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Calgary Flames Prospect Roundup: It’s nearly playoff time in the CHL

It was an impressive week for many Calgary Flames prospects, but particularly those in the CHL who are going into the playoffs shortly. The OHL and WHL playoffs begin later this week, and Calgary prospects will be playing in first round matchups all over. This week Rory Kerins had five points, Jack Beck had four points, Lucas Ciona had three assists, Cole Jordan had two assists, and Jeremie Poirier had one big goal. However, none of them were the Standout Performer. Who did even better? Let’s dive into it!


Welcome to the TWC Calgary Flames prospect update. Each week, weโ€™ll take a dive into how the Flamesโ€™ 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.


Standout Performer

Ryan Francis – Saint John Sea Dogs

GPGAPPPGNHLe
This week44371.8N/A
Season total492438621.329.5

Once again, Ryan Francis simply cannot be stopped. The Flames’ forward prospect has been on an absolute tear of late, and put up seven more points this week as he continues to climb the QMJHL scoring charts. Take a look at three of his goals here:


On top of these, all three of his assists were primary, and each was a key pass in creating goals for the Sea Dogs who won their tenth straight game this week.

It is honestly incredible to see Francis’ production since about the middle of February. This month alone, the forward has seven goals and six assists in nine games while playing on the second line. He is now up to 1.3 points-per-game and sits 26th in scoring in the Q.

It feels like only a matter of time before the Flames offer him a qualifying offer. Aside from Rory Kerins, he has been the Flames’ top scorer this season in the CHL and has also been very good at both ends of the ice. While his initial audition in the AHL was not great this year, that was to be expected from a young prospect. He has clearly taken the lessons from that experience and applied it to his game to make him as successful as he has been in the Q.

Francis has always been a bit of a late bloomer, but has been constantly compared to a Paul Byron type player. He will hopefully develop into a strong bottom-six player with high scoring upside, but this will likely take a couple of years in the AHL. He’s a player to keep an eye on going into next season, when he will hopefully be with the Heat.

This and that

QMJHL

  • Elsewhere in the Q, Jeremie Poirier continues to score goals like they’re going out of style. The blueliner added a beauty from the blueline on the powerplay against the Charlottetown Islanders. Take a look here:
  • Cole Huckins appears to be back full time. He has been skating on the team’s bottom line, both on the wing and at centre, which is a sharp fall from his time in the top-six to start the season. He is not getting many opportunities to play, and has no points this week.
  • The other two Q prospects, Cam Whynot and Yan Kuznetsov, are both out injured. Expect them back for the playoffs though.

OHL

  • Another huge week for both of the Flames’ prospects in the OHL to end the year.
  • Rory Kerins was given a game off in the last of the year, but still put up two goals and three assists this week. Take a look at both goals here.
  • Kerins finished the year with 118 points, second in all-time Greyhounds’ scoring behind only Joe Thornton. They will faceoff against the Guelph Storm in the first round of the playoffs.
  • Not to be outdone, Jack Beck added three goals and an assist this week. Take a look at them here:
  • It is a shame that Beck was unable to play a full season of junior hockey this year, as I think we would have seen him inside the top-20 in scoring in the league. He finishes the year with 1.22 points-per-game, good for 25th in the entire OHL.
  • The Ottawa 67’s will play the North Bay Battalion in the playoffs this week.

USHL

  • Ilya Nikolayev added a goal and as assist for the Tri-City Storm. He sits 12th in the league in scoring right now, which is huge for a guy who struggled to get minutes in the Russian VHL last year.
  • The team won the Anderson Cup, the USHL equivalent to the Presidents’ Trophy for the top team in the regular season, and tied a franchise record with their 45th win of the year.
  • Arseni Sergeev picked up a couple more wins and saw his numbers remain virtually the same. He has been splitting duties with his backup more often of late, but expect him to get the starting nod in the playoffs. He sits second in save percentage in the league while having a whopping 40 games under his belt already.

AHL

  • A bit of a rough week for the Stockton Heat, who went 0โ€“2โ€“1 in three games. They struggled mightily against the Henderson Silver Knights, the AHL affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights.
  • Justin Kirkland led the way for the Heat with two goals, and has been on a scoring tear of late.
  • Jakob Pelletier and Matthew Phillips potted a goal and an assist each as well this week. Take a look at Pelletier’s goal here:
  • Pelletier sits 14th in AHL scoring while Phillips sits eighth. It is incredible to see this level of production in a league as tough as this one. Both probably deserve a look at the NHL level.
  • Dustin Wolf saw his numbers drop just a touch this week through this mini losing skid. He still sits fifth in the league in save percentage, just behind former Flame Louis Domingue.

Swedish hockey

  • William Stromgren got into another SHL playoff game for Rogle, who are down 2โ€“0 in their current round. He has no points in the SHL this season.
  • Lucas Feuk in the HockeyEttan has 7 points in 11 playoff games for Vasby IK.

