What a week for the Calgary Flames’ prospects. Four prospects had at least four points this week, including Jack Beck who had eight! Rory Kerins also had a big week, putting up five points and also signed his entry-level contract with the Flames yesterday, which is a huge step forward for the sixth-round pick from 2020. He is the first a few Flames prospects that should sign this year.
The Stockton Heat picked up one win and one loss this week with Matthew Phillips and Glenn Gawdin leading the way. Both Dustin Wolf and Daniil Chechelev picked up a win this week, and we have a new Standout Performer this week!
Welcome to the TWC Calgary 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.
Want to see where all the Flames’ prospects are playing this year? Check out our map visualization here:
Matthew Coronato – Harvard Crimson
In what was Harvard’s final weekend of the regular season, Matthew Coronato absolutely came to play. He put up two goals and added two assists in the three games that they played. His first goal was a beautiful move on an odd-man rush then beat the goalie up high. Take a look here:
He then added one more in the next game on a broken play whne the puck came to him in front of the net. Unfortunately, Harvard did not tweet the actual clip of the goal, but it was captured in these highlights.
Finally, he added two assists. One was incidental, but the other was a great pass from the goal line in front that led to a goal for the Crimson. Check it out here:
Coronato also had seven shots on net through the three games, which led to Harvard winning two of their three games at the weekend. The only thing Coronato did not do well this weekend was in the faceoff dot, where the right winger went 0-for-3 this weekend. For his performance, Coronato was named the ECAC’s Rookie of the Week.
Harvard finished the season with the third best record in the ECAC, and has a bye in the first round of the playoffs. They will face the second highest seeded team in the second round of the playoffs in their quest for the Whitelaw Cup.
For Coronato, his nearly point-per-game pace this season put him 11th in rookie scoring in the NCAA, and puts him third on his team. These are really good numbers for a freshman in this league.
Is it time to sign Coronato to an ELC? His numbers this season are similar to Casey Mittlestadt (2017–18) and Alex Turcotte‘s (2019–20) rookie seasons at Minnesota and Wisconsin, respectively. Both were also very high first-round selections, and both were then signed following that season. Coronato has played in all situations for the Crimson this season, and while his numbers will almost certainly be better next season if he stays in college, will his development be better served there or in Stockton with the Heat? That is the big question facing the Flames.
Either way, Coronato remains one of the most exciting prospects in the Flames’ pool. His numbers are excellent, but every week it seems like he could have had even more points than he did. This past week he was stopped on a partial break, and created chances for his teammates that were stopped or put wide. He projects to be a very good player for the Flames down the road, and whether he stays at Harvard or heads across the continent to Stockton, there is so much to get excited about with him.
This and that
- This was the final week across the NCAA, and Josh Nodler came to play. After a very slow stretch, Nodler added two goals and an assist in two games, to help Michigan State go 1–1–0. Here are his two goals:
- MSU finished the season an abysmal 6–18–0, worst in the Big 10. They face off against Michigan, where Matty Beniers, Luke Hughes, Kent Johnson and others play. They lost all six games against them in the regular season. Welp!
- Jake Boltmann and Notre Dame finished the season third in the Big 10. They will face Wisconsin in the first round. Boltmann did not have any points this weekend.
- ASU is an independent program, and do not play in any conference. Friend of the Blog and local fashionisto Demetrios Koumontzis is still out injured.
- The Flames two OHL prospects continue to be among the best in the entire prospect pool. Let’s start with Jack Beck, who put up a massive three goals and five assists for the Ottawa 67’s. Here are two of his three goals, the third was an empty-netter.
- He also made an incredible pass to Ottawa Senators’ 2021 first-round pick Tyler Boucher.
- Beck sits 17th in the OHL in points-per-game, and has continued right where he left off since returning from injury. As a sixth-round selection, these numbers are absolutely phenomenal, and bode well for his future.
