It was a massive week for many Calgary Flames prospects. The Calgary Wranglers stole the show this week, picking up four straight wins. Dustin Wolf may have won the Save of the Year Award with one of his stops this week. Four of the Flames’ prospects’ teams are in the CHL’s top-ten rankings this week, with the Flames skaters on those teams among the top players. There is so much to get into this week, including a filthy goal from a top prospect, let’s jump right 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.
Flames prospect happenings
- The Wranglers went a perfect four for four this week, knocking off the Abbotsford Canucks three times then defeating the Ontario Reign last night by a 4–3 margin.
- Connor Zary was far and away the Wranglers’ best player this week, picking up two goals and four assists. He’s over a point-per-game at this point in the season, and has really improved his two-way game. Being 6’0″ and a tough WHL product, there is a chance he earns a call-up to the Flames before the season is done.
- Ben Jones also had a huge week, putting up two goals and two assists. He’s been an impressive add by GM Brad Treliving since he was signed this summer. He’s just below a point per game right now, but has been steadily producing.
- While he did not put up points in the Reign win, Matthew Phillips did log two goals and an assist this week. He’s the Wranglers’ top scorer, and the third top scorer in the AHL. With due respect to Jakob Pelletier and Walker Duehr, Phillips should be in the NHL right now.
- It was nice to see Jeremie Poirier back in the lineup for the Wranglers this week, after being scratched due to poor performance. He recorded three assists this week.
- Dustin Wolf picked up three wins this week, and sits with a whopping 0.930 save percentage this season. He leads the league in games played, and sits second in save percentage.
- He also made a save that could go down as the best of the season this week. Take a look here:
- No games this week for Cade Littler.
- One goal this week for Rory Kerins who is back in the ECHL.
- No points for Lucas Feuk, who has been stuck at nine for some weeks now. I can’t see him sticking around in North America beyond this season.
- Danii. Chechelev sits third in games played in the league, but sits 30th in save percentage. It took a step up this week, but a 0.902 save percentage is not much to write home about.
- No points this week for Jack Beck as Ottawa tries to work him back into the lineup. He missed significant time this season, so expect him to take time to hit the point totals expected of him going into the season.
- The 67’s sit fifth in the CHL’s top 15 this week.
- It was great to see Cole Huckins record two more goals this week for the Sherbrooke Phoenix. He’s been on a tear of late.
- Cam Whynot put up three assists for Halifax this week. Great to see him starting to get on the board more often.
- Both Halifax and Sherbrooke were in the CHL’s top 15 this week, slotting in fourth and seventh respectively.
- It was a huge week for Parker Bell of the Tri-City Americans, who put up four goals and an assist this week. He has been remarkably consistent all season long, and his point totals just continue to climb. He and Lucas Ciona are tied for points this season, despite Bell being a draft class younger.
- No points this week for Ciona, but his Seattle Thunderbirds sit third in the CHL’s top-15 this week. They are a top contender for a spot in this year’s Memorial Cup.
- Cole Jordan will be out for the rest of the season.
- One goal this week for Matt Coronato at Harvard, and what a goal it was. Take a look at it here:
- No points for Boltmann, Koumontzis, or Nodler, although Koumontzis did slot in on defence this week for a very depleted ASU squad. Very odd.
- Topi Ronni has been slotting in as Tappara’s 13th forward a bunch this week, but had no points. This should not be a surprise given his limited minutes, but it’s better for him to be with the big club at this point.
- No points for William Stromgren. He slotted in on the second line a good amount this week.
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)
- Matthew Phillips: 56.2(Same)
- Jakob Pelletier: 43.9 (Same)
- Connor Zary: 41.8(Same)
- Ben Jones: 33.5 (NEW)
- Lucas Ciona: 32.7 (Same)
Overall regular season totals for Flames prospects
|Jack Beck||LW/RW||19||4||15||19||1.00||8||26.5||Ottawa 67’s||OHL|
|Parker Bell||LW||39||21||29||50||1.28||49||31.7||Tri-City Americans||WHL|
|Lucas Ciona||LW||38||18||32||50||1.32||55||32.7||Seattle Thunderbirds||WHL|
|Matthew Coronato||RW||19||11||10||21||1.11||8||25.5||Harvard Crimsons||NCAA|
|Walker Duehr||RW||31||10||6||16||0.52||20||20.7||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Mathias Emilio Pettersen||C/LW||33||11||16||27||0.81||14||32.3||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Lucas Feuk||C/W||27||1||8||9||0.33||12||N/A||Rapid City Rush||ECHL|
|Cole Huckins||C||42||17||20||37||0.88||53||20.5||Sherbrooke Phoenix||QMJHL|
|Ben Jones||C||38||8||23||31||0.84||25||33.5||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Rory Kerins||C/LW||28||14||14||28||1.00||0||N/A||Rapid City Rush||ECHL|
|Adam Klapka||RW||29||3||7||10||0.33||39||14.3||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Demetrios Koumontzis||LW||25||5||4||9||0.36||27||10.4||Arizona State Sun Devils||NCAA|
|Cade Littler||C||36||18||23||41||1.14||20||12.2||Wenatchee Wild||BCHL|
|Ilya Nikolayev||C||29||10||14||24||0.83||27||N/A||Rapid City Rush||ECHL|
|Jakob Pelletier||C/LW||31||15||19||34||1.10||22||43.8||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Matthew Phillips||C/RW||33||23||22||45||1.41||6||56.2||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Martin Pospisil||C/W||20||4||6||10||0.50||24||19.9||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|4||1||6||7||1.75||4||N/A||Tappara U20||U20 SM-sarja|
|Cole Schwindt||C/RW||37||10||13||23||0.61||13||24.3||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|William Stromgren||LW||1||3||0||3||3.00||0||N/A||Rogle BK J20/Brynas IF J20||J20 Nationell|
|Connor Zary||C||39||14||27||41||1.05||45||41.8||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|Jake Boltmann||RHD||26||1||2||3||0.12||44||3.3||Notre Dame||NCAA|
|Cole Jordan||LHD||17||2||5||7||0.41||15||10.2||Moose Jaw Warriors||WHL|
|Yan Kuznetsov||LHD||32||2||7||9||0.26||12||10.4||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Jeremie Poirier||LHD||37||4||20||24||0.64||18||25.5||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Ilya Solovyov||LHD||35||0||7||7||0.21||18||8.4||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Cameron Whynot||LHD||39||3||20||23||0.59||16||13.7||Halifax Mooseheads||QMJHL|
|Daniil Chechelev||G||29||3.17||0.902||Kansas City Mavericks||ECHL|
|Arseni Sergeev||G||13||2.57||0.918||University of Connecticut||NCAA|
|Dustin Wolf||G||29||2.15||0.930||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
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