Calgary Flames Prospect Roundup: The Stockton Heat playoff run

Playoffs are underway across the hockey world, but for most of the Calgary Flames’ prospects, their seasons in their normal leagues have come to an end. That means that several players have and will be joining the Stockton Heat for their AHL playoff run soon.

Speaking of the Heat, there were several important updates out of Stockton this week. First, the Heat eliminated the Edmonton Oilers’ farm team the Bakersfield Condors via a three-game sweep. They now move on to Round 3 to face the Colorado Eagles, which kicks off on May 23.

Let’s get into it!

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.

Standout Performer

Lucas Ciona

This series73250.71N/A
Playoff total116280.7227.5

Ciona is definitely not one of the Flames’ best prospects, but he has been excellent for the Thunderbirds in the playoffs so far. He scored the eventual game winner in Game 7 of the second round earlier this week, and has been a steady contributor all post season long.

His numbers don’t jump off the page, but he has been effective and will be key for the Thunderbirds in their playoff run. Ciona is the only one left standing in the CHL playoffs and is worthy of the Standout Performer honour this week.

This and that


  • Arseni Sergeev will join the UConn Huskies, the former team of Yan Kuznetsov, next season.


  • Rory Kerins and the Soo Greyhounds were eliminated in the second round of the OHL playoffs. They fell in five games to the Flint Firebirds, despite Kerins putting up five points in the series. The Greyhounds were outscored 22–12 in the series, a particularly lopsided one that was tilted right from the beginning. Kerins is joining the Heat for the remainder of the season.
  • Jack Beck has also joined the Heat.
  • There are a lot of bodies in AHL Stockton right now though, and it will be hard for the younger prospects to get ice time.


  • Cam Whynot and the Halifax Mooseheads lost to Cole Huckins of the Acadie Bathurst Titan in a thrilling five-game series; Game 4 went to triple overtime. The Titan now face the formidable Charlottetown Islanders who are currently up 2–0 in the series.
  • Ryan Francis, Yan Kuznetsov, and Jeremie Poirier were eliminated from the QMJHL playoffs in five games to the Rimouski Océanic. They faced a very tough goalie and didn’t play to their level in the series, and unfortunately won’t be the QMJHL champions this year. However, since they are hosting the Memorial Cup, their season will continue in that tournament in late June.


  • Stockton is through to the third round of the playoffs after dispatching the Condors in three games. The Heat are a very good team. In the AHL edition of the Battle of Alberta, five Heat skaters are operating at at least a point-per-game pace, and al but three skaters registered at least one point in the series.
  • Dustin Wolf started all three games for the Heat, and finished with a 2.23 GAA and .926 SV%.

The schedule for the next round is set, and it features three games in Colorado despite the Heat having home ice advantage. It was apparently due to travel and was the Heat’s decision, as per Ryan Pike.


  • Lucas Ciona and the Seattle Thunderbirds played Game 7 of the second round last night against the Portland Winterhawks and won by a score of 6–3. The Thuderbirds will now face the Kamloops Blazers in Round 3, led by Logan Stankoven and Dylan Garand.
  • The Moose Jaw Warriors have been eliminated from the WHL playoffs. They fell to the Winnipeg Ice in five games. Cole Jordan recorded two assists in the second round series.

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): 46.6 (Same)
  3. Matthew Phillips(AHL): 41.8 (Same)
  4. Jakob Pelletier (AHL) 37.4 (Same)
  5. Glenn Gawdin (AHL): 32.3 (Same) (Tied)
  6. Jack Beck (OHL): 32.3 (Same) (Tied)

Overall regular season totals for Flames prospects


Jack BeckLW/RW362222441.21432.3Ottawa 67’sOHL
Lucas CionaLW531718350.77716.3Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL
Matthew CoronatoRW341818361.11424.3Harvard CrimsonsNCAA
Walker DuehrRW591112230.42815.5Stockton HeatAHL
Mathias Emilio PettersenC/LW591313260.42017.5Stockton HeatAHL
Lucas FeukC/W101120.20N/AVasterviks IKHockeyAllsvenskan
C/W311217290.914N/AVasby IKHockeyEttan
C/W50220.40N/ANybro IFHockeyEttan
Ryan FrancisRW/C4000000Stockton HeatAHL
RW/C542540651.13427.9St John Sea DogsQMJHL
Glenn GawdinC/RW621535500.87532.3Stockton HeatAHL
Cole HuckinsC411214260.66114.6Acadie Bathurst TitansQMJHL
Rory KerinsC/LW6743751181.84946.6Soo GreyhoundsOHL
Justin KirklandC/W652522470.77529.1Stockton HeatAHL
Demetrios KoumontzisLW2347110.518N/AArizona State Sun DevilsNCAA
Mitchell MattsonC231230.1163.5Michigan State SpartansNCAA
Ilya Nikolayev C582349721.28327.5Tri-City StormUSHL
Josh NodlerC/RW3678150.4411.5Michigan State SpartansNCAA
Jakob PelletierC/LW662735621.02237.4Stockton HeatAHL
Matthew PhillipsC/RW653137681.11641.8Stockton HeatAHL
Luke PhilpC/RW662123440.71626.7Stockton HeatAHL
Martin PospisilC/W47718250.59521.1Stockton HeatAHL
Adam RuzickaC16119201.3249.8Stockton HeatAHL
William StromgrenLW441323360.818N/ARogle BK J20J20 Nationell
LW11233.00N/ARogle BKChampions HL
LW6000000Rogle BKSHL
Eetu TuulolaRW611411250.45016.3Stockton HeatAHL
Connor ZaryC531312250.53618.7Stockton HeatAHL
Dmitri ZavgorodniyW/C120110.143.2Stockton HeatAHL
W/C100330019.8HC SochiKHL


Jake BoltmannRHD40112130.3289.0Notre DameNCAA
Cole JordanLHD3629110.3407.7Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL
Johannes KinnvallRHD190880.4816.7Stockton HeatAHL
Yan KuznetsovLHD12000000Stockton HeatAHL
LHD25211130.51412.1St John Sea DogsQMJHL
Connor MackeyLHD53531360.78327.1Stockton HeatAHL
Jeremie PoirierLHD671641570.93819.8St. John Sea DogsQMJHL
Colton PoolmanLHD62013130.2168.4Stockton HeatAHL
Ilya SolovyovLHD513580.2226.4Stockton HeatAHL
Cameron WhynotLHD45413170.4488.8Halifax MooseheadsQMJHL


Daniil ChechelevG303.640.88012-12-51Kansas City MavericksECHL
G14.730.8480-0-10Stockton HeatAHL
Tyler ParsonsG0000-0-00Stockton HeatAHL
Arseni SergeevG412.080.91830-6-26Tri-City StormUSHL
Dustin WolfG472.350.92434-8-50Stockton 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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