- Not to be outdone, Rory Kerins continues to be among the top players in the entire OHL. He had thee goals and two assists this week. Here are two of the goals:
- He also made an incredible saucer pass to teammate Tye Kartye, who is 20 years old, and eligible to sign with any team. Check it out here:
- Unfortunately, Kerins is no longer the top player in the OHL. He sits second, which is obviously not bad at all. His 1.70 points-per-game rate puts him among elite company at this level, and bodes well for his future.
- The Flames’ three Sea Dogs’ prospects all hit the scoresheet this weekend. Both Yan Kuznetsov and Ryan Francis recorded an assist to add to their point totals.
- The goal of the weekend came from Jeremie Poirier, who dangled from the blueline and beat the netminder. His goal was the top play of the week for the Sea Dogs:
- Of the three Sea Dogs’ skaters, it is Poirier who leads in points with 40 points in 41 games, however Francis does have a better points-per-game record than his teammates. Poirier continues to play with Kuznetsov on a pairing, while Francis has played second line on the right side.
- Cole Huckins continues to be injured this week, while Cameron Whynot has returned from injury. He played in two games, but did not record any points.
- Stockton went 1–1–0 this week, picking up a 4–1 win over Abbotsford but dropping the second game by a brutal 6–2 score.
- Dustin Wolf started and finished both games. He allowed five goals against plus the two empty netters. He did make some incredible saves this weekend, including this one:
- Surprise, surprise, Matthew Phillips led the way for Stockton, notching a goal and three assists this weekend. He’s up to 1.2 points-per-game, and an NHLe of 47.0 in the AHL. These are clearly numbers worthy of a call-up.
- Check out his goal right here:
- Phillips also helped Pelletier get a goal this weekend:
- The third member of that line, Glenn Gawdin, was also in on the action, recording three more assists. All three are right around the point-per-game mark.
- Connor Zary has not been exceptional this season, but he has slowly put more points on the board. He added a beautiful assist from his stomach on a Luke Philp snipe:
- Two Heat prospects were out of the lineup this weekend: Johannes Kinnvall has picked up a non-COVID illness while Martin Pospisil has a nagging injury. Hopefully both are back on the ice soon.
- Arseni Sergeev is suspended still for firing a puck at an official. There is no timetable for his return.
- Ilya Nikolayev had three assists in the USHL this week. He has continued to be among the best producers on his team after a pretty marginal VHL season last year. He could be in line for an ELC this year.
- Dmitri Zavgorodniy is on his way back to Stockton after his time with HC Sochi. Expect him back in the Heat lineup soon.
- Lucas Feuk logged an assist in the HockeyEttan this week.
- However, William Stromgren put up a goal and two assists in the Swedish J-20. He did not get a call-up to the SHL this week. He is just shy of a point-per-game in his current league.
- Rogle ended up winning the Champions Hockey League in a 2-1 victory over Tappara Tampereen.
- Daniil Chechelev picked up a win this week but saw his numbers drop just a touch. He is just shy of a 0.900 save percentage.
- Lucas Ciona continues to put points on the board. He picked up another assist this week for Seattle, and is hovering around 0.7 points-per-game. Not bad for a sixth-round pick from last year.
