Calgary Flames

Everything you need to know about the Calgary Flames 2023 development camp roster

Now that the 2023 NHL Draft is behind us, most teams, including the Calgary Flames, will be holding their prospect development camp this week. The Flames announced their plans for development camp on the weekend which kicks off on Thursday at the 7 Chiefs Sportsplex.

There will be lots of on ice sessions and a scrimmage on the final day, but the Flames are putting extra emphasis on the off ice sessions this year. Development camp is usually an opportunity for the team to assess their younger prospects and set-up plans for their on and off-ice activities for the next year.

The team will do two days of off-ice work on Thursday and Friday before moving to skills then a 3-on-3 scrimmage on Saturday morning.

The Flames will host 38 players at development camp, some you’ll recognize and some you wont.


Jari KykkanenInvitee18Kelowna RocketsWHL333.850.895114-12-3
Connor MurphyInvitee24Union CollegeNCAA313.340.889212-17-1
Matt RadomskyInvitee24University of Alaska-FairbanksNCAA342.050.916222-10-2
Arseni Sergeev2021 Draftee20University of ConnecticutNCAA192.610.912011-6-1
Max VayrynenInvitee21Michigan TechNCAA42.320.90301-0-1


  • Kykkanen spent the season with the Kelowna Rockets, who are mired in a rebuild. This was his first full WHL season, and played three playoff games for the Rockets, putting up a very good 0.924 save percentage.
  • Murphy spent the year as the captain of Union College, playing pretty well all of their games. The team was decent at home, but won just two games on the road this year.
  • Radomsky joined Alaska out of the transfer portal this year, and put up phenomenal numbers for the team. He’s the most interesting goalie on this list despite being 24 years old.
  • Sergeev is coming off of his first season at UConn where he managed to steal the net from other netminders. He is expected to be back as the started for the Huskies this season.
  • The Finn, Vayrynen, came over to North America to play at Michigan Tech this year. He didn’t play much, but his underlying numbers from Finland are really good.
  • 2023 sixth-round pick Yegor Yegorov will not be at camp this year.


Jake Boltmann2020 Draftee21University of Notre DameNCAA37145
Callum ChisholmInvitee19Barrie ColtsOHL52101323
Charles CoteInvitee19Rimouski OceanicQMJHL6241731
Mikael DiotteInvitee20Drummondville VoltegeursQMJHL6281927
Tyson GallowayInvitee20Calgary HitmenWHL6432629
Jarrod GourleyInvitee24Utica Comets
Adirondack Thunder
Yan Kuznetsov2020 Draftee20Saint John Sea DogsQMJHL2521113
Quinn ManteiInvitee18Brandon Wheat KingsWHL6722325
Donovan McCoyInvitee18Peterborough PetesOHL6521113
Etienne Morin2023 Draftee18Moncton WildcatsQMJHL67215172
Jeremie Poirier*2020 Draftee20Saint John Sea DogsQMJHL67164157
John ProkopInvitee22Union CollegeNCAA3541923


  • One of the most baffling Flames’ picks in some time, Jake Boltmann took a step back this season offensively, putting up just five points this year. Don’t expect much from him.
  • Chisholm, Diotte, Cole, McCoy, and Galloway are similar archetype defencemen. All are big and rangy, but all had very mediocre numbers this season. Galloway was a former St. Louis Blues draft pick that wasn’t signed.
  • Gourley is mostly an ECHL guy who had fine stats this season. May be a useful AHL body like Koletrane Wilson was a couple seasons back.
  • Kuznetsov was a steady defenceman for the Wranglers this season, but does need to work on both his positioning and offensive game going into his second season.
  • A bit of a younger guy, Mantei was undrafted this year out of the WHL. Not great numbers but a much higher ceiling than the other invitees.
  • Poirier was an elite defenceman for the Wranglers this season. He will be there for only the off-ice sessions.
  • Union College defender John Prokop stands out here as a 22-year-old rookie out of the NCAA. He played five seasons in the USHL before jumping over this season. His numbers are impressive, but he is also a bit older.
  • The one notable exception is Swedish blueliner Alex Hurtig, who was drafted in the seventh round this year.


