Calgary Flames Prospect Roundup: Lucas Ciona earns the C, Wranglers see more wins

With NHL hockey in Calgary on hold for the NHL All-Star Game, the team’s prospects have not been shy to show just how good they are this week. The Wranglers went 2–0–1 this week, with a number of their secondary scorers hitting the scoresheet. The Seattle Thunderbirds named Lucas Ciona their new captain, and he responded with a huge week on the scoresheet. Nearly every Calgary Flames prospect who was healthy this week added a point or two, which is rare to see. Let’s dive 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 Flames sent their prospects down as they head into the All-Star break, and they performed in a big way. Walker Duehr added three goals for the Wranglers in his return, and Jakob Pelletier potted a goal and an assist.
  • Ben Jones led the way for the Wranglers with two goals and two assists. He has been steadily one of the team’s best players.
  • Emilio Pettersen has also been quietly one of the biggest success stories for the team this year. He added a goal and two assists this week, and is quietly climbing towards the point-per-game mark.
  • Both of the Wranglers’ top players—Connor Zary and Matthew Phillips—had quieter weeks. Zary had two assists while Phillips had one goal.
  • Defenders Jeremie Poirier and Yan Kuznetsov had three assists each this week. Ilya Solovyov had two assists this week as well. You love to see the team’s blueline chipping in on the scoresheet.
  • Dustin Wolf saw his numbers stay almost exactly the same this week in three games played. He sits third in the league in save percentage right now, and the two goalies ahead of him have each played just over half as many games this season as Wolf.


  • One assist for Cade Littler this week.


  • A goal and two assists this week for Rory Kerins in the ECHL. He’s probably too good for this league.
  • One assist for Ilya Nikolayev this week after also being sent back down from the Wranglers. One or both of them will probably be back after the NHL season resumes and the Flames call up some of their prospects.
  • Lucas Feuk also added a goal this week. Great to see.


  • Jack Beck is back! The forward product had three assists in three games this week, and has finally found his way back to the top line. You absolutely love to see it.


  • Two goals this week for Cole Huckins in Sherbrooke. The Phoenix are flying right now, sitting third in the QMJHL’s standings.
  • One assist for Cam Whynot in Halifax. The Mooseheads are second in the Q’s standings. The Quebec Remparts are the top team in the Q.


  • Call him Captain Ciona! The Seattle Thunderbirds have named Lucas Ciona their captain this season.
  • He logged a goal and three assists this week, and sits second on the team in scoring. Ciona went through a bit of a slump, but has since regained his form.
  • Parker Bell meanwhile added one assist, but was brutally injured this week and needed to be stretchered off the ice. He is recovering well, but there is no timeline for his return.
  • Cole Jordan will be out for the rest of the season.


  • Yet another big week for Matt Coronato at Harvard. The sophomore put up three goals for the Crimson and added an assist in the two games this weekend.
  • Coronato sits 18th in the country in points-per-game and third on the team. He has shifted over from centre to the wing of late, but remains on the team’s top line.
  • Jake Boltmann added a rare point this week, lodging an assist for Notre Dame. A very baffling draft pick by the Flames in the third round of the 2020 Draft.
  • Demetrios Koumontzis has been playing top pairing defence for ASU, and actually looking half-decent at it. He added a goal and two assists this week. Take a look at the goal here:
  • No points this week for Josh Nodler at UMass.
  • Arseni Sergeev played two games this week, and remains a very decent goalie for UConn. He sits sixth in Hockey East in save percentage, and is one of just three freshman goalies to play in the conference this year.


  • What a week for William Stromgren. The forward product has found a role on the second line for Brynas, and added three goals this week. He really struggled early on to get into games, but has really found a spot of late.
  • No points this week for Topi Ronni.

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. Matthew Phillips: 56.2(Same)
  2. Jakob Pelletier: 43.9 (Same)
  3. Connor Zary: 41.8(Same)
  4. Ben Jones: 33.5 (NEW)
  5. Lucas Ciona: 32.7 (Same)

Overall regular season totals for Flames prospects


Jack BeckLW/RW22418221.00826.5Ottawa 67’sOHL
Parker BellLW402130511.284931.7Tri-City AmericansWHL
Lucas CionaLW401935541.355533.4Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL
Matthew CoronatoRW211411251.191027.3Harvard CrimsonsNCAA
Walker DuehrRW33136190.582423.1Calgary WranglersAHL
Mathias Emilio PettersenC/LW361118290.811632.3Calgary WranglersAHL
Lucas FeukC/W3028100.3314N/ARapid City RushECHL
Cole HuckinsC451920390.875720.3Sherbrooke PhoenixQMJHL
Ben JonesC411025350.852933.5Calgary WranglersAHL
Rory KerinsC/LW311516311.006N/ARapid City RushECHL
61120.33013.2Calgary WranglersAHL
Adam KlapkaRW3137100.324612.8Calgary WranglersAHL
Demetrios KoumontzisLW2766120.442711.8Arizona State Sun DevilsNCAA
Cade LittlerC381824421.112211.8Wenatchee WildBCHL
Ilya Nikolayev C311015250.8127N/ARapid City RushECHL
5000020Calgary WranglersAHL
Josh NodlerC/RW252350.2066.4UMassNCAA
Jakob PelletierC/LW321620361.132245.0Calgary WranglersAHL
Matthew PhillipsC/RW362422461.28651.0Calgary WranglersAHL
Martin PospisilC/W2046100.502419.9Calgary WranglersAHL
Topi RonniC151120.1328.1
41671.754N/ATappara U20U20 SM-sarja
Cole SchwindtC/RW401013230.581323.1Calgary WranglersAHL
William StromgrenLW13033.000N/ARogle BK J20/Brynas IF J20J20 Nationell
LW3364100.22810.7Brynas IFSHL
Connor ZaryC421428421.004739.9Stockton HeatAHL


Jake BoltmannRHD281340.14463.8Notre DameNCAA
Cole JordanLHD172570.411510.2Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL
Yan KuznetsovLHD3429110.321410.4Calgary WranglersAHL
Jeremie PoirierLHD40422260.651825.9Calgary WranglersAHL
Ilya SolovyovLHD380990.24209.6Calgary WranglersAHL
Cameron WhynotLHD40320230.581613.5Halifax MooseheadsQMJHL


Daniil ChechelevG313.410.898Kansas City MavericksECHL
Arseni SergeevG152.570.917University of ConnecticutNCAA
Dustin WolfG322.160.928Calgary WranglersAHL

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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