD131340010.0Stockton HeatAHL
Solovoyov, IlyaLHD412790014.5Dynamo MinskKHL
Yelesin, AlexanderRHD211450010.0Stockton HeatAHL


Chechelev, DaniilG212.580.912873HK RyazanVHL
192.490.9241170Russkie Vityazi ChekhovMHL
Parsons, TylerG000000Stockton HeatAHL
Wolf, DustinG71.120.961710Everett SilvertipsWHL
33.240.895210Stockton HeatAHL
Zagidulin, ArtyomG62.860.911330Stockton HeatAHL
54.240.869140Metallurg MagnitogorskKHL

Which prospects are you most excited about? Let us know below in the comments or on social media.

Photo Credit: Saint John Sea Dogs

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