What a big week for the Calgary Flames’ prospects. Every single Flames prospect in the CHL is playoff bound this year, with a number finishing at the top of their respective conferences and leagues.
Closer to home, the Wranglers picked up two more wins this week, including yet another shutout by Dustin Wolf. They got scoring from their best players, including two more goals from Jeremie Poirier. He is developing into a really good player for the team, and could be in the NHL as early as next season.
The NCAA season has wrapped up for all of the Flames’ prospects, and Matt Coronato has officially signed with the Flames. The rest of the Flames’ NCAA prospects will be back in the league next year, with the exception of Demetrios Koumontzis, who is now in the ECHL.
So much to jump into, let’s dive 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
- A huge week for the Wranglers. They picked up a 6–0 win over the San Diego Gulls, then beat the same Gulls by a 3–2 score to sweep the season series.
- Dustin Wolf picked up his league-leading seven shutout of the year and also played in his 100th AHL game. He is the best goalie in basically every category this season, and should be the league’s MVP at the end of the season.
- Three goals and an assist for Matthew Phillips this week. He’s leading the team in points this season, and he’s fifth in points league-wide.
- Two goals this week for Jeremie Poirier, who now sits eighth in scoring among blueliners league-wide. He’s the top U-21 blueliner in points. What a talent the Flames found in the third round in 2021.
- Two goals as well for Connor Zary this week, who has really taken a step forward this year. He’s 13th in scoring in the league right now, and is the top scorer among prospects born after 2000.
- Another goal this week for Ilya Solovyov, who has quietly developed into a very good all-around blueliner for the Wranglers.
- Two goals and an assist this week for Cade Littler in the BCHL. Again, it is still the BCHL, but it’s great to see him sitting sixth in the league in scoring. He’s NCAA bound next season.
- No points again for Lucas Feuk.
- Demetrios Koumontzis had his first pro assist for Idaho in the ECHL. There is basically a zero chance that he signs with the Flames at this point, but until the end of the season, he technically still is part of the prospect pool.
- Both Ilya Nikolayev and Rory Kerins remain injured.
- Topi Ronni is in the SM-sarjaa, Finland’s junior league, and leads the league in playoff points with 13 in eight games. He is clearly too good for that league.
- William Stromgren meanwhile is with Brynas in the SHL, and has bounced up and down the team’s lineup. Through five games, he has recorded one assist. Not bad.
- Matt Coronato saw his season end in brutal fashion, with Ohio State demolishing Harvard 8-1 in the Frozen Four semi-final. Coronato has signed with Calgary, and should have his NHL debut in the coming days.
- All of the Flames’ other prospects in the NCAA are done for the year.
- A goal and four assists this week for Jack Beck to end the season. He finishes the season 34th in the leaguein points-per-game.
- Ottawa plays Oshawa in the first round of the playoffs. The Generals’ most notable prospect is Calum Ritchie, who is expected to go in the first round of this year’s draft. They currently have one signed prospect on their team.
- One goal this week for Cole Huckins in Sherbrooke. The Phoenix play the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada in the first round of the playoffs after finishing at the top of the Western Conference. The Armada have zero signed prospects on their team.
- Cam Whynot remains sidelined with a foot injury sustained earlier in the season. The Halifax Mooseheads play the Cape Breton Eagles in the first round. Former Flames’ prospect Ryan Francis played for them, and the Eagles have far and away one of the best play by play callers in the game in Pat McNeil.
- One goal this week for Parker Bell and the Tri City Americans. They face the Prince George Cougars in the first round of the playoffs. Dallas prospect Chase Wheatcroft leads the Cougars with 107 points this season.
- A goal and two assists for Lucas Ciona this week. The Thunderbirds play the Kelowna Rockets in the first round, where Dillon Dube was once the captain. Expected first-round pick Andrew Cristall is the Rockets’ top scorer with 95 points on the year. The Thunderbirds are the top team in the division, and should roll through the Rockets.
- 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: 45.4 (Same)
- Jakob Pelletier: 43.4 (Same)
- Connor Zary: 35.5 (Same)
- Jack Beck 31.3 (NEW)
- Emilio Pettersen 31.1 (-1)
Overall regular season totals for Flames prospects
|Jack Beck||LW/RW||45||12||41||53||1.18||16||31.3||Ottawa 67’s||OHL|
|Parker Bell||LW||55||25||39||64||1.16||65||28.7||Tri-City Americans||WHL|
|Lucas Ciona||LW||63||28||47||75||1.19||85||29.5||Seattle Thunderbirds||WHL|
|Matthew Coronato||RW||34||20||16||36||1.06||14||24.3||Harvard Crimsons||NCAA|
|Walker Duehr||RW||41||15||11||26||0.63||36||25.1||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Mathias Emilio Pettersen||C/LW||55||19||24||43||0.78||35||31.1||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Lucas Feuk||C/W||45||3||9||12||0.27||20||N/A||Rapid City Rush||ECHL|
|Cole Huckins||C||64||28||30||58||0.91||79||21.2||Sherbrooke Phoenix||QMJHL|
|Ben Jones||C||63||14||32||46||0.73||51||29.1||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Rory Kerins||C/LW||31||15||16||31||1.00||6||N/A||Rapid City Rush||ECHL|
|Adam Klapka||RW||52||8||11||19||0.37||72||14.7||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Demetrios Koumontzis||LW/D||37||7||11||18||0.47||29||14.2||Arizona State Sun Devils||NCAA|
|Cade Littler||C||51||29||39||68||1.33||28||14.2||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||58||32||34||66||1.14||12||45.4||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||62||14||17||31||0.52||25||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||64||20||37||57||0.89||59||35.5||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||55||4||12||16||0.29||26||11.6||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Jeremie Poirier||LHD||61||9||32||41||0.67||44||26.7||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Ilya Solovyov||LHD||60||3||12||15||0.25||32||10.0||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
|Cameron Whynot||LHD||48||3||22||25||0.52||18||12.1||Halifax Mooseheads||QMJHL|
|Daniil Chechelev||G||38||3.59||0.893||Kansas City Mavericks||ECHL|
|Arseni Sergeev||G||19||2.61||0.912||University of Connecticut||NCAA|
|Dustin Wolf||G||50||2.12||0.931||Calgary Wranglers||AHL|
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