- Cole Jordan picked up an assist this week. He has had a really rough season, shortened by a very long absence from the lineup. However, he seems to be in very good spirits:
NHLe is a metric used to estimate a player’s offensive output at the NHL level from their point totals in their respective league. Here are the Flames’ current top 5 (bracketed numbers denote movement from the previous week)
- Adam Ruzicka (AHL) 49.0 (Same)
- Matthew Phillips(AHL): 45.0 (Same)
- Rory Kerins (OHL): 44.5 (Same)
- Glenn Gawdin (AHL): 39.9 (+1)
- Jakob Pelletier (AHL) 39.0 (-1)
Overall regular season totals for all Flames prospects
|Jack Beck||LW/RW||20||16||12||28||1.4||8||36.9||Ottawa 67’s||OHL|
|Lucas Ciona||LW||45||15||14||29||0.7||75||16.3||Seattle Thunderbirds||WHL|
|Matthew Coronato||RW||28||13||12||25||0.9||14||20.4||Harvard Crimsons||NCAA|
|Walker Duehr||RW||35||5||10||15||0.4||18||17.1||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|Mathias Emilio Pettersen||C/LW||36||4||8||12||0.3||8||13.2||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|Lucas Feuk||C/W||10||1||1||2||0.2||0||N/A||Vasterviks IK||HockeyAllsvenskan|
|Ryan Francis||RW/C||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|RW/C||27||7||22||29||1.1||18||24.9||St John Sea Dogs||QMJHL|
|Glenn Gawdin||C/RW||40||12||28||40||1.0||51||39.9||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|Cole Huckins||C||28||12||13||25||0.9||51||20.7||Acadie Bathurst Titans||QMJHL|
|Rory Kerins||C/LW||50||33||51||84||1.7||22||44.5||Soo Greyhounds||OHL|
|Justin Kirkland||C/W||41||14||12||26||0.6||51||24.7||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|Demetrios Koumontzis||LW||23||4||7||11||0.5||18||N/A||Arizona State Sun Devils||NCAA|
|Mitchell Mattson||C||21||1||2||3||0.1||4||3.8||Michigan State Spartans||NCAA|
|Ilya Nikolayev||C||38||13||30||43||1.1||41||25.0||Tri-City Storm||USHL|
|Josh Nodler||C/RW||34||7||8||15||0.4||4||12.0||Michigan State Spartans||NCAA|
|Jakob Pelletier||C/LW||42||16||25||41||1.0||18||39.0||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|Matthew Phillips||C/RW||40||20||27||47||1.2||10||47.0||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|Luke Philp||C/RW||41||16||12||28||0.7||10||27.1||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|Martin Pospisil||C/W||30||6||9||15||0.5||55||19.9||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|Adam Ruzicka||C||13||10||6||16||1.2||2||49.0||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|William Stromgren||LW||41||13||22||35||0.9||18||N/A||Rogle BK J20||J20 Nationell|
|LW||1||1||2||3||3.0||0||N/A||Rogle BK||Champions HL|
|Eetu Tuulola||RW||38||8||6||14||0.4||38||14.7||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|Connor Zary||C||31||5||9||14||0.5||24||17.9||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|Dmitri Zavgorodniy||W/C||6||0||0||0||0||2||0||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|Jake Boltmann||RHD||34||1||12||13||0.4||26||10.4||Notre Dame||NCAA|
|Cole Jordan||LHD||22||1||5||6||0.3||30||6.6||Moose Jaw Warriors||WHL|
|Johannes Kinnvall||RHD||8||0||6||6||0.8||0||29.9||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|Yan Kuznetsov||LHD||12||0||0||0||0||0||0||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|LHD||15||2||6||8||0.5||4||12.3||St John Sea Dogs||QMJHL|
|Connor Mackey||LHD||42||5||22||27||0.6||66||25.5||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|Jeremie Poirier||LHD||41||11||29||40||1.0||28||22.8||St. John Sea Dogs||QMJHL|
|Colton Poolman||LHD||37||0||6||6||0.2||14||6.4||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|Ilya Solovyov||LHD||35||3||3||6||0.2||14||6.8||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|Cameron Whynot||LHD||32||3||12||15||0.5||34||11.2||Halifax Mooseheads||QMJHL|
|Daniil Chechelev||G||24||3.41||0.898||11-9-3||1||Kansas City Mavericks||ECHL|
|Tyler Parsons||G||0||0||0||0-0-0||0||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|Arseni Sergeev||G||29||1.72||0.929||23-4-1||6||Tri-City Storm||USHL|
|Dustin Wolf||G||29||2.31||0.924||22-4-3||0||Stockton Heat||AHL|
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