Parker Bell2022 DrafteeLW19Tri-City Americans
Calgary Wranglers
Lucas Ciona2021 DrafteeLW20Seattle ThunderbirdsWHL63284775
Matthew Coronato2021 DrafteeRW20Harvard UniversityNCAA34201636
Nick DeGraziaInviteeC/LW20Sudbury WolvesOHL53252550
Mark DuarteInviteeRW/C20Soo GreyhoundsOHL65202848
Tyson GrossInviteeF20Cedar Rapids RoughRidersUSHL5473239
Patrick GuzzoInviteeC/LW21Ohio State UniversityNCAA409817
Chad HillebrandInviteeF23 Western Michigan UniversityNCAA327916
Samuel Honzek2021 DrafteeC/LW18Vancouver GiantsWHL43233356
Cole HuckinsInvitee*C/W20Sherbrooke PhoenixQMJHL64282048
Rory Kerins2020 DrafteeC21Rapid City Rush
Calgary Wranglers
Adam Klapka2022 SigneeRW22Calgary WranglersAHL60131225
Adam KyddInviteeLW21Kelowna RocketsWHL50203353
Jaden Lipinski2023 DrafteeLW18Vancouver GiantsWHL66193251
Cade Littler2022 DrafteeC18Wenatchee WildBCHL51293968
Ilya Nikolaev2019 DrafteeC22Rapid City RushECHL40132033
Oliver PeerInviteeRW20Windsor SpitfireOHL63224567
Nathan PillingInviteeF19Edmonton Oil Kings/ Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL3510313
Topi Ronni2022 DrafteeC19Tappara
Tappara U20
U20 SM-sarja
William Stromgren2021 DrafteeLW20Brynas IFSHL45358
Oliver TulkInviteeF18Calgary hitmenWHL68243660


  • Bell and Ciona put up very similar numbers this past season, with Ciona earning an ELC and Bell, being a year younger is likely back to the WHL this year.
  • Coronato is going to play NHL games this season most likely, and is probably the highest ceiling player at this camp.
  • DeGrazia and Duarte are both 20-year-olds who did not hit the point-per-game mark in the OHL, but could be handy depth options for the Wranglers this season.
  • Guzzo and Hillebrand both are marginal NCAA guys who are older as well. Likely not much there.
  • This year’s first-round pick, Honzek is going to be the player to watch at camp this week.
  • Kerins and Nikolayev are both guys who should have played in the AHL, but were instead relegated to the ECHL for much of the year. Expect both to push to earn an AHL job this year and show they’re more than depth AHLers at best.
  • Cade Littler had a really good season in the BCHL this year. Expect him to come in hungry as he joins the NCAA’s University of North Dakota next year.
  • Adam Klapka was fine in the AHL this year, but really didn’t do much as a rookie. Expect him to try and show he has more in the tank.
  • The Calgary kid, Gross is a big body who is set to join St. Cloud State this coming season. Not great USHL numbers last year.
  • Adam Kydd and Oliver Peer intregue me. Both are 20-year-olds who put up good numbers in their respective CHL leagues. There is definitely offensive upside there and a good camp could earn either a contract with the Wranglers.
  • The most interesting invitee this year is Oliver Tulk. The Hitmen product put up the second-most points on his team this year as they look to rebuild. Standing just 5’8″, he could be a bit of a longer term project, but the Flames have always been good at finding smaller prospects that turned out well. Tulk may be one of those.
  • Finally there is Cole Huckins, who was invited despite not being qualified by the team this summer. He was fine this year in a depth role for Sherbrooke, but not convinced there’s a whole lot there. If there was one player that was not qualified to bring to development camp this year it would be Jack Beck.
  • 2023 third-round pick Aydar Suniev will not be at camp due to immigration holdups.

Development camp sets the tone

As always, development camp is one of the first events after the NHL Draft that truly transitions a season from the old to the new. The set of prospects will want to impress as much as they possibly can in hopes of earning a boost to their depth rankings. We’ll soon see which players are standouts and which ones will need more time to work on their game. Soon after that, they’ll play in the recurring Penticton Young Stars series where competitive play against other teams will give fans a real taste of what these prospects have to offer.

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