The Calgary Flames have really not looked like a playoff team of late, despite their latest victory over the Anaheim Ducks. However, for the prospects, things continue to look up. Jack Beck continues to put points on the board—adding three more to his already impressive totals this season. Parker Bell and Lucas Ciona continue to duke it out to be the Flames’ top WHL prospect this season, with both again having multi-point weeks.
The Wranglers added three more points to their league-leading totals, and Dustin Wolf continued to shine for the team. So much to dive into this week, 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.
Flames prospect happenings
- The Wranglers remained hot this week, picking up points in both of their games this week. They picked up their sixth win in a row on Sunday, shutting out the Tuscon Roadrunners, but then dropped a shootout decision to the same Roadrunners. They remain the top team in the AHL and have already clinched a playoff spot.
- What a week for Adam Klapka! The signee this year had two goals and an assist for the Wranglers. After a very slow start—which was plagued with injuries—the Czech prospect has started to come alive of late.
- Emilio Pettersen also added a goal and an assist for the Wranglers. He’s blossoming of late, but a late-blooming undersized winger is not an archetype that tends to get much love in Calgary.
- On a not completely unrelated note, Matthew Phillips added a goal and two assists this week. He sits fifth in AHL scoring right now.
- Dustin Wolf picked up his league-leading sixth shutout of the season. He is still the best goalie in the AHL in every single metric, and is likely to be the AHL’s MVP this season.
- Cade Littler had a St. Patricks’ Day hat trick and added another assist this week. His numbers are good, but again, the true test of what he is will come next season in the NCAA.
- No points again for Lucas Feuk.
- Both Ilya Nikolayev and Rory Kerins remain injured.
- No games for Topi Ronni this week.
- William Stromgren was the 13th forward for Brynas this week in the SHL, but had no points. He also played in the J-20, which he is far too good for.
- Matt Coronato and Harvard won in the semi-finals of the ECAC’s championship but lost a heartbreaker in the final to Colgate by a 3–2 score. Coronato had a goal in the semi-final game.
- Harvard are in the 2023 NCAA men’s Frozen Four tournament, taking the seventh spot. They’re in Bridgeport to take on Ohio State in the semi-finals this weekend. If they win, they’ll face the winner of Quinnipiac and Merrimack for the chance to compete in the Frozen Four.
- All of the other Flames’ prospects in the NCAA did not make it to the Frozen Four.
- Demetrios Koumontzis has signed a contract in the ECHL with the Idaho Steelheads. The announcement noted that he was a defenceman, which was something he has played in the NCAA for less than a single season.
- This likely marks the end of his time in the Flames’ system, and given his production, this is not much of a surprise. All the best to him.
- A goal and three assists for Jack Beck this week. The forward prospect has looked really good for the Barber Poles. They are a top-10 team in the CHL right now, and are the top team in the OHL with 101 points. They have clinched the regular season championships, and will be the top-seeded team in the playoffs.
- A goal and two assists for Cole Huckins this week. Sherbrooke is a dominant team in the QMJHL, and are a favourite in the league right now. Huckins has been playing mostly in a middle-six role for the very deep squad.
- Two goals and an assist for Parker Bell, who has been dominant for the Tri-City Americans. They sit fifth in the WHL right now, and will almost certainly take on the Prince George Cougars in the first round of the playoffs.
- Lucas Ciona had two assists this week for Seattle. They are the top team in the Western Conference, and could finish at the top of the WHL’s standings if all goes well. They will almost certainly play the Kelowna Rockets in the first round. Kelowna is where Dillon Dube played his junior hockey.
- Cole Jordan will be out for the rest of the season.
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: 44.2 (Same)
- Jakob Pelletier: 43.4 (Same)
- Connor Zary: 34.7 (Same)
- Emilio Pettersen 30.7 (+1)
- Lucas Ciona 30.2 (-1)
Overall regular season totals for Flames prospects
|Jack Beck||LW/RW||42||11||37||48||1.14||14||29.1||Ottawa 67’s||OHL|
|Parker Bell||LW||54||24||39||63||1.17||65||29.0||Tri-City Americans||WHL|
|Lucas Ciona||LW||59||27||45||72||1.22||83||30.2||Seattle Thunderbirds||WHL|
|Matthew Coronato||RW||33||20||16||36||1.09||12||25.0||Harvard Crimsons||NCAA|
|Walker Duehr||RW||41||15||11||26||0.63||36||25.1||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Mathias Emilio Pettersen||C/LW||53||19||22||41||0.77||35||30.7||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Lucas Feuk||C/W||44||3||9||12||0.27||18||N/A||Rapid City Rush||ECHL|
|Cole Huckins||C||61||27||30||57||0.93||79||21.7||Sherbrooke Phoenix||QMJHL|
|Ben Jones||C||61||14||31||45||0.74||49||29.5||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Rory Kerins||C/LW||31||15||16||31||1.00||6||N/A||Rapid City Rush||ECHL|
|Adam Klapka||RW||50||8||10||18||0.36||72||13.2||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Demetrios Koumontzis||LW/D||38||7||11||18||0.47||29||14.2||Arizona State Sun Devils||NCAA|
|Cade Littler||C||49||28||36||64||1.31||24||14.0||Wenatchee Wild||BCHL|
|Ilya Nikolayev||C||32||10||16||26||0.81||27||N/A||Rapid City Rush||ECHL|
|Jakob Pelletier||C/LW||33||16||20||36||1.09||22||43.4||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Matthew Phillips||C/RW||56||29||33||62||1.11||12||44.2||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Martin Pospisil||C/W||20||4||6||10||0.50||24||19.9||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|7||2||8||10||1.43||4||N/A||Tappara U20||U20 SM-sarja|
|Cole Schwindt||C/RW||60||14||16||30||0.50||23||19.9||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|William Stromgren||LW||2||4||2||6||3.00||0||N/A||Rogle BK J20/Brynas IF J20||J20 Nationell|
|Connor Zary||C||62||18||36||54||0.87||59||34.7||Stockton Heat||AHL|
|Jake Boltmann||RHD||37||1||4||5||0.14||48||3.8||Notre Dame||NCAA|
|Cole Jordan||LHD||17||2||5||7||0.41||15||10.2||Moose Jaw Warriors||WHL|
|Yan Kuznetsov||LHD||54||4||12||16||0.30||26||12.0||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Jeremie Poirier||LHD||59||7||32||39||0.66||42||26.3||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Ilya Solovyov||LHD||58||2||11||13||0.22||30||8.8||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Cameron Whynot||LHD||48||3||22||25||0.52||18||12.1||Halifax Mooseheads||QMJHL|
|Daniil Chechelev||G||37||3.58||0.894||Kansas City Mavericks||ECHL|
|Arseni Sergeev||G||19||2.61||0.912||University of Connecticut||NCAA|
|Dustin Wolf||G||48||2.17||0.930||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
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