ECHL

  • Daniil Chechelev remains with the Stockton Heat, but has not found his way into the crease for the team yet.

WHL

  • The Flames’ two WHL prospects have started to heat up. Cole Jordan looked to have gotten a stunning goal, but it bounced off a teammate and ended up counting as an assist for him. He had two in total this week. Take a look at this one here:
  • It’s easy to look at Jordan’s production and write him off, but given the number of games he has played and the ailments he has gone through, it is worth waiting on him. He’s back up to about 20 minutes of icetime a night including some powerplay time which is great to see for a young blueliner on a very good team.
  • On the other side of the league, Lucas Ciona is back and added three assists for the Seattle Thunderbirds. His production hasn’t been anything to write home about as of yet, but let’s see what he can do as the playoffs get set to begin this week.

NHLe Leaderboard

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)

  1. Adam Ruzicka (AHL) 49.8 (Same)
  2. Rory Kerins (OHL): 46.1 (Same)
  3. Matthew Phillips(AHL): 43.4 (Same)
  4. Jakob Pelletier (AHL) 37.9 (Same)
  5. Glenn Gawdin (AHL): 33.1 (Same)

Overall regular season totals for Flames prospects

Forwards

PlayerPositionGPGAPP/GPPIMNHLeTeamLeague
Jack BeckLW/RW362222441.21432.3Ottawa 67’sOHL
Lucas CionaLW531718350.77716.3Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL
Matthew CoronatoRW341818361.11424.3Harvard CrimsonsNCAA
Walker DuehrRW541011210.42615.5Stockton HeatAHL
Mathias Emilio PettersenC/LW541112230.41617.1Stockton HeatAHL
Lucas FeukC/W101120.20N/AVasterviks IKHockeyAllsvenskan
C/W311217290.914N/AVasby IKHockeyEttan
C/W50220.40N/ANybro IFHockeyEttan
Ryan FrancisRW/C4000000Stockton HeatAHL
RW/C492438621.33429.5St John Sea DogsQMJHL
Glenn GawdinC/RW601434480.87331.9Stockton HeatAHL
Cole HuckinsC351213250.75516.5Acadie Bathurst TitansQMJHL
Rory KerinsC/LW6743751181.84946.6Soo GreyhoundsOHL
Justin KirklandC/W612222440.77328.7Stockton HeatAHL
Demetrios KoumontzisLW2347110.518N/AArizona State Sun DevilsNCAA
Mitchell MattsonC231230.1163.5Michigan State SpartansNCAA
Ilya Nikolayev C572347701.28327.2Tri-City StormUSHL
Josh NodlerC/RW3678150.4411.5Michigan State SpartansNCAA
Jakob PelletierC/LW612731581.02237.9Stockton HeatAHL
Matthew PhillipsC/RW602935641.11642.6Stockton HeatAHL
Luke PhilpC/RW612123440.71428.7Stockton HeatAHL
Martin PospisilC/W42717240.68422.7Stockton HeatAHL
Adam RuzickaC16119201.3249.8Stockton HeatAHL
William StromgrenLW441323360.818N/ARogle BK J20J20 Nationell
LW11233.00N/ARogle BKChampions HL
LW6000000Rogle BKSHL
Eetu TuulolaRW561410240.44817.1Stockton HeatAHL
Connor ZaryC511212240.53418.7Stockton HeatAHL
Dmitri ZavgorodniyW/C110110.143.6Stockton HeatAHL
W/C100330019.8HC SochiKHL

Defencemen

PlayerPositionGPGAPP/GPPIMNHLeTeamLeague
Jake BoltmannRHD40112130.3289.0Notre DameNCAA
Cole JordanLHD3629110.3407.7Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL
Johannes KinnvallRHD180880.4617.5Stockton HeatAHL
Yan KuznetsovLHD12000000Stockton HeatAHL
LHD202790.51210.5St John Sea DogsQMJHL
Connor MackeyLHD53531360.78327.1Stockton HeatAHL
Jeremie PoirierLHD611438520.93819.8St. John Sea DogsQMJHL
Colton PoolmanLHD57012120.2168.4Stockton HeatAHL
Ilya SolovyovLHD463470.2226.0Stockton HeatAHL
Cameron WhynotLHD45413170.4488.8Halifax MooseheadsQMJHL

Goalies

PlayerPositionGPGAASV%RecordSOTeamLeague
Daniil ChechelevG303.640.88012-12-51Kansas City MavericksECHL
Tyler ParsonsG0000-0-00Stockton HeatAHL
Arseni SergeevG402.080.91829-6-16Tri-City StormUSHL
Dustin WolfG452.360.92332-8-50Stockton HeatAHL

Want to know more?

Still want to know more about the Flames prospects? Check out our interviews with a number of prospects down below:

Yan Kuznetsov

Ilya Solovyov

Dustin Wolf

Jeremie Poirier

Ryan Francis

Matthew Phillips

Demetrios Koumontzis

Jake Boltmann

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

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